What happens when an SUV going 75 miles-per-hour down a highway is hacked from a remote computer? Two researchers in Pittsburgh want to make sure we never find out. As cars have become more automated, they’re becoming more hackable. But the only way to stop car hacking is to actually learn how to hack into cars and uncover their vulnerabilities.
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How do we make sure the next generation of hackers uses their talents for good?
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Can a bitcoin entrepreneur on house arrest convince the world it’s the currency of the future?
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Is a spray that can mask your DNA the frontier of personal privacy or a tool for criminals?
There is an incredible amount of data in your DNA. Heather Dewey-Hagborg wants to make sure you have control over that data. She developed a spray that masks your DNA wherever it’s left. Is it a new frontier in personal privacy or a handy tool for criminals?
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The super-secretive hacker known as MalwareTech became famous when he dismantled the WannaCry computer virus, one of the most alarming privacy threats in recent memory. But the praise was cut short when the FBI arrested him for creating a virus that gave hackers access to people’s banking credentials. Was he just doing research to stop criminal activity or engaging in criminal activity himself?