Welcome to the Labyrinth – Fast Forward audio series


Our journey into the future of technology begins with the past. Writer and cultural theorist Ken Hollings guides this 6-episode audio series by Tomorrow Unlocked.

The past is the future

The pace of technological change is dizzying. We herald the newness of each platform, software and machine. In this first episode of our new audio series Fast Forward, broadcaster and cultural theorist Ken Hollings suggests it’s a good time to stop running around the labyrinth and find our way by retracing our steps. The past tells all about the present, and the future.

Humanity stays on track, to a fault

In this episode of Fast Forward, writer, data engineer and Associate Professor of English at University of Michigan, Tung-Hui Hu, points to the phenomenon of path tendency: The way new infrastructure tends to follow the paths of older infrastructure. His book Prehistory of the Cloud saw him looking deeply into the cloud’s origins. It seems fiber optic cables trace the paths of telegraph cables, which followed railways. And the problems of these past forms of communication and travel repeat themselves in cloud quirks and bottlenecks.

So how do we do better? “One of the biggest problems is the idea that technology is the solution to technology’s problems: Just iterate, and get this next version of technology to fix things. What we really need is someone to think about its context: Where it exists in history, how it exists with culture,” says Tung-Hui Hu.

Data highways jammed with private histories

And how much of the cloud is made up of personal but largely obsolete data, like holiday snaps from ten years ago, or the business equivalent of the same? Fast Forward talks with Kaspersky Security Researcher David Emm, who points to unsettling recent research that involved buying a stack of used devices on eBay and scouring them for private data. Just 11 percent of the devices had been securely erased. It’s that bad.

Emm says, “People thinking about what they do with technology before they dispose of it is really, really important. Criminals are very interested in the data businesses store, which is why we see data breaches. They’re trying to capture sensitive information.”

Tending the digital garden

MIT Technology Review’s Senior Reporter Tanya Basu suggests a new way of thinking about our digital lives might help us better control personal information online, avoid social media back-biting and, well, grow – a digital garden.

“A lot of people building these digital gardens are very interested in reshaping what we accept as normal when it comes to engaging online,” says Tanya.

This budding trend looks set to blossom, but if you’re unclear what a digital garden even is, Tanya’s description on Fast Forward is second to none, so put your ear to the rabbit hole and you’ll probably find yourself going all the way down.

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Deep blue sea documentaries for World Ocean Day


Looking for the best ocean-themed documentaries on the planet? For World Ocean Day, we’ve fished up these hard-hitting, inspiring and beautiful portrayals of the deep blue sea.

Oceans make up 96.5 percent of the world’s water

A habitat vital for human survival as much as for the life that calls the sea home, humanity is fast waking up to the need to protect the deep blue. If you can’t get outside to enjoy the sight of the deep blue this World Ocean Day, do the next best thing and see these top ocean-themed documentaries.

For more documentaries on our oceans, subscribe to Tomorrow Unlocked on YouTube and watch From Kurils With Love, a poignant look at a forgotten archipelago and its endangered seal population.

Mission Blue

2014

About ocean preservation

On Netflix

Directed by Fisher Stevens and Robert Nixon

Get to know the ground-breaking work of oceanographer and National Geographic explorer-in-residence Dr Sylvia Earle, whose water work in Mission Blue will make you well up.

Chasing Coral

2017

About coral reefs

On Netflix

Directed by Jeff Orlowski

Under the sea” sang Sebastian the crab among animated friends and coral reefs. Fast forward to today and he and his friends might not be so impressed at the rapid disappearance of coral from across the globe. In Chasing Coral, divers, photographers and scientists start an epic adventure to reveal the reasons for coral depletion.

Blue Planet II

2017

About ocean biodiversity

On Amazon Prime

Directed by Various, on behalf of BBC

No documentary list would be complete without the legend Sir David Attenborough. Dive into an endless stream of arresting, awe-inspiring ocean footage, emperor penguins and unusual species.

Sharkwater Extinction

2018

About shark finning

On Amazon Prime

Directed by Rob Stewart

Shark finning might not be as notorious as plastic pollution or biodiversity loss, but it’s gravely damaging the ocean. Explore the billion-dollar shark fin industry in this exposé of political corruption at sea.

The Cove

2009

About dolphin preservation

On YouTube

Directed by Louie Psihoyos

What happens when an activist and filmmaker team up with a preservation society to expose one of Japan’s most gruesome secrets? The Cove won a Best Documentary Oscar.

Seaspiracy

2021

About overfishing

On Netflix

Directed by Ali Tabrizi

You’ll have heard talk of this documentary during the pandemic. Seaspiracy will change the way you look at the ocean, its inhabitants and everything it produces. Not for the faint-hearted.

