23 Oct 2018

The most interesting Internet-connected vehicle hacks on record

“Several years ago, a team of IOActive researchers demonstrated how they could compromise a connected car system in order to run a Jeep off the road. Since then, automakers and connected vehicle service vendors have begun to take the concept of car cybersecurity seriously. The company in question has been

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19 Oct 2018

TSA Expands Facial Recognition to Automate Bag Drop, ID Verification, and Flight Boarding

“The TSA released its proposal to expand facial recognition on Monday. Its ‘Biometrics Roadmap for Aviation Security and the Passenger Experience’ is an effort to increase security, travel efficiency, and convenience. According to the TSA, the plan is rooted in working with the CBP agency using biometrics on international travelers;

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19 Oct 2018

ISIS vows Eiffel Tower drone attack

Only months after Paris installed a massive glass bullet proof wall and anti-terrorism defense system around its iconic landmark, ISIS propaganda has threatened a suicide drone attack on the Eiffel Tower. In a striking image released by an ISIS-affiliated group, the Tower sits within a set of crosshairs while a

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19 Oct 2018

Most Big Cities Are Planning for Autonomous Vehicles

“More than half of the largest U.S. cities are preparing for autonomous vehicles in their long-range transportation plans—up from less than 10 percent three years ago, according to a new National League of Cities report. Between 2011 and 2017, 22 states passed 46 bills, and five governors signed executive orders

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17 Oct 2018

Is airport public Wi-Fi cyber-secure?

“A 2018 report published by security experts Coronet ranked the 45 busiest airports in the US in which passengers were most likely to be subject to a cyberattack, with San Diego International Airport coming in at the top of the list. And these risks weren’t minor. At San Diego alone,

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17 Oct 2018

WHO considering global health emergency over DRC Ebola outbreak

“WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has convened ‘an emergency committee’ on the current outbreak in DRC’s violence-torn North Kivu region, which has killed 135 people since August, the UN health agency said in a statement. ‘The committee will meet on October 17 in Geneva to ascertain whether the outbreak constitutes

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25 Sep 2018

Pirates kidnap 12 crew members from Swiss vessel in Nigerian waters

“Pirates kidnapped 12 crew members from a Swiss merchant vessel on Saturday in Nigerian waters, the ship’s operator said in a statement,” highlighting the ongoing threat of piracy in the area. While piracy off of the horn of Africa has largely been eradicated through successful policing and responses, piracy and

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25 Sep 2018

Over 1,000 people arrested at Crete airports with forged papers

“More than 1,000 foreign nationals have been arrested over the last eight months at airports on the island of Crete as they tried to board flights using forged travel documents. Their preferred destinations were other European Union countries, while most of them were from the Middle East and northeast Africa.”

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25 Sep 2018

Introducing Resident-Centered Autonomous Vehicle Pilots

While most autonomous vehicles (AV) research is currently conducted by the automotive industry, a philanthropic foundation is now supporting AV pilot projects across five U.S. cities with the focus on answering community-level questions that will help shape AV policy at the city, state, and national level. There are currently over

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19 Sep 2018

Sierra Leone ‘cartel’ of government employees ran passport scam for US visas

Sierra Leone’s anti-corruption commission has announced several arrests in connection to a network providing fraudulent diplomatic passports for entry into the United States and elsewhere. In this group was the country’s former ambassador to the UN and several other foreign ministry and immigration department employees. The U.S. had restricted visas

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