The so-called side-channel attacks – in which attackers steal information from a machine they don’t have direct access to – are getting more popular these days. This is another innovative example of a side-channel attack. The target laptop was not connected to any network (either through LAN or Wifi) and yet the attackers managed to obtain the encryption keys from it.
“The attacks are completely non-intrusive: we did not modify the targets or open their chassis.”
Source: How White Hat Hackers Stole Crypto Keys from an Offline Laptop in Another Room | Motherboard
Barcode scanners can be hacked via a specially crafted barcode sequence. They can be instructed to execute arbitrary commands including downloading external scripts via FTP.
via Barcode attack technique (Badbarcode)
Goodbye Firefox OS. We’re back to the duopoly of Android/iOS.
We will end development on Firefox OS for smartphones after the version 2.6 release
Source: Firefox OS/Connected Devices Announcement – Firefox OS Participation – Mozilla Discourse
This is pretty serious. Someone just bricked his laptop by executing a rm -rf / command as root in Linux. As in destroyed. None of your usual BIOS/UEFI prompts appear and no hotkeys can help to restore the firmware.
The root (pardon the pun) of the problem appears to be traced to the mounting of /sys/firmware/efi/efivars as rw by systemd. systemd maintainer (Poettering) refuses to fix the issue.
Source: No POST after rm -rf / / Kernel & Hardware / Arch Linux Forums
It’s been a long time coming. Goodbye Java (plugin). That reminds me of those Java applets that I wrote in a different era. Now if I could only find and convert (rewrite) them to HTML5…
It will be removed some time after the release of Java 9.
Source: Oracle deprecates the Java browser plugin, prepares for its demise