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'DNC Hacker' Unmasked: He Really Works for Russia, Researchers Say

Slashdot - Tue, 07/26/2016 - 2:04pm
The hacker who claimed to compromise the DNC swore he was Romanian, but new investigation shows he worked directly for Russia President Vladimir Putin's government in Moscow. The Daily Beast reports: The hacker who claims to have stolen emails from the Democratic National Committee and provided them to WikiLeaks is actually an agent of the Russian government and part of an orchestrated attempt to influence U.S. media coverage surrounding the presidential election, a security research group concluded on Tuesday. The researchers, at Arlington, Va.-based ThreatConnect, traced the self-described Romanian hacker Guccifer 2.0 back to an Internet server in Russia and to a digital address that has been linked in the past to Russian online scams. Far from being a single, sophisticated hacker, Guccifer 2.0 is more likely a collection of people from the propaganda arm of the Russian government meant to deflect attention away from Moscow as the force behind the DNC hacks and leaks of emails, the researchers found. ThreatConnect is the first known group of experts to link the self-proclaimed hacker to a Russian operation, amidst an ongoing FBI investigation and a presidential campaign rocked by the release of DNC emails that have embarrassed senior party leaders and inflamed intraparty tensions turning the Democratic National Convention. The emails revealed that party insiders plotted ways to undermine Sen. Bernie Sanders' presidential bid. The researchers at the aforementioned security firm are basing their conclusion on three signals: the hacker used Russian computers to edit PDF files, he also used Russian VPN -- and other internet infrastructure from the country, and that he was unable to speak Romanian.

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Every One of Us Can Struggle With Food—But Solutions Are Coming

Wired - Top Stories - Tue, 07/26/2016 - 1:20pm
All of us face some form of food struggle—how to eat pleasurably, ethically, and healthfully. WIRED is here to help. The post Every One of Us Can Struggle With Food—But Solutions Are Coming appeared first on WIRED.
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Facebook Frees Its VR Camera to Push 360 Video Everywhere

Wired - Top Stories - Tue, 07/26/2016 - 1:00pm
Facebook envisions a day when anyone can broadcast a VR version of their lives right in the moment. But getting there will take a whole lot of cameras. The post Facebook Frees Its VR Camera to Push 360 Video Everywhere appeared first on WIRED.
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Looking into Tesla’s refocused plans for the future

ReadWriteWeb - Tue, 07/26/2016 - 11:30am

Tesla, a forward-thinking company with a goal to integrate clean energy, energy storage and transportation solutions to the world, has been hard at work trying to carry out its master plans for the future.

Ten years ago, Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla Motors, formulated an ambitious plan to change the world with electric cars, and with the likely acquisition of SolarCity, he has just released a revised version of his plan.

See Also: What makes Tesla, Apple and Amazon different.

Tesla appears to be making great strides on his original plan to begin with a low-volume expensive electric car and use the earnings to create a less expensive medium-volume car, eventually ending up with an affordable high volume car and then providing solar zero emission electric power generation options.

Next on his revised list is developing solar roofs with seamlessly integrated battery storage, creating an autonomous car that is way safer than manual versions, increasing the electric vehicle product line to include all major segments and offering a way for consumers to earn money when they aren’t using their vehicles.

As it appears likely that SolarCity will become part of Tesla, offering a renewable energy pipeline, and with the Tesla factory ready to mass produce residential battery storage units, consumers may have all the answers to renewable electricity needs from Tesla.

With the cost of solar arrays and home battery storage solutions dropping, the move towards renewable energy at work or home may be a smarter choice financially, as well as an environmental choice.

In regards to Tesla’s goal of creating solar-roof-with-battery products that work well and making them available throughout the world, its Model III will hopefully be offered with a more affordable price of $35,000.

What Tesla means for IoT

In the bigger picture — perhaps bigger than Musk has already laid out — Tesla’s gamble is that everything is moving to the edge. Demand for cars, for power, and for logistics — it’s all becoming distributed.

As far as increasing his product line, Musk is looking into other ideas such as pickup trucks and buses too. Ideas for a new style of bus include decreasing bus size, using the space better to allow for more seats, and improving traffic congestion by matching the acceleration and breaking ability of other vehicles on the road.

Self-driving technology for all vehicles may be one of the key solutions to the clean transport movement, and many tech and car companies are on the autonomous vehicle mission. Autonomous driving technology could allow for improved flexibility for transit operators, as well as improve energy requirements through efficient route selections

Lastly, Tesla has an idea for drivers to share their vehicles by offering them as part of a fleet that people could rent when needed, so that owners could offset the cost of their monthly vehicle payments. This could be a great idea for people when they go on vacations and would normally leave their cars just sitting for several days.

Tesla has many wonderful aspirations. There may be several issues to deal with before this new master plan is fully achieved, but with all the new technology and public interest, these dreams could soon be a reality.

The post Looking into Tesla’s refocused plans for the future appeared first on ReadWrite.

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How to Unlock Your Phone’s Trusty Call-Blocking Powers

Wired - Top Stories - Tue, 07/26/2016 - 10:00am
Reject robo-calls with your phone's built-in call blocking powers. The post How to Unlock Your Phone’s Trusty Call-Blocking Powers appeared first on WIRED.
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Radio Hack Steals Keystrokes from Millions of Wireless Keyboards

Wired - Top Stories - Tue, 07/26/2016 - 9:30am
Eight different wireless keyboards entirely lack encryption, according to security researchers, leaving them open to long distance keystroke spying. The post Radio Hack Steals Keystrokes from Millions of Wireless Keyboards appeared first on WIRED.
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