A Plastic Ocean

2016

About plastic pollution

On Netflix

Directed by Craig Leeson

Winning dozen awards, A Plastic Ocean raised the alarm about the growing threat of plastic polluting the oceans. Shot in 20 locations over four years, this is a hard-hitting exploration of plastic’s impact on the seas.

Blackfish

2013

About orca captivity

On Netflix

Directed by Gabriela Cowperthwaite

Following the story of captive orca Tilikum who killed three people, Blackfish is the shocking story of the devastation caused by keeping wild animals for entertainment.

My Octopus Teacher (above)

2020

About octopi

On Netflix

Directed by Pippa Ehrlich and James Reed

The result of a human-octopus friendship, this heart-warming documentary looks at cross-species connection below the surface. Tissues at the ready.

Did we miss any great ocean-themed documentaries?

These are our favorites, but we know there are more ocean-inspired documentaries everyone should see. Give us your recommendations on Twitter and Facebook.

World Environment Day – Giant vacuums are sucking CO2 out of the air


Today is World Environment Day and we should focus on reimagining, recreating and restoring Earth’s climate. Climate change is our time’s biggest environmental emergency. Could part of the solution be vacuuming carbon dioxide (CO2) out of the air? One company – started by university friends who saw glaciers recede before their eyes – is doing just that.

Operating some 14 plants worldwide, Climeworks are combatting the climate crisis with giant vacuum cleaner-like units that capture CO2. They offer CO2 removal as a service, helping people and companies ‘sequester,’ or store, their emissions in products like stone and even carbonated drinks. In the video, the Climeworks team share their passion and plans to transform the future of the planet.

For more, check out Climeworks’ Project Developer Nino Berta’s interview with Kaspersky Secure Futures.

What innovations have you seen that are helping fight the climate crisis? Share them with us on our Facebook and Twitter.

Take part in an interactive cyber bank heist


Put on your balaclava and gloves, and tell your partner you’ll be busy for an hour. You’re about to step inside history’s biggest cyber bank heist.

Go behind the scenes of the biggest cyber heist in history

The Carbanak cybergang once hacked an ATM and forced it to spit all its money out. Instead of trying to physically break into cash machines, Carbanak found a more elegant, stealthy approach.

They hacked into bank networks, learned how the machines worked, then triggered them to spill all the money. They’d swoop past and pick it all up – until they got caught.

Why are we telling you about cash machine attacks?

The new interactive version of our film about the Carbanak ATM attacks, Cashing In, lets you take part in a cyber bank heist. What would you change if you were the plan’s mastermind? Tell us your ideas on Twitter and Facebook.

See more on the most inventive, mysterious and iconic cybercriminal attacks – from Olympic Games destroyers to COVID-19 hospital hacks – watch the full hacker:HUNTER documentary series.

Why is ransomware now life threatening?


When a patient died after a ransomware attack meant she had to be diverted from her nearest center for care, the cybersecurity world paid close attention. Why is this event being described as a warning for the future of cyber defense? Watch Ransomware: An Escalating Threat to find out.

Ransomware’s malicious history

In 1989, a Harvard Ph.D graduate sent 20,000 floppy disks to that year’s international AIDS conference attendees, labeled AIDS Information – Introductory Diskettes. They were loaded with the earliest known ransomware, PS Cyborg. It encrypted files on the host’s computer unless the owner sent $189 to PC Cyborg Cor. And it was no misguided academic experiment – the graduate just wanted extra cash.

Malwaer changes focus

Fast forward 31 years from ransomware’s inception. Today, this form of malware is life threatening.

Historically, ransomware targeted personal computer users. Today, the profit’s in attacking businesses, because they have more money and valuable data. By the end of 2021 there will be a ransomware attack every 11 seconds, causing overall damage worth 20 billion US dollars. But it’s not just about money.

Tragic incident heralds a new age of secuity concern

The coronavirus pandemic was the opportunity of the decade for ransomware. While overrun healthcare systems experienced an unprecedented wave of attacks, one ransomware incident in Dusseldorf, Germany stood out.

Medics received a call from a woman in pain. When they saw her, they realized she needed urgent surgery. They planned to take her to the local university hospital, but a ransomware attack had shut down its crucial machinery, so she had to be diverted to another emergency unit. She died on route.

With the consequences of ransomware now proven deadly, how do we protect ourselves, our loved ones and our businesses? Prepare yourself with free ransom decryption tools from No More Ransom – an initiative by the Netherlands’ police, Europol’s European Cybercrime Centre, Kaspersky and McAfee.

