The Race for a Coronavirus Vaccine, Cloned Car Keys, and More

Vaccines are being created and cars being activated, but first: a cartoon about comedy buffering.

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Is there a coronavirus vaccine?

Not yet, but as Covid-19 spreads, the pressure is on for drugmakers to get a vaccine to market. Experts say that a viable vaccine is at least a year and a half away—which may sound slow, but would actually set a record. Vaccine creation is tricky, and vaccines against outbreaks are even trickier, since these diseases can vanish in a matter of months or mutate as they spread. Our writers are keeping tabs on the 30+ companies developing vaccines right now, and where they’re at in the process.

Hackers can clone millions of Toyota, Hyundai, and Kia keys

Researchers from KU Leuven in Belgium and the University of Birmingham in the UK revealed new vulnerabilities in the encryption systems used by immobilizers—the radio-enabled devices inside of cars that communicate with your key fob to allow you to start your vehicle. One such system, used by Toyota, Hyundai, and Kia, allows a hacker to swipe a relatively inexpensive Proxmark RFID reader/transmitter near the key fob to later impersonate the key inside the car, disabling the immobilizer and letting them start up the engine.

Fast Fact: November 25

That’s when the new James Bond film No Time to Die will release to theaters. It originally had an April 10 launch date, but that was delayed in response to an open letter from fans who pleaded for the delay amid coronavirus fears.

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