Bluetooth and Bluetooth Low Energy are incredibly convenient—but increasingly the root of a lot of security lapses.
BLUETOOTH IS THE invisible glue that binds devices together. Which means that when it has bugs, it affects everything from iPhones and Android devices to scooters and even physical authentication keys used to secure other accounts. The order of magnitude can be stunning: The BlueBorne flaw, first disclosed in September 2017, impacted 5 billion PCs, phones, and IoT units.
As with any computing standard, there’s always the possibility of vulnerabilities in the actual code of the Bluetooth protocol itself, or in its lighter-weight sibling Bluetooth Low Energy. But security researchers say that the big reason Bluetooth bugs come up has more to do with sheer scale of the written standard—development of which is facilitated by the consortium known as the Bluetooth Special Interest Group. Bluetooth offers so many options for deployment that developers don’t necessarily have full mastery of the available choices, which can result in faulty implementations.
“One major reason Bluetooth is involved in so many cases is just how complex this protocol is,” says Ben Seri, one of the researchers who discovered BlueBorne and vice president of research at the embedded device security firm Armis.
Republican state Rep. Fred Keller easily beat Penn State professor Marc Friedenberg, D, in a special election Tuesday in Pennsylvania’s heavily-Republican 12th District.
The seat was vacated in January by former Rep. Tom Marino, R, who left for a job in the private sector. With 53 percent of precincts reporting, Mr. Keller had 70 percent of the vote compared with nearly 30 percent for Mr. Friedenberg.
Mr. Friedenberg was also the Democratic nominee in 2018, when he lost to Mr. Marino by 32 percentage points.
Pennsylvania redrew its congressional districts in 2018. The current 12th District, which covers a large and deeply conservative swath of the north and central parts of the state, voted 66.1 percent for Donald Trump in the 2016 election.
State police in Indiana County still searching for three suspects
More than 50 total felony charges were filed against these 14 suspects:
Christopher Adams, 34, New Florence
Freddie Barker, 46, Vintondale
Chad Cahill, 36, Armagh
Derek Colberg, 30, Marion Center
Andrew Elliott, 29, Homer City
Amy Hillegas, 36, Seward
Amanda Malloy, 31, Robinson
Melvin McCloskey, 57, Homer City
William Meagher, 45, Homer City
Christie Ray, 46, New Florence
Christopher Ray, 40, New Florence
Tammy Ressler, 42, Vintondale
Charles Waddell Jr., 51, Armagh
Elyse Zak, 31, Indiana
State police said it can be easy to spot if someone is purchasing the ingredients needed to make methamphetamine. Police continue to urge anyone with information to take advantage of the state’s anonymous drug tip line by calling 1-877-PA-NODRUGS.
The announcement comes amid a wave of store closures across the country this year.
Ascena Retail Group said Monday it’s winding down its Dressbarn business and plans to shut all 650 or so of the women’s clothing stores in order to focus on its more profitable brands.
Ascena, which also owns apparel chains Ann Taylor and Loft, said the decision wasn’t an easy one. But the “Dressbarn chain has not been operating at an acceptable level of profitability in today’s retail environment,” Dressbarn CFO Steven Taylor said in a press release.
Responding to customers’ demands, Whole Foods is ramping up its war on disposable plastic.
zon (AMZN)-owned company announced Monday that will stop offering plastic straws across all of its 500 stores in the United States, the United Kingdom and Canada. Whole Foods claims it’s the first national grocery chain to make the environmentally friendly move.
The company currently offers plastic straws to customers at its juice and coffee bars, as well at its cafes. It will start offering paper straws beginning in July. Plastic straws will still be available for customers with disabilities, upon request.
Whole Foods will also reduce its plastic usage in other parts of the store. It will also offer smaller plastic bags in the produce department and will start using new bags for its rotisserie chickens that use 70% less plastic than the hard plastic cases they will replace.
After eight seasons of watching Game of Thrones, last night’s series finale left many thirsting for resolution. Including some cast members.
The goof occurs about halfway through the episode in a scene where Peter Dinklage’s crafty imp Tyrion Lannister makes a case for the future of Westeros, some eagle-eyed viewers spotted not one but two plastic water bottles. The first was spotted at 46:19 minutes into the episode, behind the foot of one Samwell Tarly.