Gone in 2 Seconds: Hacking Tesla
Plus, Molar Mic two-way communication, and the next generation of health trackers.
2 SecondsSmarter and more connected vehicles bring increased concerns around new ways bad actors will find to break into those high-tech systems. Even Tesla, which has gone to great lengths to protect its cars against cyberattacks, is not immune: Researchers at Belgium’s KU Leuven University figured out how to clone a Tesla’s key fob, enabling them to easily steal a car without damaging a single physical element. With equipment costing about $600, the academic hackers created a system that could wirelessly read the signals from a nearby fob in just two seconds. When the researchers told Tesla of their find, the car manufacturer paid them a $10,000 “bug bounty.”
Can You Hear Me Now?
Next-Gen Health TrackingSmartwatches and fitness trackers are making many people more aware of their daily health and habits, but a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has developed something that could do the same thing without the bother of a device. The tech works sort of like a Wi-Fi router in the home, sending radio signals out that bounce off walls and bodies, and then return to the box, where they’re analyzed through a neural network working to learn more about our habits. By wirelessly tracking health in this way, doctors could potentially better treat patients with more tailored care. Currently the device is being tested in more than 200 homes of both healthy subjects and those with chronic conditions.
Source: MIT Technology Review