Surveillance, toys and other cyber news

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Surveillance, toys and other cyber newsCyber security issues are always hot news, and so far February has seen a number of high-profile cases. But some of the stories which, for some reason, go under the radar can be just as interesting. Here’s a round-up of lesser-known, not as well reported cyber stories:

Let’s start with the suggestion made recently by the US National Intelligence Agency that individuals and companies could be spied upon by accessing smart household devices – surveillance made easy. There’s also the student in Kazakhstan who developed a mechanism to access restricted and subscription-based academic papers within university networks – the original Sci-Hub site was taken down, but it’s back up under a different domain and accessible via the Tor browser. The well-publicised attack on the toy company VTech left personal data of more than 6 million children exposed – the company is now back online but with a new disclaimer stating that users’ data may not be secure. The validity of this disclaimer is yet to be tested at law.
In further (non-)news, the anonymous site Cryptobin has been taken off line after personal data from over twenty thousand FBI employees appeared on the site – however, the data has since appeared on at least two further websites. And Google is increasing its security for thousands of Gmail users by flagging emails sent to or from servers which don’t support TLS encryption.

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