The FBI issued a PSA this week warning us of how hackers can take control of our cars. Its time for a software upgrade.
This week the FBI warned that consumers and manufacturers should remain vigilant to computer attacks targeted at automobiles. In a joint press release with the Department of Transportation and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the FBI cautioned that motor vehicles are increasingly vulnerable to remote exploits, allowing hackers to sever the brakes and control the steering. As unsuccessful as we’ve been in the ongoing struggle with malicious hackers over control of our mobile phones and bank accounts, I can only imagine where this will lead.
Researchers at the University College of London have proposed the development of a centralized digital currency. It's unlike Bitcoin, but has all its benefits.
England’s central bank has inspired the development a cryptocurrency. Dubbed RSCoin, it will operate on blockchain technology similar to the digital ecosystem that powers the much-maligned digital currency Bitcoin. Originally motivated by the Bank of England’s digital currency agenda, the University College of London announced the creation of the new cryptocurrency at the Network and Distributed System Security Symposium (NDSS) in San Diego. If RSCoin moves forward, the implications of a central-bank-controlled digital currency may usher in a new era of innovation and creativity in the financial services sector. It may also mean that we no longer carry wallets.
The Chairman of the FCC is proposing significant new rules that allow consumers to better protect their data from ISPs.
This week Tom Wheeler, the Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), proposed rules that would require Internet service providers (ISP) to obtain the consent of their customers before the broadband provider can use or share user data. Similar to how the phone company is limited in how it can use information about your telephone usage, Wheeler argues that ISPs should be required to do the same, or at least seek the permission of their customers before using their data.
Researchers have discovered that the apps you have installed on your phone can predict your age, income, gender, and marital status.
How many apps do you have on your phone? A couple dozen? More? Ever wonder if simply having an app installed on your phone can help identify who you are? In a study released late last month, researchers discovered that they can use the type of apps you’ve installed to determine your age, gender, marital status, and income.
Jason is an expert in technology, investigations, and cyber security and has worked with governments, the private-sector, and non-governmental organizations to identify threats and opportunities that will shape the future. As Chief of Innovation for Thomson Reuters Special Services, Jason facilitates, oversees, and executes long-term solutions to emerging technology challenges. The views expressed are his alone and do not necessarily represent the views of Thomson Reuters or Thomson Reuters Special Services.
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