Startup Rocket Lab Delivers Seven Payloads to Orbit

first_img Spaceflight startup Rocket Lab successfully launched seven payloads into orbit this weekend.After months of delays, the firm completed its second successful dispatch and first commercial mission—dubbed “It’s Business Time.”The two-stage Electron vehicle lifted off from New Zealand’s Māhia Peninsula Sunday afternoon (Monday morning EST). After reaching orbit, the Curie kick stage deployed six satellites and a drag sail technology demonstrator to capture space junk.“The world is waking up to the new normal,” Rocket Lab founder and CEO Peter Beck said in a statement. “With the Electron launch vehicle, rapid and reliable access to space is now a reality for small satellites.“We’re thrilled to be leading the small satellite launch industry by reaching orbit a second time and deploying more payloads,” he continued. “The team carried out a flawless flight with incredibly precise orbital insertion.”First up was the IRVINE01 CubeSat, built by students in Southern California, followed by two ship-tracking and weather-data-collection crafts for Spire Global, two pathfinder-data relay satellites from Fleet Space Technologies, and the CICERO 10 commercial weather satellite built by Tyvak Nano-Satellite Systems for GeoOptics.Still the new kid on the block, Rocket Lab is quickly settling into the neighborhood: It already has another flight scheduled before the end of the year.“With two orbital launches down for 2018, we’re not resting on our laurels,” Beck boasted. “We have a burgeoning customer manifest, so we’re moving onto the next mission within a few weeks—the incredibly exciting ELaNa 19 mission for NASA in December.”The agency’s 19th CubeSat Launch Initiative includes research measuring radiation in the Van Allen belts, as well as demonstrations of new technologies like a solar sail blade and compact robotic manipulator.Early this year, Rocket Lab released a disco ball-esque probe called the “Humanity Star,” which reflects sunlight so brightly that people can see it with the naked eye.More space coverage on Geek.com:Rare Moon Rocks Expected to Fetch $1M at AuctionRIP Kepler: NASA Retires Planet-Hunting Space TelescopeNASA Solar Probe Becomes Closest Spacecraft to the Sun Scientists Discover Possible Interstellar VisitorWater Vapor Detected on Potentially ‘Habitable’ Planet Stay on targetlast_img read more

This Malicious USB Cable Can Remotely Accept Hacker Commands

first_img SteelSeries Arctis 1 Is World’s First USB-C Wireless Gaming HeadsetGeek Pick: Shure MV88+ Is An Excellent, On the Go Microphone Kit Stay on target A security researcher just created an “evil” USB cable that can remotely accept hacker commands with a few tech tweaks.On Sunday, Mike Grover demonstrated the security threat of this scenario by developing a generic-looking USB cable that can obtain commands from a nearby smartphone and carry them out on the PC it’s plugged into, PCMag reported.You like wifi in your malicious USB cables?The O•MG cable(Offensive MG kit)https://t.co/Pkv9pQrmHtThis was a fun way to pick up a bunch of new skills.Not possible without help from: @d3d0c3d, @cnlohr, @IanColdwater, @hook_s3c, @exploit_agency #OMGCable pic.twitter.com/isQfMKHYQR— _MG_ (@_MG_) February 10, 2019Grover’s USB-to-lightning cable is fitted with a Wi-Fi chip inside one of the sockets, so unsuspecting users will think that this “typical” cable is safe to use with their computer. Unfortunately though, this seemingly ordinary cable will be detected by the computer as a Human Interface Device that resembles a keyboard or mouse.Here’s how Grover’s “attack” works: First, he plugs the USB cable into a MacBook laptop. Next, he uses his smartphone to remotely control the MacBook to visit a phony Google login webpage that can secretly obtain the owner’s important information, such as their password. The USB cable attack, which works on Linux, Mac, Windows, and iOS systems, can be programmed to mess up someone’s cellular hotspot or Wi-Fi as well.Grover told PCMag that he plans to produce more “malicious” USB cables to educate the public on the dangers of hacker attacks. “Showing attacks in an engaging way allows a wider audience to be aware of threats,” he told PCMag. “Getting this cable into the hands of other researcher[s] allow new uses and attacks to be explored. In the end, it leads to improved security.”More on Geek.com:40 Countries Agree Cars Must Have Automatic Breaking SystemsElon Musk ‘Confident’ SpaceX Ticket to Mars Will Cost Less Than $500KGoogle Maps AR Navigation Is Being Tested by Some Early Userslast_img read more