16/08/2014 Click


16/08/2014

Click travels to Las Vegas for DefCon, one of the biggest hacking conferences in the world. Includes a look behind the show to find out just how safe your tech is.


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European destinations are expected to be delayed. This is BBC News. In

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ten minutes, we will have the Film Review. First, Click.

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Welcome to Click. More and more of us are using our mobile devices to

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do pretty much everything in our lives these days. When you switch

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them on the chances of... Are we in? This should be yours. A keycode, if

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you like, that you have to enter. It's yours. It's yours. Don't worry.

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I actually do work for the BBC and Mike has come along for the ride. We

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want to show you something they didn't want to show you ` a hack and

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a serious hack at the world's most important hacking convention.

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Defcon. Running since the early '90s, Las

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Vegas hosts this annual semi secretive shindig for the world's

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cameras. `` hackers. It only let cameras in three years ago. We're

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going in under the wire, literally, to the casino resort where

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government agents rub keyboards with cyber criminals. Everybody is told

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to play nicely. This is no ordinary gathering. Leave your phone

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connected to Wi`Fi or Bluetooth and someone will probably hack it and

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posted here, for to see. Everyone should know better. Of course

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visitors do just that each other. Presenters go public about how to

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bring down anything from a toaster to an aircraft. These guys

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specialise in cars. This year they have ranked them on how easy they

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are to hack. In the past they've taken over the brakes and steering

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controls by plugging into a laptop. Here is the no break attack. I can't

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stop it right now. Obviously that's a very dangerous attack. `` so far

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there's not a lot of risk. It's pretty hard to hack your car but in

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a few years it will be easier. We want car Manufacturer is fixing

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things now, instead of waiting until there is a problem. This year they

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showed just how dumb are so`called smart cities could be. Imagine the

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traffic in Las Vegas grinding to a halt. Sensors embedded in the road

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detect cars and send that information to receivers. The data

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is used to switch the traffic lights to avoid congestion. Without

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encryption of that data, it's possible to send fake information

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that could lead to a traffic jam or accident. And even to upload new

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software to do the job remotely. He's released all the information

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publicly at Defcon and insists publishing the hack is the right

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thing to do. This is not my fault. I'm just pointing out the problem.

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I'm not creating it. If I keep quiet the problem will remain there.

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Sooner or later someone as we know it ` it could be someone with bad

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intentions. Pretty scary stuff. What do you make of that? It is pretty

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scary, isn't it? We have devices out there in our roads that are

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vulnerable to very, very basic attacks so there's no authentication

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on the devices. There's no encryption. That's inexcusable. The

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scariest thing is this equipment is bought by government and they aren't

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checking the security of these devices. It makes me wonder what

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else is out there? Defcon is also about having fun. There are rooms

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where you can test your lock picking or wireless hacking skills. You can

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hack your hat. Or your hair. Often it's people who are the weak link to

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data security, so over to the social engineering room where two actors

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were making fake calls to real companies trying to illicit

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compromising information. It's illegal to film this conversation in

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the US but both attempts we witnessed hit gold.

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In the last call we found out this company still uses Windows XP, still

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is on Internet Explorer, a lower version. Hacking is a family

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business here. Children are allowed in and encouraged to steal each

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other's passwords. You could break into their account. Jeff created

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both Defcon and Black Hat and defends blowing the cover

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this information. Organised crime don't tell us what they're doing. We

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have to find out ourselves, and protect ourselves. Conferences

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like this, whether they're in the UK, France or America, they're one

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of the few ways we have the information out to what's going on

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that's not being filtered by a company or a government. This is

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what's really happening. For the most part, these aren't the bad

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guys. They love making things work even better and exposing

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vulnerabilities for companies who ought to know better to fix. And

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intercepting satellite broadcasts, yeah, that's included. Cheers.

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Have you ever had a museum completely to yourself? Me neither.

