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Fax me, beep me, if you wanna reach me

Fax me, beep me, if you wanna reach me

Aug 13, 2018

Fax machines, once the height of telecommunications tech, have mostly gone the way of the beeper. Some offices still fax occasionally, via those big industrial copiers, which new research shows are very vulnerable to hacking. We'll talk through today's cybersecurity…

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by Tracey Samuelson Aug 13, 2018
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Fax machines, once the height of telecommunications tech, have mostly gone the way of the beeper. Some offices still fax occasionally, via those big industrial copiers, which new research shows are very vulnerable to hacking. We’ll talk through today’s cybersecurity and yesterday’s tech, but first: What you need to know about Zimbabwe’s election and Turkey’s currency crisis. Plus: A new book explores what it’s like growing up in a company town when the company is the U.S. government.

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