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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. 

Insecure network attached storage devices are the common thread in a string of data breaches, including the recent leak of US Air Force personnel files, security experts say.

NAS Holes: Air Force Data Leak the Tip of Very Large Iceberg

In-brief: The recently disclosed trove of personnel files by an US Air Force officer is one piece of a much larger phenomenon: exposed, vulnerable and Internet-connected network attached storage (or NAS) devices chock full of gigabytes sensitive data.

Metasploit has added a feature to support scanning for wireless devices.

Targeting Internet of Things: Metasploit Tool Adds Wireless Device Detection

In-brief: The Metasploit Framework has a new extension to test for wireless devices that communicate over radio frequency (RF), Bluetooth and other protocols. 

The US Department of Justice indicted four men for the hack of Yahoo. Two of them have links to Russia's FSB. What do the charges mean for relations between Russia and the US in the theater of cyberspace?

Podcast: What does the Yahoo Indictment tell us about Russian state hacking?

In-brief: The Department of Justice announced charges against four men for the attack on Yahoo that netted information on 500 million users. But what do we know about the men and their alleged crime? Security Ledger Editor in Chief Paul Roberts speaks with Igor Baikalov of Securonix about the incident. 

Is the data privacy movement waiting for its Cuyahoga River fire or Love Canal? The muted response to the most recent data dumps say "yes." (Image courtesy of Library of Congress.)

Amid More Dumping, Data Privacy Movement Awaits a Spark | Digital Guardian

In-brief: Like Love Canal or the ‘flaming river’ in Cleveland that eventually prompted anti-pollution laws, the casual leak of data on 33 million U.S. professionals is a sign that our online environment is badly compromised. But can we fix it? (Editor’s note: this blog post originally appeared on Digital Guardian’s blog.)