Catastrophic aircraft hack is 'a matter of time', government researchers warn

The Independent - Tech

A cyber attack on a commercial aircraft is "only a matter of time", US government researchers have claimed in a report. "Potential of catastrophic disaster is inherently greater in an airborne vehicle," the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory – a laboratory within the Department of Energy - suggested. It was one of a series of a series of documents and slides from the Department of Energy and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), as well as other agencies, which were obtained by a Freedom of Information Act request by the Motherboard website. GCHQ to brief England over Playstation and smartphone cyber-attacks Britain'must be prepared to launch cyber attacks on enemies' If Russia launches a cyber attack on the UK, this is what we can do UK anti-doping agency hit by cyber attack Britain'must be prepared to launch cyber attacks on enemies' The same research from the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory also claimed that it was "a matter of time before a cyber security breach on an airline occurs." It is not the first time concerns have been raised about the security vulnerabilities of commercial aircraft.

Marriott Starwood hack: Booking database data compromised in cyber attack that could affect half a billion people

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A booking database run by the Marriott hotel chain has been hit by a vast hack that could affect half a billion people. The vast collection of people's personal information, used to book rooms at its Starwood properties, has been accessed by unauthorised people since 2014, it said. The cyberattack included information about those people's credit cards that could be used to steal money, Marriott warned. Uber has halted testing of driverless vehicles after a woman was killed by one of their cars in Tempe, Arizona. The I.F.O. is fuelled by eight electric engines, which is able to push the flying object to an estimated top speed of about 120mph The giant human-like robot bears a striking resemblance to the military robots starring in the movie'Avatar' and is claimed as a world first by its creators from a South Korean robotic company Waseda University's saxophonist robot WAS-5, developed by professor Atsuo Takanishi and Kaptain Rock playing one string light saber guitar perform jam session A man looks at an exhibit entitled'Mimus' a giant industrial robot which has been reprogrammed to interact with humans during a photocall at the new Design Museum in South Kensington, London Electrification Guru Dr. Wolfgang Ziebart talks about the electric Jaguar I-PACE concept SUV before it was unveiled before the Los Angeles Auto Show in Los Angeles, California, U.S The Jaguar I-PACE Concept car is the start of a new era for Jaguar.

What is Cyber Security Month? How to perform Google's Security Checkup and stay safe online

The Independent - Tech

If you've visited Google's homepage recently, you may have noticed a small note indicating that it is Cyber Security Month, together with a message encouraging you to perform a "quick Security Checkup". The awareness campaign, which first began in the US in 2004 before spreading to the EU in 2012, is part of a major effort to promote cyber security issues and educate the public on the dangers of online attacks. Cyber security has become an increasingly risky area in recent years, with the World Economic Forum's Global Risks Report 2018 naming cyber attacks as the third top cause of global disruption over the next five years, behind natural disasters and catastrophic weather events. In order to protect against such occurrences, both businesses and individuals are encouraged to increase their awareness of the potential risks in order to improve their safety. How to perform Google's Security Checkup Performing Google's Security Checkup can be done by either visiting the Google Search page and following the link at the bottom, or simply by clicking here.

Karamba Is Writing Software to Keep Your Connected Car from Getting Hacked

MIT Technology Review

With cars becoming more connected and autonomous, cybersecurity is a constant worry for automakers. They dread the likelihood of intrusions into the connected car from hackers, terrorists, extortionists, and thieves (see "Your Future Self-Driving Car Will Be Way More Hackable")--not to mention the random 12-year-old with mischief in mind. Apprehensions about automotive cybersecurity came to a head when a pair of white-hat hackers broke into a Jeep Cherokee in 2015, leading to the recall of 1.4 million vehicles by Chrysler Fiat to fix a software bug in the Uconnect infotainment system (see "Carmakers Accelerate Security Efforts after Hacking Stunts"). Cars represent a fundamentally different sort of security challenge from laptops, servers, or mobile phones, in which corruption or theft of data is the hacker's objective. A cyber-attack on a moving vehicle may create a deadly safety hazard, and conventional antihacking software could be too slow or ineffective to avert an incident.

Volkswagen is founding a new cybersecurity firm to prevent car hacking


As cars become more computerized, they're also facing a greater risk of being hacked. That's why Volkswagen is founding a new cyber security company devoted to protecting next-generation vehicles. On Wednesday, the automaker said it would partner with a former Israeli intelligence agency director to jointly establish a new company, called Cymotive Technologies. It's unclear how much Volkswagen is investing in the new firm, but security experts have been warning that internet-connected cars and self-driving vehicles could one day be a major target for hackers. Even older cars from Volkswagen are vulnerable.