IoT

Smashing Security #084: No! My voice is not my password

Who’s been collecting the voice prints of millions of people saying “My voice is my password”? Why has it become tougher for law enforcement to scoop up cellphone data? And who’s been turning up your central heating?

All this and much 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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Smashing Security #081: Hacker no-hopers, Wessex Water has a word, and we win an award

The ‘mastermind’ behind the Owari botnet doesn’t seem to have learnt anything from his victims, someone at Wessex Water forgets to remove an embarrassing sentence from a letter sent to customers, and we’re officially the best security podcast!

All this and much much more is discussed in the latest edition of the “Smashing Security” podcast by computer security veterans Graham Cluley and Carole Theriault, with cameo appearances by John Hawes, John Leyden, Paul Ducklin, and Mikko Hyppönen.


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bitdefender.com

The NSA wants its algorithms to be a global IoT standard. But they’re simply not trusted

Part of the concern is that the Simon and Speck algorithms might contain encryption backdoors that would be abused by US authorities.

Read more in my article on the Bitdefender Box blog.


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Too many IoT smartphone apps making life easy for online criminals

Warnings have been raised again about the security of the smartphone apps used to control IoT devices, with many found to be lacking elementary security and privacy measures.

Read more in my article on the Bitdefender Box blog.


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Hacking these IoT baby monitors is child’s play, researchers reveal

Austrian security researchers have this week warned about the latest baby monitor affected by critical security vulnerabilities which raise very real privacy concerns.

Read more in my article on the Bitdefender Box blog.


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tripwire.com

The Mirai botnet: three men plead guilty after weaponizing the Internet of Things

The Mirai botnet launched an attack on the internet, the scale of which had never been seen before.

And now some of its perpetrators have admitted their criminal involvement.

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


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bitdefender.com

Reaper IoT botnet could be more devastating than Mirai

Think the Mirai botnet which launched a DDoS attack that knocked major websites offline last year was bad?

It’s possible that you ain’t seen nothing yet.

Read more in my article on the Bitdefender Box blog.


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Dnsmasq vulnerability puts home routers and IoT devices at risk

Vulnerability researchers at Google have uncovered exploitable software flaws in code running on internet-connected devices that could allow a malicious hacker to run remotely any code of their choosing.

Read more in my article on the Bitdefender Box blog.


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Budding malware author uses same Skype ID across job applications and IoT botnet ads

A young malware developer is using the same Skype ID for applying to jobs and advertising their Internet of Things (IoT) botnet.

David Bisson reports.


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Smashing Security #038: Gents! Stop airdropping your pics!

WannaCry hero Marcus Hutchins (aka MalwareTech) pleads not guilty to malware charges, the Scottish parliament is hit by a brute force attack, IoT smart locks aren’t so smart, and.. ahem.. someone is sending intimate pics via AirDrop to unsuspecting commuters.

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 technology journalist Geoff White.


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Hundreds of ‘smart’ locks bricked by flubbed remote update

A fouled-up over-the-air firmware update rendered hundreds of a smart lock vendor’s products unopenable.

Whoops.

David Bisson reports.


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bitdefender.com

Millions of IoT devices at hacking risk due to flaw in open source software library

Once again questions are being asked about IOT security after it was revealed that a buggy software library is being used in millions of devices connected to the internet around the world.

Read more in my article on the Bitdefender BOX blog.


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bitdefender.com

EU security body calls for a security trust mark for IoT devices

For all the excitement and buzz around the Internet of Things, spurred on by connected gadgets being sold in great numbers both online and on the high street, there is no denying that it has a serious problem.

Read more in my article on the Bitdefender Box blog.


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tripwire.com

Persirai IoT botnet threatens to hijack over 120,000 IP cameras

Internet-connected cameras around the world are once again being hijacked by malicious hackers in order to carry out distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks.

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


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ISP brought down by warring malware families

A battle between two rival families of malware is being blamed for the downtime that a Californian ISP suffered earlier this month.

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


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The Hajime IoT worm fights the Mirai botnet for control of your devices

The Hajime malware is worming its way through DVRs, CCTV systems, and other poorly-protected Internet of Things (IoT) devices.

David Bisson reports.


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