German security researchers claim to have identified a serious vulnerability in the fundamental security of USB devices. The SR Labs team is preparing a presentation at Black Hat next week in which they will demonstrate the “BadUSB” reprogramming of the firmware in USB peripherals, such as thumb drives, keyboards and even mobile devices, to allow data theft and the hijacking and surveillance of computers to which those peripherals are attached. Karsten Nohl and Jakob Lell say there are no known defences against such malware, largely due to the way USB works, and possibly even no way to clean up after infection.
Facebook nemesis Max Schrems is fed up with what he sees as the ineffectiveness of the Irish data protection regulator, so he’s launched a mega-suit in his home country of Austria. Sore points include PRISM, Graph Search and general non-compliance with EU privacy law. Read more »
It’s expensive and difficult to communicate with satellites, especially if an organization is only launching one or two. Spaceflight will allow paying customers to reach their spacecraft wherever they are above Earth. Read more »