IoT

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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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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IoT botnet launched massive 13-day DDoS attack against streaming service

Can you put your hand on your heart and say the web application your company has built would be able to handle 292,000 requests per second, from 402,000 different IP addresses?

Read more in my article on the Bitdefender BOX blog.


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Did a hacked smart TV upload footage of couple having sofa sex to a porn website?

A news report claims that hackers were able to secretly capture intimate footage of a married couple and upload it to a porn website.

But I’ve got a number of questions…


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Smashing Security #135: Zombie grannies and unintended leaks

We take a bloodied baseball bat to Android malware, and debate the merits of a social media strike, as one of the team bites the bullet and buys a smart lock for the office.

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 Oli Skertchly.


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Smashing Security #118: The ‘s’ in IoT stands for security

Twerking robot assistants, an app from Saudi Arabia that lets men track women, and a gnarly skiing security snarl-up!

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 Geoff White.


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Electric scooters can be hijacked remotely – no password required

Security researchers have demonstrated that it’s possible to remotely hijack control of popular electric scooters, forcing them to dangerously brake suddenly or accelerate.

Read more in my article on the Bitdefender Box blog.


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Smashing Security #113: FaceTime, Facebook, faceplant

FaceTime bug allows callers to see and hear you *before* you answer the phone, Facebook’s Nick Clegg tries to convince us the social network is changing its ways, and IoT hacking is big in Japan.

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 John Hawes from AMTSO.


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8-year-old ‘scared to death’ after hacked Nest security camera warns of missile attack

A California family has described the ‘sheer terror’ it experienced after its smart security camera began broadcasting a bogus warning that three North Korean missiles were heading to the United States.

Read more in my article on the Bitdefender BOX blog.


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Got a Nest security camera? Enable two-step verification now

Two-step verification (2SV) combined with a unique password makes it harder for a hacker to see what you’re doing in your home.


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Smashing Security #111: When rivals hack, and ‘extreme’ baby monitors

Why a business spat resulted in Liberia falling off the internet, how the US Government shutdown is impacting website security, and the perplexing world of extreme IoT devices.

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 special guest Zoë Rose.


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Spooked by a speaking security camera? Polite hacker tells owner how to fix his IoT security

The “white hat” hacker, who claimed to be part of a group calling itself the “Anonymous Calgary Mindhive”, said it hadn’t been hard for him to hijack control of a man’s Nest security camera.

Read more in my article on the Bitdefender Box blog.


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Smashing Security #100: IoT failures, and Donald Trump dating disaster

Yes, it’s the 100th edition of the “Smashing Security” podcast.

There’s a little celebration at both ends of this week’s podcast – but the meat of the sandwich is our normal look at the security stories of the last week – including an alarming IoT failure and a dating app disaster for Donald Trump devotees.


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California’s ban on weak default passwords isn’t going to fix IoT security

Getting rid of hardcoded default passwords is not enough. There is a long way to go before we can feel confident that IoT devices have become significantly safer.

Read more in my article on the Bitdefender BOX blog.


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‘Peekaboo’ zero-day lets hackers view and alter surveillance camera footage

Hundreds of thousands of security cameras are believed to be vulnerable to a zero-day vulnerability that could allow hackers to spy on feeds and even tamper with video surveillance recordings.

Read more in my article on the Bitdefender BOX blog.


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MadIoT: How an IoT botnet could launch a major attack on the power grid

Academic researchers claim that hackers could exploit high wattage IoT appliances such as air conditioners, heaters, and cookers, to perform attacks on the power grid.

Read more in my article on the Bitdefender BOX blog.


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