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Hacker Finds He Can Remotely Kill Car Engines After Breaking Into GPS Tracking Apps - Motherboard Apr 2019
The hacker, who goes by the name L&M, told Motherboard he hacked into more than 7,000 iTrack accounts and more than 20,000 ProTrack accounts, two apps that companies use to monitor and manage fleets of vehicles through GPS tracking devices. The hacker was able to track vehicles in a handful of countries around the world, including South Africa, Morocco, India, and the Philippines. On some cars, the software has the capability of remotely turning off the engines of vehicles that are stopped or are traveling 12 miles per hour or slower, according to the manufacturer of certain GPS tracking devices.
automobile  GPS  hacking  cybersecurity  Motherboard 
april 2019 by pierredv
Big Telecom Sold Highly Sensitive Customer GPS Data Typically Used for 911 Calls - Motherboard Feb 2019
"Around 250 bounty hunters and related businesses had access to AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint customer location data, according to documents obtained by Motherboard. The documents also show that telecom companies sold data intended to be used by 911 operators and first responders to data aggregators, who sold it to bounty hunters. The data was in some cases so accurate that a user could be tracked to specific spots inside a building."

"Some of the data available to CerCareOne customers included a phone’s “assisted GPS” or A-GPS data, ... A-GPS is a technology that is used by first responders to locate 911 callers in emergency situations."
Motherboard  GPS  cellular  location  surveillance  AT&T  T-Mobile  Sprint 
february 2019 by pierredv
Replacing Social Security Numbers Is Harder Than You Think - Motherboard, Steven Bellovin, Oct 2017
"This is only the latest of many data breaches; why have we not learned better? Using SSNs like this seems like an obviously bad idea—even the White House is considering a proposal to replace them—but solving the problem is a lot harder than it seems. Furthermore, alternatives are often worse in other respects."

"The massive personal databases used by credit reporting agencies are rightly controversial, but it's hard to see how a modern economy can function without something like them. Credit bureaus are much older than computers; the correct answer is stricter controls on what information can be kept and on how it can be used."

"If that guess is correct, it suggests that the real solution is regulatory: make credit providers liable for the full damages, including ongoing inconvenience, suffered by victims of identity theft. SSNs are not the problem; authentication commensurate with the risk to all parties, including especially individuals, is."
identity  cybersecurity  security  privacy  SSN  Motherboard  credit-reporting-agencies  Steven-Bellovin 
october 2017 by pierredv

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