internet of things

‘Hola señorita’ says smart camera as it follows owner’s every move

It gets a little more NSFW from there…

David Bisson reports.

Smashing Security podcast #046: Good beard bad beard

Bearded man entangled in dark web drugs market bust, Google researches how to make browser security warnings less confusing, and “bedroom entertainment systems” (ahem) probed for security holes.

All this and 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 special guest Rich Baldry.

Leave a bad review? This IoT garage door opener maker may brick your device

The maker of an Internet of Things (IoT) garage door opener bricked a customer’s device after they posted a negative review on the product’s forum board.

David Bisson reports.

Dahua security camera owners urged to update firmware after vulnerability found

Do you own an internet-connected DVR, CCTV or IP camera?

You may want to check who manufactured it, as proof-of-concept code has been released capable of automating attacks against devices made by Dahua Technology.

Read more in my article on the Tripwire State of Security blog.

It’s too easy to steal a second-hand connected car

Until more effort is made by vendors to integrate the internet in a safe way into the myriad of devices that surround us, we are going to hear more and more stories of security breaking down like this.

Read more in my article on the We Live Security blog.

Critical Cisco security hole could lead to hackers seizing control of thousands of home routers

If you are a company running Cisco Prime Home to control your customers’ devices – update it now.

Read more in my article on the Bitdefender Box blog.

How to secure your Wi-Fi network – the basic version

What we can do to better secure our routers and our Wi-Fi networks?

David Bisson reports.

‘Good’ anti-Mirai worm is pulled from Github following backlash

An anti-worm worm, designed to clean-up the Internet of insecure Things, has had its code pulled from Github.

Which is probably a good thing.

Could a ‘good worm’ save the Internet of Things from the Mirai botnet?

Researcher Leo Linsky calls his creation an “anti-worm worm (or nematode)”.

I call it a potential breach of computer crime legislation.

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

NyaDrop exploiting Internet of Things insecurity to infect Linux devices with malware

A Linux threat known as NyaDrop is exploiting a lack of security in Internet of Things (IoT) devices to infect them with malware.

David Bisson reports.

Lax security means hackers could steal your Mitsubishi Outlander

If you’ve got a Mitsubishi Outlander hybrid electric car then you’ve also got a problem.

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

Database mix-up let some smart doorbell users see video from others’ homes

A mix-up involving two databases allowed some users of a popular smart doorbell to view live footage from complete strangers’ front porches.

David Bisson reports.

Ransomware and the Internet of Things

A report from the Institute for Critical Infrastructure Technology warns that ransomware could be hitting more than just your regular computer in future…

Read more in my article on the We Live Security blog.

Hacking a hotel: How to gain control of every room’s lights, TV, and curtains

A security expert exploited a weak serial communications protocol used in a hotel where he was staying and found he was able to control every room’s light switches, TV, and curtains.

David Bisson reports.

LeapFrog child’s toy found susceptible to attacks leveraging Adobe Flash

A popular children’s toy made by LeapFrog is susceptible to a variety of attacks that leverage Adobe Flash vulnerabilities.

David Bisson reports.

US intelligence chief: the Internet of Things will be used to spy and hack

The truth is that “smart” devices have the potential to be very, very dumb when it comes to security.

And that’s something intelligence agencies are interesting in exploiting…

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