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When Gadgets Betray Us: The Dark Side of Our Infatuation With New Technologies by Robert Vamosi

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CHAPTER ONE
A False Sense of Secu rity
For most of us, that familiar beep-beep as we walk away through a parking lot or garage is enough assurance that our car is both locked and safe. Often a tiny flashing light on the dashboard also alerts would-be criminals that the car is protected by the latest form of antitheft security. And for the most part, that is true; a sophisticated set of encryption and electronics is at work inside. However, don’t be surprised to find your state-of-the-art, antitheft-protected vehicle stolen. Complex technology doesn’t necessarily raise the barrier for entry for cybercriminals; sometimes it does the exact opposite.
Just ask Czech-born Radko Soucek, a streetwise career car thief and unlikely example of a high-tech ...

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