writes: In a story published by Technology Review, researchers have demonstrated multiple times that they can bypass wireless entry and ignition system to take to a car without the owner's permission. As researchers in the article point out, security of systems will begin have a real impact to every day use if a thief can simply walk up to your car and drive it away.
Although this article is light on technical details, a companion article shows how the researchers accomplished the security bypass.
An interesting read, and certainly something that will no doubt be the subject of a new movie any day now.Link to Original Source
writes: Fox news is reporting that Intel has confirmed that the rumored "crack" of HDCP is real, although based on this sketchy news report it implies someone has derived the private key for HDCP which now allows people to create devices that will allow HDCP content to be decrypted without the permission of Intel and the media conglomerates. As of this moment, no one is aware of an actual device making use of this master key.
It is curious that Intel would confirm the key is genuine, since they own this technology and charge for its use.Link to Original Source
writes: It is being widely reported that US Predator drones are being tapped into by Iranian backed Shiite fighters. While control of the drones is not an issue, people are asking the very relevant question as to why video feeds are not encrypted. With the information from the drones readily available to their targets, it effectively renders the Predators useless. The software is Skygrabber ( http://www.skygrabber.com/ and because of the news, the site appears to be down (Google cache: http://220.127.116.11/search?q=cache:4bjfpUA4p8wJ:www.skygrabber.com/+skygrabber&cd=4&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us).
Nonetheless, as the military attempts to use more unmanned weapons, it raises questions why the Pentagon and the contractor ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/General_Atomics) never considered fixing what is an obvious hole in the security of one the new "wonderweapons".Link to Original Source
writes: In a filing to the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) late last week, eBay admitted that it paid too much for Skype ($1B US). However, the really interesting part of the filing is that eBay said it never obtained the rights to the underlying technology of Skype.
eBay warned that Skype depends on key technology that is licensed from third parties. The third party in this case is Sweden-based Joltid, a peer to peer technology firm run by Skype's founders and ex-owners Niklas Zennström and Janus Friis.
The story can be found at http://www.telecoms.com/13178/ebay-warns-skype-in-danger-of-shutdown
All of this comes in the wake of eBay's decision to spin off Skype as a separate firm this past April. But one wonders who will invest in Skype if it is really nothing more than a brand and an implementation of someone else's technology.
writes: In an interesting move, both Network Solutions and Google are blocking access to http://www.fitnathemovie.com/ by Dutch politician Geert Wilders. In a story in today's Washington Post, Brian Krebs ( http://blog.washingtonpost.com/securityfix/2008/03/networksolutions_precensors_an.html?hpid=sec-tech ) talks about the decision by Network Solutions to block the domain, not in response to any actual complaints, but by the fear of the type of violence sparked by the 2006 cartoons of Islam ( http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/01/30/AR2006013001316.html ).
What makes the story all the more interesting is Creeping Sharia ( http://creepingsharia.wordpress.com/2008/03/22/google-removes-fitna-the-movie-from-search-results ) reports that Google now filters these results, while their competitors at http://www.yahoo.com/ does not.
The whole episode is interesting since none of this is in response to either government sanction nor to any threat or complaint. And of course, as usual, nobody will officially comment on the matter.