|baleen - 2013-01-21 |
Leave it to Rupert Murdoch to fucking blow people away with complete bullshit lies. "Soon, your health records will be stored like this." Really? Missed that memo.
He said "could be," not "will be"
This report is filled with ridiculous assertions and fearmongering, you don't have to make one up.
|Toenails - 2013-01-21 |
First human to be infected by a computer virus? Bah, when I was a kid I ate a floppy disk that contained the Brain virus and I was sick for days.
Explain that science!
|Old_Zircon - 2013-01-21 |
These stars are almost entirely for the sound effect. The rest are for "memory upgrades to the brain."
|chumbucket - 2013-01-21 |
I'm pretty sure those RFID chips are read only. Not sure how you get a virus on a read only device.
OK but that subway card example doesn't make sense as I would expect the card only holds an ID and the actual points get managed by the Subway website which ratchets up every time the ID card gets swiped with a purchase. Not like adding points to the card itself but to the account that the card represents. So I saw this virus and thought, no it's the software that reads the ID that has the issue, not the ID itself.
You'd like to think that it was a problem unique to Boston, but apparently the same system is in use in San Francisco, London, and a few other places.
I assume the logic went something along the lines of 'who would seriously try to hack this?'
The answer to that question is always 'a whole lot of people'.
All the details are in here.
In a lot of cases the fare systems have to work without any network connectivity, and have to continue to work when there's no connectivity available. Most modern cards work on the basis of strong-key crypto so only authorized devices are able to change the value, and then there's a frequent synchronization between the readers and the base stations.
In Seattle, all of the buses are like this, and they only sync when the buses return to base. The base stations also tell the buses about registered payment autoloading and so on (so that your card knows that if you run out of funds it will automatically get another or whatever), and the buses tell your cards about asynchronous payments that came from the system. As a result, things get really weird if you try to load funds onto your card online but don't tag the card anywhere within a few days.
|boner - 2013-01-21 |
I guess it's technically an implant, but I assume it does not actually communicate with his nervous system or some shit. It's just like having a credit card in a pocket that you need a scalpel to open.
|Redford - 2013-01-22 |
I think you people are forgetting how amazing this preview frame is.
|Aelric - 2013-01-22 |
I didn't ask for this.
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