Net Neutrality – Craig Peterson Show Notes 2/21/2015

Net Neutrality

The 332-page secret memo from the Whitehouse, is going to eliminate free speech and innovation from the Internet. We
have the fewest numbers of C-Corp businesses in this country in 30+ years, and that’s even with the innovation sparked by a free and open Internet. The FCC is expected to vote on Thursday to bring full 1934-era regulation to the Internet.

Over the past two decades, the Internet has flourished and revolutionized our lives precisely because it has remained free of government overregulation. Recently, however, Obama’s Federal Communications Commission (FCC) proposed new rules that could reclassify broadband Internet as a monopoly-era plain old telephone service of decades past.

Lenovo Pre-Installing Evil Software

We recently learned that PC manufacturer Lenovo is selling computers preinstalled with a dangerous piece of software, called Superfish,
that uses a man-in-the-middle attack to break Windows’ encrypted Web connections for the sake of advertising.

Internet security for at least Internet Explorer, Chrome, and Safari for Windows, on all of these Lenovo laptops, is now broken.

This is a serious security issue. For example, shortly after this news became widespread, security researcher Robert Graham was able
to extract the certificate from the Superfish adware and quickly cracked the password. With this password, a malicious attacker would be able to intercept encrypted communications on the same network (like at a cafe Wi-Fi hotspot).

How to Remove Superfish Adware From Your Lenovo Computer.

SIM Card Hack

Massive SIM card encryption key hack gives US, UK spies access to billions of phones.

U.S. and U.K. intelligence agencies have reportedly hacked into the computer network of giant SIM card maker Gemalto and taken
smartphone encryption keys potentially used by customers of hundreds of mobile phone carriers worldwide.

The British Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), allowed the two spy agencies to monitor a large portion of the world’s
mobile phone voice and data traffic, according to a story in The Intercept.

How A 14-Year-Old Hacked A Car, Overnight, With $15 Worth Of Radio
Shack Parts.

He had an idea about using a wireless transmitter to connect to the car and talk with the vehicle over the CAN bus. He got to a local
Radio Shack, spent around $15 on a circuit board, transmitter, and other bits, and then spent the rest of the night creating a “small
robotics project” made from easily available parts.

Thankfully Radio Shack is closing down. Problem solved.

It’s not the Tablets That Are Rotting Kids Brains

No, Tablets Aren’t Necessarily Rotting Kids’ Brains. There’s a huge range of things kids need to learn to thrive in real life. Toddlers
need to watch faces, talk to people who are listening and can talk back, manipulate actual three dimensional objects, and so on. All
kids, like adults, need to keep their social skills limber and be able to focus on tasks and learn good time management. So, while
tablets aren’t as bad as television, kids still need to develop these real-world skills.

Kids who spent time at a no-screens-allowed camp showed better social skills after just five days. While this was widely reported
as a strike against screen time, the results may have more to do with what the kids did do than what they didn’t: They spent time
interacting with teams of their peers.