First the thieves came for the car radios, and I did not speak out. Then it was airbags. And now, according to Toyota dealers, battery packs are increasingly becoming the target of smash-and-grab thieves.
The Toyota Prius, as you may know, is a hybrid—it has a small 1.5- or 1.8-litre engine, along with an electric motor that's driven by a battery pack (nickel-metal-hydride, NiMH, in the case of normal Priuses, and lithium-ion for the plug-in hybrid version). Like most batteries, the one in the Prius gradually loses its efficiency over time, eventually necessitating a replacement.
There are a lot of things Denver is known for being high on -- mostly altitude. Lately, it isn’t just the sticky green political battle that has been gaining attention. It’s the high-altitude antics of our local information security enthusiast Chris Roberts. But, like most highs and hacked aviation systems, this story is bound to plummet into the lifeless, high-desert plains. Why? News agencies are reporting that Chris Roberts, as a passenger, took control of an airplane mid flight by hacking the plane’s entertainment system, and was able to briefly redirect the flight’s course.
Watch your language. Words mean different things to different people – so the brainwaves they provoke could be a way to identify you.
Blair Armstrong of the Basque Center on Cognition, Brain, and Language in Spain and his team recorded the brain signals of 45 volunteers as they read a list of 75 acronyms – such as FBI or DVD – then used computer programs to spot differences between individuals. The participants' responses varied enough that the programs could identify the volunteers with about 94 per cent accuracy when the experiment was repeated.
Vehicles across an entire car park in Manchester had their locks jammed on Sunday as the apparent result of a botched criminally-motivated hack.
No one at the Manchester Fort Shopping Park, in north Manchester, was able to lock their car's doors on Sunday evening as a result of the attack by persons as-yet unknown.
Manual locking still worked, of course, but even then boots were still unlocked in some cases, leaving motorists little option but to wait by their cars. In addition to leaving cars open, the bungling thieves set off multiple alarms.
Submarine cable and data centre operator Pacnet was breached last month by hackers rummaging through its corporate network accessing emails and administration systems.
Pacent was recently acquired by Australia's Telstra, which today disclosed the breach of a "critical server" and is now informing customers and regulators about the mess.