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Submission + - Unpatched Exploit Lets You Clone Key Fobs and Open Subaru Cars (bleepingcomputer.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Tom Wimmenhove, a Dutch electronics designer, has discovered a flaw in the key fob system used by several Subaru models, a vulnerability the vendor has not patched and could be abused to hijack cars. The issue is that key fobs for some Subaru cars use sequential codes for locking and unlocking the vehicle, and other operations. These codes — called rolling codes or hopping code — should be random, in order to avoid situations when an attacker discovers their sequence and uses the flaw to hijack cars. This is exactly what Wimmenhove did. He created a device that sniffs the code, computes the next rolling code and uses it to unlock cars. The entire device costs between $15 and $30.

The researcher said he reached out to Subaru about his findings. "I did [reach out]. I told them about the vulnerability and shared my code with them," Wimmenhove told Bleeping. "They referred me to their 'partnership' page and asked me to fill in a questionnaire. It didn't seem like they really cared and I haven't heard back from them." A video of the exploit in action is available here.

Submission + - Recordings of the sounds heard in the Cuban US Embassy attacks released (apnews.com)

chrissfoot writes: The Associated Press has obtained a recording of what some U.S. Embassy workers heard in Havana in a series of unnerving incidents later deemed to be deliberate attacks. The recording, released Thursday by the AP, is the first disseminated publicly of the many taken in Cuba of mysterious sounds that led investigators initially to suspect a sonic weapon.

Submission + - SPAM: First recording emerges of high-pitched 'sonic weapon' linked to Cuba attacks

schwit1 writes: The recording, which has not yet provided much insight about what is harming diplomats, has been sent to the U.S. Navy for further examination. The Navy has advanced capabilities for analyzing acoustic signals.

Some U.S. tourists have since complained of symptoms similar to those experienced by government workers.

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Submission + - SPAM: Driverless Cars Are Giving Engineers a Fuel Economy Headache

schwit1 writes: Judging from General Motors Co.’s test cars and Elon Musk’s predictions, the world is headed toward a future that’s both driverless and all-electric. In reality, autonomy and battery power could end up being at odds.

That’s because self-driving technology is a huge power drain. Some of today’s prototypes for fully autonomous systems consume two to four kilowatts of electricity — the equivalent of having 50 to 100 laptops continuously running in the trunk, according to BorgWarner Inc. The supplier of vehicle propulsion systems expects the first autonomous cars — likely robotaxis that are constantly on the road — will be too energy-hungry to run on battery power alone.

A fully autonomous subcompact car like a Honda Fit, for example, will get 54.6 miles to the gallon in 2025 in the best-case scenario, more than 5 miles below the U.S. emissions target, according to BorgWarner. A small pickup or SUV would be at 45.8 mpg, versus a target of 50.

“They’re worried about one watt, and now you’re adding a couple thousand,”

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Submission + - SPAM: Scientists puzzled as Europe is mysteriously showered in radioactive particles

schwit1 writes: German scientists say there has been a slight increase in the amount of particles of the isotope Ruthenium-106 in Germany, Italy, Austria, Switzerland and France.

The spike could not have come from a nuclear accident, experts added. And The low levels of the stable isotope do not pose a threat to human health.

The Office for Radiation Protection said: "New analyses of the source of the radioactive material are likely to indicate a release in the southern Ural, but other regions in Southern Russia cannot be excluded."

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Submission + - Raising taxes boosts innovation says Billionaire VC Nick Hanauer (politico.com)

Paul Fernhout writes: Billionaire Venture Capitalist Nick Hanauer explains that there is no evidence that cutting taxes promotes innovation or employment — rather, the evidence suggests raising taxes and spending the money in a way that reduces inequality boosts the economy. He says: "In reality, our modern technological economy is best understood as an evolutionary feedback loop between innovation and demand. Innovation is the process through which we evolve new solutions to human problems, while consumer demand is the mechanism through which the market selects and propagates successful innovations. And it is economic inclusion — the full participation of as many people as possible in as many ways as possible, as innovators, entrepreneurs, workers and robust consumers — that drives both innovation and demand. The more we invest in the American people — in our wages, our education, our health care and our infrastructure — the more dynamic that feedback loop, and thus the faster and more prosperous our economy grows."

Comment Punishment? (Score 1) 66

Even if Equifax is completely disbanded and sold off, those responsible should spend time in jail and be fined into bankruptcy. Unfortunately, the right ones won't. There will be patsies and those who don't know enough or can't afford enough lawyers and time to defend themselves while the ones responsible will just take $$$ parachutes and waltz off.
      Our justice system is run by money, not justice. I wish I had a solution to propose.

Submission + - SPAM: In a Cashless World, You'd Better Pray the Power Never Goes Out 1

schwit1 writes: When Hurricane Maria knocked out power in Puerto Rico, residents there realized they were going to need physical cash — and a lot of it.

Bloomberg reported yesterday that the Fed was forced to fly a planeload of cash to the Island to help avert disaster:

William Dudley, the New York Fed president, put the word out within minutes, and ultimately a jet loaded with an undisclosed amount of cash landed on the stricken island...

