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VTech fondleslabs for kids 'still vulnerable' despite sanctions

New InnoTab child learning devices still have the same security flaw first found by researchers at Pen Test Partners two years ago. The issues persist even after manufacturer VTech was fined $650,000 by US watchdogs at the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) via a ruling published earlier this week. The settlement deal came after …
John Leyden, 18 Jan 2018
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Destroying the city to save the robocar

Special report Behind the mostly fake "battle" about driverless cars (conventional versus autonomous is the one that captures all the headlines), there are several much more important scraps. One is over the future of the city: will a city be built around machines or people? How much will pedestrians have to sacrifice for the driverless car to …
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New Mirai botnet species 'Okiru' hunts for ARC-based kit

A new variant of the notorious Mirai malware is exploiting kit with ARC processors. The nasty, dubbed Okiru, is the first capable of infecting devices powered by ARC CPUs. This is according to Japan-based malware researcher UnixFreaxjp of the infosec group Malware Must Die. RISC-based ARC embedded processors are used in a …
John Leyden, 16 Jan 2018
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Big shock: $700 Internet-of-Things door lock not a success

You won't have a $700 smart lock to kick around any more, as Otto (no, not that one) shut down and sacked its staff just before Christmas – without ever delivering a product. Otto, whose sole gizmo was to be an internet-connected finger-scanning front-door lock, said it ran out of money, and will not be able to ship its gear …
Shaun Nichols, 2 Jan 2018
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OK, OK, MIRA-I DID IT: Botnet-building compsci kid comes clean

A former New Jersey college student has copped to helping create and run the massive Mirai DDoS botnet. Paras Jha, 21, pleaded guilty this month in an Alaska district court to two counts [PDF, PDF] of conspiracy to commit "fraud and related activity in connection with computers." In plea deals with US prosecutors, unsealed …
Shaun Nichols, 13 Dec 2017
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Toucan play that game: Talking toy bird hacked

The same researchers whose hack on the My Friend Cayla doll prompted regulatory action have followed up with a hack on a talking toy robot bird. My Friend Cayla and i-Que robot Creepy Cayla doll violates liberté publique, screams French data protection agency READ MORE Researchers from UK security consultancy Pen Test …
John Leyden, 7 Dec 2017
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Something weird to deck the Xmas tree with: 3D-printed Wi-Fi baubles

In an effort to make objects more chatty, boffins at the University of Washington have developed a way to create 3D-printed plastic baubles that can communicate over Wi-Fi with other devices, without batteries or electronics. The technique, developed by UW doctoral students Vikram Iyer and Justin Chan, in conjunction with UW …
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Creepy Cayla doll violates liberté publique, screams French data protection agency

The French data protection agency has issued a formal notice to a biz peddling allegedly insecure toys, just in time for Christmas. The mass-marketed toys in question – Genesis Toys' My Friend Cayla doll and i-Que robot – are Bluetooth-enabled so they can capture and analyse children's speech through an app on – ideally – …
Rebecca Hill, 4 Dec 2017
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HPE and ABB, sitting in a tree, doing lucrative industrial IoT

HPE has an Internet of Things alliance going with industrial giant ABB with the two pushing industrial IoT to make smarter, more efficient industrial products. ABB is ASEA Brown Boveri, a Global 500 company head-quartered in Switzerland, and one of the world's largest engineering companies. It makes heaving electrical gear, …
Chris Mellor, 28 Nov 2017
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'Data is the new oil': F-Secure man on cartels, disinformation and IoT

Questions about cyber influence continue to cloud last year's US presidential elections and recently similar allegations have been levelled against the Brexit vote. Mexican armed forces are apprehensive about upcoming elections in that country but it's not the US or the Russians they are worried about – it's the cartels. Mikko …
John Leyden, 23 Nov 2017
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Hitachi Vantara plans refresh of mid-range and top-end storage in 2018

Hitachi Vantara, the mash-up of Hitachi Data Systems (HDS), Pentaho and the Lumada IoT assets from the Hitachi Insight Group, is working on new scale-out storage products to support its ambition to become a system integrator for analytical workloads and the myriad data sources that feed them. Vantara launched in September 2017 …
Simon Sharwood, 17 Nov 2017

Internet of So Much Stuff: Don't wanna be a security id-IoT

Michael Dell, chairman and CEO of Dell Technologies, last month announced a $1bn investment in IoT R&D over the next three years. What does $1bn buy you in IoT? A new IoT division, to be run by VMware’s CTO Ray O'Farrell, a bunch of new IoT-focussed projects including Project Iris - an under wraps RSA security development - …

Amazon, Google inject Bluetooth vuln vaccines into Echo, Home AI pals

Updated Amazon and Google have automatically patched people's Echo and Home AI assistant devices, respectively, to defend against recently discovered Bluetooth-related security vulnerabilities. BlueBorne – described in the video below – is the collective name for eight exploitable flaws found in Bluetooth stacks used by major hardware …
John Leyden, 15 Nov 2017

How can airlines stop hackers pwning planes over the air? And don't say 'regular patches'

At least some commercial aircraft are vulnerable to wireless hacking, a US Department of Homeland Security official has admitted. A plane was compromised as it sat on the tarmac at a New Jersey airport by a team of boffins from the worlds of government, industry and academia, we're told. During the hack – the details of which …
John Leyden, 15 Nov 2017

Logitech: We're gonna brick your Harmony Link gizmos next year

Updated One more reason to avoid cloud-reliant Internet of Things – as if you didn't have enough already. Owners of Logitech's universal remote controller have been told the product will stop working after March next year. Harmony Link is one of a range of home hub products offered by Logitech. Link owners have been offered a discount …

No humans allowed: How would a machine-centric data centre look?

Even using the most conservative estimates, the number of connected devices has surpassed the number of humans. Machines are communicating more with other machines than they are with humans. It's therefore reasonable to assume that, eventually, data centres will exist specifically to cater to machine communication, and those …
Trevor Pott, 6 Nov 2017

Reaper IoT botnet ain't so scary, contains fewer than 20,000 drones

The Reaper IoT botnet is nowhere near as threatening as previously suggested, according to new research. Check Point Software Technologies warned last week that a new IoT botnet might have already infected "an estimated million organisations". Boffins at Arbor Networks, however, estimate that the actual size of the Reaper …
John Leyden, 27 Oct 2017

Smart? Don't ThinQ so! Hacked robo-vacuum could spy on your home

LG SmartThinQ smart home devices were totally hackable prior to a recent security update, according to new research. The so-called HomeHack vulnerabilities in LG's SmartThinkQ mobile app and cloud application created a means for hackers to remotely log into the SmartThinQ cloud application and take over the user's LG account, …
John Leyden, 26 Oct 2017

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