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Read that title again.  *Five months* after returning rental car, man still has remote control.  Anyone renting a late model vehicle or buying a used one with “smart” controls needs to be aware that the previous renter or owner could still have access to the vehicle’s systems.  That access could allow someone other than the current owner/driver to “remotely start and stop the engine, lock and unlock the doors, and track the vehicle’s precise location”, all from his or her phone.

 

This is a huge safety issue.  Imagine driving in heavy traffic on the interstate only to have some “joker” shut the engine off.  Vehicle manufacturers need to make disconnecting previous users from these online systems easy and obvious.

It makes one (almost) long for the days of the simpler engines pictured.

Read the article at Ars Technica

The title of the linked article is ‘Is Your Startup Secure? Here Are Seven Basic Cybersecurity Tips For Startups’.  It focuses on the cost of data breaches and the financial hit a startup could take in the event they are compromised. 

That said, these are good tips for any business and individual. Most small businesses can’t absorb the losses they may be subjected to. For individuals, identity theft can prove quite costly and take years to recover from.

Read the article at Forbes Magazine

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According to the FBI, ransomware attacks are not going away.  The agency has issued a warning about ransomware attacks, calling them “high-impact”.  Recent targets include businesses, state and local governments and hospitals. 

Though not necessarily ‘where the money is’, individuals are targets too.  Many people are willing to pay the ransom in order to recover important documents, as well as the thousands of digital photos we’ve accumulated.  This is a good reminder to keep backups of all of our important and irreplaceable files.

 

See the Public Service Announcement at the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3)

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