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  1. Pedestrians and cyclists need instant directional alert like a buzz from iwatch when a high speed electric is coming.

  2. independent.co.uk

    Computer hacker Barnaby Jack found dead at San Francisco home
    Tom Foot

    3-4 minutes

    One of the world's most celebrated computer hackers who forced cash machines to spit out bank notes has been found dead at home.Barnaby
    Jack was discovered by “a loved one” at an apartment in San Francisco
    on Thursday evening. Foul play had been ruled out by police.His
    sister Amberleigh Jack, who lives in New Zealand, told Reuters he was 35
    years old. But she declined to comment further, saying she needed time
    to grieve.Jack became one of the most famous hackers after
    demonstrating in 2010 his special brand of “Jackpotting” – getting ATMs
    to spew out American bills.He was due to appear at the Black Hat
    hacking convention in Las Vegas next week, demonstrating techniques for
    remotely attacking implanted heart devices. He said he could kill a man
    from nine metres away.His specialism was finding bugs in the tiny
    computers embedded in equipment such as medical devices and banking
    machines. He often received standing ovations at hacking conventions for
    his creativity and showmanship.The hacking community expressed
    shock as the news of his death spread via Twitter early on Friday. “Wow
    … Speechless,” Tweeted mobile phone hacker Tyler Shields.Jack's
    most recent employer, the cyber security consulting firm IOActive Inc,
    said in a Tweet: “Lost but never forgotten our beloved pirate, Barnaby
    Jack has passed.”Jack had served as IOActive's director of
    embedded device security. While his famous attacks on US cash machines
    brought him the most attention, his work on medical devices may have a
    bigger impact.Two years ago, while working at McAfee, he
    engineered methods for attacking insulin pumps that prompted medical
    device maker Medtronic Inc to bring in outside security firms and revamp
    the way it designs its products. He followed that up with work on heart
    devices that he was to present at Black Hat next week in his first
    presentation at the annual convention since 2010.Jack told
    Reuters in an interview last week that he had devised a way to attack
    heart patients by hacking into a wireless communications system that
    links implanted pacemakers and defibrillators with bedside monitors that
    gather information about their operations.“I'm sure there could be lethal consequences,” he said.He
    declined to name the manufacturer of the device, but said he was
    working with that company to figure out how to prevent malicious attacks
    on heart patients.

  3. Such wow! such coverage. I wonder how these things are being imagined at first. It's kinda scary.

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