Researchers created their own, imprisoned, network of zombie computers to better learn how to take down those at large on the Internet.
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IT Editor, Software & Hardware
I’m MIT Technology Review’s IT editor for hardware and software and enjoy a diverse diet of algorithms, Internet, and human-computer interaction with chips on the side. Working in our San Francisco office, I cover new ideas about what computers can do for us, whether they spring from tech giants, new startups, or academic labs.
My journey to the West Coast started in a small English town called Wantage and took in the University of Cambridge, Imperial College London, and five years writing and editing technology news coverage at New Scientist magazine.
Tom Simonite's Stories
A new technique could be used to target advertising to users' surroundings without their knowledge.
Silicon chips with both optical and electrical circuits could eliminate a bottleneck limiting supercomputer speeds.
"Contactless" hardware lets phones and gadgets pay with a tap, but the coming plethora of apps that use it may confuse users.
Nokia experiments with a universal in-box that combines messages from many separate apps into a single place.
Websites may soon be asking you to watch a short ad rather than enter garbled text.
Apps that track how people use their phones could help make the devices more efficient.
HP's printers could soon tidy up Web pages for printing, while also inserting ads.
A smarter credit card could mean new security features and other functionality.
Gadgets that track everything around you could become smart assistants, instead of dumb tools.