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Imagine what it would be like to Rome to place after the doors have

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shot for the night. Don't worry, no one hungry dinosaurs or even Ben

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Stiller to worry about. Just a horde of robots and Lara Lewington.

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Fortunately, these bots aren't trying to take over the world.

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They're just after a bit of culture. For the last week, the main

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attraction in the Tate Britain's Galleries hasn't been the Constables

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or the Hockneys, it's been four remote controlled robots. Visitors

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to the Tate Britain's After Dark website have been given the chance

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to explore galleries filled with 500 years of priceless art, all from

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their laptops. This isn't about creating an alternative to actually

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visiting an art gallery, it's about a totally different experience. How

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often is it that you actually operate a robot anyway? The idea is

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that you can move around the gallery, turning left or right,

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looking up or down. If you reach a dead end, these sensors will light

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up red, which means you need to reverse and replan your journey.

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David and the rest of the team at the studio won the ?70,000 IK Prize,

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a competition to encourage innovative digital uses of the

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museum. We've been lucky enough to work on a number of jobs with

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different museums recently. We are fortunate because we get to walk

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around the galleries at night in the dark. You're basically looking at

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these paintings by yourself and it's an amazing experience. For a long

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time we wanted to make this project a reality. A team of art experts

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have been on hand to provide live commentary about anything

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interesting the bots. `` bots spot. Who hasn't dreamt of going around a

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gallery after dark alone and encounter those wonderful art

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objects and see what happens in the gallery after dark? It's something

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that I, working in the gallery, have done, but the idea of extending that

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to anybody sitting in an armchair at home is fantastic. What a brilliant

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idea! The robots also have built in proximity sensors that can kill

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power and movement if they touch anything in the gallery. So, while

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this could be the easiest way to spend a night in a museum, it is not

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claiming to be the experience of visiting a gallery yourself. Lara

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Lewington spending a night at the museum, virtually, of course. This

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month marks the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War.

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More than 16 million people died in the fighting and while it can be

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difficult to comprehend the magnitude of that event, one BBC

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show is using modern techniques to try to make the conflict relevant to

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a modern audience. Muddy trenches, bullets through the air. Life or

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death decisions that have to be made in seconds. This is Our World War,

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another programme aiming to show the First World more from their point of

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view of the soldiers who fought in it. It might look like a period

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drama but the team behind it have also created what they call an

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interactive episode. It brings elements of a game and stories

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together to present you with an experience that, if you are 16 to

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24, you recognise and perhaps become more engaged with it because you

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have a role to play. You go from being viewer to participants and

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that should be satisfying. This episode will be available on tablet

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and desktop and invites the viewer to make choices that could affect

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the story. Participants can also unlock bonus footage and experience

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animated back stories, as well as feedback and analytics on the

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decisions they've made. I chose to take the injured soldier prisoner.

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Apparently that was the correct decision to make. I have no idea

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whether the decisions I just made will lead to a bad or not quite so

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bad result. The decisions become harder and harder as you work your

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way through. The last decision is really critical and very difficult.

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Unbeknownst to you, what's been happening is we have been scoring

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your tactics and morale. But the main antagonist in the film also has

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an opinion on your decisions and this is perhaps the cleverest bit.

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He will or will not help you in your last decision, I won't give it away,

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depending on the decisions you've made. If he thinks you are right all

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the way through and his morale has been high then he will help you. If

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not, he won't help you. The episode has been put together with the help

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of CGI and animation studio MI, who have designed the user interface and

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hope to offer a seamless video experience. The programme makers

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even believe this could bring in a new era of interactive

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entertainment, that combines the best elements of gaming and drama.

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That's it for the short version of click. Much more in the full`length

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version online. And we are always keen to hear your thoughts on

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anything going on in your world, at least if it is tech related. We

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don't know what you had for dinner and no more cat pictures. We are on

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Google+, Facebook, Twitter and e`mail. Thanks for watching and see

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you next time.

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