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The concept of a connected car, or a car equipped with Internet access, has been gaining popularity for the last several years.

By using proprietary mobile apps, it is possible to get some useful features, but if a car thief were to gain access to the mobile device that belongs to a victim that has the app installed, then would car theft not become a mere trifle?
Wasn't there some issue about Hillary doing this? Nah Senior members of the Trump administration have been accused of blatant hypocrisy after it was revealed they are continuing to use personal email accounts. Key advisors to the president, Kellyanne Conway and son-in-law Jared Kushner, as well as press secretary Sean Spicer and chief strategist Steve Bannon, all have accounts on the Republican Party's domain, and are continuing to use them in addition to their official government accounts, according to Newsweek. It's not known whether the top lieutenants are using the accounts to discuss White House business outside official channels, but the fact that the accounts exist and are being used is remarkable in the face of what was one of the most persistent attacks by the same group on presidential candidate Hillary Clinton – that she had used a personal email system to carry out government business. In Clinton's case, the Trump campaign made huge play of the fact that over 30,000 emails on the personal server were not handed over to a Congressional committee looking into the affair, with President Trump often leading chants of "lock her up." Ultimately, no action was taken against Clinton. People have been quick to point out that the same domain was used by members of the Bush Administration, who were heavily criticized for having "lost" no fewer than 22 million emails when asked to hand them over to the presidential archives. It is also strongly suspected that the same domain and email server were compromised by Russian hackers during the presidential campaign. There is nothing illegal in White House staffers using personal email accounts, but they are expected to forward any that pertain to official business to their official government account within 20 days so they can be archived. The Obama Administration set firm guidelines on the use of such accounts, with staffers told to ensure as far as possible to only use official accounts for work purposes. Whether the current crop of White House staff has decided to be as conscientious or whether they consider email policy to be another of the official policies they are not obliged to follow, only time will tell. Either way, it is just one more ethical concern laid at the doors of the new administration. ® Sponsored: Flash enters the mainstream. Visit The Register's storage hub

The focus on digital is set to remain the key trend in the IT industry for the next 12 months

London, UK – 29 November 2016 - Dimension Data, the global ICT solutions and services provider, today published its top IT predictions for 2017, and the focus on digital is set to remain the key trend in the industry for the next 12 months.

Dimension Data’s Chief Technology Officer, Ettienne Reinecke says digital is about building truly customer-centric business models on IT including the network, data centre, applications, and other infrastructure - which may be on-premise, or cloud-based. “Today, there’s no such thing as a digital strategy – just strategy in a digital world.

And while the digital age is creating a degree of uncertainty for some organisations, it’s also opening the doors to exciting possibilities and ushering in an era of infinite potential.”

Reinecke cites ownership and access to data – and metadata – as a key theme. “In the year ahead, control and ownership of data and metadata will emerge as a point of discussion - and indeed contention.

That’s because data and metadata are the ‘gold dust’ that allow organisations to glean rich insights about customer behaviour.
In addition, metadata allows organisations to identify specific behavioural patterns, derive business intelligence, and make informed business decisions,” Reinecke explains.

As a result, organisations are becoming increasingly protective of their metadata, and wary of who has access to it. “Organisations don’t just want ownership and control of their data for compliance reasons: they want it to perform analytics. We expect that this will trigger some interesting discussions between businesses and their cloud providers.

For example, where are the boundaries with respect to ownership, especially around metadata. We foresee this issue resulting in a bit of ‘push and pull’ among the various parties.”

Other IT trends that Dimension Data predicts will make their mark in 2017 include:

  • Intelligence is driving the predictive cybersecurity posture
    Cybercrime is big business. Over the last few years, cybercriminals have been re-investing much of the ill-gotten gains into developing more sophisticated capabilities, using more advanced technologies.

    Despite ongoing innovation in the cybersecurity industry, much of the effort remains reactive.

    Cybersecurity will become more predictive, rather than proactive.

  • Machines are being embedded in the workspace for tomorrow
    A new generation is starting to show up at work, and they’re not millennials, or even Gen Z: they’re machines.

