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(Fox News)   A hacker named Barnaby Jack, found pace-makers easy to crack. He was scheduled to speak, so the timing it reeks. Since it looks like he might have been whacked   (foxnews.com) divider line 73
    More: Repeat, black hat, medical implants, embedded devices  
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2013-07-29 03:51:52 PM

phaseolus: ArcadianRefugee: Why do we have a "repeat" tag?


I think it explains it in the FAQ somewhere -- It's for when the admins see a headline that they think is too good to pass up.


Ah. OK, I can see that.

Carry on.
 
2013-07-29 04:31:20 PM

Summer Glau's Love Slave: I didn't know there was a repeat tag.

/I'm gonna re-submit this story every day, so's we can get a threepeat.


We've had it for a couple of years now, but it's admin use only & then we only use it when we feel it's a headline that's too good to be redlit.
 
2013-07-29 04:32:40 PM
Met Barnaby at IOActive's booth at Black Hat a year or two ago. Sad, suspicious, and ultimately a tragic loss for all of us because he was trying to convince (somewhat forcefully, by exposing vulnerabilities) the medical technology companies to cryptographically sign their code and support restrictions on medical device firmware updates that would require signed code.
 
2013-07-29 04:35:04 PM
While Drew was on summer vacation
The Mods had a deep inclination
To greenlight the links
About a hackers hijinks
Regardless of reiteration
 
2013-07-29 04:35:07 PM
It is kind of scary to think about what forces may be out there operating under the umbra of our ginormous national security apparatus. Ever wonder who the NSA (or whatever acronym we have never heard of which runs the show) subcontracts its dirty work out to? Cartels? Mid-Easterners? Who the hell knows because it's all secret.

George Washington was dead nuts on when he called out two things as what would be the downfall of this nation: foreign entanglements and the two-party system.
 
2013-07-29 05:06:23 PM
"So, people hire you to break into their places... to make sure no one can break into their places?"

"It's a living" *ack...thud*
 
2013-07-29 05:28:51 PM
goodfilmguide.co.uk

Approves
 
2013-07-29 05:33:04 PM
And nothing of value was lost...
 
2013-07-29 05:37:52 PM
It's as easy as google:  http://projects.washingtonpost.com/top-secret-america/

Apik0r0s: It is kind of scary to think about what forces may be out there operating under the umbra of our ginormous national security apparatus. Ever wonder who the NSA (or whatever acronym we have never heard of which runs the show) subcontracts its dirty work out to? Cartels? Mid-Easterners? Who the hell knows because it's all secret.

George Washington was dead nuts on when he called out two things as what would be the downfall of this nation: foreign entanglements and the two-party system.

 
2013-07-29 06:37:44 PM

JesusJuice: And nothing of value was lost...


Really?  The guy had an amazing talent that he put to use for the benefit of others, and that's your response?

What have you done... ever?
 
2013-07-29 07:30:50 PM

Triumph: How long do we have to wait to find out how this guy died? And wasn't he good friends with John McAfee? That's a bad sign.


Nah, he worked at McAfee years after Crazy John sold out and moved on.

Its sad that with all of the billions spent developing gadgets using dedicated hardware and custom chips, it takes one guy to come along and point out the glaring flaws. The corporate R&D system just has no incentives and little ability to make stuff secure. They rely on criminals being really, really stupid.

Which mostly works, but still, it's ridiculous. Whenever I think this world is too big and complex for one person to make a difference, I come across a person like this.
 
2013-07-29 08:04:40 PM

Apik0r0s: It is kind of scary to think about what forces may be out there operating under the umbra of our ginormous national security apparatus. Ever wonder who the NSA (or whatever acronym we have never heard of which runs the show) subcontracts its dirty work out to? Cartels? Mid-Easterners? Who the hell knows because it's all secret.


