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“Monster” Tajima and his 2016 Tajima Rimac E-Runner Concept_One, a 1500-hp purpose-built machine for Pikes Peak.

In May, we were on hand to witness the 100th running of the country’s oldest car race, the Indianapolis 500. And later this June, we’ll be present for the 2016 running of the second-oldest, the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. The race, which was first held in 1916, is a 12.4-mile (20km) dash up the side of Pikes Peak in Colorado, with cars racing the clock to set the best time of the day. In recent years, the Pikes Peak Hill Climb has featured more and more electric cars and motorbikes, which don’t suffer the significant drop in power at altitude that affects their internal combustion relatives.

While we’re there, TEAM APEV with MONSTER SPORT and Giti Tires have invited me to embed with them to see how one of the legends of the mountain, Nobihiru “Monster” Tajima, gets on with his 2016 Tajima Rimac E-Runner Concept One. This is a 1.1MW (1,500hp) electric vehicle with all-wheel torque vectoring and a lot of aerodynamic downforce. Last year’s race went to Monster Tajima’s rival Rhys Millen, who set a new EV record for the hillclimb, getting to the top in just over nine minutes.

Those speeds are possible these days because the road up the side of Pikes Peak was completely paved in 2011. The road was initially gravel, though for many years it was paved until the halfway point.

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A federal judge in Virginia has ruled that a case against Edward Matish, a man accused of downloading child pornography, should stand—preserving the defendant’s upcoming trial date. Also on Wednesday, an FBI agent explicitly denied that the “network investigative technique” (NIT) used to locate Matish and break through his Tor-enabled defenses is malware.

In two separate orders handed down on Thursday, US District Judge Henry Coke Morgan, Jr. denied Matish’s two attempts to have the charges dismissed. Matish’s federal public defender had argued that his client was coerced into signing a statement confessing to his alleged crimes. Judge Morgan disagreed with the arguments presented by Matish’s legal team.

“There is no evidence to support Defendant’s claim that he made his statement involuntarily,” he wrote in his orders. “Defendant put on no evidence during the hearing to support the allegations made in his brief. The evidence before the Court shows that the agents never threatened to prosecute Defendant or his family if he did not provide a statement.”

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Security researchers have discovered a sophisticated piece of malware that uses tricks from the Stuxnet sabotage malware and is specifically designed to target industrial control systems (ICS) and supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems.

Researchers at the security firm FireEye Labs Advanced Reverse Engineering said on Thursday that the malware, dubbed “IRONGATE,” affects


Do you have remote login software TeamViewer installed on your desktop?

If Yes, then it could be possible that your system can be accessed by attackers to steal your personal details, including your bank and PayPal accounts, as several reports on Reddit and Twitter suggests.

According to recent reports, the popular TeamViewer software that is used to remotely control PCs appears to have been


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For more than a month, users of the remote login service TeamViewer have taken to Internet forums to report their computers have been ransacked by attackers who somehow gained access to their accounts. In many of the cases, the online burglars reportedly drained PayPal or bank accounts. No one outside of TeamViewer knows precisely how many accounts have been hacked, but there’s no denying the breaches are widespread.

Over the past three days, both Reddit and Twitter have exploded with such reports, often with the unsupported claim that the intrusions are the result of a hack on TeamViewer’s network. Late on Friday afternoon, an IBM security researcher became the latest to report a TeamViewer account takeover.

“In the middle of my gaming session, I lose control of my mouse and the TeamViewer window pops up in the bottom right corner of my screen,” wrote Nick Bradley, a practice leader inside IBM’s Threat Research Group. “As soon as I realize what is happening, I kill the application. Then it dawns on me: I have other machines running TeamViewer!”

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The second-highest administrator on Silk Road 2, the copycat site that followed the shuttered underground drug website Silk Road, was sentenced Friday to eight years in prison—the same term that government prosecutors asked the judge to impose.

The sentencing came months after Brian Farrell, known online as “DoctorClu,” pleaded guilty to one count of distribution of heroin, cocaine, and methamphetamine. Such crimes carry a minimum sentence of five years in prison.

Federal agents searched Farrell’s home on January 2, 2015 after they got information that he was closely involved in SR2. There, they “seized three handguns, various computer media, various prescription medications, drug paraphernalia, 20 silver bullion bars valued at $3,900.00, and approximately $35,000 in US currency.” In addition to the prison sentence, the cash and silver bullion will be forfeited to the government.

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Tony Fadell. (credit: BBC News)

After six years at the smart home company Nest, Tony Fadell will be stepping down as CEO. He announced his decision via a Nest blog post, which details that Fadell will be transitioning to an advisory role at Alphabet, the parent company of Google. Google bought Nest back in 2014.

The new Nest CEO will be Marwan Fawaz, who previously worked at Motorola Mobility as executive vice president. The blog post sites Fawaz’s engineering and connected home background as well as his “experience with global service providers” as credentials for his leadership role at Nest. It also stated that Nest has a two-year product roadmap already in place for Fawaz to take over as he begins.

Fadell’s transition has been in the works since “late last year,” and his new role at Alphabet will give him the flexibility to dabble in other fields. Here’s Fadell’s statement:

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Concept image of a harvester for Deep Space Industries. (credit: Deep Space Industries)

Luxembourg, a small European country about the size of Rhode Island, wants to be the Silicon Valley of the space mining industry. The landlocked Grand Duchy announced Friday it was opening a €200 million ($225 million) line of credit for entrepreneurial space companies to set up their European headquarters within its borders.

Luxembourg has already reached agreements with two US-based companies, Planetary Resources and Deep Space Industries, to open offices in Luxembourg and conduct major research and development activities. “We intend to become the European center for asteroid mining,” said Étienne Schneider, deputy prime minister and minister of the economy, during a news conference Friday.

The mining of space resources is a long bet. Although some deep-pocketed investors from Google and other companies have gotten behind Planetary Resources, and people like Amazon’s Jeff Bezos have speculated that within a couple of decades most manufacturing and resource gathering will be done off Earth, there is precious little activity today. Humans have never visited an asteroid, and NASA is only just planning to launch its first robotic mission to visit and gather samples from an asteroid, OSIRIS-REx, this summer.

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