EdTechSR Ep 219 Ransomware Threats Abound

Welcome to episode 219 (“Ransomware Threats Abound”) of the EdTech Situation Room from May 12, 2021, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed the Emotet botnet takedown, ransomware evolution, and the importance of evolving your own MFA (multi-factor authentication) from SMS / text messaging to a more secure option. Microsoft’s abandonment of Windows 10X, rumors about next week’s Google I/O event, faster Google Docs on the way, and the death of Nuzzle (at the hands of Twitter, no less) were also highlighted topics. A bizarre social media story involving FaceApp and an older Japanese Twitter user, testimony in an Irish court about Facebook content moderator nightmares, Amy Klobachar’s new book to usher in the “Tech Correction,” and OneDrive’s overdue casting support were topics rounding out the show. Geeks of the Week included a recorded webinar for language teachers by Wes, and an NCCE Live session on amazing Minecraft lessons. Please see our shownotes for links to all these articles and resources! Our show was live streamed and archived simultaneously on YouTube Live as well as our Facebook Live page via StreamYard.com, and compressed to a smaller video version (about 100MB) on AmazonS3 using Handbrake software. Please follow us on Twitter @edtechSR for updates, and join us LIVE on Wednesday nights (normally) if you can at 10 pm Eastern / 9 pm Central / 8 pm Mountain / 7 pm Pacific or 3 am UTC. All shownotes are available on http://edtechSR.com/links.


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  6. Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) – blog: blog.ncce.org
  7. Wes Fryer (@wfryer) – wesfryer.com/after
  8. Security Now 817: The Ransomware Task Force (@TWiT Podcast by Steve Gibson @sgGRC)
  9. Emotet malware nukes itself today from all infected computers worldwide (Bleeping Computer, 25 April 2021)
  10. Ransomware demands up by 43% so far in 2021, Coveware says (CyberScoop News, 27 April 2021)
  11. The Chromebook at 10: How this ‘browser in a box’ became the perfect pandemic laptop (CNET, 11 May 2021)
  12. Apple’s Ransomware Mess Is the Future of Online Extortion (wired, 23 April 2021)
  13. The Perfect Weapon Documentary on HBO by David Sanger (@SangerNYT)
  14. There’s a better way to protect yourself from hackers and identity thieves (ReCode; 6 May 2021)
  15. Google will soon switch on two-factor authentication by default (The Verge; 6 May 2011)
  16. Microsoft reportedly shelves Windows 10X, its Chrome OS competitor (The Next Web)
  17. What to expect from Google I/O 2021: Assistant, Android 12, and ‘Material NEXT’ (9 to 5 Google; 10 May 2021)
  18. Google Is Rolling Out A Big Update To Speed Up Google Docs Rendering For Everyone (Chrome Unboxed; 12 May 2021)
  19. Twitter is killing Nuzzel and it’s ok if you have no idea what that means (Android Police, 6 May 2021)
  20. A ‘beautiful’ female biker was actually a 50-year-old man using FaceApp. After he confessed, his followers liked him even more. (Washington Post, 11 May 2021)
  21. Facebook moderator: ‘Every day was a nightmare’ (BBC News; 12 May 2021)
  22. Why Amy Klobuchar just wrote 600 pages on antitrust (ArsTechnica, 9 May 2021)
  23. OneDrive is getting long overdue casting support (Android Police; 9 May 2021)
  24. Wes’ Geek of the Week: Lesson Ideas and Tips for Language Teachers using Scratch, Minecraft and more!
  25. Jason’s Geek of the Week: Amazing implementation of Minecraft: Good Trouble Lessons Live @ NCCE with Felisa Ford and Natasha Rachell

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