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Posted on August 1st, 2017 at 20:29 by John Sinteur in category: News


A group of security researchers have found vulnerabilities in internet-connected drive-through car washes that would let hackers remotely hijack the systems to physically attack vehicles and their occupants. The vulnerabilities would let an attacker open and close the bay doors on a car wash to trap vehicles inside the chamber, or strike them with the doors, damaging them and possibly injuring occupants.

“We believe this to be the first exploit of a connected device that causes the device to physically attack someone,” Billy Rios, the founder of Whitescope security, told Motherboard. Rios conducted the research with Jonathan Butts of QED Secure Solutions. They plan to discuss their findings this week at the Black Hat security conference in Las Vegas.

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Amber Rudd Claims ‘Real People’ Do Not Want Secure Communications

Posted on August 1st, 2017 at 19:14 by John Sinteur in category: News


Amber Rudd has said “real people” do not want secure end-to-end encryption on messaging services.

The Home Secretary will warn internet giants today that terrorists are misusing their platforms when she visits Silicon Valley.

Writing in The Daily Telegraph, Rudd said: “Who uses WhatsApp because it is end-to-end encrypted, rather than because it is an incredibly user-friendly and cheap way of staying in touch with friends and family?

“So this is not about asking the companies to break encryption or create so called ‘back doors’.

“Companies are constantly making trade-offs between security and ‘usability’, and it is here where our experts believe opportunities may lie.

“Real people often prefer ease of use and a multitude of features to perfect, unbreakable security.”

Renate Samson Chief Executive of Big Brother Watch said Rudd’s comments were “at best naïve, at worst dangerous”.

“Suggesting that people don’t really want security from their online services is frankly insulting, what of those in society who are in dangerous or vulnerable situations, let alone those of us who simply want to protect our communications from breach, hack or cybercrime,” she said.

“Once again the Government are attempting to undermine the security of all in response to the actions of a few.  We are all digital citizens, we all deserve security in the digital space.”

And right there, people, is why I could never be Chief Exec of Big Brother Watch. I could not possible be that kind in my response.

Let me just say this:

Well informed people choose encrypted messaging services. Uninformed people need encrypted messaging services.

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Netflix’s ’13 Reasons Why’ May Cause A Suicide Spike, Scientists Caution

Posted on August 1st, 2017 at 19:11 by John Sinteur in category: News


The Netflix series 13 Reasons Why may lead to increased suicidal thoughts among young viewers, new research suggests. The study is the first to examine the impact of the controversial show, which has garnered much praise for its realistic depiction of the events leading up to (and including) the suicide of a teenage girl. The data indicates that Google searches for “how to commit suicide” increased 26 percent following the series release. That’s cause for concern, because there’s a well-established link between suicidal thoughts and suicide attempts.

“Psychiatrists have expressed grave concerns, because the show ignores the World Health Organization’s validated media guidelines for preventing suicide,” coauthor on the study John W. Ayers of San Diego State University told Fatherly. WHO’s guidelines aim to discourage content that centers around suicide.

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