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Anatomy of the RollJam Wireless Car Hack

If you’ve been on the internet lately, you’ve likely seen the storm of news of Samy Kamkar’s device that can intercept and store keyless entry codes for cars and garages. Built for under $50 using a Teensy 3.1 and a couple of radios, the “RollJam” device is said to allow its user unfettered access …

Codes

The NSA Playset: Espionage tools for the rest of us

Michael Ossmann gives a show-and-tell on open source versions of NSA's ANT surveillance toolkit.<p>When <i>Der Spiegel</i> and Jacob Appelbaum published leaked …

Surveillance

How a Kalman filter works, in pictures

I have to tell you about the Kalman filter, because what it does is pretty damn amazing.<p>Surprisingly few software engineers and scientists seem to …

The genetic technology that's going to change everything is at a critical turning point

There weren't many people studying that system then, especially compared to now, and those working in that area were doing what's called basic, or fundamental science, investigating something for the sake of curiosity or interest — not because they knew that research would have a practical or …

Genetics

Surviving the Def Con hacker conference

The phrase I saw and heard over and over again while talking to other journalists and security researchers about the Def Con hacker convention was "hostile environment." Not physically hostile; the attendees and staff were extremely nice. The hostility was digital. The hackers and security …

These hackers allegedly stole insider info to make big trades

A group of financial fraudsters worked with foreign hackers to access unpublished press releases and trade on the information therein, federal …

MIT designs small, modular, efficient fusion power plant | Kurzweil

A cutaway view of the proposed ARC reactor (credit: MIT ARC team)<p>MIT plans to create a new compact version of a tokamak fusion reactor with the goal …

Rare Earth

Robots learn to evolve and improve

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/science_environment/1185000/1185837_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1524617440_a9e4ec57141b8c1289022224c1a2831d<p><b>Engineers have developed a robotic system that can evolve and improve its performance.</b><p>A robot arm builds "babies" that get progressively …

Robotics

Drone At DEFCON Hacks From The Sky

Snoops that swoop<p>At their core, drones are little more than computers that fly. At DEFCON, the large hacker conference held annually in Las Vegas, David Jordan of Aerial Assault revealed a drone that can swoop down and break into computer networks. On board the drone, an ultra-cheap Raspberry Pi …

The Technology of The Man From UNCLE

For those of us of a certain age, the first exposure to cool technology came from the golden age of spies – the 1960s. The peak moment for us? It was in every James Bond film when 007 visited Q to gather his cool equipment that would save Bond’s scalp later in the film. But on a weekly basis, at …

Secret Service

Rdio adds 500 terrestrial radio stations to build a bridge between cars and phones

Can radio promotion breathe new life into Rdio?<p>Rdio has never looked like more of an underdog than it does now. The beautifully made but underused streaming music app has never had more competition than it does today, and that competition has never been stronger. Spotify's investment in social and …

​Researchers hack a Corvette's brakes via insurance black box

Researchers exploit a Web-connected insurance monitor to hijack a car using text messages.<p>The list of ways to electronically hijack cars is growing thanks to devices used to monitor drivers' roadway behavior.<p>Recently, we've seen a wave of devices vying for placement in your car's onboard …

Blackbox