Items tagged with Archimedes

WikiLeaks isn’t done exposing the CIA’s arsenal of hacking tools used to infiltrate computer systems around the globe. Last month, we told you about Weeping Angel, which targeted select Samsung Smart TVs for surveillance purposes. Today, we’re learning about Archimedes, which attacks computers attached to a Local Area Network (LAN). Although we have no way of knowing whether Archimedes is still in use by the CIA, the details of how it is unleashed on unsuspecting parties has been revealed in full. In its teaser announcing the exploit, WikiLeaks writes, “It allows the re-directing of traffic from the target computer inside the LAN through a computer infected with this malware and controlled by... Read more...
Eric Jacqmain's version of Archimedes' Death Ray is, based on the video below, a hot item. While obviously overhyped when described as having the power of 5,000 suns, it definitely has enough power to melt or burn everything he tried it on. Eric Jacqmain, 19, took 5,800 tiny mirrors, put them onto a 5'9” dish at a cost of only about 90 dollars, and proceeded to obliterate anything he put into its focal point (you remember discussions on parabolic reflectors from high school, don't you?). It is doubtful that it has the power of 5,000 suns (despite the number of mirrors) since that would mean (based on the temperature at the surface of the sun) a temperature of 5,000 x 6,000 °C or 30... Read more...