[Business executive in Puerto Rico] described corporate clients' urgent requests for hundreds of thousands in cash to meet payrolls, and the challenge of finding enough armored cars to satisfy endless demand at ATMs. Such were the days after Maria devastated the U.S. territory last month, killing 39 people, crushing buildings and wiping out the island's energy grid. As early as the day after the storm, the Fed began working to get money onto the island,

For a time, unless one had a hoard of cash stored up in ones home, it was impossible to get cash at all. 85 percent of Puerto Rico is still without power, as of October 9. Bloomberg continues: "When some generator-powered ATMs finally opened, lines stretched hours long, with people camping out in beach chairs and holding umbrellas against the sun."

In an earlier article from September 25, Bloomberg noted how, without cash, necessities were simply unavailable:

"Cash only," said Abraham Lebron, the store manager standing guard at Supermax, a supermarket in San Juan's Plaza de las Armas. He was in a well-policed area, but admitted feeling like a sitting duck with so many bills on hand. "The system is down, so we can't process the cards. It's tough, but one finds a way to make it work."


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Submission + - Facebook is experiencing a major outage. (mashable.com) 2

wgoodman writes: Bad news, friends: Facebook appears to be down for a large number of users. Instagram, which is owned by Facebook, is reportedly struggling too.

Users of the social media platform began reporting issues around 11:11 a.m. EST, and it appears the outage has spread. The problems appear to be affecting users on both desktop and mobile.

Submission + - You're thinking about the 2nd Amendment all wrong. (ginsudo.com)

peterhudson writes: The Second Amendment is unique among the Bill of Rights for appearing to protect an object you hold in your hand rather than an idea you hold in your head. The First Amendment protects freedoms of speech and religion. Imagine if the First Amendment read something like, “Congress shall make no law infringing on the right of the people to keep and operate a printing press.” The sentiment would be clear: a free press is vital to a properly functioning democracy, the spread of information and debate is a bulwark against government tyranny. This version of the First Amendment would have worked just fine for the first two hundred years of the nation. And then it would become ridiculously outdated with the rise of digital information and the dominance of the Internet as the means through which speech is disseminated among the masses.

The Second Amendment, like all of the rest of the Bill of Rights, is about limiting governmental power. It is about ensuring that governmental tyranny will ultimately have to contend with the will of the people. The problem is that the disparity of destructive power between the weaponry of the government and the weaponry that people can own has become too great. Even if all citizens were armed with fully automatic assault rifles, this arsenal would pale in comparison to the firepower available to state and local police forces, never mind the world-ending power of the national armed forces.

The Second Amendment protects the idea of armed rebellion as a limitation on governmental power. Even though guns are obsolete for the protection of this idea, no serious discussion of the Second Amendment can propose their elimination without also proposing the armaments that should replace them.

It should be obvious by now that the weapons that matter are no longer ballistic, they are digital. The revolution may not be televised, but it will be online. The government does not fear guns. The government fears anonymity, connection and encryption. Second Amendment reform should be pushing in this direction:

A digital Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to remain Anonymous to the government, Connect online to all governmental information, and use and possess tools for unbreakable Encryption, shall not be infringed.

Submission + - SPAM: Blockchain Could Help Stop Fake News

jammag writes: What if every audio or video app on your phone, TV news camera or your video camera automatically came set up to create blockchains that included information such as geolocation, date and time? Editing programs would also be required to use blockchain. If so, we would know (mostly, probably) the true source and authenticity of material on social media — leading to greater transparency and less fake news.
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Submission + - How the Federal Reserve Bank of New York is using open source

Esther Schindler writes: When you handle trillions of dollars a year in transactions and manage the largest known vault of gold in the world, security and efficiency are top priorities. Open source reusable software components are key to the New York Fed's successful operation, explains Colin Wynd, vice president and head of the bank's Common Service Organization.

The nearly 2,000 developers across the Federal Reserve System used to have a disparate set of developer tools. Now, they benefit from a standard toolset and architecture, which also places limits on which applications the bank will consider using. “We don’t want a third-party application that isn’t compatible with our common architecture,” said Wynd.

But the advantages are more than technical. Among them: "Developers can now take on projects or switch jobs more easily across Federal Reserve banks because the New York Fed uses a lot of common open source components and a standard tool set, meaning retraining is minimal if needed at all."

Comment legal shenannigans (Score 1) 1

Two points: An app user has to pay more for the app because of this, so they are affected and have a right to sue.
And, I bet the developers have signed an arbitration agreement that also gives apple the right to pull their license to publish an app for any reason at all. So no developer would sue.
Apple wants to have their cake, and eat yours too.

Submission + - Who can sue Apple over the 30% haircut?

craighansen writes: Fortune published an article regarding a lawsuit over Apple's 30% commission payments for apps and in-app services. The Supreme Court is seeking input from the Trump administration on the issue of whether customers can sue over the illegally large cut that Apple takes, or whether, as Apple contends, only the app developers can sue.

Comment Not the whole story (Score 4, Interesting) 74

It seems to me that there still would have been traders and other travelers. If the Howiesons Poort tech was so much better there would have been demand for the raw materials. Perhaps they were decimated by inter-tribal warfare. Travel also spreads disease, so a plague or two could have brought them down. There are more factors to this than one simple explanation.

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