Nest security camera owners have been plagued by breaches in recent weeks, but the security company owned by Google has insisted the hacks have nothing to do with its own security protocols and rather stem from insecure passwords used by camera owners. To address the problem, the company is taking the extra step of locking people out of their accounts until they change their password. Nest’s approach to the situation is fairly standard after a widespread breach, and the company maintains that nothing on its end has been compromised. Instead, the spate of recent attacks have primarily been the cause of people reusing passwords or using the default password that comes with their device. This allows hackers to easily target the cameras and hijack them with minimal effort. While it might seem safer to use a familiar password that you’ll remember, past breaches from other sites may have exposed your password. That information is often available on the dark web and can be used to … [Read more...] about After camera hacks, Nest locks customers out until they change their password
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I was on my iPhone 6S , in an Uber coming back home from a late-night San Francisco Giants baseball game, when I realized my phone's passcode requirement had changed from four digits to six. No, I didn't change it, it just happened. My old password wouldn't work of course, so I used the fingerprint scanner to unlock my iPhone and searched for some answers. I found multiple forums and angry tweets -- all iPhone users who had the same problem -- but no solutions. Some dated back 9 years, could they have had the same problem?In the back of my head I heard the droning voice of an Apple IT rep at the Genius Bar from one of my possible futures saying "Did you try turning it off and on again?" In my haste to see if the bug would magically correct itself, I held down the power button. But then I remembered something crucial: iPhones require your password after a restart. So now I couldn't unlock my phone using the fingerprint scanner. I needed a 6-digit passcode I didn't have. Yeah, … [Read more...] about My iPhone changed my password and locked me out.
If you've got some kind of Netgear Arlo camera installed at home, it's probably a good idea to take a few minutes to change the password on it. Netgear says it's spotted some "suspicious activity" around accounts, and wants to err on the side of caution.Netgear's own databases and systems haven't been breached, the company says, but "attackers may be using credentials obtained from an unknown third-party in an attempt to gain unauthorized access" to Arlo accounts and the devices linked to them. Netgear is continuing to investigate exactly what might be happening.If you want to make sure no one else can log into your various camera feeds, you can change your password through the profile settings page inside the Android or iOS apps, or on the web. As always, don't use the same password for multiple services."Precautionary measure"Netgear says this is a "precautionary measure" and doesn't believe any cameras or systems have been compromised up until this point. We haven't seen any updates … [Read more...] about If you’ve got a Netgear Arlo camera, change your passwords now
Twitter is asking all 336 million users to immediately change their passwords. It seems that a bug allowed users' passwords to be saved on an internal log without encryption. There is no indication that they have been used or leaked, but as a precaution, Twitter is suggesting that new passwords be used by its subscribers. Twitter Support disseminated a tweet earlier this afternoon suggesting that Twitter subscribers "consider changing your password on all services where you’ve used this password."The company did not reveal how many passwords were discovered on the internal log and Twitter executives Jack Dorsey (COO) and Parag Agrawal (CTO) each sent out their own tweets about the bug. Dorsey wrote, "We’ve fixed, see no indication of breach or misuse, and believe it’s important for us to be open about this internal defect." Agrawal tweeted, "We are sharing this information to help people make an informed decision about their account security."According to a post on … [Read more...] about PSA: Twitter tells all subscribers to change their passwords because of bug
A bug discovered by Twitter left everyone’s password exposed, but the company has not found any evidence of a breach. To be safe, Twitter is advising users to change their current password. Twitter is advising all of its 330 million users to change their password after a technical glitch left them exposed in the company’s internal systems. Twitter discovered the glitch itself, and did not find any “breach or misuse by anyone,” Twitter said in a blog post. The bug left passwords in an internal log “unmasked,” meaning that instead of showing up as an encrypted set of random set of letters and numbers, the password itself was displayed in plain text. Even though the company says it has no reason to believe anyone obtained any sensitive information, it is telling users to change their current password “out of an abundance of caution.” The company also said it is taking steps to ensure the … [Read more...] about Twitter is telling everyone to change their password after a bug left around 330 million passwords exposed