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Monday, August 20, 2018

Are diesel’s days numbered? A view from a trip to BYD’s electric bus factory

Enlarge / The lines of sight in the BYD factory are all like this: a row of buses stretching to the horizon. (credit: Megan Geuss) LANCASTER, CALIF.—One single diesel transit...

Security theater meets DEF CON as room searches spark controversy

Enlarge / This sign is an invitation for a room search at some Las Vegas hotels. (credit: Getty Images) In the wake of the mass shooting in Las Vegas in...

Speedier broadband standards? Pai’s FCC says 25Mbps is fast enough

Enlarge (credit: Jan Fabre) The Federal Communications Commission is proposing to maintain the US broadband standard at the current level of 25Mbps downstream and 3Mbps upstream. That's the speed standard the...

In-the-wild router exploit sends unwitting users to fake banking site

Enlarge (credit: DLink) Hackers have been exploiting a vulnerability in DLink modem routers to send people to a fake banking website that attempts to steal their login credentials, a security...

Hack causes pacemakers to deliver life-threatening shocks

Enlarge (credit: Lucien Monfils / Wikimedia) Life-saving pacemakers manufactured by Medtronic don’t rely on encryption to safeguard firmware updates, a failing that makes it possible for hackers to remotely install...

In-vehicle wireless devices are endangering emergency first responders

Enlarge (credit: Emergency Vehicles) In late 2016, security researcher Justin Shattuck was on assignment for an organization that was under a crippling denial-of-service attack by a large number of devices,...

Report: Tesla’s latest production troubles are happening at its solar factory

Enlarge (credit: Getty Images) Tesla has spent the last year battling issues with the company's Model 3 production lines, but beyond that limelight another production issue seems to be lurking....

Amazon launches grocery pickup at Whole Foods for Prime members

Enlarge (credit: Francisco Antunes) A new perk is coming to Whole Foods for Amazon Prime members: grocery pickup. Amazon announced today that it will roll out a new grocery pickup...

Ajit Pai admits FCC lied about “DDoS,” blames it on Obama administration

Enlarge / FCC Chairman Ajit Pai at Fox Studios on November 10, 2017 in New York City. (credit: Getty Images | John Lamparski ) Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai...

Don’t touch that link: Machine learning and the war on phishing

Enlarge / Coming to a device near you: Freddi Fish 666—the Phishing Apocalypse. (credit: collage by Sean Gallagher from urraheesh iStock & Humongous Entertainment) It's Friday, August 3, and I...