20 Aug 2018

Swiss startup “storing” renewable energy in concrete towers

Borrowing from pumped hydro energy storage principles, a Swiss startup is building energy storage systems using concrete blocks and cranes instead of water and dams. The low cost innovation uses allows the storage of excess energy by using it to power cranes to lift massive concrete blocks. When the energy

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17 Aug 2018

Police Bodycams Can Be Hacked to Doctor Footage

A recent presentation at the DefCon security conference demonstrated the threat of hacked police bodycams. Existing bodycam technology is open to a range of hacks that could allow a hacker to download footage, edit it, and return the footage without leaving traces of the changes. The bodycam’s WiFi and Bluetooth

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17 Aug 2018

Space-based laser weapons could ultimately take out missile threats in boost phase

The Pentagon is researching space-based laser weapons technology as a means to counter missile missiles as they take off, before they begin cruising. Such a system could support air-to-air missiles carried by F-15s or F35s on holding patters along the border of adversary countries. Debates around the feasibility of this

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16 Aug 2018

Google tracks users who turn off location history

Researchers have found that Google still collects user location data even when location tracking has been disabled. The company does through by storing a location snapshot when the Maps application is opened, as well as through weather updates and even Google searches not related to location. In order to prevent

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16 Aug 2018

CBP Rolls Out Facial Recognition at Silicon Valley Airport

While a number of airports already use facial recognition technology on departing travelers, Silicon Valley’s SJC airport will be the first in the U.S. to roll out facial recognition technology for incoming passengers. The new system will reportedly reduce the processing of foreign nationals by over 85%. The flow of international

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14 Aug 2018

Russian Military Spy Software is on Hundreds of Thousands of Home Routers

“The Russian military is inside hundreds of thousands of routers owned by Americans and others around the world, a top U.S. cybersecurity official said on Friday. The presence of Russian malware on the routers, first revealed in May, could enable the Kremlin to steal individuals’ data or enlist their devices in

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13 Aug 2018

The Sensors That Power Smart Cities Are a Hacker’s Dream

“Smart” cities are built on a foundation of sensors that regulate traffic lights, radiation sensors, and water levels. These sensors allow for data aggregation and powerful analysis to improve operations, but also pose a high risk of manipulation. These targets are also the focus of many nation state attackers, with

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08 Aug 2018

Aerojet Rocketdyne successfully tests rocket booster for hypersonic vehicle

“Aerojet Rocketdyne successfully completed two hot-fire tests of a rocket motor designed to boost an air-launched tactical glide hypersonic vehicle during its initial phase of flight…The difficulty in defending against hypersonic weapons has pushed the Pentagon into an arms race. Developing hypersonic weapons is the ‘highest technical priority’ for the

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07 Aug 2018

Twitter botnets are becoming more sophisticated

“Twitter bots are becoming more sophisticated, at the same time that Trump administration officials are warning of an ongoing Russian disinformation campaign fueled by automated social media accounts. A wave of Twitter accounts are spoofing celebrity profiles, engaging in fraud and using verified profiles that have been hacked, according to

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07 Aug 2018

China hails ‘successful’ test of a new hypersonic weapon

“China has successfully tested a new hypersonic aircraft, a potential ‘hypersonic strike weapon’ that could one day be capable of carrying multiple nuclear warheads and evading all existing defense networks like the US missile shields, according to Chinese state-run and state-affiliated media, citing experts and the domestic designers. The Xingkong-2

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