Hackers hit San Francisco transport systems

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San Francisco’s transport agency has been hit by a hack attack that led to customers being able to travel for nothing. The hackers have made a ransom demand of 100 Bitcoin, which amounts to about $70,000 (£56,000 ; €66,000).  As a precaution, staff shut off all ticketing machines on the network. Source: BBC Technology News Date: November 29th,… Read more »

“No, the presidential election can’t be hacked”

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The Obama administration is accusing Russia of hacking US political organizations. States are reporting attempts — in one case successful — to breach voter registration databases. And the final days of the campaign are dominated by talk of whether the race is “rigged.” Source: CNN Date: October 27th, 2016 Link: http://www.cnn.com/2016/10/19/politics/election-day-russia-hacking-explained/index.html Discussion 1) “Nobody is going to be able to change the outcome of… Read more »

Thailand’s students reveal their vice — cheating by device

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  This is a confiscated smartwatch showing a student’s math data.  In Thailand, being brought up to be polite, tolerant, and respectful hasn’t prevented rampant cheating on university entrance exams, now aided by embedded cameras, smartwatches and all other manner of high tech gear. Source: Toronto Star Date: September 1st, 2016 Link: https://www.thestar.com/business/tech_news/2016/05/11/thailands-students-reveal-their-vice-cheating-by-device.html 1) How might you prevent… Read more »


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  The whistleblower Edward Snowden believes Russia is behind a leak of malware allegedly belonging to the US National Security Agency (NSA).  Hackers calling themselves Shadow Brokers started an auction for the malware last week.  The malware is used by the NSA to attack or counter-attack in cyberspace. Source: BBC Technology Date: August 17th, 2016 Link: http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-37104745 Discussion… Read more »

Help! My building has been hacked

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Two cybersecurity experts hacked into its Wharf 7 office in Sydney, Australia, through Google’s building management system (BMS).  “Once you understand how the systems work, it is very simple.”  The vulnerable systems were found on Shodan, a search engine that lists devices connected to the internet. Source: BBC Technology Date: April 28th, 2016 Link: http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-35746649 Discussion 1) If… Read more »

Adobe rolls out emergency update to counter ransomware threat

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Adobe has released an emergency update to its Flash Player after security researchers discovered a bug that allows attackers to take over and then crash users’ machines. Adobe didn’t say how many users had been affected by the attacks, but Flash Player runs on more than 1 billion connected desktops worldwide. Source: CNN Date: April 10th, 2016 Link… Read more »

Crash test: The tech driving down car insurance fraud

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Like everything from watches to refrigerators, cars are fast becoming internet-connected and laden with sensors monitoring their every move.  A “black box” can be found in millions of cars globally, now that more and more drivers are choosing so-called telematics insurance policies.  And these devices, that monitor speed, acceleration, braking, cornering – all aspects of… Read more »

Pirate avoids lawsuit after hitting 200,000 video views

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A convicted software pirate has been handed an unusual punishment.  The man, named only as Jakub F, was told he would be spared having to pay hefty damages as long as a film denouncing piracy he was made to produce got 200,000 views. Source: BBC Tech news Date: November 30th, 2015 Link: http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-34932628 Discussion 1) These were major… Read more »