Andrada Fiscutean

Andrada Fiscutean

I'm a technology journalist.

Cybersecurity, Surveillance, Privacy, Hackers, Nation-state malware, Outsourcing, IoT, Technology in Eastern Europe, Romania

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Alex1 article
Wired

The Romanian Teen Hacker Who Hunts Bugs to Resist the Dark Side

IT’S 3 AM, and his eyes are almost closed. The pack of gummy bears on his desk is empty. So’s the Chinese takeout box. Romanian white hat hacker Alex Coltuneac has had three hours of sleep tonight.

Turc article
Motherboard

Turkish Journalist Jailed for Terrorism Was Framed, Forensics Report Shows

New analysis of Barış Pehlivan's computer finds a very rare, targeted malware called Ahtapot. It only gets stranger from there.

Silueta article
Motherboard

Cybersecurity Researchers Are Hunted from All Sides - Motherboard

Hunted for doing their job, security experts face both digital and real-world threats ranging from “subtle pressure” to Molotov cocktails.

Disc article
Motherboard

A Loud Sound Just Shut Down a Bank's Data Center for 10 Hours

Dozens of hard drives were knocked down during a fire drill that involved inert gas deployment.

Bulgaria article
ZDNet

Women in tech: Why Bulgaria and Romania are leading in software engineering

Women developers may be scarce in the US and western Europe, but Bulgaria and Romania have no such issues.

Bani article
Motherboard

Meet the Hackers Who Drive the Porsches You Paid For

Ferraris, Porsches, and briefcases full of money show a booming cybercrime industry.

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ZDNet

Forget Silicon Valley: Building a startup in Romania may make more sense

​Low-financed startups could find a home in the eastern European country, where overheads and salaries are a quarter of those in San Francisco.

Tequila article
ZDNet

How Eastern Europe's villains changed sides in the malware war - and made you protect your PC

The region, first known as a computer virus factory, has since became one of the most advanced security hubs in the world, housing companies like Kaspersky, Bitdefender, and ESET. This is how it happened.

Taste article
ZDNet

How these communist-era Apple II clones helped shape central Europe's IT sector

In the days of communism, many Romanian and Bulgarian children, who now are among the countries' leading technologists, learned to code on replicas of Apple II and ZX Spectrum machines.

Protest article
espresso.economist.com

Bucha-unrest: corruption in Romania

Hundreds of thousands of Romanians are threatening to hit the streets every evening until the new government repeals a decree that decriminalises low-level official misconduct.

Socket article
Motherboard

​Smart Electrial Sockets Could Be the Next Botnet

Researchers found a vulnerability that poses both physical and online security risks for the user.

Tizen article
ZDNet

Linux-based Tizen: critical bugs leave most SamsungSmart TVs open to attacks

Almost every Samsung Smart TV set sold in the past two years is vulnerable to hackers, according to independent Israeli security researcher Amihai Neiderman.

Cd article
ZDNet

The mix of poverty and piracy that turned Romania into Europe's software development powerhouse

Nearly two-thirds of Romania's computers run at least one piece of illegal software – a sign of a technological heritage that means it now has the most technology workers per capita in Europe.

Server article
Motherboard

Authorities Just Shut Down One of the World's Largest Malware Networks

More than 800,000 domains were seized, sinkholed , or blocked in 'Operation Avalanche', an effort by law enforcement authorities and researchers in 30 countries.