Former NSA contractor Edward Snowden has asked President Barack Obama for a pardon, and the ACLU, which represents Snowden in the US, agrees. The following essay by Timothy Edgar, which originally appeared on the blog Lawfare, supports that position. Edgar is the former director of privacy and civil liberties for the Obama administration's national security staff, and is currently the academic director of law and policy at Brown University's Executive Master in Cybersecurity program, and visiting scholar at Brown University’s Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs.
Hacker George Hotz is gearing up to launch his automotive AI start-up's first official product.
In December, the 26-year-old—known for infiltrating Apple's iPhone and Sony's PlayStation 3—moved on to bigger things: turning a 2016 Acura ILX into an autonomous vehicle. According to Bloomberg, Hotz outfitted the car with a laser-based radar (lidar) system, a camera, a 21.5-inch screen, a "tangle of electronics," and a joystick attached to a wooden board.
Jacob Ajit is 17 and he just hacked his way to getting free phone data, presumably so that he can do whatever it is that Teens do online these days without alerting his parents with overage fees.
Memes? Mixtapes? Googling if you can get sick from too much peppermint liqueur? Hell if I know, but Ajit can apparently do it all now, for free.
French hackers are selling concealed weapons including so-called pen guns that fire .22 Long Rifle bullets on highly secretive crime forums, threat researcher Cedric Pernet says.
Videos of the home-made pen guns scattered around the internet show the weapons in working use.
The first time I walked into the lobby of Andreessen Horowitz, four guys were waiting near the wall. Two sat in chairs. Two stood. And all four peered into open laptops, anxiously reviewing the slide decks they would soon pitch to the firm’s partners. Founded in 2009 by Marc Andreessen and his buddy Ben Horowitz, the firm is one of more than 40 venture capital shops lined up along Sand Hill Road, a short stretch of asphalt in Palo Alto, California, that winds into the heart of Stanford University.