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Researcher Can Hack Airplanes Through In-Flight Entertainment Systems

If you're about to get on an airplane, you might want to wait until you land before you read this post. Because cyber security whiz Ruben Santamarta says he has devised a method that can give hackers access to a passenger jet's satellite communications equipment through the passenger Wi-Fi and in-flight entertainment… » 8/04/14 12:58pm 8/04/14 12:58pm

Wirelessly Hacking--And Unlocking--Cars Is Easier Than It Should Be

At the Black Hat security conference later this week, an Australian security researcher will reveal a method for wirelessly unlocking a car with nothing but some radio equipment and ingenuity. It's not an easy hack, and there are a lot of caveats. But it's certainly a lot easier than it should be. See for yourself. » 8/04/14 11:52am 8/04/14 11:52am

Avoid Typing Your PIN at the Pump to Reduce Your Chances of Fraud

We've discussed when to use credit versus debit when shopping, and usually at the gas pump, credit is your best option if you're not paying cash. If you have to use debit though, Consumer Reports suggests processing it like credit—as in, don't type your PIN—to reduce your odds of getting your card stolen. » 12/26/13 10:07am 12/26/13 10:07am

Safe Airports Are a Myth

Shotguns are not allowed through airport security. But what does that matter if you can build one from items purchased in an airport gift shop? The break-action shotgun pictured above was made from Red Bull cans, a hair dryer, batteries and a can of Axe body spray – and it can blast a handful of pocket change through… » 12/03/13 2:24pm 12/03/13 2:24pm

SmartWater Booby Trap Secretly Turns Thieves Green for Weeks

If you're planning on stealing anything from the London Borough of Brent, you might want to think twice—or at least hope you look good in green. The Brent Police Department has a crazy new secret weapon that covers crooks head to toe in a semipermanent emerald, ultraviolet glow. And they have no idea until it's too… » 9/30/13 2:16pm 9/30/13 2:16pm

Where To Look For A GPS Bug On Your Car If You Think You're Being…

Hopefully most of us will go throughout life without being tracked by a GPS bug, but if you're worried that someone may be following your whereabouts with technology there are common places you can look to find the device. Security and investigations expert Brandon Gregg offers up a few suggestions to help you… » 3/15/12 2:15pm 3/15/12 2:15pm

Um, shouldn't you have asked me these questions before I got on the…

Curious how the authorities are ramping up for the 9/11 tenth anniversary? Robert Wilonsky, editor of The Dallas Observer's Unfair Park blog was flying from Los Angeles to Dallas when he was stopped by federal authorities and questioned... after his flight. Read on for his completely ludicrous tale. — Ed. » 9/01/11 3:00pm 9/01/11 3:00pm

'I Locked My Keys In My Car' And Other Reasons Roger Ailes Calls the…

Jowly asshole Roger Ailes, the chairman of Fox News, is a security-obsessed paranoiac who spies on his employees, installed blast-resistant plexiglass in his office windows, carries a concealed weapon, and travels with a full-time retinue of bodyguards. All of which may help explain why the cops were called to his New… » 6/02/11 3:10pm 6/02/11 3:10pm