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Federal Agents Can Access Deleted Data from Car Infotainment Systems

Federal agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) are now adding car infotainment systems to search warrants to seek evidence in criminal cases. When you connect your phone to a car's entertainment system, it stores all of your data and never erases it. Even if you have it reset, the memory inside the unit continues to stores your data as it just deletes references to the information. Vehicle forensics companies such as Berla specialize in dumping the entirety of the data stored in the memory of the vehicle's infotainment system.

Because mobile devices typically hook up to in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) systems, a whole host of information might be available, the agent wrote. That included passwords, "voice profiles and other biometric identifiers," contacts, call logs, GPS locations and Web histories. "I know that even after a previously connected mobile device is removed, much historical live and deleted data may remain within the digital storage capabilities of the IVI system," Pitney wrote. "I also know that live and deleted data recovered from IVI systems may show evidence of current or ongoing, future and past criminal activity."

Posted by cageymaru October 18, 2018 2:28 PM (CDT)

Haas F1 Team uses Epyc Supercomputers

The Haas Formula 1 team is using the computational power of a Cray CS500 supercomputer with AMD's EPYC 7000 series processors to run computational fluid dynamics simulations. Beginning in the 2019 season, the team will use those simulations to improve the aerodynamics of their cars, which is critical in a hyper competitive, technologically advanced sport like F1 racing. The F1 regulators actually restrict the amount of time teams can spend performing CFD simulations, and the Haas team seems to think the Epyc Processors will maximize the work they can get done under those restrictions.

The Cray CS500 supercomputer, equipped with a Cray ClusterStor L300 storage system and AMD EPYC processors, is planned for delivery to Haas F1 in December 2018. The combination of the system's design and ability to handle the most demanding simulation and analytics workloads and the high-performance computing expertise of Cray helps the Haas F1 team optimize aerodynamics and more accurately predict and reduce drag, downforce and flow patterns around its race cars. "Having led the industry in designing the most advanced supercomputing systems in the world over the last four decades, Cray understands the simulation, performance and scale requirements the Haas FI team needs to meet their mission requirements," said Fred Kohout, senior vice president and CMO at Cray. "We're proud to provide the Haas F1 team with our best-in-class HPC and storage solutions, so the team can benefit from on-track performance in building winning Formula One race cars."

Posted by alphaatlas October 17, 2018 11:18 AM (CDT)

Instagram Users with 100,000+ Followers Get Free Food for Posts

The "This is Not a Sushi Bar" restaurant in Milan, Italy is offering Instagram users with 100,000+ followers free food if they post a picture of their meal and tag the restaurant on social media. "Owner Matteo Pittarello said he hoped the offer would attract millennials as patrons and create '2.0 word-of-mouth that could make our brand strong and viral.'"

Italian fashion blogger Clizia Incorvaia had a free sushi lunch on Tuesday courtesy of her 200,000 Instagram followers. Incorvaia said: "We tasted everything from gunkan to tartare, and I have to say it is all really good."

Posted by cageymaru October 16, 2018 4:23 PM (CDT)

Eta Compute Brings AI to Tiny Computers Near You

Don't have enough AI in your IoT devices yet? Eta Compute has you covered. At ARM con, the California-based startup demonstrated low power processors that can train their own neural networks, which they call "One of the holy grails of machine learning." In typical low power devices, neural networks are trained on powerful external hardware, like high power GPUs in datacenters. At best, the smart device runs the inference algorithm itself, although many services do that in a datacenter too. But Eta Compute managed to squeeze a chip that can train neural networks into a 50-500 microwatt power envelope. Like Brainchip, the device uses a spiking neural network architecture. Production is expected to begin in early 2019.

The TENSAI chip consists primarily of an Arm M3 core and an NXP CoolFlux digital signal processor core. The DSP has two arrays dedicated to doing deep learning's main computation-multiply and accumulate. These cores are implemented in a manner that's called asynchronous, subthreshold technology. It allows them to operate at as low as 0.2 volts (compared with the 0.9 V most chips use), and with a clock period that can be scaled up or down to suit the computational need. The feat required a good deal of analog design work, even for the digital parts, says Washkewicz. "We spent a lot of engineering time on analog; it's a source of advantage."

