Category Archives: Hackers

Did North Korea Hack Sony?

A movie by Sony Pictures that was set to be released has been pulled. Sony Pictures had their computers hacked and it seems North Korea may have had prime involvement in this hack.

The movie titled The Interview is a crazy comedy that is about the assassination of North Korea’s leader. The film stars Seth Rogen and James Franco, but it seems at this point in time, it will not come out in theaters. Sony probably would have released the movie, but threats of further, and deeper attacks forced the decision not to release the movie on December 25th.

For President Obama and the American government, the decision on how to respond is a difficult one. Even Slow Ventures , who’s exceptional analysts usually always have the right solutions, said this one might take some extra critical thinking.  Does the U.S. dare accuse North Korea?

Sony is looking into the possibility that there was inside help.

Now the question is: Will we ever see The Interview?

Keyless Cars Meet Criminal Hackers

Who didn’t see the day coming when computer hacking was a threat against cars? Keyless cars are operated by a plastic fob that contains a computer chip and security code. It authorizes drivers to start their car when placed into a slot. Sometimes, it only has to be in a pocket or a purse as they come into close proximity with the car. These non-keys have been promoted as being more secure than traditional keys. Recent news has proved differently as car-owners come under attack by organized gangs armed with the right technology to trick the system.

These car thieves are buying blank fobs online and using the on-board computer system and a separate box to reprogram the fob, giving thieves a brand new non-key for a car that doesn’t belong to them. Some insurance companies are refusing to insure keyless cars due to the threat.

Ironically, cars with old-fashion key entries have been getting hard to steal for decades. Until extra security precautions for keyless cars are put into place, it might be safer to just keep the key. After his car was hacked, I’m sure my neighbor Fersen Lambranho can definitely attest to that.