The last couple weeks have been some big ones in privacy, so here you go:
If you use Waze, hackers can stalk you
[Fusion, Kashmir Hill]
“Researchers at the University of California-Santa Barbara recently discovered a Waze vulnerability that allowed them to create thousands of “ghost drivers” that can monitor the drivers around them—an exploit that could be used to track Waze users in real-time. They proved it to me by tracking my own movements around San Francisco and Las Vegas over a three-day period.”
Flaws in Samsung’s ‘Smart’ Home Let Hackers Unlock Doors and Set Off Fire Alarms
[Wired, Andy Greenberg]
TL;DR= be super careful about installing “smart home” security stuff unless you know what you’re doing.
“Now one group of researchers at the University of Michigan and Microsoft have published what they call the first in-depth security analysis of one such “smart home” platform that allows anyone to control their home appliances from light bulbs to locks with a PC or smartphone.
They discovered they could pull off disturbing tricks over the internet, from triggering a smoke detector at will to planting a “backdoor” PIN code in a digital lock that offers silent access to your home, all of which they plan to present at the IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy later this month.”
France might pass a law that makes it illegal to send after-hours work emails
[The Washington Post, Karen Turner]
“After-hours and weekend work emails may soon become illegal in France. A bill that prevents companies of 50 or more employees from sending emails after typical work hours passed the French lower parliamentary house earlier this week. The case against after-work emails is that they can cause high levels of stress among employees.”
Last, but not least, this is just cool:
Watch Amazon’s Alexa summon a Tesla Model S out of a garage [The Verge, Tom Warren]
“If you own a Tesla Model S or Model X you’ve been able to summon your all-electric car for nearly six months now, but one developer has created an even cooler way with Amazon’s Echo. Using an unofficial Tesla API and the Echo, Jason Goecke created code that runs in the cloud to respond to keyword triggers with Alexa. “Ask KITT” (because everyone wants a Knight Rider car) is the command to pull the car out of the garage, and the video demonstration shows it working effortlessly.”