Posted by alphaatlas October 16, 2018 9:44 AM (CDT)

685 Million Users Exposed to XSS Attacks Due to Flaws in Service

Websites such as Western Union, Tinder, Shopify, Yelp, Imgur, and more have been exposing their customers to XSS attacks due to a flaw in the service used by major corporations around the world. "The company provides the leading mobile linking platform, with solutions that unify user experience and measurement across different devices, platforms, and channels." The vpnMentor blog explains that the DOM-based XSS vulnerability would have worked on many different browsers and show how it could have been easily exploited. It is recommended that users change their passwords.

The fact that the vulnerability is DPM based and still isn't using CSP made these vulnerabilities easy to exploit in any browser we like. This meant that by modifying redirect strategy to a specially crafted payload to manipulate the DOM. is an alias for, a resource. And many other companies have their alias pointing to it. Thanks to the fast response we got from Branch's security team, this vulnerability has now been fixed for everyone's domains.

Posted by cageymaru October 15, 2018 4:22 PM (CDT)

Windows 10 Tuesday Patch is Crashing HP Computers

According to scattered reports collected by Windows Latest, a patch released by Microsoft on Tuesday is crashing some HP systems. KB4464330 reportedly conflicts with a specific HP keyboard driver, and IT staff on social media claim that the update is affecting many of their clients. Microsoft is still dealing with file deletion issues following the Windows 10 October 2018 Update, but KB4464330 "addresses an issue where an incorrect timing calculation may prematurely delete user profiles on devices subject to the 'Delete user profiles older than a specified number of day' group policy." Windows Central posted a guide to fix the issue here.

"We are having the same issue on HP prodesk 400 G3 Windows 10 machines today. It is definitely related to KB4462919 and/or the HP keyboard driver at the top of your screenshot. We do NOT push out any driver updates, and we are not using HP keyboards with these PCs," Reddit user R1PLEY explains.

Posted by alphaatlas October 12, 2018 9:38 AM (CDT)

Cybersecurity Vulnerabilites in Weapon Systems Blemish the Department of Defense

A study by the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) has shown how vulnerable U.S. weapon systems under the control of the Department of Defense (DOD) have become. This is due to the weapon systems becoming more networked and software dependent and the DoD is still in the early stages of placing an emphasis on learning about weapon cybersecurity. The DoD has typically concentrated efforts to keep its network secure, but not the actual weapon systems. The GAO found mission-critical systems that had various vulnerabilities, but program officials brushed the threats off as unrealistic as they were adamant that their systems were secure. Passwords that took only 9 seconds to guess and unencrypted communications allowed testers to commandeer weapons systems undetected. One test team reported that "they caused a pop-up message to appear on users' terminals instructing them to insert two quarters to continue operating." Test teams reportedly looked up the default password for open-source software on the internet to take control of weapons systems. The GAO report didn't even consider related issues such as Internet of Things, contractor facilities, microelectronics, contracting, and industrial control systems. The 50 page document is quite interesting to read.

Further complicating matters, weapon systems are dependent on external systems, such as positioning and navigation systems and command and control systems in order to carry out their missions--and their missions can be compromised by attacks on those other systems. A successful attack on one of the systems the weapon depends on can potentially limit the weapon's effectiveness, prevent it from achieving its mission, or even cause physical damage and loss of life. Due to this lack of focus on weapon systems cybersecurity, DOD likely has an entire generation of systems that were designed and built without adequately considering cybersecurity.

Posted by cageymaru October 09, 2018 11:06 PM (CDT)

Red Hydrogen One Specifications and User-Shot Photos Invade the Web

Red Hydrogen One specifications have leaked courtesy of Android Enterprise via GizmoChina, and they include 6GB of RAM, Snapdragon 835 processor, 5.7-inch screen with a resolution of 2560x1440, and 128GB of internal storage. The fingerprint sensor is side mounted and there is a real 3.5mm headphone jack on the device! Shipments start on October 9th. Photos taken by early users of the Red Hydrogen One are finally showing up on the internet. Some early adopters say that the screen is more 3D than holographic.

