Amazon’s Ring causes further concerns over third-party data-sharing

Amazon’s smart doorbell company Ring has found itself at the centre of yet another user privacy scandal.

A report published by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) claims that Ring's Android app is sending an excessive amount of personally identifiable data to third parties. 

EFF's report suggests that the app sends personal data to four trackers including Facebook's Graph API, analytics firms Mixpanel and...

By Ryan Daws, 28 January 2020, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Security, Smart Homes.

Enterprise IoT and protecting against Bluetooth endpoint vulnerabilities: A guide

It is well established that IoT devices greatly increase the security challenges of defending corporate networks, and a recent PwC survey reported that 71% of manufacturers plan to deploy IoT devices, despite the associated risks. It seems like the IoT train has left the station and is rushing full steam ahead towards the horizon.

In order to continue to travel safely, enterprises must understand the risks of...

By Patrice Puichaud, 16 January 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Enterprise, IoT, Security.

Consumer Reports warns IoT camera makers to improve their security

Consumer Reports has sent a letter to 25 manufacturers of IoT cameras with a call to improve their security.

“In response to multiple reports of hacks and unauthorized access of smart cameras and doorbells, Consumer Reports writes to urge your company to raise the standard of security for your connected camera, doorbell, or security system,” wrote the company.

“We request clarification on the steps you are taking to prevent hacks and unauthorized access to these cameras and the systems that...

By Ryan Daws, 15 January 2020, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Security, Smart Homes.

ENGINE: Trust and data privacy remain consumers' biggest fears about connected cars

According to a recent survey conducted by ENGINE Insights, 65% of recent and intending car buyers have one or more connected car features in their current car. However, 54% are concerned about data security and how their data might be used and 19% of respondents said that data management concerns could compel them from not buying a connected car in future.

The ‘Connected Car’ survey from ENGINE reported that data security fears are universal, spanning across generations – 54% of Millennials,...

By IoT News, 18 December 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Vehicles, Security, Smart Cities.

Gartner: Blockchain is the perfect match for the IoT

Gartner believes that blockchain technology is the perfect match for the IoT and will help it to overcome some of its biggest problems.

Blockchain is synonymous with security. The IoT, on the other hand, is known for suffering from serious vulnerabilities which have led to repeated high-profile breaches and cyberattacks.

In a blog post highlighting key findings from a survey titled IoT Adopters Embrace Blockchain,...

By Ryan Daws, 17 December 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Development, Enterprise, IoT, Security, Smart Cities, Smart Homes.

Hackers attempt to extort $400k in Bitcoin from Ring doorbell owners

A hacker attempted to extort a couple in Texas for $400k worth of Bitcoin after compromising their Amazon Ring doorbell.

28-year-old Tania Amador gave a video to local news channel WFAA which showed the incident.

Amador, who lives in Grand Prairie just outside of Dallas, said her Ring doorbell was going off like someone had entered her house.

The couple...

By Ryan Daws, 13 December 2019, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Security, Smart Homes.

IoT Security Foundation launch certification scheme ahead of potential laws

The UK-based IoT Security Foundation has partnered with the IAMSE Consortium to develop a certification scheme for products ahead of potential legislation.

A set of 30 checks in total have been created to provide a minimum bar for cybersecurity which is both simple and cost-effective for manufacturers to implement.

The partners have established a national network of bodies authorising to certify the various checks. If an applicant passes the checks, they’ll be issued with a certificate along with the...

By Ryan Daws, 29 November 2019, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Security, Smart Homes.

European Union Cybersecurity Agency focuses on connected cars in latest research

A new report from the European Union Agency for Cybersecurity (ENISA) has highlighted the importance of cybersecurity for connected cars.

The ENISA’s ‘Good Practices For Security of Smart Cars’ report mainly aims to identify the relevant assets, the rising concerns that targets smart cars ecosystem of tomorrow, and also the potential security measures and good practices to mitigate them.

By IoT News, 27 November 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Vehicles, IoT, Security.

How the IoT will save lives: Applying IoT technology to emergency communications

Over the last few years, the Internet of Things (IoT) has become one of the most-talked about technologies. Smart toasters and talking fridges may demonstrate its potential to be over-hyped, but there’s no denying that millions of IoT devices are finding a wide range of useful applications.

With so many autonomous devices now connected to the internet, one application that has sparked interest is how the IoT can help in...

