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The malicious plug-in: A charger that can hack any Apple iOS device

The malicious plug-in: A charger that can hack any Apple iOS device | Technology in Business Today | Scoop.it
Researchers from the Georgia Institute of Technology have created a “malicious charger” able to hack any iOS device simply by plugging it in. (The malicious plug-in: A charger that can hack any Apple iOS device / Honestly!
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Facebook's New $500 Million Data Center will be Powered by 100% Wind Energy

Facebook's New $500 Million Data Center will be Powered by 100% Wind Energy | Technology in Business Today | Scoop.it
The social network also raised its companywide renewable energy target to 50 percent by 2018.
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Technology Focus: Is your Car Broadcasting too much Information?

Technology Focus: Is your Car Broadcasting too much Information? | Technology in Business Today | Scoop.it
Car hacking is a reality the general public will have to deal with. Nothing can be as intrusive and dangerous as strangers taking over your car while you are driving it. Last week, Valasek and Miller’s digital car-jacking stunt using 3G connectivity on a Jeep Cherokee’s infotainment system illustrated how life-threatening this situation can get. The discovery of the bug has since led to the recall of of 1.4 million vehicles. A similar hack—but off-road this time—was also demonstrated a few days after, but this time via digital audio broadcasting (DAB) radio signals. Last week’s revelations are not the first time that car security has been in the spotlight, earlier in 2015, German security specialist Dieter Spaar discovered vulnerabilities in BMW ConnectedDrive. We have been monitoring and researching this security area as well (Automotive Security: Connected Cars Taking the Fast Lane). High Visibility Can Mean High Risk Currently, we are investigating the SmartGate System, first introduced by Škoda Auto in its Fabia III cars, which allows car owners to connect a smartphone to a car to read and display data such as how fast your car is going, how much fuel you are using on average, how many days till your next oil change or service and the like. Škoda Auto, more known as Škoda, is a Czech auto manufacturer that is a subsidiary of the Volkswagen Group. Figure 1. Škoda SmartGate sample telemetry screen During our research, we discovered that any attacker can read more than twenty parameters similar to the above and even lock out the owner of the car from the SmartGate system. All the attacker needs to do is to stay within the SmartGate’s in-car Wi-Fi range, identify the car’s Wi-Fi network, and then break the password, which is secured quite weakly. Interestingly, staying within the Wi-Fi range would not be so difficult, because the attacker can be lurking within up to fifty feet of the vehicle and still be within range. The Wi-Fi range could be even wider if the attacker is using a high-gain antennae. From there, the attacker can read all the car’s data. In our real-world test, we were able to break into the Wi-Fi even as we were driving behind the target car. Both cars were moving at approximately 30 to 40 kph. Meanwhile, reading the car data worked up to 120 kph, as for safety reasons we did not want to try higher speeds. We also found out that Wi-Fi Direct makes it incredibly easy for attackers to determine the PIN.  SmartGate firmware shipped with recently built cars (or cars where a Škoda car owner or his dealer updated the SmartGate firmware) supports Wi-Fi Direct. You may say that this is more a privacy concern and less a severe security issue, i.e. we cannot stop the engine or blow up the gas tank or anything like that, however, unlike the possible attacks being discussed in the news which require the IP address of the car, which is quite hard to get, the Škoda SmartGate security issue has much less barriers to success: you only need the VIN (Vehicle Identification Number), which is often clearly printed on the car’s dashboard. Sufficiently motivated attackers can stalk targets using the leeched information. An attacker can wait for you to turn on the ignition in your car, and once your Wi-Fi gets online, the attacker can learn your SmartGate device password, change your Wi-Fi settings, and basically lock you out of the system. An attacker can then wait for you in some location knowing you will need to go back to your car dealer to have your settings reset. Škoda Fabia Car Owners and Maker Need to Act Now Furthermore, we found out that more recent versions of SmartGate support Wi-Fi Direct, sometimes called Wi-Fi P2P, which can provide an unseen advantage for the attacker: the system does not need the owner’s smartphone to be connected and, as mentioned earlier, the Wi-Fi PIN is easy to crack. Right now, Trend Micro recommends all owners of Škoda cars that support SmartGate (in Germany it’s the Fabia, Octavia, Yeti and Superb, but it may vary in different countries) to do the following, where at least step 1 is highly recommended: Change the Wi-Fi transmission (Wi-Fi TX) power to 10% Change the Wi-Fi password and change the Wi-Fi Direct PIN (if Wi-Fi Direct is supported) Change the Wi-Fi network name SmartGate is currently rolled out to other Škoda car models, so it is high time for Škoda to take action as well. These are good places to look into: Re-consider to set the Wi-Fi TX power to 10% as default via a firmware update. Add a strong recommendation in the car's manual for owners to change the password and PIN. Design an “on/off” switch for SmartGate. The SmartGate (Wi-Fi) is on when the ignition is on. But sometimes you just don’t need the SmartGate functionality. Admittedly, there is a workaround—you can unplug the cable of the SmartGate device which is located below the driver’s seat. However, that isn’t convenient for users, especially those who want to use the SmartGate function at times. There should be either a physical on/off switch or you can easily switch it on/off in the car settings menu of the on-board multimedia unit. Governments and other regulatory bodies have taken great strides in ensuring road safety throughout the years, where the impact of physical components on physical security are scrutinized. With the integration of smart devices into everyday lives, security conversations should include the impact of digital components as well. The Internet of Things may be a much-abused buzz word, but it is happening now and has clear and dangerous consequences if security is not built in. All tests have been performed with a Škoda Fabia III car, SmartGate HW version 0004, SmartGate SW version 0884, and SW version 0928. As of this writing, SW version 0928 appears to be the latest version. More details and information about this security concern will be discussed at length in an upcoming entry. Legal disclaimer: The information provided in this statement is only of a general nature and only meant to serve as information. It is not intended to give any practical or legal advice and must not be interpreted as such. Without any specific practical or legal advice obtained from a third party, the contents of this document must not be relied on or interpreted as instructions for any action to be taken. Trend Micro reserves the right to change this information at any time and without any previous warning. Trend Micro does not assume any warranty or liability, in whichever form, for this document or its use, neither expressly nor tacitly.
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Heavenkart's curator insight, July 29, 6:16 AM

