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Hacker Finds He Can Remotely Kill Car Engines After Breaking Into GPS Tracking Apps By Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/zmpx4x/hacker-monitor-cars-kill-engine-gps-tracking-apps

“I can absolutely make a big traffic problem all over the world,” the hacker said.
A hacker broke into thousands of accounts belonging to users of two GPS tracker apps, giving him the ability to monitor the locations of tens of thousands of vehicles and even turn off the engines for some of them while they were in motion, Motherboard has learned.
The hacker, who goes by the name L&M, told Motherboard he hacked into more than 7,000 iTrack accounts and more than 20,000 ProTrack accounts, two apps that companies use to monitor and manage fleets of vehicles through GPS tracking devices. The hacker was able to track vehicles in a handful of countries around the world, including South Africa, Morocco, India, and the Philippines. On some cars, the software has the capability of remotely turning off the engines of vehicles that are stopped or are traveling 12 miles per hour or slower, according to the manufacturer of certain GPS tracking devices.
By reverse engineering ProTrack and iTrack’s Android apps, L&M said he realized that all customers are given a default password of 123456 when they sign up. At that point, the hacker said he brute-forced “millions of usernames” via the apps’ API. Then, he said he wrote a script to attempt to login using those usernames and the default password. </>

Who would tap into the IFE to commandeer a plane?
https://www.wired.com/2015/05/feds-say-banned-researcher-commandeered-plane/
and
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2015/05/18/hacker-chris-roberts-told-fbi-he-took-control-of-united-plane-fbi-claims/

World Wide 
No one trusts evil bankers
No one trusts Wall Street
No one trusts the riches families in the world  to protect the environment
No one trusts technology monopolies to protect democracy
No one trust Politicians from either side
No one trusts the supreme court
No one trusts government that leaves people on the streets with no access to shelter, food, hygiene, etc., which is clearly inhumane.
No one trusts Wealthy people doing GoFundMe’s to stop shelters from being built.
No one trusts a country where $117,400 a year is considered low-income in San Francisco, where the median sale price of a two-bedroom is $1.3 million
No one trusts governance by  antitrust laws will protect democracy

‘The Next Backlash Is Going to Be Against Technology’
https://foreignpolicy.com/2019/04/25/the-next-backlash-is-going-to-be-against-technology-dani-rodrik-trade-interview/

Flash Crash Fears Haunt Traders Ahead of 10-Day Japan Break
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-04-25/margin-traders-in-japan-pile-into-yen-longs-as-golden-week-nears

Toward an Information Operations Kill Chain By Bruce Schneier
https://www.lawfareblog.com/toward-information-operations-kill-chain

Easier Than Robbing A Bank:’ City of Chicago Almost Lost More Than $1 Million In Phishing Scam
The City of Chicago’s Department of Aviation thought it was paying an approved vendor more than $1 million for services earlier this year.
But your tax dollars didn’t reach them. The money almost went to what appeared to be a phishing scam that police are now investigating as a business email compromise.
While the city recovered the money, the incident almost cost taxpayers seven figures and raises red flags about the integrity of Chicago’s cyber-security system.
https://chicago.cbslocal.com/2019/04/18/chicago-department-of-aviation-phishing-scam/

Why Won’t @Jack Twitter Treat White Supremacy Like ISIS? Because It Would Mean Banning Some Republican Politicians Too by Joseph Cox and Jason Koebler
A Twitter employee who works on machine learning believes that a proactive, algorithmic solution to white supremacy would also catch Republican politicians.
At a Twitter all-hands meeting on March 22, an employee asked a blunt question: Twitter has largely eradicated Islamic State propaganda off its platform. Why can’t it do the same for white supremacist content?
https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/a3xgq5/why-wont-twitter-treat-white-supremacy-like-isis-because-it-would-mean-banning-some-republican-politicians-too

Fort Bragg cut power for thousands to test ‘real-world reactions’ to a cyber-attack By Mark Price
The Charlotte Observer
April 25, 2019
Fort Bragg in North Carolina says the Army base had a “blackout” for more than 12 hours overnight Wednesday as part of a cyber-attack military exercise that came as a complete surprise to its tens of thousands of residents.
The fort, which the Army says is the world’s largest military base, says it cut off the electricity “to identify shortcomings in our infrastructure, operations and security.”
“Fort Bragg has to train for any possible threats to the installation in order to remain mission capable,” said a post on Fort Bragg’s Facebook page just after 11 a.m.
“This exercise was not announced in order to replicate likely real-world reactions by everyone directly associated with the installation. In today’s world, cyber-attacks are very likely. This exercise is exactly what we needed to do to identify our vulnerabilities and work to improve our security and deployment posture.”
https://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/local/article229662514.html

 

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