Hacker Claims He Controlled The Outcome Of Mexico’s Election

We hear stories and watch movies about hackers, from the news that large companies like TalkTalk have their information accessed to hacking lottery terminals, we’ve heard it all. That was until a hacker who’s currently in jail has come forward saying he was even responsible for rigging the outcome of Mexico’s election.

Amongst his claims of controlling the outcome of Mexico’s election, Andrés Sepúlveda, a known hacker currently serving a 10-year sentence in prison for hacking Colombia’s 2014 presidential election, claims he was paid to ensure that Mexico’s Institutional Revolutionary (PRI) candidate won the country’s election back in 2012. Claiming to have hired a team of hackers he states that his team installed malware on the routers at the PRI main opponents headquarters, giving them access to emails, campaign schedules, and speeches before they were even complete.

Sepúlveda claims that using hand-written accounts and 30,000 twitter bots he used the obtained information to adjust the playing field, giving the PRI candidate the upper hand. If that wasn’t enough, Sepúlveda states that they used fake 3am calls from rivals to help dissuade voters on the eve of the election.

Noting that some of the candidates he has helped over the year may not even be aware of his actions or the illegal methods used to obtain their upper hand, Sepúlveda now works on behalf of the government to help “track and disrupt drug cartels” as well as using his twitter skills to identify ISIS recruits on the social media site.

With a full account of his tale, Bloomberg has shared Sepúlveda’s story and have tried to validate what they can, including an anonymous source who “substantially confirmed Sepúlveda’s accounts” regarding the political consultant Juan José Rendón.

NASA Wants to Cut Fuel Emmisions with Bug Repellant Coating

I wouldn’t have thought of bugs when thinking of how to improve commercial airplane travel, but then again I don’t work at NASA. They did think of just that and are currently testing five different coatings together with Boeing’s ecoDemonstrator 757 aircraft. The new coatings are said to improve fuel efficiency by as much as 6%, which in return could mean millions of dollars saved for airline companies as well as fewer emissions that damage our planet’s ecosystem.

Bugs will accumulate on the surface of the plane and aerodynamically-sensitive elements such as the edge of the wings are specially vulnerable. The dead bugs will cause turbulent air and drag which ultimately reduces the efficiency.

NASA is also testing a new tail fin design with a reduced size and new design. It is mainly used while landing and taking off to help the planes stability, but in the air it’s just an extra resistance. The smaller sized prototype is using a setup with 31 tiny jets along the edge of the tail that can selectively blow air over the surface and generate the same stabilizing forces as the normal 17% bigger tail fin. A smaller fin would mean reduced weight as well as wind resistance, which again will result in better fuel economy.

The two technologies will be tested on 15 and 9 separate flights respectively with Boeing’s ecoDemonstrator 757 aircraft the coming months.

Thanks to NASA for providing us with this information