Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Hackers find ways to hijack car computers and take control

Sloppy security by car makers or deliberate backdoors exploited thru OnStar and Bluetooth wireless ports? Remember all those Toyota's suddenly accelerating on California freeways? They always blame individual hackers for this but its the individual hackers that uncover this kind of crap and negligence...  Its defective software and circuit design and should be treated as such.  Car control systems should be subject to same scrutiny given to life support systems. -Bill

Hackers find ways to hijack car computers and take control
Tom Krisher, Associated Press | 13/09/03 11:28 AM ET

Hackers were reportedly able to gain access to a car's computers through the OnStar system on a GM vehicle.

DETROIT — As cars become more like PCs on wheels, what’s to stop a hacker from taking over yours?

In recent demonstrations, hackers have shown they can slam a car’s brakes at freeway speeds, jerk the steering wheel and even shut down the engine — all from their laptop computers.

The hackers are publicizing their work to reveal vulnerabilities present in a growing number of car computers. All cars and trucks contain anywhere from 20 to 70 computers. They control everything from the brakes to acceleration to the windows, and are connected to an internal network. A few hackers have recently managed to find their way into these intricate networks.

In one case, a pair of hackers manipulated two cars by plugging a laptop into a port beneath the dashboard where mechanics connect their computers to search for problems. Scarier yet, another group took control of a car’s computers through cellular telephone and Bluetooth connections, the compact disc player and even the tire pressure monitoring system.

Microsoft buys Nokia mobile business for $7.2 billion

Microsoft buys Nokia mobile business for $7.2 billion
Published time: September 03, 2013 09:38

Nokia chief executive Stephen Elop (left) welcomes Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer (file photo) (Reuters / Luke MacGregor)Nokia chief executive Stephen Elop (left) welcomes Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer (file photo) (Reuters / Luke MacGregor)

Microsoft is buying Nokia's smartphone business and a portfolio of patents and services in an attempt to improve its position in the mobile market and compete with Apple and Google at a time when more people pursue their lives on mobile devices.

The $7.2 billion deal announced late on Monday marks a major step in Microsoft's push to transform itself from a software maker focused on operating systems and applications for desktop and laptop computers into a  more versatile and nimble company that delivers services on any kind of internet gadget, the Associated Press reports.

The acquisition will represent the second most expensive deal in Microsoft's 38-year history, ranking behind an $8.5 billion purchase of internet telephony and video conferencing service Skype. [who would have thought they'd pay more for Skype than Nokia? Or did they get a subsidy from the gov't to fund that purchase? -Bill]

The deal sent Nokia's Helsinki-listed shares higher by as much as 48 percent on Tuesday, which was ranked by Bloomberg as a record advance. Microsoft's shares fell around 1 percent in pre-market activity.

Microsoft, Google sue US for right to reveal nature of surveillance requests

Microsoft, Google sue US for right to reveal nature of surveillance requests
Published time: August 31, 2013 02:20

Microsoft and Google announced Friday they are going forward with a lawsuit against the US government for the right to reveal more information about official requests for customer data by American intelligence.

The companies originally filed suits in June following revelations provided by Edward Snowden of their relationship with the National Security Agency and the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, which oversees the government’s requests of the companies’ systems.

Microsoft’s general counsel Brad Smith announced the companies were following through with a suit, saying negotiations with the government since June have not yielded significant progress. The companies maintain they should be allowed to disclose the nature of their relationship with government spying -- via the program known as PRISM -- in the face of public criticism after the NSA stories were reported by The Guardian and The Washington Post.

“On six occasions in recent weeks we agreed with the Department of Justice to extend the Government’s deadline to reply to these lawsuits.  We hoped that these discussions would lead to an agreement acceptable to all.  While we appreciate the good faith and earnest efforts by the capable Government lawyers with whom we negotiated, we are disappointed that these negotiations ended in failure,” Smith wrote in a post entitled “Standing Together for Greater Transparency” on Microsoft’s corporate blog.

The companies deny PRISM allows the government direct access to their systems, but they are not legally able to disclose how often they have been asked to provide information on users.

"We believe we have a clear right under the US Constitution to share more information with the public," Smith wrote. "The purpose of our litigation is to uphold this right so that we can disclose additional data."

Though the US government has said it will reveal more details of the nature and scope of their requests of the companies in 2012, Smith said it’s not enough.

“We believe it is vital to publish information that clearly shows the number of national security demands for user content, such as the text of an email,” he wrote.

In 2012, the secret FISA court granted 1,856 government requests for customer data while rejecting none. 

BRICS agree on $50bn IMF rival bank, ‘difficult’ details remain

BRICS agree on $50bn IMF rival bank, ‘difficult’ details remain 
03 Sep 2013

The ‘big five’ of the developing world, the BRICS nations, will meet on the sidelines of the G20 to further iron out the details of their proposed development bank, which will pool foreign reserves from the five nations to create a fund of up to $100bn.
Leaders from Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa will meet in St. Petersburg to discuss the progress of the bank to rival the dominance of the World Bank and the IMF, and to establish a new joint currency reserve arrangement.

So far the emerging economies have agreed on $50bn in capital, but there are still ‘difficult details’ that could take months to sort out, Russian Russian Deputy Finance Minister Sergei Storchak said.

"These are systemic themes, complicated, [and] negotiations are difficult. We must assume that the bank will not start functioning as fast as one could imagine," Storchak said. "It will take months, maybe a year."

The bank will be set up by 2015 Storchack confidently said in June at the St. Petersburg Economic Forum. The project was approved at the BRICS summit in Durban, South Africa in March 2013.

Gaia Portal: Primary Gaia Ascension Constructs [are] Fully in Place

Primary Gaia Ascension Constructs [are] Fully in Place
by ÉirePort

Primary Gaia Ascension constructs [are] fully in place. Awaiting final signal for next movement.

Appropriate next movement of Hue-manity is perceived and accepted.

Secrecy grids dissolved, all planetary intentions are visible to all.

Spontaneous Higher Light "explosions" follow rapidly and eliminate all shadow spaces.

Being "in the Light" or "in the shadows" matters not.

The Higher Light has prevailed.

ÉirePort | September 3, 2013 at 16:30
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