Monthly Archives: March 2017

  • Farmers are the New Hackers

    Posted on March 24, 2017 by in News

    To avoid the draconian locks that John Deere puts on the tractors they buy, farmers throughout America’s heartland have started hacking their equipment with firmware that’s cracked in Eastern Europe and traded on invite-only, paid online forums. Tractor hacking is growing increasingly popular because John Deere and other manufacturers have made it impossible to perform […]

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  • Ransomware and the Internet of Things

    Posted on March 17, 2017 by in News

    Dark Reading has an article on the potentially catastrophic effects of an Internet of Things (IoT) Ransomware attack. Moving beyond things like cameras, DVRs, smart toys for the kids, and other consumer level devices, the Internet of Things is home to some powerful and significant systems. Public school security, hospital medical devices, building HVAC systems, […]

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  • Wolf Suing IBM over Failed Tech Upgrades for Unemployment Compensation

    Posted on March 10, 2017 by in News

    Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration is suing technology giant International Business Machines Corp. for its role in a failed attempt to upgrade the state’s unemployment compensation technology. The company’s actions allegedly cost Pennsylvania taxpayers nearly $170 million and stuck the state’s already-burdened unemployment compensation system with decades-old technology, according to a news release from Wolf’s office. […]

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  • Passing The Email Privacy Act Has Never Been More Urgent

    Posted on March 3, 2017 by in News

    It’s safe to say that any digital privacy bill written more than three years before the invention of the World Wide Web is probably due for an overhaul. But the Electronic Communications Privacy Act has persisted intact for more than three decades, including its anachronistic loophole that allows the warrantless collection of emails from US […]

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