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Farmers in the U.S. are turning to modified firmware from third parties to "jail break" tractors and other heavy equipment: allowing the equipment owners to diagnose problems and repair equipment without approval from the manufacturer.

Hobbled by DMCA, Farmers are jail breaking Tractors | Motherboard

In-brief: Hobbled by draconian copyright restrictions from manufacturers like John Deere that make it impossible to modify or repair equipment, farmers in the U.S. have turned to unofficial software produced in countries like Ukraine to maintain their equipment. 

Proposed legislation to prevent manufacturers from using the Digital Millennium Copyright Act to prohibit independent repair and maintenance of products that run software is being sidelined by opposition from private firms like equipment maker John Deere, Motherboard reports. (Image courtesy of the Library of Congress.)

Right to Repair on the Ropes in Minnesota | Motherboard

In-brief: Proposed legislation to prevent manufacturers from denying owners and independent repair people to fix and maintain software-based products is being sidelined by opposition from private firms like equipment maker John Deere, Motherboard reports.

Many of the CIA hacking tools disclosed by Wikileaks target known or patched security holes, security experts say.

MEH CIA: Agency’s Hacking Tools Targeted Known, Patched Holes

In-brief: Two days after the site Wikileaks dumped thousands of pages of information about covert CIA hacking tool, the security and technology communities have weighed in. Their verdict? Meh. 

Consumer Reports said new standards will push better security and privacy protections for connected products.

Consumer Reports Publishes Draft Cyber Standard

In-brief: Consumer Reports released a draft standard for security digital devices, calling on manufacturers to secure their products and give consumers the right to repair them. 

A hidden, backdoor account affects a line of VoIP gateways made by DblTek, researchers from TrustWave found. (Image courtesy of DblTek.)

Dbl Trouble: Fix Falls Short for Backdoor in China-Made Devices

In-brief: A hidden, backdoor account affects a line of VoIP gateways made by DblTek, researchers from TrustWave found. The manufacturers fix, however, may not solve the problem.