8 best tech documentaries on Netflix and more


There’s nothing like a documentary to help get your head around new tech looking set to change the world. We think these 8 documentaries on the future of tech are not to be missed, whether you stream on Amazon, Netflix or another service.

Time for a top tech documentary

You’ve made your way through what’s trending on Netflix and cut through Amazon Prime’s top films like a knife through butter. Now it’s time to sit back and feast your eyes on the next big thing. These are our favorite tech documentaries of recent years.

The Social Dilemma

2020

About: Social media and data protection

Directed by Jeff Orlowski

Watch on Netflix

What’s behind your Facebook? Is someone on the other side of your Instagram? The Social Dilemma examines our growing dependence on social media, how it’s reprogramming the way we interact and insider secrets about how the companies work.

11:Years – The Rose Of UK FinTech

2019

About: FinTech

Directed by 11:FS

Watch on YouTube

The financial crash in 2008 set the scene for a new wave of British banks like Monzo, Starling and Revolut. Will they change how we interact with banking? Featuring the trailblazing CEOs of UK fintech, 11:Years looks at what banking could be if finance keeps going digital.

The Great Hack

2019

About: Data protection

Directed by Karim Amer and Jehane Noujaim

Watch on Netflix

This documentary uses the iconic Cambridge Analytica and Facebook scandal to tell the story of how the powers that be use our data and control what we see. For extra reading, Kaspersky interviews Cambridge Analytica whistleblower Brittany Kaiser about her ideas for solving the big personal data problem.

iHuman

2019

About: AI

Directed by Tonje Hessen Schei

Watch on Modern Films

Is artificial intelligence the most powerful technology of all time? iHuman accesses the booming AI industry and uncovers fascinating truths on how AI could shape our future.

Coded Bias (above)

2020

About: Machine learning

Directed by Shalini Kantayya

Watch on Netflix

How fair are the algorithms that are increasingly part of life? Coded Bias explores what algorithms do, how they work and how they might embed bias. At the heart of the documentary are cyber-heroes of algorithms, the Algorithmic Justice League.

Do You Trust This Computer?

2018

About: AI

Directed by Chris Paine

Watch on Amazon

Stephen Hawking once warned that pursuing superintelligent artificial intelligence might jeopardize humanity. Do You Trust This Computer? asks whether that prediction holds water.

The Cleaners

2018

About: Data protection

Directed by Hans Block and Moritz Riesewieck

Watch on Google Play

The Cleaners follows the lives of five cyber guardians who monitor and delete offensive, pornographic and provocative posts on social media. Are they what stands between us and total online chaos?

For more stories on the people protecting our digital lives, watch our Defenders of Digital series.

Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World

2016

About: Future of the internet

Directed by Werner Herzog

Watch on Amazon

An award-winning director looks at the internet of our future in this beautifully shot documentary. A complete view of the evolution of the world wide web and what that will mean for humanity further down the line.

Did we miss any great tech documentaries?

These are our favorite documentaries on technology’s evolution, but we know there are more everyone should see. Which tech documentaries do you recommend? Share your suggestions on our Twitter and Facebook.

For more documentaries on how tech is changing the world, subscribe to Tomorrow Unlocked on YouTube and watch documentaries like Imagine Beyond: Who Wants To Live Forever.

4 Star Wars-inspired films for May the 4th

Lives today are linked to the world of Star Wars more than many realize


Today is Star Wars Day! What better way to celebrate the iconic movies than by checking out these 4 documentaries that show how Star Wars technology is becoming a daily reality. These short films explore the amazing possibilities of this moment in robotics, cryonics and human augmentation.

Imagine Beyond – The Body (above)

In the final scenes of The Empire Strikes Back, Luke Skywalker’s hand – cut off by Darth Vader – is replaced in just 24 hours. Scientists across the world are now working on robotic limbs that can integrate with human bodies. Will we soon become superhuman?

Watch these videos to see how technology is making Star Wars-evoking strides into human augmentation, robotics and cryonics.

Unlocked: Is more tech inside making us better?

Should bionic augmentation aim to restore bodies, or add to them? Tilly Lockey, who has highly customized bionic arms, and Wojtek Paprota, with his implanted chip, discuss the possibilities and advantages of cyborgs and robotic upgrades.

Robotic Relationships: How we could fall in love with machines

Robotic relationships may be a turning point in the age of the machine. Can humans and AI connect on a deep emotional level?

Frozen in time: Is this how we will cheat death?

Eternal life might be possible sooner than we think. What will it mean for our bodies and society?

How will you celebrate Star Wars Day? Share your traditions with us on Twitter and Facebook!

