Infected USBs Tricking ATMs & Other Tech Headlines for 1/6-1/10

by Modis on January 10, 2014

Infected USBs Trick ATMs into Spitting Out Money

During the Chaos Computing Congress on December 28 in Hamburg, Germany, it was revealed that criminals were using infected USB devices to rob numerous ATMs on a spree last summer. ATMs have been under attack for decades, but the fact that they use older software makes it even easier for hackers to break into the systems. The ATMs ran Windows XP. Bankers noticed the installation of malware, but also noticed the attempts to patch up security holes so they could go unnoticed. This enabled machines to be hacked multiple times. All it required was the use of a 12-digit code to reveal how much money, including bill denominations, was in the machine. The machine would display a menu that would allow the hacker to choose the bills it wanted dispensed. Before it could work, a second code was required, so hackers had to call someone else involved, and the code had to be entered within three minutes or the prompt would disappear.

CentOS Project and Red Hat Band Together for Faster Open Source Innovation

Red Hat, Inc. the leading company behind open source software and the CentOS Project announced they are joining forces to build a new CentOS to drive forward development and adoption of cutting edge open source technologies. The partnership will strengthen Red Hat’s business model, by extending development. The partnership is expected to accelerate development of enterprise-solutions for customers and partners. Together, they expect to build CentOS into something that will help open source developers, and encourage community development. It will expand on efforts to collaborate with other open source projects including: OpenShift, Origin, Gluster, and RDO.

Google to Promote Royalty Free Video Codec Alternative for YouTube

Though the VP8, the first royalty-free video codec attempt from Google, did not gain the expected traction, they are going to the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, to debut the VP9 codec. This codec will be promoted as an alternative to H.265, which is capable of streaming 4K, or ultra-high definition, video on YouTube, with less bandwidth demand. Google is said to have the support of many manufacturing partners, including: Intel, ARM, Marvell, Nvidia, Sony, Samsung, Sharp, Broadcom, and Toshiba. Though it has been in development for a long time, Google says it does not intend to replace H.265 completely, but wants to use this as a royalty-free alternative to alleviate bandwidth issues associated with streaming 4K content.

GitHub Traffic Analytics Gives Developers Insight into Project Interest

This week, GitHub is introducing their Traffic Analytics service, to provide users with information about where visitors are coming from and what content they are looking at. Using this capability, developers using GitHub to manage their development projects can find out how many people are coming to them from websites such as Stackoverflow or Google, compared to previously only having access to information that included the questions being opened. The service will not only help developers see who is interested in their projects, but will also provide better social interaction among the development community. This is an improvement upon the analytics data that was briefly available to GitHub users in 2008.

Linksys Resurrecting Classic Blue Router

A year after purchasing the Linksys home networking division from Cisco, Belkin has re-introduced the design of what it called “the best-selling router of all time” with the introduction of the latest wireless technology. The WRT45G was first released in December 2002, and the black and blue design is an instantly recognizable product among consumers. The new designed was unveiled at the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show. It should be available in the spring, for $299.99. The new device, WRT1900AC Dual Band Wi-Fi Router, has been updated to support the 802.11ac Wi-Fi standard, and sports a dual-core 1.2 GHz processor, along with four removable antennas, eSata and USB 2.0/3.0 ports, and four gigabit LAN ports. Linksys says the maximum throughput will be “up to 1.3Gbps on the 5GHz band and up to 600mbps on the 2.4GHz band.”

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