Thursday, May 01, 2014

What I am reading today - 5/1/2014

Ars Technica - Hacks on widely used traffic control gear could cause gridlock and chaos -

Hacks that allow spies, villains, or terrorists to manipulate traffic signals may seem like the exclusive province of action movies, but a well-known security researcher says they're not as far-fetched as many people may think.
Cesar Cerrudo of security penetration testing firm IOActive said he has identified more than 50,000 devices in New York, Washington DC, Los Angeles, and cities in at least seven countries around the world that can be hacked using inexpensive gear that's easy and—at least in the US—legal to obtain and operate. 
NY Times - The Wolf Hunters of Wall Street - A magazine adaptation of Flash Boys.

Slate - The New Aaron Swartz Documentary Looks Powerful.  Here's the Trailer -

The central question of Knappenberger's documentary, which premiered at Sundance, seems to be whether Swartz was prosecuted justly, or whether prosecuters were trying to make an example out of him. (The trailer suggests that the documentary leans strongly toward the latter interpretation.) 

I think everyone knows how I feel about Swartz.  Not going to beat those points to death again.

The Register -
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