It's not quite a quantum internet — yet. But researchers at Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico have developed a new, ultra-secure computer network that is capable of transmitting data that has been encrypted by quantum physics, including video files.
We've all heard of a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack and know what it is: when a person or people attempt to take down a Web site by flooding it with connection requests. These max out the site's bandwidth, making it unable to accept new requests. The attacks are usually automated and can be accomplished in a variety of ways. The loss of traffic during the attack itself, and the recovery afterward, can end up costing Web sites quite a lot.
While digging through the data unearthed in an unprecedented census of nearly the entire Internet, Researchers at Rapid7 Labs have discovered a lot of things they didn't expect to find openly responding to port scans. One of the biggest surprises they discovered was the availability of data that allowed them to track the movements of more than 34,000 ships at sea. The data can pinpoint ships down to their precise geographic location through Automated Identification System receivers connected to the Internet.
Like bring your own device (BYOD) before it, the march of bring your own network (BYON) is happening silently, stealthily and almost completely outside of management control.
Nearly all modern smartphones and 3/4G tablets can be instantly turned into wireless hot spots allowing them and any other wireless-enabled systems within range to be connected to the web, whether out in the field or at the workplace desk.
Within days, NASA's robotic rovers and orbiters working on Mars will go silent.
Starting today, communication with all machines working on Mars will become spotty -- and within about a week should stop all together, according to Richard Zurek, chief scientist in the Mars Program Office at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.