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1. Teenager exposes vulnerabilities of connected cars

SmartBrief on ExecTech | Feb 24, 2015

With just $15 worth of common electronics parts he got from RadioShack, a 14-year-old was able to hack into the controller area network of an unidentified connected car. The teen, who was participating in the third annual Battelle CyberAuto Challenge, was able to gain wireless access to the car with a device he built in less than a day, using it to unlock the doors and activate the remote starter. PCWorld (02/20)


2. NSA report reveals extent of escalating U.S.-Iran cyberwar

SmartBrief on ExecTech | Feb 24, 2015

Efforts to disrupt Iran's nuclear program dating from the George W. Bush administration sparked a yearslong cyberconflict between the government in Tehran and its counterparts in Washington and London, new documents show. A 2013 report written for then-Director of the National Security Agency Gen. Keith B. Alexander states that for years since deploying the Stuxnet worm against Iranian nuclear infrastructure, British and U.S. cyberwarriors have been locked in a battle against retaliatory cyberattacks from Iran's "cybercorps." New York Times (tiered subscription model), The (02/22)


3. FCC approves Net neutrality rules in 3-2 vote

SmartBrief on ExecTech | Feb 27, 2015

The Federal Communications Commission voted 3-2 to approve Chairman Tom Wheeler's proposal to reclassify broadband Internet service as a utility, placing it under the purview of Title II of the Communications Act. Opponents have vowed to sue to prevent implementation of the new rules -- which, among other things, will prohibit service providers from creating special fast lanes over their networks. Washington Post (tiered subscription model), The (02/26) Multichannel News (02/26)


4. GOP vows to fight Open Internet rules

SmartBrief on ExecTech | Feb 26, 2015

Republicans have all but conceded that they will lose today's Federal Communications Commission vote on Open Internet rules, but a leading GOP senator says the party will continue to fight for bipartisan legislation in Congress. Senate Commerce Committee Chairman John Thune, R-S.D., says he thinks lawmakers will stand a better chance of reaching a legislative solution after the FCC's vote. Opponents have vowed to sue the FCC over the rules. Hill, The (02/25) New York Times (tiered subscription model), The (02/24) Bloomberg (02/24)


5. Pro tips for surviving the zombie apocalypse

SmartBrief on ExecTech | Feb 25, 2015

Faced with a zombie apocalypse, the best bet for survival is to hightail it to a rural region of the U.S. such as the Rocky Mountains, say a group of Cornell scientists, who determined that the rate of infection will slow down drastically once cities fall. As part of their work studying the evolution of disease outbreaks, the researchers developed a complex mathematical model tracking the movement of millions of undead, and they say a real zombie outbreak will spread much more slowly than it does in the movies. PhysOrg.com (02/25)


6. 5-mile usable hyperloop track to be built in Calif.

SmartBrief on ExecTech | Feb 27, 2015

Hyperloop Transportation Technologies plans to build a 5-mile track in California to test Elon Musk's idea of a high-speed tube transportation system. The company hopes to break ground in 2016, and its "prototype will test and tweak practical elements like station setup, boarding procedures, and pod design," with people riding in the pods around the loop. Another company also has raised money to build a test track, and Musk himself plans to build one in Texas. United Press International (02/26) Wired.com (02/26)


7. EU tech chief takes aim at U.S. tech companies on privacy

SmartBrief on ExecTech | Feb 25, 2015

Foreign companies flouting the European Union's established privacy rules will no longer be tolerated and may find themselves barred from doing business in the 28 countries that make up the union, said Gunther Oettinger, the European Commission member in charge of the digital economy. "Americans are in the lead. They have the data, the business models and the power," he said. "They come along with their electronic vacuum cleaner and suck up all the data, take it back to California, process it and sell it as a service for money." New York Times (tiered subscription model), The (02/24)


8. IBM forges Internet of Things partnership with ARM

SmartBrief on ExecTech | Feb 26, 2015

IBM and ARM are teaming up for developer tools for smart devices with a starter kit that uses mbed-enabled hardware from Freescale and IBM's cloud environment. "In order to make this work for businesses, it needs to be simple to connect physical devices into the cloud, and to build applications and insights around them," IBM's Meg Divitto says. Tech Times (02/25)


9. How Israel is helping Apple make strides in chips

SmartBrief on ExecTech | Mar 02, 2015

Israel has become Apple's second-largest research and development hotspot behind the U.S. The company has acquired two microprocessor chip design firms in the country. "Apple's Israeli acquisitions and its expanding local workforce show that the company is becoming more and more independent on the chip level, where it once had to rely on external suppliers," said Shlomo Gradman, chairman of the Israeli Semiconductor Club. Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model), The (02/26)


10. Teenager exposes vulnerabilities of connected cars

SmartBrief on ExecTech | Mar 02, 2015

With just $15 worth of common electronics parts he got from RadioShack, a 14-year-old was able to hack into the controller area network of an unidentified connected car. The teen, who was participating in the third annual Battelle CyberAuto Challenge, was able to gain wireless access to the car with a device he built in less than a day, using it to unlock the doors and activate the remote starter. PCWorld (02/20)




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