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Submission + - New Device Allows Fully Paralyzed Rats to Walk, and Human Trials Are Scheduled

An anonymous reader writes: A new technique pioneered by scientists working on project NEUWalk at the Swiss Federal Institute for Technology (EPFL) have figured out a way to reactivate the severed spinal cords of fully paralyzed rats, allowing them to walk again via remote control. Human trials are scheduled for next summer.
"We have complete control of the rat's hind legs," EPFL neuroscientist Grégoire Courtine said. "The rat has no voluntary control of its limbs, but the severed spinal cord can be reactivated and stimulated to perform natural walking. We can control in real-time how the rat moves forward and how high it lifts its legs."

Submission + - Tesla Model S hacking prize claimed (

savuporo writes: AutoBlogGreen reports: The $10,000 prize for successfully hacking a Tesla Model S has been claimed. A team from Zhejiang University in China claimed victory at the Symposium on Security for Asia Network (SyScan360) event in Beijing by exploiting a "flow design flaw," whatever that means, to gain access to vital systems including the door locks, horn and window controls, while the vehicle was moving.

Last year, potential security pitfalls of high-tech electric and hybrid cars came to light when the DARPA successfully hacked into hybrids from Ford and Toyota. For illustration about why this might become a big deal, here is a video report about Prius ECUs and internal CAN network being messed around with while driven.

Submission + - PayPal allows change of amount without customer confirmation (

An anonymous reader writes: Like if a restaurant owner could change the billed amount in the card-terminal _after_ you entered your PIN,
or just like changing the amount in an already signed cheque by the recipient without knowledge.

The worst part is that PayPal actually calls this a 'feature' and not a BUG..

Submission + - Measels Vaccine Used To Put Woman's Cancer Into Remission (

clm1970 writes: A Minnesota woman’s blood cancer has gone into complete remission after she was given a high dose of the measles vaccine during a clinical trial. In a last ditch effort to save the woman's life this "proof of concept" shows that massive doses of intravenous viral therapy can at the very least treat cancer. 6 months after treatment the cancer has gone from life threatening to undetectable. While only done on a small scale of two patients with one not showing signs of improvement it does pave the way for larger clinical trials.

Submission + - Utah cops warrantlessly search prescription drug records (

Advocatus Diaboli writes: The warrantless search of Utah's database chronicling every controlled substance dispensed by a pharmacist resulted in charges against one paramedic that have nothing to do with the original investigation. Instead, the authorities discovered an employee whose records exhibited "the appearance of Opioid dependence" and lodged prescription fraud charges against paramedic Ryan Pyle. Now Pyle faces a maximum five-year prison sentence if convicted of the felony. "To me, it's outrageous government conduct," Pyle's attorney, Rebecca Skordas, said in a telephone interview Monday.

Submission + - Can Conscious Intention Affect Quantum Events? (

jjp9999 writes: The role of consciousness in quantum measurement has been debated since the early days of quantum mechanics, but few experiments have been done that actively test the role of conscious intent in the process. Dean Radin and colleagues performed a series of experiments that tested whether attempts to mentally influence a quantum measurement would make a difference in the interference pattern in a double-slit apparatus. Participants were indeed able to do so—the effects are highly statistically significant, demonstrating that conscious intent can influence interference patterns, and thus quantum events. Furthermore, participants with meditation experience were particularly good at creating the effect, while those without meditation experience did not influence the measurements, on average.

Submission + - Snowden kills "metadata" argument during live hosted by The Guardian

An anonymous reader writes: In a live chat hosted by the The Guardian, Edward Snowden has clarified that the NSA does not simply have access to metadata, as has been the media rhetoric, and that large volumes of data relating to US citizens is frequently ingested.

Answering one question, he wrote:

If I target for example an email address, for example under FAA 702, and that email address sent something to you, Joe America, the analyst gets it. All of it. IPs, raw data, content, headers, attachments, everything. And it gets saved for a very long time — and can be extended further with waivers rather than warrants.

