As we move to that magic year, 2020, which is commonly being recognized as the year when the IoT is supposed to be in full bloom, the security issues just keep coming. The rate of cyber exploits continue to ramp up daily. Yet there seems to be just as much complacency about the Internet of Things as there is about the Internet of today. It seems we are becoming desensitized unless it happens to us.With all the breaches reported by Home Depot, Target, Chase, and countless others, there seems to be little fallout from the billions of records that have been compromised. And there are stories all over the media warning about the hazards of cyber hacking for the upcoming holiday season. Yet, people are still providing private data online in record numbers, and there is no sign that that trend will abate any time soon. In reality, either we are doing a superb job of damage control, or most of these threats are being hyped way out of proportion by the media.Still, the chance that we are going … [Read more...] about The Next Level Of Chip Security
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Without us even knowing it, the connected devices in our homes and businesses can carry out nefarious tasks. Increasingly, the Internet of Things has become a weapon in hackers’ schemes. This is possible in large part due to manufactures’ failure to program basic security measures into these devices. Now, experts in the U.S. are asking regulators to step in. Calls for public policy to improve device security have reached a fever pitch following a series of high-profile denial-of-service attacks leveraged in part by unsuspecting DVRs, routers, and webcams. In October, hackers flooded the Internet service company Dyn with traffic by assembling millions of IoT devices into a virtual botnet using a malicious program called Mirai. “The problems are not problems that markets can solve,” says Bruce Schneier, a security specialist affiliated with Harvard University who has asked for more regulation. He says attacks like the one on Dyn are akin to air pollution—an … [Read more...] about Wanted: Smart Public Policy for Internet of Things Security
Neighborhood crime has a new force to reckon with, and he’s more than seven feet tall. After taking his defensive prowess off the court, former NBA player Shaquille O’Neal has turned his attention to our communities by way of a partnership with outdoor home security company Ring. Over the course of 2017, the dynamic duo will donate $1 million worth of security devices to homes across the country. Already, the team is working with the sheriff’s department in Clayton County, Georgia, to install Ring Doorbells and Floodlight Cams on homes in the Jonesboro neighborhood.“I grew up in a tough neighborhood and saw my fair share of crime; our neighborhoods need to be safer,” O’Neal said in a statement. “As a deputy police officer and a Ring customer, I’m excited to partner with the Ring team to further their noble mission of reducing neighborhood crime.”The security company boasts a number of smart devices meant to keep homes and … [Read more...] about Home security company Ring partners with Shaquille O’Neal to keep homes safe
A few weeks ago, we predicted Nest’s next product would be a smart outlet. The Google-owned smart-device maker prides itself on updating “unloved” home products, such as thermostats and smoke detectors. However, if ADT has any say in the matter, they’ll likely want Nest to roll out some smart alarms.The home security company is eager to partner with Nest, according to Forbes. ADT CEO Naren Gursahaney tells Forbes, “We’re working feverishly to develop the partnership.” While ADT already has a system, Pulse, that users can control remotely, lots of competitors are trying to get into the smart home security market via Kickstarter, Indiegogo, and the like. From video doorbells to hubs to tiny sensors, it seems like lots of products offer home protection as a bonus, instead of the main focus. And all of them come without the monthly fee of a system like ADT. If Nest does want to go the security route, it would be time-consuming and costly … [Read more...] about Is Nest planning to get into the home security business?
