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Researchers ‘Extract’ Data From Junked Tesla Cars

The electric car maker was fairly quick to fix vulnerabilities exposed by white hat hackers

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According to the report, data stored on Tesla models is not automatically erased when the car is hauled away from an accident site or sold at auction. Pixabay

In a shocking revelation, security researchers have extracted personal and unencrypted data — videos, phonebooks, calendar items — of Tesla users from crashed models sold at junkyards and auctions.

According to a CNBC report, a security researcher who goes by the name GreenTheOnly extracted data from the computers in salvaged Tesla Model S, Model X and two Model 3 vehicles.

“The computers on Tesla vehicles keep everything that drivers have voluntarily stored on their cars, plus tons of other information generated by the vehicles, including video, location and navigational data showing exactly what happened leading up to a crash,” the report claimed on Friday, citing researchers.

A Tesla spokesperson told CNBC the company offers options that customers can use to protect personal data stored on their car. “It includes a factory reset option for deleting personal data and restoring customised settings to factory defaults, and a Valet Mode for hiding personal data (among other functions) when giving their keys to a valet,” the spokesperson was quoted as saying.

“We are committed to finding and improving upon the right balance between technical vehicle needs and the privacy of customers,” the Tesla spokesperson said.

According to the report, data stored on Tesla models is not automatically erased when the car is hauled away from an accident site or sold at auction.

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Tesla recently had to give away one of their Model 3 cars and $35,000 prize money to a group of hackers after they cracked its system at a hacking event. PIxabay

GreenTheOnly and his fellow white-hat hacker “Theo” bought a wrecked Model 3 to evaluate the data that remains in the car’s computers after a crash. They extracted records that showed the car’s computers had stored data from at least 17 different devices.

“Mobile phones or tablets had paired to the car around 170 times. The Model 3 held 11 phonebooks’ worth of contact information from drivers or passengers who had paired their devices, and calendar entries with descriptions of planned appointments, and e-mail addresses of those invited,” the report said.

Tesla recently had to give away one of their Model 3 cars and $35,000 prize money to a group of hackers after they cracked its system at a hacking event.

Amat Cama and Richard Zhu of team Fluoroacetate exposed vulnerability in the vehicle system during the Pwn2Own 2019 hacking competition, organised by Trend Micro’s “Zero Day Initiative (ZDI)”, in Vancouver, Canada, this week.

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As part of Tesla’s bug bounty programme, the company has paid hundreds of thousands of dollars in rewards to hackers who exposed vulnerabilities in its systems.

The electric car maker was fairly quick to fix vulnerabilities exposed by white hat hackers. (IANS)

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Researchers Develop Machine Keeping Human Livers Alive For a Week Outside Body

The next step will be to use these organs for transplantation. The proposed technology opens a large avenue for many applications offering a new life for many patients with end stage liver disease or cancer

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The study shows that six of ten perfused poor-quality human livers, declined for transplantation by all centres in Europe, recovered to full function within one week of perfusion on the machine. Pixabay

Researchers have developed a machine that repairs injured human livers and keeps them alive outside the body for one week.

According to the study, published in the journal Nature Biotechnology, this breakthrough may increase the number of available organs for transplantation saving many lives of patients with severe liver diseases or cancer.

“The success of this unique perfusion system — developed over a four-year period by a group of surgeons, biologists and engineers — paves the way for many new applications in transplantation and cancer medicine helping patients with no liver grafts available,” said study researcher Pierre-Alain Clavi from the University Hospital Zurich in Switzerland.

Until now, livers could be stored safely outside the body for only a few hours. With the novel perfusion technology, livers — and even injured livers — can now be kept alive outside of the body for an entire week.

This is a major breakthrough in the transplantation medicine, which may increase the number of available organs for transplantation and save many lives of patients suffering from severe liver diseases or a variety of cancers.

Injured cadaveric livers, initially not suitable for use in transplantation, may regain full function while perfused in the new machine for several days.

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According to the study, published in the journal Nature Biotechnology, this breakthrough may increase the number of available organs for transplantation saving many lives of patients with severe liver diseases or cancer. Pixabay

According to the researchers, the basis for this technology is a complex perfusion system, mimicking most core body functions close to physiology.

The Liver4Life project was developed under the umbrella of Wyss Zurich institute, which brought together the highly specialised technical and biomedical knowledge of experts from the University Hospital Zurich.

“The biggest challenge in the initial phase of our project was to find a common language that would allow communication between the clinicians and engineers,” said researcher Philipp Rudolf von Rohr.

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The study shows that six of ten perfused poor-quality human livers, declined for transplantation by all centres in Europe, recovered to full function within one week of perfusion on the machine.

The next step will be to use these organs for transplantation. The proposed technology opens a large avenue for many applications offering a new life for many patients with end stage liver disease or cancer. (IANS)