Some Twitter traffic briefly funneled through Russian ISP, thanks to BGP mishap

Getty Images reader comments 12 with 10 posters participating, including story author Share this story Some Internet traffic in and out of Twitter on Monday was briefly funneled through Russia after a major ISP in that country misconfigured the Internet’s routing table, network monitoring services said. The mishap lasted for about 45 minutes before RTCOMM, […]

Southland’s data centre plans ramp up

Peter Griffin, Editor. 29 March 2022, 9:56 am Its cool temperatures and access to abundant renewable energy make Southland an ideal site for power-hungry data centres. Now plans to make the region a hub for storing data and running high-performance applications appear to be taking shape. T4 Group, a company formed last year out of […]

A US oil-drilling hotspot is kicking out far more methane than we thought

The airplane taking measurements was able to cover about 100 times more sites than previous ground surveys. By flying over active wells and pipelines in the New Mexico section of the basin, the plane detected 1,985 methane plumes over the course of 15 months.  In addition to discovering higher levels of methane leakage than expected, […]

Lapsus$ and Solar Winds hackers both use the same old trick to bypass MFA

Getty Images reader comments 16 with 13 posters participating, including story author Share this story Multi-factor authentication (MFA) is a core defense that is among the most effective at preventing account takeovers. In addition to requiring that users provide a username and password, MFA ensures they must also use an additional factor—be it a fingerprint, […]

Scientists advance cloud-seeding capabilities with nanotechnology

Dr. Zou leads a groundbreaking research project using nanotechnology to develop cloud-seeding materials. Cloud seeding is a form of weather modification that mimics what naturally occurs in clouds but enhances the process by adding particles that can stimulate and accelerate the condensation process. However, Dr. Zou explains, “The cloud-seeding materials used today have been around […]

The Download: Quantum computing has a hype problem

The must-reads I’ve combed the internet to find you today’s most fun/important/scary/fascinating stories about technology. 1 Nokia’s tech aided digital surveillance in RussiaThe Finnish company’s equipment and software was used to track opposition supporters. (NYT $)  + How Putin became the tyrant he is today. (NYT $)  + Why Europe is still playing catch up with Russia’s spying efforts. (FT $) 2 […]

Quantum computing has a hype problem

The most advanced quantum computers today have dozens of decohering (or “noisy”) physical qubits. Building a quantum computer that could crack RSA codes out of such components would require many millions if not billions of qubits. Only tens of thousands of these would be used for computation—so-called logical qubits; the rest would be needed for […]

Monday news in brief (28th March)

Victoria MacLennan. 28 March 2022, 7:14 pm Kia ora koutou, Monday’s ITP news is a brief wrap of interesting things across the digital technology community. Women and Leadership Professional Development Scolarships Scholarships of $1000-$5000 per person are available for women in the IT sector To encourage more women to increase their impact at work and step […]