As one of the world’s most sophisticated technology companies whose primary business is running web sites was hacked, a The New York Times Company (NYSE:NYT) reporter discovered his computer-automated car was stolen not by thieves using physical force, but the car was illegally opened by roaming computer hackers.
In other news, trends towards self-driving cars, “the internet of things” and military drones being considered to make kill decisions in the battle field – all of which are dependent on remote security technology – come as the hackers increasingly are winning the game over technical security measures.
Google hacked in Malaysia through domain name service re-direction
The hack took place at the domain name service (DNS) and rerouted traffic to the pirate web site. A Google official contacted the firm operating the domain name service in Malaysia and corrected the problem within minutes of it being noticed.
“We’re aware that some users are having trouble connecting to google.com.my, or are being directed to a different website,” aGoogle spokesperson told The Wall Street Journal. “We’ve reached out to the organization responsible for managing this domain name and hope to have the issue resolved shortly.”
Today’s hack follows an incident in February when someone re-directed traffic from the web site to a pirated web site.
Breaking into a locked car without breaking glass touching the vehicle
Nick Bilton found out how easy it is for someone to break into a car. The New York Times technology columnist, living in the Hollywood Hills section of Los Angeles, happened to watch a group of teenagers riding bikes when they stopped in front of Bilton’s Toyota Prius.
The teenagers pulled out a computerized device that essentially guessed at the code that opened the car doors without touching the car. The computer operates by continually trying different algorithmic numeric combinations to unlock the car.
When speaking on a CNN interview, Bilton said the issue is concerning for a host of reasons, but on a basic level cars with old fashioned locks require a thief to break glass (or manipulate the lock) to gain access, which attracts attention. When a hacker breaks into the car they look like the owner in a normal setting, he said.