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Tufts boffins track device location without GPS or towers

Tufts University boffins believe the combination of 5G and the Internet of Things will make it impossible for networks to track the expected tens of billions of connected devices. Their answer, proposed in this week's Proceedings of the IEEE, is an algorithm that places less importance on anchors like base stations or GPS …
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Top IoT M2M module shipper for 2017 was China's Simcom. Who's surprised?

The biggest shipper of Internet of Things cellular modules last year wasn’t one of the usual suspects such as Gemalto or Telit. It was Chinese-headquartered biz Simcom. IoT module shipments are a useful proxy to assess how much market demand there is for The Next Big Thing™. Consulting house Strategy Analytics reckons that …
Gareth Corfield, 10 May 2018
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Princeton research team hunting down IoT security blunders

Princeton boffins have taken a small step towards defending consumer-level IoT users from snooping, with what they call the IoT Inspector project. IoT Inspector is currently at the data-gathering stage, with the aim of launching an open source tool for users to get some idea of what their devices are doing. The idea for the …
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Cisco casts an eye over IoT protocol landscape: Everything the light touches is ours

Cisco has pitched its intent-based networking capabilities as a way to get control over the Internet of Things. There are good reasons to try and automate the network behaviour of IoT devices: as Cisco's enterprise networking marketing vice president Prashan Shenoy told The Register's networking desk, the ratio of IT personnel …
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What a time to be alive: LG and Italian furniture-maker build smart sofa

Korean electronics giant LG and Italian homewares concern Natuzzi have teamed up to create the internet of furniture. The pair will front Milano Design Week, which kicks off next Tuesday April 17th, with kit that means “a visitor can sit on a piece of Nattuzi furniture and tell it to turn on the TV. It will then activate the …
Simon Sharwood, 13 Apr 2018
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Microsoft's five-billion-buck IoT R&D plan is just business as usual

Microsoft’s announced it will spend $US5 billion on internet of things research over the next four years. But don’t get too excited: they are diverted dollars rather than a new cash splash Redmond’s announcement explains the money will go towards “securing IoT, creating development tools and intelligent services for IoT and …
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Brain monitor had remote code execution and DoS flaw

Cisco’s Talos security limb has warned that specialist medical hardware has remote code execution and denial of service bugs. Talos researchers say Natus Xltek EEG medical products are susceptible to “A specially crafted network packet” that “can cause a stack buffer overflow resulting in code execution.” Which is rather …
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Linux Foundation backs new ‘ACRN’ hypervisor for embedded and IoT

UPDATED The Linux Foundation has announced a new hypervisor for use in embedded and internet of things scenarios. Project ACRN (pronounced “acorn”) will offer a “hypervisor, and its device model complete with rich I/O mediators.” There’ll also be “a Linux-based Service OS” and the ability to “run guest operating systems (another …
Simon Sharwood, 19 Mar 2018
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Hackers create 'ghost' traffic jam to confound smart traffic systems

Video How many “adversarial vehicles” do you need to befuddle smart traffic lights? Just one, according to research published in late February. Five researchers from the University of Michigan attacked the traffic control system the US Department of Transportation has been using for trials since 2016. Called I-SIG (Intelligent …
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Good luck saying 'Sorry I'm late, I had to update my car's firmware'

The IETF has noticed how badly Internet of Things firmware is managed, and wants it fixed. Whether it's the Mirai botnet's attack on Dyn, smart sex toys with dumb vulns, or easily hackable home routers, the problem is often that firmware fixes are needed but too often aren't installed. The Software Updates for Internet of …
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With IoT you too can turn your home into a giant flashing 'HORSE BIRTH NOW' klaxon

An American company has devised a system that takes over your entire home, makes all your lights start flashing and broadcasts neighing noises through the whole house when your pregnant horse starts giving birth. Custom electronics trade news website CE Pro, reporting on this interesting mashup of smart home and Internet of …
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FBI tells Jo(e) Sixpack to become an expert in IoT security

Internet of Things users need to become sysadmins, America's Federal Bureau of Investigation says. That's a summary of the Feds' blog post, published this week, in which the agency's Beth Anne Steele wrote that Things are best deployed on their own network, with an off-switch. Steele's post offered a checklist explaining how …
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Why bother cracking PCs? Spot o' malware on PLCs... Done. Industrial control network pwned

Security researchers have demonstrated a new technique for hacking air-gapped industrial control system networks, and hope their work will encourage the development of more robust defences for SCADA-based systems. Air-gapped industrial networks are thought to be difficult if not impossible to hack partly because they are …
John Leyden, 12 Dec 2017
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Fujitsu imagines adjusting your rear view mirror for better hearing

Fujitsu Ten, the Japanese giant's automotive outfit, has developed technology that turns sheets of glass into speakers and thinks it could be used to help drivers talk on the phone without disturbing passengers. The company recently built the glass into what it's called an “automative superdirective speaker” that it packed …
Simon Sharwood, 24 Nov 2017
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Stop your moaning, says maker of buggy Bluetooth sex toy

Sex-toy maker Lovsense has told its customers to stop moaning about one of its products, which recorded audio of users as they – ahem – played, and stored it on their Android phones. News of the recording emerged on Reddit where an entity by the name of “tydoctor” wrote “control vibrator app (used to control remote control sex …
Simon Sharwood, 13 Nov 2017
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C'mon, edgelords: The APIs are ours to command – do we do good or evil?

Edge computing is the pendulum swinging away from the idea of big, centralised servers back to distributed systems. It's the idea that instead of centralising all of our workloads in big clouds we bring the computing closer to the devices requesting that compute power. The idea is that edge computing solves whole new classes …
Trevor Pott, 31 Oct 2017

Updating Things: IETF bods suggest standard

A trio of ARM engineers have devoted some of their free time* to working up an architecture to address the problem of delivering software updates to internet-connected things. Repeated IoT breaches – whether it's cameras, light bulbs, toys or various kinds of sex toys – have made it painfully clear that too many Things aren't …
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Australia's IoT security rating might work, if done right

INTERVIEW As Vulture South reported Monday, Australia's government hopes to have consumer Internet of Things products given security “star ratings” of some kind, so consumers know what they're buying. The notion seems problematic: for example, what does a five-star security rating on a security camera mean, if it's attached to a router …

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