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6. NSA 'hijacked' malware, botnets to grab passwords, crack VPN encryption
Another day, yet another story about the National Security Agency's mass surveillance machine. The latest documents leaked by whistleblower Edward Snowden, published by The Intercept, cite 2009-dated slides that suggest the NSA was able to piggyback off malware and botnets and infiltrate a huge number of computers. So-called 'implants' were able to crack virtual-private networking (VPN) encryption, and others were able to siphon off Web browsing history and passwords. The NSA rebuffed the report as "inaccurate," denying it used its tools to "impersonate U.S. company websites."
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7. World Wide Web inventor says it 'still needs work,' even 25 years later
Nobody's perfect, and even the technologies that have been around for more than one-quarter of a century aren't either. Maybe if the NSA hadn't blown it in the last few years with its encryption cracking, cable tapping, mass surveillance spying endeavors, Sir Tim Berners-Lee would be a little more upbeat. In speaking to sister-site CNET, the Web's inventor admitted that the Web had gone a long way but there was more work to be done, and that there needed to be more ways to "bridge cultural divides."
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8. ER doctors are now using Google Glass to identify patients
Don't even think about calling this doctor a "glasshole." One tech-savvy Boston hospital developed an app for the wearable Google Glass gadget that uses scannable QR codes on patient rooms to dig up data that's viewable on the tiny prism display. That helps the doctor see vital signs, lab results, and other data. And the best bit is that because it's a custom medical app for Glass, it keeps private medical data off Google's servers.
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