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
ten minutes, we will have the Film Review. First, Click.
Welcome to Click. More and more of us are using our mobile devices to
do pretty much everything in our lives these days. When you switch
them on the chances of... Are we in? This should be yours. A keycode, if
you like, that you have to enter. It's yours. It's yours. Don't worry.
I actually do work for the BBC and Mike has come along for the ride. We
want to show you something they didn't want to show you ` a hack and
a serious hack at the world's most important hacking convention.
Defcon. Running since the early '90s, Las
Vegas hosts this annual semi secretive shindig for the world's
cameras. `` hackers. It only let cameras in three years ago. We're
going in under the wire, literally, to the casino resort where
government agents rub keyboards with cyber criminals. Everybody is told
to play nicely. This is no ordinary gathering. Leave your phone
connected to Wi`Fi or Bluetooth and someone will probably hack it and
posted here, for to see. Everyone should know better. Of course
visitors do just that each other. Presenters go public about how to
bring down anything from a toaster to an aircraft. These guys
specialise in cars. This year they have ranked them on how easy they
are to hack. In the past they've taken over the brakes and steering
controls by plugging into a laptop. Here is the no break attack. I can't
stop it right now. Obviously that's a very dangerous attack. `` so far
there's not a lot of risk. It's pretty hard to hack your car but in
a few years it will be easier. We want car Manufacturer is fixing
things now, instead of waiting until there is a problem. This year they
showed just how dumb are so`called smart cities could be. Imagine the
traffic in Las Vegas grinding to a halt. Sensors embedded in the road
detect cars and send that information to receivers. The data
is used to switch the traffic lights to avoid congestion. Without
encryption of that data, it's possible to send fake information
that could lead to a traffic jam or accident. And even to upload new
software to do the job remotely. He's released all the information
publicly at Defcon and insists publishing the hack is the right
thing to do. This is not my fault. I'm just pointing out the problem.
I'm not creating it. If I keep quiet the problem will remain there.
Sooner or later someone as we know it ` it could be someone with bad
intentions. Pretty scary stuff. What do you make of that? It is pretty
scary, isn't it? We have devices out there in our roads that are
vulnerable to very, very basic attacks so there's no authentication
on the devices. There's no encryption. That's inexcusable. The
scariest thing is this equipment is bought by government and they aren't
checking the security of these devices. It makes me wonder what
else is out there? Defcon is also about having fun. There are rooms
where you can test your lock picking or wireless hacking skills. You can
hack your hat. Or your hair. Often it's people who are the weak link to
data security, so over to the social engineering room where two actors
were making fake calls to real companies trying to illicit
compromising information. It's illegal to film this conversation in
the US but both attempts we witnessed hit gold.
In the last call we found out this company still uses Windows XP, still
is on Internet Explorer, a lower version. Hacking is a family
business here. Children are allowed in and encouraged to steal each
other's passwords. You could break into their account. Jeff created
both Defcon and Black Hat and defends blowing the cover
this information. Organised crime don't tell us what they're doing. We
have to find out ourselves, and protect ourselves. Conferences
like this, whether they're in the UK, France or America, they're one
of the few ways we have the information out to what's going on
that's not being filtered by a company or a government. This is
what's really happening. For the most part, these aren't the bad
guys. They love making things work even better and exposing
vulnerabilities for companies who ought to know better to fix. And
intercepting satellite broadcasts, yeah, that's included. Cheers.
Have you ever had a museum completely to yourself? Me neither.
Imagine what it would be like to Rome to place after the doors have
shot for the night. Don't worry, no one hungry dinosaurs or even Ben
Stiller to worry about. Just a horde of robots and Lara Lewington.
Fortunately, these bots aren't trying to take over the world.
They're just after a bit of culture. For the last week, the main
attraction in the Tate Britain's Galleries hasn't been the Constables
or the Hockneys, it's been four remote controlled robots. Visitors
to the Tate Britain's After Dark website have been given the chance
to explore galleries filled with 500 years of priceless art, all from
their laptops. This isn't about creating an alternative to actually
visiting an art gallery, it's about a totally different experience. How
often is it that you actually operate a robot anyway? The idea is
that you can move around the gallery, turning left or right,
looking up or down. If you reach a dead end, these sensors will light
up red, which means you need to reverse and replan your journey.
David and the rest of the team at the studio won the ?70,000 IK Prize,
a competition to encourage innovative digital uses of the
museum. We've been lucky enough to work on a number of jobs with
different museums recently. We are fortunate because we get to walk
around the galleries at night in the dark. You're basically looking at
these paintings by yourself and it's an amazing experience. For a long
time we wanted to make this project a reality. A team of art experts
have been on hand to provide live commentary about anything
interesting the bots. `` bots spot. Who hasn't dreamt of going around a
gallery after dark alone and encounter those wonderful art
objects and see what happens in the gallery after dark? It's something
that I, working in the gallery, have done, but the idea of extending that
to anybody sitting in an armchair at home is fantastic. What a brilliant
idea! The robots also have built in proximity sensors that can kill
power and movement if they touch anything in the gallery. So, while
this could be the easiest way to spend a night in a museum, it is not
claiming to be the experience of visiting a gallery yourself. Lara
Lewington spending a night at the museum, virtually, of course. This
month marks the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War.
More than 16 million people died in the fighting and while it can be
difficult to comprehend the magnitude of that event, one BBC
show is using modern techniques to try to make the conflict relevant to
a modern audience. Muddy trenches, bullets through the air. Life or
death decisions that have to be made in seconds. This is Our World War,
another programme aiming to show the First World more from their point of
view of the soldiers who fought in it. It might look like a period
drama but the team behind it have also created what they call an
interactive episode. It brings elements of a game and stories
together to present you with an experience that, if you are 16 to
24, you recognise and perhaps become more engaged with it because you
have a role to play. You go from being viewer to participants and
that should be satisfying. This episode will be available on tablet
and desktop and invites the viewer to make choices that could affect
the story. Participants can also unlock bonus footage and experience
animated back stories, as well as feedback and analytics on the
decisions they've made. I chose to take the injured soldier prisoner.
Apparently that was the correct decision to make. I have no idea
whether the decisions I just made will lead to a bad or not quite so
bad result. The decisions become harder and harder as you work your
way through. The last decision is really critical and very difficult.
Unbeknownst to you, what's been happening is we have been scoring
your tactics and morale. But the main antagonist in the film also has
an opinion on your decisions and this is perhaps the cleverest bit.
He will or will not help you in your last decision, I won't give it away,
depending on the decisions you've made. If he thinks you are right all
the way through and his morale has been high then he will help you. If
not, he won't help you. The episode has been put together with the help
of CGI and animation studio MI, who have designed the user interface and
hope to offer a seamless video experience. The programme makers
even believe this could bring in a new era of interactive
entertainment, that combines the best elements of gaming and drama.
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