Cybersecurity, Surveillance, Privacy, Hackers, Nation-state malware, Outsourcing, IoT, History of Tech, Tech in Eastern Europe.
In the late 1980s, a few Romanian students illegally manufactured computers using parts smuggled from factories and manually soldered wires. Cobras gave their owners some feeling of independence and rebellion. “The fact that you could play the game you wanted, when you wanted, gave you the illusion of choosing for yourself,” Moldovanu says.
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.
Dictator Nicolae Ceausescu ramped up propaganda, outlawed abortion, and empowered a secret police, creating an atmosphere where people were afraid to speak their minds.
New analysis of Barış Pehlivan's computer finds a very rare, targeted malware called Ahtapot. It only gets stranger from there.
Hunted for doing their job, security experts face both digital and real-world threats ranging from “subtle pressure” to Molotov cocktails.
Dozens of hard drives were knocked down during a fire drill that involved inert gas deployment.
Women developers may be scarce in the US and western Europe, but Bulgaria and Romania have no such issues.
Ferraris, Porsches, and briefcases full of money show a booming cybercrime industry.
Low-financed startups could find a home in the eastern European country, where overheads and salaries are a quarter of those in San Francisco.
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.
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.
Almost every Samsung Smart TV set sold in the past two years is vulnerable to hackers, according to independent Israeli security researcher Amihai Neiderman.
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.