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I heard vaguely similar whispers of caution during a visit to Audi recently with regard to its active lane assist system, which relies on a combination of GPS tracking and video feeds in the car. What if it’s raining hard or snowing so it can’t see the lane markings, or, as in the UK, the authorities simply haven’t bothered to retouch the flaking paint on its motorways for decades?Worse, the most likely problem is that self-driving cars will be treated by manufacturers, insurance companies and lawyers like as something that it really is: a computer on wheels. And what’s the first thing you see when you fire up a new gadget for the first time? That’s right, you have to click “Agree” next to a mile-high document of small print containing Terms & Conditions that absolve the manufacturer of all liability while enshrining all potential blame for everything from consequential damages to the assassination of JFK in the owner. That’s you.I don’t mean to harangue insurance companies for filling their policies with intricate reservations and get-out clauses: they need to protect themselves, and their loyal customers, from the idiotic and insane. Nor do I blame lawyers for charging lots of money for arguing over liability cases – or did you expect everyone else in the world other than yourself to work for free?

Despite Håkan Samuelsson’s breezy assurances, I think we’re as far away from assigning liability for self-driving accidents as ever. Even if you determine Volvo to be trustworthy, a cursory glance at current affairs in the motor industry suggests that car manufacturers in general do not have an honourable track record of telling the truth or doing the right thing. It’ll almost certainly turn out to be an insurance nightmare and a legal quagmire.Yup, I can see more such snowy caveats are on their way for autonomous vehicles, gathering like crows on the frosty walls of Winterfell.Vid An internet mischief maker has built a USB stick that delivers dangerous 220-volt shocks to PCs, destroying them in the process.The USB Killer is the second iteration of a laptop-wrecking device crafted by a Linux and infosec techie nicknamed Dark Purple. The first version of the PC-zapping hardware emerged in March, and pumped 110 volts of anarchic fun across motherboards.

"The device performs only one function: the destruction of computers," the Purple one wrote in a Russian-language blog post this month."But let’s not limit it to computers. The device is able to incapacitate almost any equipment with a USB host interface. The main feature of the new version of the device is the doubled output voltage, which is 220 volts (strictly speaking, minus 220)."The Russian tinkerer says it uses a voltage converter that charges capacitors to 220V when plugged into a machine, drawing the power needed to do this from its victim. The stored energy is sent back through the USB interface, and the process is repeated until the computer drops dead.The booby-trapped USB could fry smartphones that support USB OTG mode, plus TVs, routers, and other equipment, Purple says. If the circuitry is not designed to take a large amount of juice, it will fail. Typically, USB interfaces deal with five volts and up to 500mA for USB 2.0 and 900mA for USB 3.0 in current.
Security researchers have shown that employees will pick up mysterious USBs they find in parking lots and offices and plug them into their work computers. Doing so with one of these high-voltage charging sticks will send sparks flying across the office, perhaps literally.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has warned US airline passengers not to pack spare lithium batteries in their checked baggage.The advisory covers "spare lithium metal and spare rechargeable lithium ion batteries for personal electronics such as cameras, cell phones, laptop computers, tablets, watches, calculators, etc".The FAA states: "Spare (uninstalled) lithium ion and lithium metal batteries must be carried in carry-on baggage only. When a carry-on bag is checked at the gate or at planeside, all spare lithium batteries must be removed from the bag and kept with the passenger in the aircraft cabin. The battery terminals must be protected from short circuit."The administration has previously said it will back a ban on shipping lithium batteries as cargo on passenger aircraft, due to the "immediate and urgent" risk of overheating batteries causing fire or explosion.Some airlines, including British Airways and Air France, had already stopped carrying lithium battery cargo on their passenger flights back in July, when Boeing "warned operators of its aircraft not to carry bulk shipments of batteries until logistics companies design better transport packaging and shipping procedures".

On Monday, an Alaska Air flight from Newark to Seattle made an unscheduled stop in Buffalo, New York, after cabin crew were obliged to take a fire extinguisher to a flight attendant’s smoking credit card machine.The Australian Bureau of Statistics’ new Confidential Commodities List removes “Laptops, notebooks, palmtops and tablets, weighing more than 1 kg but not more than 3 kg, consisting of at least a central processing unit, a keyboard and a display” from the list commodities for which it reports the value of imports, as of September 1st 2015.The decision to remove the devices from the list of imports with reported values comes a month after the Bureau removed the value of networking products from its reports. That category has now been restored to import data.

