In this episode of the PC Mike Techcast, I reveal little known details on North Korea’s elite and top secret Unit 121 cyber army that is suspected of the massive hacking of Sony Pictures.
I report why this incident has sent chills down the back of Internet security experts and how a 1,800-member team of North Korean hackers operating from a Chinese hotel just over the North Korean border are hacking their way into numerous business and government computers across the U.S.
Plus we talk tech in helping a listener stop his computer from locking up, we share a great app that lets you transfer data between all mobile devices, and we discuss the new affordability of widescreen high-resolution 28-inch computer monitors.
Here are the shownotes for Episode 2:
Tech News of the Week
The big tech story this week is the continuing drama surrounding the hacking of Sony Pictures computers. The U.S. now links that attack to North Korea.
The Sony hack is the work of North Korea, where the elite North Korean Unit 121 cyber-warfare squad has been stealing secrets and attacking U.S. corporations and government agencies for years.
– Where it is located
– How it operates
– What other countries have similar cyber-warfare units targeting the U.S
– How the capitulation by Sony has emboldened the hackers and will lead to cyber attacks on banking, the power grid, and other corporations.
According to a white paper compiled by Hewlett-Packard researchers, the so-called ‘Hermit Kingdom’ may keep Internet access from the masses and maintain an iron grip on information exchange, but this hasn’t stopped the country from training up the next generation of cybersecurity and cyber-warfare experts. Approximately 1,800 hackers are in employ at the unit, conducting campaigns under the umbrella of what is known as the “Secret War” in the state. Unit 121 is suspected of operating out of a hotel just across the border in China, where reliable electricity and high speed Internet is available.
App of Week – A cross platform transfer tool
SHAREit is the world’s fastest way to share photos, apps and more across devices without network charges or Wi-Fi connection.
Lenovo SHAREit eliminates the need for cables to wirelessly transfer information rapidly between devices – either with friends, or to take your personal content on the go.
- Share everything with other devices – pictures, videos, music files, documents, contacts – even apps (Android only)!
- Devices with SHAREit can automatically find each other when in range.
- Transfer HUGE files and videos in seconds – up to 60x faster than Bluetooth®.
- Share without the need for Bluetooth, phone network or active Wi-Fi network – ou don’t pay a cent for network charges. Devices wirelessly connect directly.
- Even the app itself can be shared to other devices wirelessly, and rapid sharing can begin immediately.
Main Interview – I can see clearly now with dual monitors
In the interview of the week, I talk with Tech Expert Marty Winston, editor of Newstips Bulletin, about the affordability of widescreen computer monitors, how to mount them on your desk, and why everyone should have at least two monitors for the desktop computer.
Marty makes several recommendations. The 28-inch monitors he likes are:
Viewsonic VX2858sml Superclear LED monitor $279 from Amazon
Vizio E2801 $259 from Amazon
Acer B286HK Series 28-in monitor $473 from Amazon
The desktop monitor stands he suggests are from:
Question of the week – A computer that keeps locking up
I answer a listener question about a computer that keeps locking up, offering suggestions on how to get things working right again. Chief suspects in such a case are outdated software and hardware. I urge him to update all his programs and make sure all his hardware is compatible with his Windows 7 operating system. Plus I make a bunch of other suggestions to improve his computer’s efficiency.
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