Go Ahead, Hackers. Make. My. Day.

A new security-based system, available for purchase later this year, will stop a cyberattack on your computer…and then launch a counterattack.

Article written by guest writer Kecia Lynn

What’s the Latest Development?

Anyone who’s ever had their personal computer or business network hacked is probably familiar with a certain set of helpless questions: “How did this happen? Why did this happen? Who’s responsible? How can I get my hands on them?” When it comes to those last two questions, CAT Inc. claims that its new security-based system, announced this week, will get those answers for you.  Not only will it defend your machines from hackers, it will retaliate against them.

What’s the Big Idea?

The system uses OT-OCN technology to identify attempts at hacking. It “lets users know whenever a hacker goes after them. It then informs users how a hacker's attempted attack was stopped and where the attack originated from. The security system then goes from being a guard to a hit man” and attacks the hacker. In addition, CAT states in its news release that its product “removes delays and 'online traffic congestion,' making it faster and easier for users as they navigate the Internet.” So not only do customers get improved Internet access, they get the safety that comes with having a personal cyber-watchdog whose bite is even better than its bark. The system will be available for purchase later this year.

Photo Credit: Shutterstock.com

Related Articles

Human skeletal stem cells isolated in breakthrough discovery

It's a development that could one day lead to much better treatments for osteoporosis, joint damage, and bone fractures.

Image: Nissim Benvenisty
Surprising Science
  • Scientists have isolated skeletal stem cells in adult and fetal bones for the first time.
  • These cells could one day help treat damaged bone and cartilage.
  • The team was able to grow skeletal stem cells from cells found within liposuctioned fat.
Keep reading Show less

How exercise helps your gut bacteria

Gut bacteria play an important role in how you feel and think and how well your body fights off disease. New research shows that exercise can give your gut bacteria a boost.

National Institutes of Health
Surprising Science
  • Two studies from the University of Illinois show that gut bacteria can be changed by exercise alone.
  • Our understanding of how gut bacteria impacts our overall health is an emerging field, and this research sheds light on the many different ways exercise affects your body.
  • Exercising to improve your gut bacteria will prevent diseases and encourage brain health.
Keep reading Show less

Giving octopuses ecstasy reveals surprising link to humans

A groundbreaking new study shows that octopuses seemed to exhibit uncharacteristically social behavior when given MDMA, the psychedelic drug commonly known as ecstasy.

Image: damn_unique via Flickr
Surprising Science
  • Octopuses, like humans, have genes that seem to code for serotonin transporters.
  • Scientists gave MDMA to octopuses to see whether those genes translated into a binding site for serotonin, which regulates emotions and behavior in humans
  • Octopuses, which are typically asocial creatures, seem to get friendlier while on MDMA, suggesting humans have more in common with the strange invertebrates than previously thought
Keep reading Show less