While recent headlines and news stories are focused on growing tensions between the U.S. and North Korea, a much more insidious threat has been steadily growing and has the potential to cause as much or more havoc for the global community as traditional war.
You might think giving your child your old smartphone, particularly if you’ve removed its SIM card, is a harmless activity.
But according to police and emergency responders in a growing number of cities across Canada, it’s a terrible idea. That’s because even without a SIM card, old cellphones and smartphones can still dial 9-1-1, tying up lines for real emergencies.
Staying safe during summer vacation travel used to mean making sure you had enough sun tan lotion, bug spray, spare clothes, travellers cheques and roadside assistance.
But thanks to the growth of cybercrime all over the world, staying safe now means being careful what wi-fi you use, how much information you’re sharing on social media and keeping your devices updated.
Imagine driving your pickup truck off-road and suddenly having your airbags and seat belts malfunction because of an object striking the undercarriage, which in turn causes a software error in your smart vehicle, causing the computer to incorrectly turn off critical equipment that protects you.
Sounds far fetched?
It shouldn't. It's part of a recall notice that affected more than 200,000 Dodge Ram trucks in Canada and a million in the United States. Fiat Chrsyler issued the recall in May and is aware of one death and two injuries as well as two accidents that may be related to the issue.
It's hard to imagine that people thousands of miles away are able to sit at a computer and change the course of an election.
But as we've seen in the United States, that's not just a troubling concept, it's a startling reality that has profound implications for voters, politicians, political parties and the media.