Down with Doxing: What to do to stop it


Doxing. Have you heard of it? If not, here’s why you might want to get up to date and some simple tips to keep protected. Essential personal data protection reading.

Open access to data – friend or foe?

The accessibility of information today is one of our most empowering freedoms. But it can also fuel malicious personal attacks, known as doxing or doxxing. We’re about to take you through what doxing is, how criminals do it and how to prevent it.

What is doxing?

Doxing is maliciously revealing personal information online, for example, posting an anonymous blogger’s real name or address. Doxers aim to punish, intimidate or humiliate their target by finding out sensitive information and using it against them, like selling your credit card details or threatening to burgle your home.

The never-ending black hole of personal information that is the internet means anyone with the time, motivation and interest can weaponize your personal data. And doxing is a growing problem.

How does doxing work?

These are the most common ways doxers grab data to expose someone.

Tracking usernames

When someone uses one username across multiple platforms, doxers can follow the trail.

Phishing

Phishing scams are fake emails luring victims to click through to a malicious site where attackers may steal sensitive information.

Stalking social media

Geotagging your photos? Sharing your work location? Doxers can use this to build up a picture of your life and even to deduce the answers to your account security questions.

Is doxing that bad?

Yes. Doxing can have catastrophic consequences.

In 2015, hackers forced entry to dating site for people in committed relationships, Ashley Madison, stealing 32 million users’ data. They demanded payment to return the records but didn’t get it, so published all the data online, causing professional and personal harm, and probably a divorce or two. And then in 2020 Ashley Madison’s attackers came back for more.

Doxing knows no bounds. There are no clear good or bad sides. After an anonymous UK-based security researcher saved the world from a powerful cyberattack, the media outed his real identity and address, leaving him open to a revenge attack from the cybercrime group he went out to stop. Marcus Hutchins’ story is one of a kind.

Protect yourself from doxers with this checklist

Recent research shows more of our data is being sold to organizations and criminals. Cybercriminals could use almost all of it for doxing or cyberbullying.

Credit cards and banking log-ins are the most in-demand. They’re used for extortion, phishing schemes and straight-up money theft. Meanwhile, doxxers use personal account access to cause reputational harm. How do you stop it happening to you? This anti-doxing checklist has everything you need to stay safe.

Keen to learn more about doxing and how to prevent it?

Kaspersky, in collaboration with endtab.org, has just released a free doxing training course. You’ll learn about the dangers of dox attacks, how to protect against them and what to do if you’re a victim.

These outstanding sci-fi films didn't make The Oscars


Invisible men, brutal algorithm-driven dystopia and devices that fragment consciousness – it’s been a tasty year for sci-fi. As we approach The Oscar’s 2021, we look at a few movies about the future of tech that, unfortunately, didn’t make the shortlist. Which one surprises you the most?

How did these sci-fi films miss out on The Oscars 2021?

It’s that time of the year again. The great and good from the world of film come together to celebrate cinematographic achievements. Except, this year, we won’t be focusing on those. We’ll be focusing on those that *didn’t* make it.

Yes, we’re delving into the depths of the unrecognized to focus on what we do best: tech film. The future of technology to be precise. There’s a rich well to drink from, too. So here’s our favorite sci-fi films about the future of tech that *didn’t* make the list for The Oscars 2021.

The Invisible Man (above)

Director: Leigh Wannel

Griffin, a scientist interested in optics, stalks his wife with an invisibility suit which only works when he’s totally naked. The suit supposedly bends light, using various cameras and displays to record the wearer’s surroundings and transmit them on its surface. You might be thinking, can someone actually make an invisibility suit? It may be closer than we think.

Watch it: YouTube, Amazon Prime

Bloodshot

Director: David S.F. Wilson

Vin Diesel is back. After witnessing his wife’s murder, his character Ray wakes up in a strange facility with amnesia. Turns out his blood has been replaced with nanorobots that give him superpowers – think Wolverine meets The Punisher. He can heal from any injury thanks to the tiny helpers in his blood, plus morph his own body, changing his shape and appearance. Sound like your kind of thing?

Watch it: YouTube, Amazon Prime, Google Play

Possessor

Director: Brandon Cronenburg

Will the life of an assassin ever get any easier? Possessor thinks so. In this near future tale, hired killers, called ‘possessors,’ control the bodies of others to earn their money. No trace, no trouble. But how does it work? Brain-implant technology that plants the consciousness of one into the other. Thing is, both exist in the same body. Surely that’s a recipe for disaster? Yes, as our protagonist finds out.

Watch: YouTube, Amazon Prime, Google Play

Black Box

Director: Emmanuel Osei-Kuffour Jr.