By Cristina Lumbreras, 22 November 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Healthcare, IoT, Security, Standards.

Australia releases a draft code of practice for IoT cybersecurity

The Australian government has drafted a code of practice in a bid to improve the IoT’s well-publicised lack of security.

While the huge Mirai botnet attack on DNS provider Dyn in 2016 was devastating, one positive thing it achieved was to increase awareness about the poor security of IoT devices.

Ever since that high profile incident, governments have doubled their efforts in coming up with ideas to prevent IoT devices from being compromised. For Australia, that's...

By Ryan Daws, 19 November 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Development, Enterprise, IIoT, IoT, Security, Smart Cities, Smart Homes.

Penn State students say they can improve IoT device security through combined techniques

A team of students at the Penn State World Campus say they have developed a multi-pronged data analysis approach capable of averting cyberattacks in IoT devices, such as smart TVs, home video cameras, and baby monitors.

One of the students in the team said that more than 20 billion IoT devices would be in operation by 2020 and these devices will be an easy prey to hackers and cyberattackers, as there is no strategy in existence...

By IoT News, 14 October 2019, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Security.

F-Secure’s chief research officer likens IoT devices to ‘IT asbestos’

The chief research officer of cybersecurity giant F-Secure has warned that IoT devices could be the “asbestos of the future”.

Mikko Hyppönen made the warning during an interview on Verdict. The insecure nature of IoT devices is not surprising to many, especially following their role in devastating botnets like Mirai. However, Hyppönen warns the situation is only set to get worse.

The root of Hyppönen’s concern is the...

By Ryan Daws, 09 October 2019, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Security.

UK and Singapore team up for IoT security on consumer products

The UK’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) and Singapore’s Cyber Security Agency (CSA) have signed a strategic partnership deal focused on the Internet of Things (IoT).

The agreement, which aims to improve security level of smart consumer products, will see the two countries sharing initiatives and approaches, and exchange valuable information and experience.

The...

By IoT News, 04 October 2019, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Security.

Why securing IoT devices at the network level is key

Gartner estimates there will be 25 billion devices connected to the Internet by 2021. Even today there are almost twice as many internet-enabled devices than there are people. IoT is already enriching our lives, adding convenience and efficiency but from an organisational perspective, it’s become difficult to manage. Not least, the sheer variety of devices is overwhelming.

Many IoT devices are not secure ‘out of the box’ with...

By Simon Eappariello, 25 September 2019, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Security.

IoT device manufacturers missed more than 100 vulnerabilities, argues new security research

The Internet of Things (IoT) security problem is not going anywhere fast; according to new research from Independent Security Evaluators (ISE), 125 vulnerabilities were found across 13 IoT devices analysed.

The Maryland-based security firm found at least one web application vulnerability, such as cross-site scripting (XSS), operating system command injection (OS CMDi), or SQL injection (SQLi) in all of the 13 assessed...

By IoT News, 23 September 2019, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Security.

Palo Alto Networks to buy Zingbox for $75 million to beef up IoT security

Palo Alto Networks is set to acquire IoT security provider Zingbox for a total purchase amount of $75 million (£61m), the company has announced.

With this acquisition, Palo Alto Networks will be able to accelerate the delivery of IoT security through its Next-Generation Firewall and Cortex platforms by leveraging Zingbox's cloud-based service and advanced artificial intelligence and machine learning technology for...

By IoT News, 06 September 2019, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Security.

Healthcare IoT requires stronger security strategies against cyberattacks, says Irdeto Research

Healthcare providers are more vulnerable to cyberattacks – and according to a new report, they need to ensure IoT security strategies are robust enough to ensure the future of care.

The study, from Netherlands-based software firm Irdeto, polled 232 healthcare security decision makers and suggested these care providers should make sure to strengthen their IoT security strategies to safeguard patients’ safety. 82% of...

By IoT News, 03 September 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Healthcare, IoT, Security.

Police team up with Avast to make an 850,000 device botnet self-destruct

The French National Gendarmerie teamed up with security researchers Avast to make a botnet with close to one million devices self-destruct.

Avast has been tracking the malware called Retadup for some time. The malware affects Windows machines and has spread at a rapid pace across the world, including the US, Russia, and Central and South America.

Retadup was designed to make money through mining cryptocurrency, an increasingly popular type of attack. However, it’s noted the malware could have been used...

By Ryan Daws, 02 September 2019, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Security.