Privacy

Smashing Security #152: Cats, hoodies, and rent

What’s the problem with IoT-enabled pet feeders? Can hacking ever be illustrated without a hoodie? And just how are landlords using smart home technology to snoop upon their residents?

All this and much more is discussed in the latest edition of the award-winning “Smashing Security” podcast by computer security veterans Graham Cluley and Carole Theriault, joined this week by technology journalist and broadcaster David McClelland.


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Medical data is being leaked by NHS pagers, and then broadcast for the world to see…

Medical data is being broadcast unencrypted by hospitals across the UK, as ambulances are directed to respond to 999 emergency calls.


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How Facebook helps an abusive ex-partner find out your new identity, even after you’ve blocked them

Imagine you’re in an abusive relationship, and things have turned violent.

You leave him, block his Facebook account, and update the name on your profile to hide your identity.

Would you expect your ex-partner to be able to see what your new name is?


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Japanese hotel robots can be hacked to spy on guests in their bedrooms

A Japanese hotel chain has had to update its in-room robots, after a security researcher discovered they could be easily hacked to allow anyone access to their camera and microphone.


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Sensitive US government and military travel details left exposed online

Significant amounts of sensitive data about employees of the US government military personnel data could now be in the public domain following its exposure in a data leak.

Read more in my article on the Hot for Security blog.


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Smashing Security #151: Frankly, sometimes paying the ransom is a good idea

Remember how the City of Baltimore was badly hit by ransomware earlier this year? Turns out that wasn’t the end of their problems. Also, Carole takes a look at how smart speakers can be hacked to trick you into giving criminals your passwords or even credit card details. And we discuss the findings of the LastPass global password security report.

All this, and much much more, in the latest “Smashing Security” podcast.


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Alexa and Google Home devices can be exploited to eavesdrop on users, phish passwords

Researchers have shown just how easy it is for third-parties to exploit the so-called “smart” speakers that many home owners have purchased to eavesdrop on conversations and even steal passwords and credit card details.

Read more in my article on the Bitdefender BOX blog.


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About that “Any fingerprint can unlock your Samsung Galaxy S10” report

Plenty of headlines are warning about anyone’s fingerprint being able to unlock a Samsung Galaxy S10, but I’m not sure it’s quite as simple as that…


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Smashing Security #150: Liverpool WAGs, Facebook politics, and a selfie stalker

Footballers’ wives go to war over Instagram leaks, it turns out fake news is fine on Facebook (just so long as it’s in a political ad), and things take a horrific turn in Japan, as a stalker uses a scary technique to find out where his pop idol lives.

All this and much more is discussed in the latest edition of the award-winning “Smashing Security” podcast by computer security veterans Graham Cluley and Carole Theriault, joined this week by Dave Bittner.


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Stalker zoomed in on Japanese idol’s eyes to find out where she lived

An obsessed fan assaulted J-Pop star Ena Matsuoka after determining where she lived by zooming in on selfies she had posted on social media, and examining the reflection in her eyes.


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Smashing Security #149: Falling in love with fraudsters

We take a trip to Staten Island, New York, to hear how a case of cyberstalking resulted in the arrest of 20 alleged mobsters, learn about the nude photo-loving insider threat at Yahoo, and discover how fraudsters might be boosting Match.com’s profits.

All this and much more is discussed in the latest edition of the award-winning “Smashing Security” podcast by Graham Cluley and Carole Theriault, joined this week by Ran Levi of “Malicious Life.”


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How a GIF could let a hacker view your WhatsApp messages

A flaw in WhatsApp could have allowed hackers to snoop upon your chat history just by tricking you into opening a boobytrapped GIF image.

If you’re going to run WhatsApp, make sure that it’s properly updated.


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Former Yahoo employee admits he hacked 6000 users’ accounts, stole nude photos and videos

A former Yahoo software engineer has admitted hacking into thousands of Yahoo users’ accounts in a search for naked images and videos of young women.

Read more in my article on the Hot for Security blog.


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Smashing Security #148: Billboard boobs, face forensics, and Alexa gets way too personal

Drivers are distracted by a hacked billboard, we take a deeper look at how the deepfake problem has… uh… deepened, and Carole is less than happy about Amazon’s announcement about new Alexa integrations.

All this, an annoying goose, and much much more is discussed in the latest edition of the “Smashing Security” podcast by computer security veterans Graham Cluley and Carole Theriault, joined this week by Maria Varmazis.


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Smashing Security #147: Don’t Snapchat and drive

How is private medical data leaking onto the streets of Milton Keynes, what is widening the cybersecurity skills gap, and how is Australia controversially tackling the problem of drivers using their mobile phones?

All this and more can be heard in the latest “Smashing Security” podcast.


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bitdefender.com

15,000 private webcams left open to snooping, no password required

Once again concerns are being raised about the sorry state of IoT security, after a security researcher discovered over 15,000 private webcams that have been left wide open for anyone with an internet connection to spy upon.

Read more in my article on the Bitdefender BOX blog.


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