Along with starting shipments for the customers on October 9 for the customers who pre-ordered the device, the Red Hydrogen One is also scheduled to launch via AT&T, Verizon, and Mexico's Telcel on November 2. Some lucky folks already have the device. These proud new smartphone owners are wasting no time hitting up social media to show off their Red Hydrogen One photos.

Posted by cageymaru October 02, 2018 11:35 AM (CDT)

Microsoft Brings Robot Operating System to Windows 10

Microsoft is another company humans can blame when the robopocalypse begins: the company has announced that the Robot Operating System (ROS), a flexible framework making it easier to build complex robots, is coming to Windows. The software will be demonstrated courtesy of a ROBOTIS Turtlebot 3 at ROSCon 2018 in Madrid, Spain.

With ROS for Windows, developers will be able to use the familiar Visual Studio toolset along with rich AI and cloud features. We’re looking forward to bringing the intelligent edge to robotics by bringing advanced features like hardware-accelerated Windows Machine Learning, computer vision, Azure Cognitive Services, Azure IoT cloud services, and other Microsoft technologies to home, education, commercial, and industrial robots.

Posted by Megalith September 30, 2018 2:00 PM (CDT)

An Analysis of the Dark Souls 3 Alpha: Time of Day System

Lance McDonald has created a video series of cut features from the Dark Souls 3 alpha that never made it into the retail game. The features in this particular video were called "Ceremonies," but in reality they were time of day changes that a player could experience in the alpha client. Some of them add flying creatures to the already beautiful, but ominous and foreboding skies. If you're a fan of the series of games, his channel has plenty of videos detailing cut lore, unseen items and more from the alphas of the Souls games.
Posted by cageymaru September 28, 2018 7:15 PM (CDT)

Ford is Using NASA's Quantum Computers to Optimize Travel

IEEE Spectrum says that Ford Motor Company signed a contract with NASA's Quantum Artificial Intelligence Laboratory to use their D-Wave 2000Q quantum annealer for research. More specifically, Ford is seeking a generalization of the "traveling salesman problem," which involves finding the most efficient route between multiple stops. While the obvious application of the research is in the navigation systems of self driving cars, Ford also says its looking to improve route logistics in traditionally piloted vehicles. Volkswagen conducted similar research in 2017, using a quantum computer and artificial intelligence to optimize travel routes of taxis in Beijing. Ford's chief technology officer, Ken Washington, says "Quantum is too far out to roll into that business yet. For us, quantum computing is one of many things we're doing to imagine and prepare for what might be around the corner, so that we can disrupt ourselves as opposed having others disrupt us."

"Route management for fleet vehicles is a problem that we face in a real-world scenario," he says, referring to Ford's Chariot microtransit service. "If you try to solve this problem with a computer that we have today, there are so many options that you can easily run out of time. We think that quantum computing could be an alternative computing platform." "One of the things we're hearing from our customers as we're deploying some early fleets in cities [is that] they're not being deployed optimally," adds Washington. "That's a real problem we need to have an answer to. Ultimately, we'll bring autonomous vehicles and ride services to those cities in a smart way that actually makes the experience in the cities better."

Posted by alphaatlas September 28, 2018 8:00 AM (CDT)

Oculus Announces the Standalone Oculus Quest VR System

Oculus has announced the Spring 2019 availability of the $399 Oculus Quest standalone VR system. The wireless system doesn't need a PC or smartphone to experience VR content. It features six degrees of freedom touch controllers, state of the art optics and built in audio. Sensors in the Oculus Quest map your environment while you navigate through it and Oculus inside tracking translates your real world movements to the game that you're playing.

No PC. No wires. No limits. Oculus Quest is the world's first all-in-one gaming system built for virtual reality. Now you can play almost anywhere with just a VR headset and controllers.

Posted by cageymaru September 26, 2018 3:43 PM (CDT)