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November 3, 2016

Black Hat Europe: IoT devices can hack phones

The Internet of things (IoT) has already been used to launch the biggest DDoS attacks ever, but now it represents a potential path for attackers to compromise cell phones.

Flaws in Belkin WeMo devices – electrical switches, cameras, light bulbs, coffee makers, air purifiers, etc. – enabled Invincea Labs researchers to not only hack into the devices, but to use that access to attack an Android phone running the app that controls the WeMo devices.

“This is the first instance we’ve seen of IoT hacking something else,” says researcher Scott Tenaglia, who pledges to look for other vulnerable devices that might be abused to carry out similar attacks.

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March 22, 2016

Are you being watched?

The range and number of “things” connected to the internet is truly astounding, including security cameras, ovens, alarm systems, baby monitors and cars. They’re are all going online, so they can be remotely monitored and controlled over the internet.

Internet of Things (IoT) devices typically incorporate sensors, switches and logging capabilities that collect and transmit data across the internet.

Some devices may be used for monitoring, using the internet to provide real-time status updates. Devices like air conditioners or door locks allow you to interact and control them remotely.

Most people have a limited understanding of the security and privacy [...]

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January 19, 2016

Consumers become wary of security pitfalls in connected devices

We’re reaching the saturation point on smartphones, demand for tablets and TVs has turned sluggish, and people have grown concerned that connected devices (the so-called “Internet of Things”) may lay bare their personal data.

Those are the findings of a global survey of 28,000 consumers in 28 countries by management consulting company Accenture.

“The slowdown in the consumer technology market is irrefutable, serious, and global,” said Sami Luukkonen, the global managing director for the company’s Electronics and High Tech group, in a prepared statement. “The market is not about glitzy gadgets any more … As device demand tapers off, the industry needs to make a sharp [...]

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September 14, 2015

Even the FBI is worried about Internet of Things security

The Bureau this week issued a public service announcement regarding cybercrime opportunities posed by the connecting of all sorts of data-enabled devices, from medical gear to entertainment gadgets, to the Internet.

“As more businesses and homeowners use web-connected devices to enhance company efficiency or lifestyle conveniences, their connection to the Internet also increases the target space for malicious cyber actors,” the FBI warns. “Similar to other computing devices, like computers or Smartphones, IoT devices also pose security risks to consumers.”

The FBI cites “deficient security capabilities and difficulties for patching [...]

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