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Automatic Self-Driving Cars can be used as Terrorist Weapons, Warns Australia

Driverless vehicles could be exploited by criminals, including terrorists, to be pre-programmed to carry out criminal acts

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Canberra, November 8, 2016: Automatic self-driving cars could be used as dangerous weapons of terrorism, the Australian authorities have warned.

Ramzi Jabbour, deputy commissioner of the Australian Federal Police (AFP), warned that the cars, being developed by companies such as Google and Tesla, could be easily exploited by criminals and terrorists to wreak havoc, Xinhua news agency reported.

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Jabbour said that law enforcement worldwide would face significant challenges when the driverless cars became available.

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Police fear that terrorists could acquire a driverless vehicle, pack it with explosives then remotely drive it towards a specific target and detonate the explosives from the other side of the world.

“While advances in technology will present significant opportunities and revolutionize aspects of our everyday lives, it will also present significant challenges to police,” Jabbour said on Tuesday.

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Graham Ashton, chief commissioner for Victoria Police, said he believed driverless cars would ultimately save more lives than they would cost.

“In the world of transport we are already seeing trials of the driverless car and this will continue to develop,” Ashton said.

“If this concept becomes reality it would significantly improve safety on our roads, because most road trauma is currently a result of driver error or impairment.”

Ashton said even using devices such as laptops or mobile phones while riding in a driverless car was a concept that excited Victoria Police.

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“These devices will continue to be part of the vehicle integration, so you will have all the transport data you need at your voice command,” he said.

“In policing we are excited by the driverless concept because we can see the potential for reducing road trauma.” (IANS)

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Aadhaar Helpline Mystery: French Security Expert Tweets of doing a Full Disclosure Tomorrow about Code of the Google SetUP Wizard App

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Google’s admission that it had in 2014 inadvertently coded the 112 distress number and the UIDAI helpline number into its setup wizard for Android devices triggered another controversy on Saturday as India’s telecom regulator had only recommended the use of 112 as an emergency number in April 2015.

After a large section of smartphone users in India saw a toll-free helpline number of UIDAI saved in their phone-books by default, Google issued a statement, saying its “internal review revealed that in 2014, the then UIDAI helpline number and the 112 distress helpline number were inadvertently coded into the SetUp wizard of the Android release given to OEMs for use in India and has remained there since”.

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However, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) recommended only in April 2015 that the number 112 be adopted as the single emergency number for the country.

According to Google, “since the numbers get listed on a user’s contact list, these get  transferred accordingly to the contacts on any new device”.

Google was yet to comment on the new development.

Meanwhile, French security expert that goes by the name of Elliot Alderson and has been at the core of the entire Aadhaar controversy, tweeted on Saturday: “I just found something interesting. I will probably do full disclosure tomorrow”.

“I’m digging into the code of the @Google SetupWizard app and I found that”.

“As far as I can see this object is not used in the current code, so there is no implications. This is just a poor coding practice in term of security,” he further tweeted.

On Friday, both the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) as well as the telecom operators washed their hand of the issue.

While the telecom industry denied any role in the strange incident, the UIDAI said that he strange incident, the UIDAI said that some vested interests were trying to create “unwarranted confusion” in the public and clarified that it had not asked any manufacturer or telecom service provider to provide any such facility.

Twitter was abuzz with the new development after a huge uproar due to Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) Chairman R.S. Sharma’s open Aadhaar challenge to critics and hackers.

Ethical hackers exposed at least 14 personal details of the TRAI Chairman, including mobile numbers, home address, date of birth, PAN number and voter ID among others. (IANS)

Also Read: Why India Is Still Nowhere Near Securing Its Citizens’ Data?