11 Feb 2019

Refrigeration Systems Used by Supermarkets, Hospitals Left Exposed Online

In a new study that once again confirms the major security issues with Internet of Things (IoT) devices, researchers with Safety Detective have found that threat actors can easily access and remotely control thousands of Internet-connected commercial refrigeration systems. The researchers discovered that remote access to 7,400 refrigeration systems by Scottish

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06 Feb 2019

Add cybersecurity to Doomsday Clock concerns, says Bulletin of Atomic Scientists

According to the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, cybersecurity issues are part of the reason why the Doomsday Clock currently stands at two minutes to midnight, which is the same critical position as during the height of the Cold War in 1953. The cyber aspect of the massive threat the human race poses to

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29 Jan 2019

Japan law will allow government to hack civilian IoT devices

In an effort to address the growing problem of insecure internet of things (IoT) devices, the Japanese government has approved an amendment to a law that authorizes government employees to assess the scope of the issue by hacking civilian IoT devices. The program is intended to minimize the possibility of threat

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02 Jan 2019

Seven Tech Bills that Died in Congress in 2018

With the closing of the 115th Congress, many technology bills remaining on the docket will be put out to pasture. Many of the new bills will likely be reintroduced in the next session, but others will likely not. Among the higher profile pieces of legislation that never landed on President

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31 Dec 2018

Guardzilla Home Cameras Open to Anyone Wanting to Watch Their Footage

“Another day, another internet of things (IoT) issue: A design flaw in the Guardzilla home video surveillance system has been discovered that allows users to watch other homeowners’ Guardzilla videos. The Guardzilla All-In-One Video Security System is a home security platform that provides indoor video surveillance. The GZ501W model camera

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20 Dec 2018

How One Lightbulb Could Allow Hackers to Burgle Your Home

Huge numbers of Americans around the country will see their home become even more internet connected this Christmas, as smart devices abound. Security experts continue to warn, however, that even something like a smart lightbulb, especially when connected to a centralized application on your smartphone, provide vulnerable entry points to

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20 Dec 2018

Canadian Hacker Talks to Arizona Man Directly Through His Nest Security Camera

A Canadian “white hat” hacker spoke directly to somebody in Arizona through a hacked Nest security camera, allegedly as part of an effort to warn people of the security risks of such devices. The method the hacker(s) employed to access the device were not highly sophisticated, and allegedly involved using

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10 Dec 2018

Shanghai: Everyone safe but watched in mega-city full of cameras

“Municipal officials in Shanghai now take pride in the litany of Internet of Things applications in their city that make streets and homes safer. For instance, they say cameras at the entrance to a residential estate can scan the face of a driver and his car plate and instantly open the

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03 Dec 2018

The Days of Secret Military Operations May Soon Be Over. Does That Matter?

Social media and expanded access to the internet is making covert operations increasingly difficult, with some experts arguing that secrets now come with a “half-life.” “With all of these sensors, sharing, there are no more secrets…they can be gathered, analyzed and shared in a way that was almost unimaginable in

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08 Nov 2018

Troubled Waters: How A New Wave of Cyber-Attacks is Targeting Maritime Trade

“The historical ‘air gap’ separating industrial control systems from enterprise networks meant that factories and shipyards were more or less immune to cyber-attack. As long as systems were air-gapped it didn’t matter how pernicious or effective the cyber-threat became, we felt confident that these virtual concerns couldn’t impact our physical

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