    And it won’t be much longer before holographics, augmented reality, and virtual reality begin to move from B2C into B2B.

    Also, over the next two to three years these technologies will drive a fundamental transformation of the workspace.

  • The Internet of Things is delivering on the promise of big data
    IoT will deliver on the promise of big data.
    Increasingly, big data projects are going through multiple updates in a single year – and the Internet of Things (IoT) is largely the reason.

    That’s because IoT makes it possible to examine specific patterns that deliver specific business outcomes, and this has to increasingly be done in realtime.

    This will drive a healthier investment, and faster return in big data projects.

  • Container technology is the new disruptor in the data centre and a key enabler for hybrid IT
    In 2017 we’ll see more widespread adoption of containers, but the transition to a fully containerised world will take few more years.
    In addition, we’ll see increasing adoption of network function virtualisation (NFV) when cloud-enabling existing networks, and for new networks to be architected with hybrid cloud in mind.

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EnlargeOre Huiying/Bloomberg via Getty Images reader comments 22 Share this story Ride-hailing startup Uber has settled a lawsuit that alleged brutal driver sexual assaults on two female passengers. The terms of the settlement are confidential.

By reaching a deal now, Uber avoids a trial, scheduled for March, that could have been incredibly damaging to its image. Uber declined to comment on the case, and the lawyer representing the anonymous plaintiffs didn't respond to a request for comment. The lawsuit (PDF) was originally filed in October of last year, with both plaintiffs listed as Jane Does.

The complaint described two assaults.
In the first, "Doe 1" said she was assaulted by her driver, Abderrahim Dakiri, after her two other friends were dropped off. "When the vehicle was stopped at a red light, Dakiri began groping Ms.

Doe 1 in the crotch, upper thigh, and top of her pants," the complaint stated.
She later escaped the car and ran to a friend's house.

A passerby called 911 and the driver was arrested and charged. Jane Doe 2 hired an Uber in South Carolina, and says her driver Patrick Aiello instead took her to a parking lot, locked the doors and "proceeded to viciously rape her." Aiello was arrested and charged. Uber argued it shouldn't be responsible for crimes committed by its drivers, but in a hearing earlier this year, Judge Ilston was unconvinced.