Widowed protagonist, severe amnesia and a new form of experimental brain treatment – what could go wrong? Nolan is struggling to adapt to life after the loss of his wife, so he turns to tech to sort himself out. In Black Box, tech — in this case, a virtual reality headset — is used to help access and unlock memories, drastically altering our personalities and perspectives on our past. The hope? That by uncovering the dark recesses of our brain through VR reconstructions, we can come to terms with grief, pain and anguish. Keen to give it a try?

Watch it: Amazon Prime

Minor Premise

Director: Eric Schultz

R10 – recognize the name? Probably not; it’s a fictional, mind-altering device. Ethan, our protagonist, built R10 – which isolates sections of the brain that control emotions or behaviour, allowing us to better understand our personalities. But things go a little bit stray when Ethan’s consciousness starts fragmenting into different pieces. It’s not a technology we see getting past regulators any time soon. That said, would you try it?

Watch it: Amazon Prime

Ready to stream? Make sure you do this first

If you’re streaming films, particularly recently released ones, do it from a recognized, paid service. Why? Because free streaming sites are a breeding ground for phishing attacks, spam emails and malware. Kaspersky experts found that almost 70 percent of malicious files are disguised in three Oscar-nominated movies: Promising Young Woman, Judas and the Black Messiah, and the Trial of the Chicago 7.

In short, cybercriminals know that ‘free’ films are a popular lure for unsuspecting victims. So how can you avoid getting hacked? Check the website’s authenticity (including URL spelling), pay attention to files you’re downloading (a video file will never be called .exe or .msi) and use reliable security solutions. There, you’re ready to stream.

Did we miss anything?

These are our favorite sci-films that didn’t make The Oscars, but what about yours? Share your suggestions on our Twitter and Facebook.

World-changing environmental docos: 7 of the best


As we prepare for life after the pandemic, the inspiration of the great outdoors calls. These 7 environment documentaries are essential Earth Day watching.

Seven inspiring stories for Earth Day 2021

This time last year, much of the world was in lockdown. Now, we move towards a new normal of roaming freely in the great outdoors. But spare a thought for the future of nature. While we’ve been battling lousy Zoom connections, the environment is under threat from plastic pollution, overfishing and more.

But technological advancements and our renewed appreciation of nature mean hope is on the horizon. This Earth Day, we’ve picked seven environmental documentaries showing incredible responses to our world’s most pressing issues. Which one moves you the most?

Seaspiracy (above)

2021

Directed by Ali Tabrizi

About: Overfishing

After this poignant examination of the global fishing industry, sustainable fisheries and ocean destruction, you may never look at tuna salad the same way. Seaspiracy leaves a lasting impression.

Watch on Netflix.

Sir David Attenborough’s Life on our Planet

2020

Directed by Alastair Fothergill, Jonathan Hughes, Keith Scholey

About: Conservation

Life on our Planet is David Attenborough’s ‘witness statement‘ for the environment. Tracing his 60-year career broadcasting and natural history career, he shows the steep decline in the planet’s health over his lifetime.

Watch on Netflix.

Virunga

2014

Directed by Orlando von Einsiedel

About: Poaching

What happens when brave park rangers meet dangerous animal poachers? Virunga is a powerful look at the poaching industry and those trying to stop it every day.

Watch on Netflix.

From Kurils With Love

2020

Directed by Renan Ozturk, Taylor Rees – a Tomorrow Unlocked film

About: Biodiversity

The Kuril Islands are one of the most inaccessible volcanic islands chains in the world, and they’re under threat from climate change. One man stands to protect one of nature’s last safe havens.

Waste Land

2010

Directed by Lucy Walker

About: Recycling

Not your average eco-documentary. New York-based artist Vik Muniz travels to the world’s largest garbage heap in his native Brazil. What he finds changes him and those around him forever.

Watch on Amazon.

The Plastic Age

2015

Directed by Jake Summer

About: Plastic

Plastic pollution is a severe issue, but what can we do about it? The Plastic Age demonstrates a use for the Great Pacific garbage patch: Bionic yarn. But what is it and how can it help?

The Undamaged

2018

Directed by Miha Avguštin, Rožle Bregar and Matic Oblak

About: River conservation

Building 2,700 hydroelectric dams on Europe’s rivers might seem a good idea. So why is this kayaking group fighting it? Follow the paddling protesters from Slovenia to Albania as they join locals to oppose new dams.

These sobering but powerful glimpses at Earth under threat show people acting for change. Have we missed one? Share your recommendations with us on Facebook and Twitter.

Inspired to go one step further? Donate to the Kuril Islands preservation fund set up by marine biologist Vladimir, star of From Kurils With Love.