Modern cars contain tens of specialized computers that control everything from infotainment functions to steering and brakes. The pressing need to protect these computers from hackers will likely open up a new market for car-related software security products. Karamba Security, a start-up based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, is one of the companies that has stepped up to answer this demand. The company's anti-malware technology, unveiled Thursday, is designed to protect externally accessible electronic control units (ECUs) found in connected cars. These controllers, like those that handle handle telematics, infotainment and on-board diagnostics, can be accessed via Wi-Fi, Bluetooth or even the Internet, so they can serve as entry points for hackers into a car's network.
The United States Patent and Trademark Office has granted this week a patent to online payments company PayPal for a technique for detecting and stopping ransomware attacks. According to US patent number 10262138, issued on April 16, PayPal believes it can detect the early stages of a ransomware infection, and take one of two actions --to stop the encryption process, or to save a copy of the untainted original file to a remote server, before it gets encrypted, as a backup, so it can be restored later on. At the patent's heart is the technique through which PayPal claims it can detect the onset of a ransomware infection. PayPal says that its system will watch for when local files are loaded inside a computer's memory cache system, the place all files are loaded when an application needs to execute an operation. PayPal's system will look for a certain action pattern --when the file is duplicated, and high-entropy (encryption) operations are performed on the duplicate.
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Senior trade officials from Japan and South Korea will meet next month to discuss Tokyo's tightened controls on tech-related exports, trade minister Hiroshi Kajiyama said Friday. The director general-level meeting, set to take place during the third week of December in Tokyo, will be the first in 3½ and the first since Japan took the measures in July. Preparatory talks will be held next Wednesday in Vienna, Austria, Kajiyama told a news conference, adding that working-level officials also met on Thursday. Japan revoked South Korea's preferential status as a destination for three materials used in the production of semiconductors and display panels in early July. The following month, Tokyo removed Seoul from a whitelist of trusted trade partners.