FDA recalls almost half a million pacemakers over hacking concerns

The FDA has put out a recall for almost half a million pacemakers over fears they are vulnerable to being hacked.

In an episode of TV show Homeland, terrorists plotted to hack the vice president’s pacemaker. At the time some may have found the idea ludicrous, but now it’s a very real possibility faced by nearly half a million people.

The pacemakers affected are manufactured by health company Abbott (formerly St. Jude...

By Ryan Daws, 31 August 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Healthcare, IoT, Security, Wearables.

ZingBox to partner with VMware to enhance enterprise IoT security

ZingBox, a provider of Internet of Things (IoT) security solutions, has announced that it will collaborate with VMware to deliver enhanced security to enterprise IoT implementations.

The two companies will work together to strengthen IoT security by integrating ZingBox's IoT personality-based approach with VMware Pulse IoT Center, an IoT infrastructure management solution. By 2020, over 25% of identified attacks in enterprises will involve IoT, according to Gartner.

The VMware Pulse IoT Center will...

By IoT News, 30 August 2017, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Security.

ZingBox raises $22 million in series B round led by Dell Technologies and Triventures

IoT security solution provider ZingBox has announced it has raised $22 million (£17.2m) in a series B funding round led by Dell Technologies Capital and Triventures.

The company says it will use the money to ‘meet strong demand’ for IoT Guardian, its product first launched in February which, as this publication reported at the time, was claimed as the industry’s first to...

By James Bourne, 24 August 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, IoT, Security.

Tesla remotely hacked for the second year by the same researchers

Chinese security researchers have once again demonstrated the potential dangers of connected vehicles by remotely hacking a Tesla for the second consecutive year.

Malicious code was run on the Tesla-branded vehicle using the in-car web browser. Once exploited, the researchers were able to put on the brakes remotely, open the doors and trunk, and even blink the lights in time to music from the car’s stereo.

The researchers, from Keen Security Lab in Shanghai, were able to control the vehicle over both...

By Ryan Daws, 28 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, Security.

New study affirms importance of connected devices having built-in security

Nine out of 10 consumers polled by Irdeto say security should be built into a connected device, while more than three quarters (78%) say they are aware that any smart device has the potential to be hacked.

The study polled more than 7,800 consumers from six different countries; Brazil, China, Germany, India, the UK, and US. The findings also revealed that the older generation (82% of respondents) was more aware about security concerns arising from smart devices connected over Wi-Fi as compared to millennials...

By IoT News, 27 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Security.

Canonical argues IoT monetisation bigger challenge than security for professionals

You can try and clue up on the Internet of Things (IoT), read all the articles and go to all the meetings. But the question remains: can we make money on this?

According to a new study from Canonical, the company behind Linux operating system Ubuntu, more than half (53%) of industry professionals say quantifying return on investment (ROI) was their biggest immediate challenge. This was followed by device security and privacy, cited by 45% of those polled, and lack of IoT infrastructure, cited by 40%.

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By James Bourne, 24 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Security.

FBI posts a warning to parents about IoT gadgets

The FBI has posted a ‘consumer notice’ to consumers with children about the dangers of IoT gadgets.

Anyone who follows the computing industry will be aware of the dangers of insecure IoT devices. Some of the potential threats are external of the home, such as devices being hijacked to carry out attacks. Others can be internal and pose a danger to your family’s privacy, such as a hacked webcam.

The FBI makes the following recommendations:

  • Research for any known reported security issues online to include, but not limited to:

  • Only connect and use toys in environments with trusted and secured Wi-Fi Internet access

  • Research the toy’s Internet and device...

By Ryan Daws, 19 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Security, Smart Homes.

Darktrace raises $75 million in Series D financing round

Darktrace has announced it has raises $75 million (£58.2m) in a series D financing round, adding that its total contract value has hit $200m.

The machine learning cyber security provider had its funding round conducted by Insight Venture Partners, with the company’s existing investors, Summit Partners, KKR and TenEleven Ventures, also part of the seed funding.

Known as the frontrunner in disruptive AI technology for cyber-security, Darktrace can easily confront the most sophisticated...

By IoT News, 12 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Security.

WISeKey reports continued growth with $20m revenue for first half of 2017

WISeKey International, the Switzerland-based cybersecurity and IoT firm, has announced ‘significantly increased’ revenue up to $20 million (£15.4m), unaudited, for the first half of this year as the company’s progress continues to improve.

The company’s previous revenues stood at $1.3m reported for the first half of 2016, and $11.6m consolidated revenues for the full year.

In order to evolve as a major player in IoT, cybersecurity, AI and blockchain, WISeKey has aggregated over...

By IoT News, 04 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Security.