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Google products expose more IoT security issues

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Vulnerabilities in two Google products are prompting fresh concerns over the security of the Internet of Things. It appears that hackers can detect a person’s exact location by exploiting vulnerabilities in Chromecast – Google’s streaming device, and Home – its artificial intelligence speaker. While it’s deemed unlikely that this could… Read more »

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IoT tool vulnerable to downgrade attack

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Z-Wave protocol is a radio frequency-based communications technology created to facilitate the management of Internet of Things appliances. Unfortunately, despite its sophisticated encryption system, Z-Wave is vulnerable to a downgrade attack – a protocol that forces computers to abandon their high-quality mode of operation in favour of a less effective… Read more »

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Look out for the Big One

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Like a giant tsunami or earthquake, IT security pundits are predicting that the world will be hit by a cataclysmic infrastructure cyberattack within the next five years – according to the findings of a report by IoT security specialist Pwnie Express. Pwnie’s 2018 ‘Internet of Evil Things’ survey amongst nearly… Read more »

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Something fishy about gambling house security

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The latest example of Internet of Things vulnerability is the hacking of a casino through the thermostat in its fish tank. The attackers gained control of a database of high-stake clients by using the tank’s internet-connected heating system to access the casino network. With an increasing number of everyday appliances… Read more »

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UK announces new IoT safety guidelines

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As part of its Security by Design review, The British Government is introducing a new code of practice to ensure that connected technology companies incorporate effective security systems into their IoT devices. Many manufacturers, service providers and developers have taken criticism for failing to make their products safe from hackers… Read more »

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Cyberattacks now a top three global threat

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Forget nuclear war, terrorism, and climate change. According to the World Economic Forum, the three greatest threats to mankind are natural disasters, extreme weather and, you guessed it, cyberattacks. With so many aspects of modern day existence dependent on the Internet, the WEF’s Global Risks Report for 2018 cites ransomware… Read more »

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US Government launches cybersecurity proposals

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Faced with an increasing threat from cybercrime, the US Government has published a draft report proposing that cybersecurity education should become a core part of the engineering degree curriculum. Another of its recommendations is that more must be done to alert the population as a whole to the potential dangers… Read more »

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Bluetooth leaves gates wide open to cyberattacks

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Locking our house or car comes as second nature. Switching off our Bluetooth connection when we’re not using it should also be an automatic security measure. Why? Because researchers have identified an attack called BlueBorne that exploits a range of vulnerabilities inherent in Bluetooth’s implementation in several software systems –… Read more »

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Shhh! Alexa can hear you

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Is your friendly Amazon Echo serving your every whim and need – or is it spying on you? A British researcher has found a simple way of using malware and an SD card to convert an innocent speaker into a secret bugging device. In a time where voice-activated digital assistants… Read more »

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EU ups the ante on IoT security

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The Internet of Things may be a wonderful idea in theory, but as we all know by now, it does have a number of flaws – lack of security regulation being one of them. It was bound to happen at some point, but ‘IoT’ has now fallen foul of the… Read more »

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