Israelis. Why do you think we keep them on the payroll? Plausibly deniable wetwork, baby,

Hold on, there's someone at the doo
 
2013-07-29 08:34:51 PM

fusillade762: Apik0r0s: It is kind of scary to think about what forces may be out there operating under the umbra of our ginormous national security apparatus. Ever wonder who the NSA (or whatever acronym we have never heard of which runs the show) subcontracts its dirty work out to? Cartels? Mid-Easterners? Who the hell knows because it's all secret.

Israelis. Why do you think we keep them on the payroll? Plausibly deniable wetwork, baby,

Hold on, there's someone at the doo


You can't spell DIAF without DIA
 
2013-07-29 08:51:55 PM

China White Tea: JesusJuice: And nothing of value was lost...

Really?  The guy had an amazing talent that he put to use for the benefit of others, and that's your response?

What have you done... ever?


You know those little stickers that go on bananas?

All me.
 
2013-07-29 08:53:22 PM
That bit about him having died, "although the cause is still under investigation" makes it sound like there's some doubt that he actually died. I'd think that would be pretty easy to ascertain without investigating.
 
2013-07-29 10:03:10 PM

MisterRonbo: Triumph: How long do we have to wait to find out how this guy died? And wasn't he good friends with John McAfee? That's a bad sign.

Nah, he worked at McAfee years after Crazy John sold out and moved on.

Its sad that with all of the billions spent developing gadgets using dedicated hardware and custom chips, it takes one guy to come along and point out the glaring flaws. The corporate R&D system just has no incentives and little ability to make stuff secure. They rely on criminals being really, really stupid.

Which mostly works, but still, it's ridiculous. Whenever I think this world is too big and complex for one person to make a difference, I come across a person like this.


Thx. I misheard a TV report out of the corner of one ear.

The thing about this guy is he seemed to think a lot about how to turn new technology into a weapon. Criminals ponder that a little bit, but some government agencies think about little else.
 
2013-07-30 02:54:21 AM
Holy crap. Obscure, much?

HindiDiscoMonster: rudemix: Someone learned how to hack the human body with poison

[i2.cdn.turner.com image 640x360]

 
2013-07-30 03:46:07 AM

Pumpernickel bread: CIA probably already knows about the pacemaker trick and wanted him to shut up about it lest potential targets with pacemakers become wise.


Funny you say that. The heart-attack gun(s) don't work on people with pacemakers, especially if it's an AICD pacer.

OTOH, all you need is to use a donut magnet on your victim, but it's a hands-on thing in that case.
 
2013-07-30 03:53:25 AM

Apik0r0s: It is kind of scary to think about what forces may be out there operating under the umbra of our ginormous national security apparatus. Ever wonder who the NSA (or whatever acronym we have never heard of which runs the show) subcontracts its dirty work out to? Cartels? Mid-Easterners? Who the hell knows because it's all secret.


NSA doesn't do whack assignments. Except if you lose custody chain on the VHDL IP for Saville. THAT might get you whacked. Or, I suppose if you were a shooter at Ft Meade, it would fall to the NSA's SWAT team to whack you.

Unless things have changed, even SCS doesn't pack on assignment and if anyone WOULD be NSA's whack team, it would be SCS.

For CIA, it's generally SAD/SOG.
 
2013-07-30 03:59:36 AM
OhioKnight:
You can't spell DIAF without DIA

DIA doesn't do people in directly, either, they just help out a lot. They do collaborate with USSOCOM out of Tampa, who handles some of the List. Mostly, though, that's coordinated by Dr Carter for the Army side.
 
2013-07-30 04:21:15 AM
Fark obscurity test:

From whence does this somewhat applicable movie end credit song lyric come? Hint:
the actor playing the protagonist was an Army Ranger in real life (scroll not tab)

I dug up a secret
buried in shifting sand;
stumbled into a mystery
hidden by the high command.
Guess who pulled the trigger?
Guess who pulls the strings?
Same faceless 'fixers' who never want to hear me sing...
 
2013-07-30 04:24:50 AM
It's  not me!

3.bp.blogspot.com
 
2013-07-30 01:11:38 PM

Nilatir: "So, people hire you to break into their places... to make sure no one can break into their places?"

"It's a living" *ack...thud*


Not a very good one.
 
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