A security researcher has revealed that a particular model of a Voyage Data Recorder (VDR), or a ship’s black box, put bluntly, is vulnerable to hackers who can track a ship’s route. Just as significantly, the device is also vulnerable to tampering or sabotage by anyone who can access the device, including its crew.
Tech-saavy pirates could potentially hack a ship’s Voyage Data Recorder (VDR) to track its movements and even spy on a ship’s crew, with the device directly connected to microphones in the bridge of the vessel.
The discovery was made by Ruben Santamarta, a security researcher at security firm IOActive who wrote in a blog that the widely used Furuno VR-3000, [...]
Politics is serious business. It’s not meant to be messed with by the young and idealistic. In fact, most countries have age restrictions so that you must be old and “realistic” by the time you ever get to the seat of power. But now and then there come political ideas so uniting that everyone must get in on them somehow. Internet freedom is one thing that all people, of all stripes, tend to agree on to some extent.
The exact extent can be a fine line, which has led some in Europe to found the Pirate Party, which is very much rooted in the truism: information wants to be free. Founded in 2006 by [...]