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Female Leaders making waves in Enterprise IT

Female Leaders making waves in Enterprise IT | Technology in Business Today | Scoop.it
Enterprise IT has seen quite an evolution in the past decade, with more and more data processed through smaller, more intricate systems.
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BSN's curator insight, July 28, 3:03 PM

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Healthnews : Dissolvable Patches can replace need for needles

Healthnews : Dissolvable Patches can replace need for needles | Technology in Business Today | Scoop.it
A study into flu treatment suggests we could do away with needles, using a dissolvable patch to administer vaccines instead | no needles
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Richard Platt's curator insight, July 28, 2:28 PM

A study into flu treatment suggests we could do away with needles, using a dissolvable patch to administer vaccines instead.  There are plenty of people out there with a fear of needles, reportedly one in five people suffer from what’s called trypanophobia.  To be honest, even the rest of us who aren’t afraid of them would still rather a situation that didn’t involve a needle being shoved into our arms.  Research by Osaka University academics in Japan that points to a future of no needles, for some cases, should be welcomed by many.

No needles: A novel approach

But Nakagawa used water to make the patch, and hyaluronic acid to create the needles – hyaluronic acid is something that humans naturally produce to cushion their joints.

When the patch is applied like a plaster, the needles pierce the top layer of skin without causing pain and dissolve into the body, taking the vaccine with them.   “Because the new patch is so easy to use, we believe it will be particularly effective in supporting vaccination in developing countries,” said Professor Nakagawa, professor of biotechnology and therapeutics at Osaka University. By testing the patches with flu vaccines, the results seemed positive, with results showing that patients had at least as much a reaction as those treated traditionally — the paper doesn’t detail who, of those treated, subsequently got the flu.


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The Benefits of having remote Workers in Business

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The Benefits of having remote Workers in Business
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Great Apps to help you improve your Daily Productivity

Great Apps to help you improve your Daily Productivity | Technology in Business Today | Scoop.it
Great Apps to help you improve your Daily Productivity
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Are you a Boss or a Leader in your Business? [ Infographic ]

Are you a Boss or a Leader in your Business? [ Infographic ] | Technology in Business Today | Scoop.it
Are you a Boss or a Leader in your Business? [ Infographic ]
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The lessons of the #Cloud: What have we learned so far?

The lessons of the #Cloud: What have we learned so far? | Technology in Business Today | Scoop.it
As the cloud moves into the mainstream of IT strategy, tech execs discuss where the cloud has brought benefits and where issues remain.
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Understanding Windows 10 in Business – more tips to help get you Started

Understanding Windows 10 in Business – more tips to help get you Started | Technology in Business Today | Scoop.it
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Tech companies move to rectify glaring gender Gap

Tech companies move to rectify glaring gender Gap | Technology in Business Today | Scoop.it
Internet behemoth Google put the global technology industry on notice in 2014 when it released a study that showed even the most progressive of companies had a massive gender gap.
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This Solar-Powered Gadget pulls water from the air while you ride your Bike

This Solar-Powered Gadget pulls water from the air while you ride your Bike | Technology in Business Today | Scoop.it
Thanks to Fontus, a new device which pulls water from the air, cyclists may never have to worry about refilling their water bottle ever again.
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Small Business Owners' Favorite Tech Tools in 2015

