Uber accused of espionage, bribery and hacking by former employee

Uber accused of espionage, bribery and hacking by former employee

The $1.9 billion legal battle between ride-hailing giant Uber and Alphabet’s self-driving unit Waymo reached a pivotal moment today as the judge in the case released a damning letter regarding a former Uber employee whose allegations saying that a special division within the company was responsible for acts of corporate espionage, the theft of trade secrets, the bribery of foreign officials and various means of unlawful surveillance.

The “Jacobs letter” was written by the attorney for Richard Jacobs, who previously worked as Uber’s manager of global intelligence before being fired in April. The highly detailed account brings about accusations of systematic illegal activity inside Uber’s Strategic Services Group (SSG) which allegedly sought to surface other companies’ trade secrets through eavesdropping […]

San Francisco SPCA deployed this security robot to chase off homeless people

Crime-Fighting Robot Deployed Near San Francisco Homeless Encampment Fired

The Knightscope robot was benched amid complaints that it was being used to harass a sizable homeless population near the San Francisco SPCA. SAN FRANCISCO—Last month, the San Francisco Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals deployed a 400-pound robot to help combat a sharp rise in car break-ins and other crime at one of its animal shelter facilities here.

On Thursday, the Knightscope K5 was benched amid complaints that it was being used to harass the neighborhood’s sizable homeless population.

The shelter’s officials said in local news reports that break-ins and discarded drug needles had decreased at the Mission District campus after the robot was deployed. The white, Weeble-shaped robot rolled along snapping photos that it relayed to human guards.

A Tiny Flying Robot Could Reveal the Secrets of the Great Pyramid of Ginza

A Tiny Flying Robot Could Reveal the Secrets of the Great Pyramid of Ginza

The Pyramids of Giza. Courtesy of Ricardo Liberato via Wikimedia Commons. If the mysteries of the Great Pyramid of Ginza are ever completely solved, we may have a tiny robot to thank. Scientists are currently developing a miniature, flying robot designed to survey the yet unexplored chambers inside the ancient Egyptian pyramid.

It sounds like science fiction: Archaeologists would drill a tiny hole—no bigger than an inch-and-a-half around—into walls that seal off chambers inside the ancient tomb. Through that opening, they would insert the robot, a miniature blimp-like drone capable of unfolding and inflating in order to explore the previously inaccessible spaces within.

That technology could soon be a reality, thanks to the work of research institutions Inria and the French National Center for Scientific Research, as well as ScanPyramids, which recently detected a previously unknown empty space within the Great Pyramid through the use of muon imaging.

‘Fallout 4 VR’ Review – A Radioactive Open World Mutated for VR

‘Fallout 4 VR’ Review – A Radioactive Open World Mutated for VR

fallout 4 vr (3) Fallout 4 (2015), Bethesda’s beloved post-apocalyptic open world RPG, is now in VR, letting you stalk the Wasteland as the sole survivor of Vault 111 from the immersive point of view of the HTC Vive headset. This comes with most of the important trimmings and trappings of the original; a seemingly endless number of interesting and varied quests, multiple causes to join, base building, and plenty of guns and armor to scrounge. Fallout 4 VR successfully provides all these things along with the promise of holding a gun in your own hand, but fractures somewhat as it mutates from its native 16:9 aspect ratio to the new land of VR. Developer: Bethesda Game Studios
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Crime gang's massive stash of guns, cocaine, cash, spy gadgets and covert vehicles revealed

Crime gang’s massive stash of guns, cocaine, cash, spy gadgets and covert vehicles revealed

A grenade, hidden cash, hi-tech surveillance equipment and an automatic gun were uncovered by cops Scotland’s most sophisticated crime gang imported a million wraps of cocaine a year before being snared by a massive police operation.

The gun-toting syndicate used high-end counter-surveillance equipment imported from America to block police radio and mobile phone signals.

They transported drugs, cash and firearms around the country in a fleet of cars registered in fake names, with modified chassis to include secret locked compartments.

It allowed them to ply their trade for years – flooding Scotland’s streets with cocaine while raking in up to £2million a week. (L-R, top to bottom) Martyn Fitzsimmons, David Sell, Gerard Docherty, Steven McArdle, Francis Mulligan and Barry O’Neill were six […]

‘Mr. Robot’ Rewind: Pwning the Dark Army in Episode 9

‘Mr. Robot’ Rewind: Pwning the Dark Army in Episode 9

Elliot (Rami Malek) in Mr. Robot Season 3, Episode 9. (USA Network Photo) [Spoiler Alert] This article delves deep into the technical guts of Mr. Robot episode 9. Though it focuses on the show’s hacks, it might describe key plots points too. Only continue if you’ve seen the latest episode.

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Hello Friend. Hacker Elliot is back!

After a short flashback scene, this episode starts where the last left off; with Elliot considering the implications of Trenton’s email. He needs to hack the FBI if he wants to get his hands on Romero’s hardware keyloggers. Only, it seems Mr. Robot is up to some hacks of his own…