Always feel like someone’s watching you — or your baby? The New York City Department of Consumer Affairs is launching an investigation into baby monitors to find out how vulnerable they are to hacking. It sent subpoenas to several video monitor manufacturers and will investigate whether they’ve fixed known vulnerabilities and if they’re engaging in false advertising when it comes to security claims.“Internet-connected devices like video monitors provide convenience but without proper safeguards, they pose serious privacy risks,” DCA Commissioner Julie Menin said today in a statement. It’s not just the stories that make the news when a parent hears voices coming through the baby monitor or notices the camera following their every movement. Connected cameras and baby monitors have lots of known vulnerabilities, and many device owners may not even know they’re at risk.A September 2015 report from security analytics provider Rapid7 gave eight … [Read more...] about NYC’s Department of Consumer Affairs is investigating baby monitors’ hackability
In most cases, hacking is a much more laborious task than the one-button system we all experienced in Watch Dogs two years ago, but that’s not the case for a real-life hacker who actually stole confidential information from the FBI and Department of Homeland Security.The hacker, who in his conversation with Motherboard says he wishes to remain anonymous, began by acquiring credentials for a single Department of Justice email account. Logging in with the credentials actually failed to work, but the hacker was undeterred. He gave the department a phone call, swindling a support representative for the instructions he so desperately needed.“I called up, told them I was new and I didn’t understand how to get past [the portal],” the hacker explains. “They asked if I had a token code. I said ‘No’, they said ‘That’s fine, just use our one’.”And, just like that, he was able to log in, access a DoJ virtual … [Read more...] about Hacker compromises data of nearly 30,000 FBI and DHS employees with a simple phone call
Panjiva, a New York firm that tracks global trading data, has published a blog post regarding bill-of-lading (which is a detailed list of a shipment of goods in receipt form) data that indicates Apple has taken delivery of 40.3 metric tons of what are described as “set-top boxes” or “set-top box with communication function.” Now what do you suppose that means? We can think of more than just a few folks (including ourselves) who would love for this to indicate that a television from Apple may be announced at the company’s event on September 10, but based on the data, that is unlikely. While a TV could, in very loose and archaic terms (and Chinese manufacturer’s English could certainly be described as loose), be described as a box that sits atop something, it is far more likely that the product referred to in this particular bill of lading is a set-top box in the more conventional sense of the term. In other words: Expect … [Read more...] about Did the U.S. Department of Homeland Security just out Apple’s TV strategy?
Detailed by Torrentfreak earlier this week, the site worked with Scaneye to monitor BitTorrent files being shared within movie studios as well as various government agencies domestic and abroad. Scaneye keeps track of all multimedia content being shared from a specific IP address and can identify the physical location of the file sharer as well as the organization sharing each file. According to the records, employees at Paramount Pictures, Warner Brothers, Sony Pictures, 20th Century Fox and Walt Disney were spotted downloading illegal copies of movies, television shows and video games over BitTorrent.Popular movies that were downloaded by Hollywood studio employees included The Hunger Games, Happy Feet 2, The Expendables 2, Ice Age: Continental Drift, Step Up Revolution, Jeff, Who Lives at Home and Fast and Furious 6.Regarding television shows, programs like Sons of Anarchy, NCIS, Top Chef, Rizzoli & Isles, 90210, Survivor, Person of Interest and … [Read more...] about Hollywood studios, Department of Justice caught pirating movies
The Internet of Things, or IoT, consists of "uniquely identifiable objects and their virtual representations in an Internet-like structure," according to Wikipedia.The IoT is "the network of physical objects accessed through the Internet," according to Cisco Systems.In addition to there being no clear definition of the IoT, estimates vary widely about the number of unique devices it includes. There are an estimated 26 billion devices, according to Gartner, but a whopping 212 billion, according to IDC. The IoT includes GPS in cellphones and tablets, as well Internet-accessible technologies like RFID (radio frequency identification), QR codes and barcodes.The global economic impact of these "things" lumped together as the IoT, often labeled "devices," is significant.The Internet of Things has the potential to create an economic impact of US$2.7 trillion to $6.2 trillion annually by 2025, Microsoft said, based on statistics from McKinsey Global Institute.As a result of the IoT, … [Read more...] about TECHNOLOGY LAW CORNER The Tangled Web of IoT Security
Solar power has significant promise. It could lower the cost of electricity, reduce climate change, provide energy security, and create thousands of U.S. jobs.However, implementing it on a large enough scale to achieve those goals is no easy task.Enter the Sunshot Initiative, a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) effort to drive down the cost of solar electricity and support solar adoption. SunShot aims to make solar energy a low-cost electricity source through research and development efforts in collaboration with public and private partners.The initiative, started in 2010, has already supported nearly 300 projects and accomplished several of its initial cost-reduction goals. Nevertheless, the project is nowhere near slowing down.They recently announced a $46.2 million investment for 48 projects to develop innovative, early-stage solar power technologies. Over 20 million of that funding is allocated to develop the next generation of photovoltaic (PV) technologies, and another $25.7 … [Read more...] about Department of Energy ‘Sunshot’ Aims to Accelerate Solar R&D