Smart Cars Vulnerable to Hackers; Older Workers Just as Tech Savvy

Posted August 10th, 2016 at 12:06 pm (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings:

FILE - A Smart car passes the headquarters of Belgium's telecom company Proximus in central Brussels, Belgium.

FILE – A Smart car passes the headquarters of Belgium’s telecom company Proximus in central Brussels, Belgium.

Half of Smart Cars’ Vulnerabilities Give Hackers Control

A recent study from IOActive says half of the vulnerabilities it found in the smart cars of a “leading vehicle manufacturer” could give a hacker full control of the car. Researchers also found that nearly three quarters of the vulnerabilities could be easily exploited.

Survey: Older IT Workers Just as Tech-savvy as Younger Ones

A recent Dropbox survey is trumping the notion that older IT workers are not as tech-savvy as their younger counterparts. Of those surveyed, only about 13 percent of people aged 55 and older had trouble using multiple devices, compared to 37 percent of 18-to-34-year olds. The survey of 4,000 workers revealed people over 55 are less likely than younger workers to find using technology in the workplace stressful.

Refugees Cling to Wi-Fi in the Jungle of Calais

A crowded sprawl of ramshackle shelters housing 6,000 Afghan, Sudanese, Iraqi and Iranian refugees sits close to the English Channel in Calais, France. The place, considered one of the worst refugee camps in France, is better known as The Jungle. But despite the squalor, the camp offers free Wi-Fi at certain times of the day that gives the refugees a glimpse into the outside world.


Aida Akl
Aida Akl is a journalist working on VOA's English Webdesk. She has written on a wide range of topics, although her more recent contributions have focused on technology. She has covered both domestic and international events since the mid-1980s as a VOA reporter and international broadcaster.

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