Category: Science/Technology

U.S. Power Grid Being Hit With ‘Increasing’ Hacking Attacks, Government Warns

Major attacks on the U.S. power grid system are “increasing,” with hackers stepping up efforts to penetrate critical systems and to implant malicious software that could compromise the power grid and result in a nationwide crisis, according to a government…

Hackers allegedly attack Polish LOT airline, 10 flights and over 1,400 people grounded

After Polish airline LOT suffered an IT attack on ground operation systems, 10 flights were canceled, another dozen were delayed and over 1,400 passengers were grounded at Warsaw Chopin Airport. LOT said the attack on its ‘state-of-the-art computer systems’ was…

Intel Sub Fined for Encryption Exports

The Bureau of Industry and Security (“BIS”) announced today that it had convinced Wind River, an Intel subsidiary, to pay a whopping $750,000 to settle charges that it exported products with encryption functionality without required licenses. There were also four unlicensed exports…

Iran, Russia to Discuss Plan for Resuming Atomic Dialogue

A senior Russian official is set on Monday to discuss with Iranian leaders a blueprint for rekindling multilateral dialogue over the Middle Eastern nation’s atomic activities, Reuters reported (see GSN, Aug. 12).

What Russia’s Stealth Fighter Developments Mean for America

Russia’s development of the PAK FA fifth-generation stealth fighter could challenge American air supremacy, especially if Russia sells the PAK FA to its usual buyers of military equipment. In the U.S., closure of the F-22 production line has severely limited…

North Korean Uranium Enrichment Progresses, Analysts Say

North Korea seems to be making progress in its military uranium enrichment program, which would give the nation another pathway to building nuclear weapons and a valuable technology to sell on the black market, a U.S. think tank said in…

U.S. eavesdropping agency says Private Citizen is purely R&D

July 8 (Reuters) – A contract has been awarded for research to help counter computer-based threats to national-security networks, the chief U.S. code-cracking and eavesdropping agency said, amid mounting concern over cyber vulnerabilities.

Physicists Develop a Quantum Interface Between Light and Atoms

ScienceDaily (May 27, 2010) — Physicists at the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz have developed a quantum interface which connects light particles and atoms. The interface is based on an ultra-thin glass fiber and is suitable for the transmission of quantum information.…