Answering another:

US Persons do enjoy limited policy protections (and again, it's important to understand that policy protection is no protection — policy is a one-way ratchet that only loosens) and one very weak technical protection — a near-the-front-end filter at our ingestion points. The filter is constantly out of date, is set at what is euphemistically referred to as the "widest allowable aperture," and can be stripped out at any time. Even with the filter, US comms get ingested, and even more so as soon as they leave the border.

Submission + - Skype backdoor confirmed .. (

An anonymous reader writes: I was disappointed the rumoured skype backdoor is claimed to be real, and
that they have evidence. The method by which they confirmed is kind of odd
- not only is skype eavesdropping but its doing head requests on SSL sites
that have urls pasted in the skype chat!

Now I've worked with a few of the german security outfits before, though not
Heise, and they are usually top-notch, so if they say its confirmed, you
generally are advised to believe them.

Submission + - Hackers could abuse electric car chargers to cripple the grid, researchers say (

alphadogg writes: Hackers could use vulnerable charging stations to prevent the charging of electric vehicles in a certain area, or possibly even use the vulnerabilities to cripple parts of the electricity grid, a security researcher said during the Hack in the Box conference in Amsterdam on Thursday. While electric cars and EV charging systems are still in their infancy, they could become a more common way to travel within the next 10 years. If that happens, it is important that the charging systems popping up in cities around the world are secure in order to prevent attackers from accessing and tempering with them, said Ofer Shezaf, of HP ArcSight. At the moment, they are not secure at all, he said.

Submission + - EFF Responds to TV Stations Threatened by Exxon for Critical Ad (

elrendermeister writes: is reporting that the EFF has responded to Exxon's media intimidation at the site of the Mayflower, Arkansas tar sands oil spill, ExxonMobil has now taken to sending Cease and Desist letters to local Little Rock television stations into canceling the airing of a satirical but cutting advertisement critical of their business practices.

Submission + - Gaming Company Certificates Stolen and Used to Attack Activists, Others (

An anonymous reader writes: A rash of breaches at companies that develop online videogames has resulted in digital certificates being stolen from the companies and used in attacks targeting other industries and political activists.

At least 35 gaming developers involved in the MMORPG field have been hacked in the last year-and-a-half by the so-called Winnti group, with one of the primary goals being to steal their digital certificates to use in other attacks, according to researchers at Kaspersky Lab. The attackers are also interested in mapping the network architectures — particularly the production servers — and stealing source code from the gaming developers, likely so that they can uncover vulnerabilities that would allow them to artificially propagate digital currency used in the games and convert it to real-world cash, the researchers say.

Submission + - OpenStack To Crack Down On Incompatible Clouds (

itwbennett writes: OpenStack is calling shenanigans on companies that call their services OpenStack but aren't truly interoperable. (HP, Rackspace, we're looking at you.) Josh McKenty, CTO of Piston and an OpenStack Foundation board member said that the board has 're-fired up' the interoperability working group, and though he admits it will take some time before the hammer falls, he called out HP and Rackspace as two offenders: 'Neither of their public clouds could be called OpenStack under current interoperability guidelines,' he said. For their part, HP has denied the claims, while Rackspace said in a blog post that it is on track for interoperability by the end of the year.

Submission + - USPS discriminates against "Athiest" merchandise ( 3

fish waffle writes: Suspecting that their strongly branded "Athiest" products may be treated differently by more religiously-oriented postal regions, Kickstarter success Athiest Shoes conducted an experiment. They sent 178 envelopes to 89 people in different parts of the US, each person receiving one envelope prominently branded as "Athiest" merchandise, and one not. The results: packages with the athiest label were nearly 10 times more likely to never be received, and took on average 3 days longer to show up when they did. Control experiments were also done in Europe and Germany---it's definitely a USPS problem.

Submission + - Washington's Exploding Manholes Explained? (

sciencehabit writes: Drive around Washington, D.C., and the phrase "passing gas" takes on a whole new meaning. Researchers who mapped methane concentrations on the streets of the nation's capital found natural gas leaks everywhere, at concentrations of up to 50 times the normal background levels. The leaking gas wastes resources, enhances ozone production, and exacerbates global warming—not to mention powering the city's infamous exploding manholes.

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