Dummy water-plant control systems rapidly attracted attention from hackers who tinkered with their settings—suggesting it happens to real industrial systems, too.
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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
Mobile network speeds in urban areas could dramatically increase if consumers connected small, public base stations to their home broadband.
What gets removed from China’s social networks shows how censorship strategies are advancing, and can even hint at the government's plans.
A home science experiment that probed billions of Internet devices reveals that thousands of industrial and business systems offer remote access to anyone.
The FBI could use software to help identify suspects, and more advanced techniques are around the corner.
A new class of smarter robots is being readied for the workplace.
Currencies designed to fix perceived flaws in Bitcoin could lead to competition that makes the idea of digital “cryptocurrency” stick.
Some of Silicon Valley's best-known venture funds have backed OpenCoin, a startup with a new digital currency called Ripple.
The world's largest search engine is now experimenting with jewelry that would eliminate the need to remember dozens of passwords.
Everpix organizes photos after analyzing them with software that can detect things such as animals, outdoor scenes, and people.