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089 | A malware that can shut down power grids and VR to ease pain of patients
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A malware that can disrupt power grids, a warning that Canada’s next federal election could be influenced by hackers, and the use of VR to ease patients pain and anxiety. All this on WRLWND Radio for today. Shownotes: Crash Override Last year a new strain of malware was responsible for a computer malfunction that triggered a power outage in Ukraine. According to some security firms, they believe that it could be used to disrupt power grids in the US and other countries. The malicious software, codenamed Crash Override, is the second malware program that can disable industrial systems like power plants, according to a report from the software security firm Dragos. Crash Override works by hijacking a power plant's computers in order to create a software loop that forces its circuit breakers to stay open, thereby taking the plant offline. The only way to stop it is for a repair crew to manually assume control of the breakers to close them. Crash Override's methods could likely work for any power station with computer-controlled breakers, and could even be expanded to affect other industrial plants. Next federal election can be influenced by hackers Last week, Canada's electronic spy agency said it was "very likely" that hackers will try to influence Canada's 2019 elections and it planned to advise political parties next week on how to guard against cyber threats. The Communications Security Establishment (CSE) agency said it had not detected any nation-state attempts to interfere in prior Canadian elections but saw risk from hacktivists. CSE said it expects some hacktivist efforts in 2019 will be well-planned, with targets ranging from voter suppression and stealing party information to trying to discredit candidates. VR and pain management Researchers in the UK are looking to see if virtual reality can ease a patient’s pain and anxiety, so what they have done is to enlist 79 people who needed a tooth pulled or cavity filled. The patients were divided into three groups:
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Date published: 2016-01-14