LIBRARY Readers ALERT no. 277 – Cryptojacking


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1. Keats, Jonathon. “The problem with cryptojacking,”
Wired (February 25, 2018)

Doing currency mining on your own machine is perfectly legitimate. Basically, you’re solving gnarly math problems to verify transactions; in return, you get some new coins. But what are the hidden problems involved?

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2. Sifferlin, Alexandra. “1 in 4 teens say they’re sexting,”
Time Health (February 26, 2018)

73% of teenagers today have a smartphone, giving them access to all types of communication over text or social media. For many kids, that includes sexting—the sharing of sexual messages, images or videos. The new report, published in JAMA Pediatrics, analyzed 39 studies with a total of about 10,300 young men and women under age 18. 15% of teens say they send sexts and 27% receive them.

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Websex what’s the harm?

Nathalie Emmanuel investigates the growing trend of young people initiating sexual relationships on the internet and mobile devices. What are they risking? What are the boundaries?


Alexander Graham Bell patents the telephone

On March 7, 1876, 29-year-old Alexander Graham Bell receives a patent for his revolutionary new invention – the telephone. Three days after filing the patent, the telephone carried its first intelligible message–the famous “Mr. Watson, come here, I need you”–from Bell to his assistant, Thomas A. Watson.

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