tkrotchko 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.
tkrotchko 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.
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".
tkrotchko 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.
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.