As precedent, the judge cited a 1956 case where the Pullman Company was found to have some responsibility for a passenger who was raped by a railway porter. The original lawsuit claimed that Uber's background checks were insufficient and that changes "must be implemented without delay." Since the settlement is confidential, it isn't clear what changes, if any, were instituted as a result of the litigation. The settlement papers were filed on Thursday and reported earlier by The Recorder.
EnlargeOli Scarff/Getty Images reader comments 52 Share this story Uber drivers have the same employment rights as other full-time employees in Britain, a court has ruled in a landmark decision which looks likely to send shockwaves through the nation's so-called "gig economy." The ruling means that drivers are now entitled to earn the national minimum wage, holiday pay, sick pay, and other benefits, after the San Francisco-based taxi firm lost a case brought against them by two drivers backed by the GMB union. Uber had argued that it was a tech firm rather than a transport one, and that as its drivers were self-employed contractors it was not obliged to provide the kinds of statutory employment rights full-time workers would expect. According to the GMB, the Central London Employment Tribunal's decision will have ramifications in other industries which rely on casualised labour, and that "similar contracts masquerading as bogus self employment will all be reviewed." The union's legal director Maria Ludkin said the case represented "a monumental victory" and claimed it would "have a hugely positive impact" for Uber's drivers, of whom there are around 40,000 in Britain. Uber drivers and other directed workers do have legal rights at work. The question for them now is how those rights are enforced in practice. The clear answer is that the workforce must combine into the GMB union to force the company to recognise these rights and to negotiate fair terms and conditions for the drivers. For its part, Uber is sticking to its self-employment argument, and it UK general manager Jo Bertram has vowed to appeal the court's decision. She said: Tens of thousands of people in London drive with Uber precisely because they want to be self-employed and their own boss. The overwhelming majority of drivers who use the Uber app want to keep the freedom and flexibility of being able to drive when and where they want. While the decision of this preliminary hearing only affects two people we will be appealing it. Enlarge / Uber's UK manager, Jo Bertram. Leon Neal/AFP/Getty Images In the court's ruling, however, the judges insisted that “the notion that Uber in London is a mosaic of 30,000 small businesses linked by a common ‘platform’ is to our minds faintly ridiculous. Drivers do not and cannot negotiate with passengers… They are offered and accept trips strictly on Uber’s terms.” The tribunal panel reserved hefty criticism for the firm, claiming that it had used "fictions," "twisted language," and "brand new terminology" to hoodwink drivers and passengers alike. The GMB meanwhile denied that the majority of Uber drivers enjoyed the "flexibility" of their current contracts. Ludkin said: “This judgement in no way affects driver flexibility, it merely guarantees them basic employment rights. Uber’s decision to appeal that is purely related to protecting their ample profits and nothing to do with protecting the drivers.” Many tech firms rely on casual labour and the UK's lax self-employment laws, but this ruling has opened the doors to more tribunals, including at courier firms such as CitySprint, Addison Lee, eCourier, and Excel. Deliveroo, meanwhile, embroiled in a labour dispute of its own for similar reasons, may also find itself in trouble. As well as its appeal, Uber is currently also trying to persuade its drivers that the decision only affects the two drivers who went before the tribunal. In an e-mail sent to drivers on Friday night, Bertram wrote: As you may be aware, earlier this year a small number of London partner-drivers brought a claim to challenge their self-employed status with Uber. Although we have today heard that this challenge has been successful at this first stage, it’s very important to note that today’s decision only affects two individuals and Uber will be appealing it. There will be no change to your partnership with Uber in light of this decision and we will continue to support the overwhelming majority of drivers who tell us that they use the Uber app to be their own boss and choose when and where to drive. Ludkin responded: “Even after the judge found Ms Bertram’s evidence lacked credibility and described her as ‘grimly loyal,’ she continues to try and advance a misleading and false set of facts. The Uber judgment applies to 40,000 UK drivers, not two. Ms Bertram might be wise to think how this judgment reflects on her before she issues any more statements.” This post originated on Ars Technica UK

Researchers from Tencent's Keen Security Labs totally hack the Tesla S over Wi-Fi. reader comments 13 Share this story Security researchers at the Chinese Internet company Tencent's Keen Security Lab privately revealed a security bug in Tesla Model S cars that allowed an attacker to achieve remote access to a vehicle's Controller Area Network (CAN) and take over functions of the vehicle while parked or moving.

The Keen researchers were able to remotely open the doors and trunk of an unmodified Model S, and they were also able to take control of its display. Perhaps most notably, the researchers remotely activated the brakes of a moving Model S wirelessly once the car had been breached by an attack on the car's built-in Web browser. Tesla has already issued an over-the-air firmware patch to fix the situation. Previous hacks of Tesla vehicles have required physical access to the car.

The Keen attack exploited a bug in Tesla's Web browser, which required the vehicle to be connected to a malicious Wi-Fi hotspot.

This allowed the attackers to stage a "man-in-the-middle" attack, according to researchers.
In a statement on the vulnerability, a Tesla spokesman said, "our realistic estimate is that the risk to our customers was very low, but this did not stop us from responding quickly." After Keen brought the vulnerability to Bugcrowd, the company managing Tesla's bug bounty program, it took just 10 days for Tesla to generate a fix. Full details of the attack were not revealed.

But in a video demonstrating the attack (shown above), researchers exploited the in-car browser of an unmodified vehicle by intercepting a search for the nearest charging station.

The exploit then allowed the researchers to gain remote control over Wi-Fi to door locks, seat adjustments, signals, and other controls including the vehicle's displays. While moving, the researchers were also able to demonstrate remote control of the vehicle's rear hatch and the brakes, bringing the car to a very sudden stop from a computer 12 miles away. Listing image by El monty