When we probed the removal of networking kit from statistics, we learned that it’s possible to request such an omission on grounds that inclusion might become a useful source of intelligence for commercial or defence purposes. On the commercial front, imagine an entirely hypothetical deal in which Huawei beats Cisco. The former vendor is thought to discount deeply to beat the latter. If Cisco can see a spike in a month’s networking imports, it can make a better guess at how much Huawei charged and what the customer paid. On the defence side, imagine an Australian intelligence agency buys a shedload of kit. If the spike appears in monthly stats, the world will know it. If the stats don’t reveal the sales spike, the side channel goes away.Applicants for confidentiality are guaranteed anonymity. But there’s nothing we can see in the legislation covering Bureau that prevents the publication of the reasons for a confidentiality request.The Reg has therefore made a Freedom of Information request for the reasons stated in the application for confidentiality of networking products. We’re yet to hear back, but the relevant Department did ask for an extension of the time in which they can make a response. Which isn’t necessarily a good thing: it could mean the lawyers are trying to find a reason to deny the request.

While we wait for that, two important questions remain unanswered about the laptop data crimp:
A pet theory for question one: Apple’s finding ways to hide its affairs from the Australian Taxation Office (ATO). If it can import a swag of MacBooks without their value being made public, the ATO will find it harder to pick apart the pricing practices it uses to avoid tax.And for question two: A big networking deal went down in August and somebody wants the value of it kept under wraps.This week, we’re sharing a tale told by reader Dan, who tells us: “A number of years ago I was in a second line tech support role at a hospital in South Devon.”Nice part of the world, that. And the gig sounds decent because Dan was on call just once a fortnight and even then didn’t expect much trouble.“I was armed with a laptop and 3G data card, just in case some doctor locked themselves out of their account again,” he recalls. “Probably the 10th time that month.”

Come the fateful day, Dan “received a call at 2am from a doctor who was ‘trying to access the PACS machine’.”PACS, as Dan pointed out, is a Picture Archiving and Communication System. Or to you and I, a storage array dedicated to storing the output of medical imaging devices so that healthcare folks can peer at your innards and bones on a screen instead of having to flap films about.PACS systems play a decent part in storage history: Data General’s Clariion arrays were designed in part to power PACS, which was one reason EMC acquired the company.But we digress. Dan responded to the doctor with a request for the machine’s asset number, so he could remote into the device and sort things out.“Can you turn the tower on please,” Dan asked, a request that produced lots of fumbling sounds and a report from the doctor to the effect that “It’s on but the screen is staying blank, oh hang on the light’s gone from green to orange again.”

At which point Dan figured out that the doctor had managed to successfully turn on a monitor.Which meant it was time to get granular with the following instructions:“Can you please find the computer, follow the cables on the back of the screen, one will go to a wall socket, and the other will take you to the computer. When you find the computer, please turn it on.”“Oh,” the doctor said. “Oh. Actually, it wasn’t turned on at the wall socket.”By this point, 90 minutes had elapsed. And yes we do mean a nine followed by a zero. As in an hour and a half.One World Labs, the infosec biz founded by Chris Roberts – the security expert famous for allegedly making an airplane move sideways mid-flight without leaving his passenger seat – has filed for bankruptcy protection.The Wall Street Journal reports One World Labs filed for bankruptcy last week, with debts roughly mounting to $720,000. Roberts left the company last month but still holds a majority shareholding, the paper adds.Roberts once said he had hacked into aircraft equipment mid-flight more than 15 times since 2011 simply by plugging his laptop into passenger seat entertainment systems. He hit the headlines in April when it was claimed he was able to make a jet climb by sending a command from his PC. Roberts was arrested and questioned by the FBI after tweeting about his escapades.

Aviation officials are yet to verify Roberts’ claims, which remain a hot topic for discussion among security researchers as well as raising a much wider debate about aspects of aircraft security.A US Federal Aviation Administration committee – including representatives of plane makers, pilots, parts suppliers, aviation regulators, and industry officials – has been established to develop comprehensive cybersecurity protections for aircraft.How closely Roberts’ brush with the law is related to One World Labs’ financial woes remains unclear.One World Labs was founded back in 2009. Company executives are said to be in talks with a potential buyer for the security intelligence firm, which brought in revenues of $3 million last year. OWL’s bankruptcy filing can be found here (US bankruptcy info site, registration required).Roberts, who founded OWL and served as its chief information officer prior to his recent departure, confirmed the company’s financial problems in a Twitter update. "Notification last night that OWL filed for Chapter 11 … totally sucks that something we built ended up that way…" he said.

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