Small Business Owners' Favorite Tech Tools in 2015 | Technology in Business Today | Scoop.it
We surveyed small business owners to find out their favorite tech tools. Maybe you can pick up some ideas for your own business.
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New Medical Technology: You might never be Injected by a needle again

New Medical Technology: You might never be Injected by a needle again | Technology in Business Today | Scoop.it
Scientists have made a dissolvable patch that can deliver vaccines — potentially eliminating the need for needles entirely.
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Russell R. Roberts, Jr.'s curator insight, July 28, 2:33 AM

A most welcomed medical advancement.  Such a patch could be used for a variety of ailments, from nicotine withdrawal to the administration of insulin for diabetes.  Aloha, Russ.

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Inside Commbank's Huge Innovation Lab, where it works to retain Tech leadership

Inside Commbank's Huge Innovation Lab, where it works to retain Tech leadership | Technology in Business Today | Scoop.it
Robotics, open source software and Oculus Rift.
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Nokia Virtual Reality Project to pull company out of the Grave?

Nokia Virtual Reality Project to pull company out of the Grave? | Technology in Business Today | Scoop.it
Virtual reality has become a battleground for top tech companies, and Nokia may be set to enter the fray. Can VR save the ailing company?
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Map of Ireland's Start-Up Ecosystem goes Online

Map of Ireland's Start-Up Ecosystem goes Online | Technology in Business Today | Scoop.it
A very useful and detailed map of Ireland's start-up ecosystem has been put online by Start-up Ireland.
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Hillary Clinton: If I'm Elected President Every American Home will be Powered by Renewables by 2027

Hillary Clinton: If I'm Elected President Every American Home will be Powered by Renewables by 2027 | Technology in Business Today | Scoop.it
Hillary Clinton rolled out an ambitious climate and energy proposal. She said, every American home will be powered by renewable energy by 2027 and solar panels will be
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Technology helps personalized Medicine, enabling epigenomic analysis with a mere 100 cells

Technology helps personalized Medicine, enabling epigenomic analysis with a mere 100 cells | Technology in Business Today | Scoop.it
A new technology that will dramatically enhance investigations of epigenomes, the machinery that turns on and off genes and a very prominent field of study in diseases such as stem cell differentiation, inflammation and cancer, is reported on today...
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The Anatomy of a Perfect Business Website Checkout Page [ Infographic ]

The Anatomy of a Perfect Business Website Checkout Page [ Infographic ] | Technology in Business Today | Scoop.it
The Anatomy of a Perfect Checkout Page [ Infographic ]
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10 Best Chrome Features you never knew but should know

10 Best Chrome Features you never knew but should know | Technology in Business Today | Scoop.it
Google Chrome is a fluid browser but when you know these amazing 10 best features, it makes your browsing experience productivity and fun.
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Russell R. Roberts, Jr.'s curator insight, July 28, 3:02 AM

I really like the Chrome Browser.  This article points out 10 outstanding features that will enhance your enjoyment of Chrome:

Chrome Task Manager,

Paste and Search.

Pin Your Tab.

Check Memory that tabs use,

Get your password.

Stack your tabs.

Go incognito.

Address Bar Mathematics.

Drag Multiple Tasks.

Convert Units.

All of these features are useful and will increase you web searching efficiency.

Aloha, Russ.

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Pocket-Sized SCiO Spectrometer Analyzes Chemical Composition of Anything, Displays It on your Smartphone

Pocket-Sized SCiO Spectrometer Analyzes Chemical Composition of Anything, Displays It on your Smartphone | Technology in Business Today | Scoop.it
Is that a tricorder in your pocket or are you just happy to see me? While we’ve seen handheld devices that mimic the look and feel of Star Trek Communicators, the handheld SCiO will truly make you feel like a member Dr. McCoy’s medical team.

The SCiO turns science fiction into science fact by shrinking mass spectrometry technology used
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Future Technology Summit to showcase breakthrough Technologies

Future Technology Summit to showcase breakthrough Technologies | Technology in Business Today | Scoop.it
New technology is changing the way we work and live.
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Amazing new Super High Technology from NASA

Amazing new Super High Technology from NASA | Technology in Business Today | Scoop.it
New NASA Technologies
A Video featuring amazing new Super High Technologies from NASA
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IBM’s new chips will make every piece of Technology you own really tiny

IBM’s new chips will make every piece of Technology you own really tiny | Technology in Business Today | Scoop.it
IBM has developed new technology that has allowed them to make computer chips as small as a blood cell.
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Russell R. Roberts, Jr.'s curator insight, July 28, 2:36 AM

Great technology at work!  One of these days, I'll need a magnifying glass to read my smartwatch or to use my super reduced size PC.  Intriguing development!  Aloha, Russ.