Here’s why the German government is telling people to smash their kids’ smartwatches

November 22, 2017

The Alcatel CareTime kid's smartwatch.Image: Getty Images The German government isn’t just banning some children’s smartwatches — its telling people to “destroy” the gadgets already circulating around the country. On Friday, Germany’s telecom regulator the Federal Network Agency announced that a number of these devices, designed for ages 5 to 12, can allow someone to remotely tap into the watch’s microphone and clandestinely spy from remote locations (just like a…

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It might be time to get paranoid about your webcams and microphones

November 1, 2017

"Who's a good fridge? You are!"Image: David Becker/Getty Images While at one time the very idea seemed to promise the possibility of a digitally connected utopia, these days the Internet of Things is mostly notable for simultaneously being both a punchline and a threat to the very core of the internet. However, at least part of that may change — maybe — if two U.S. Congressmen have their way.  On…

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So Wi-Fi is vulnerable. Here’s what you can do right now to mitigate the risk.

October 23, 2017

It’s everywhere . Image: SHUTTERSTOCK/ CHOMBOSAN So it turns out your Wi-Fi is vulnerable to intruders. A freshly exhausted research paper lowered a pretty sizable certificate bomb: The protection etiquette safeguarding most Wi-Fi machines can essentially be bypassed, potentially allowing an attacker to intercept every password, credit-card digit, or super-secret feline pic you send over the airwaves. So what, if anything, are you able do about all this — other…

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Warning: Every WiFi device you own is vulnerable to a devastating cyberattack

October 22, 2017

A severe weakness discovered in the WPA2 Wi-Fi protocol means all of your internet-connected devices—laptops, smartphones, tablets, TVs, and more—are vulnerable to a devastating attack. The vulnerability in the WPA2 security protocol leaves virtually everyone who connects to the internet via Wi-Fi at risk of devastating attacks that can reveal everything you do online as well as your most sensitive personal information. Attackers in range of your devices can use Key…

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The IoT ecosystem will forever be vulnerable, but there is hope

October 20, 2017

Wait, should the fridge be connected to the botnet, or the toaster ? Image: Vicky Leta/ mashable Your coffee pot, refrigerator, thermostat, and in-home security system are all connected to the internet. Or, if they’re not now, they will be one day. Sadly, as the forgotten stepchildren of internet defence, these Internet of Things inventions are likely fated to a future teeming with botnets and hackers. But that doesn’t planned…

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Infected DNA successfully hacks computer in terrifying experiment

August 31, 2017

Remember a few month ago when we were all laughing at Harvard scientists for putting a GIF inside a filament of DNA ? Now that aqueduct between engineering and matters of substance that starts up every living organism has made a often darker turn. Researchers at the University of Washington took control of a machine exerting a malicious filament of DNA in what is being considered the first “DN-Abased employ…

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How DDoS attacks knock your favorite websites offline

August 14, 2017

On Oct. 21, 2016, an otherwise casual Friday morning, millions of users across the U.S. found themselves unable to access popular websites such as Amazon, GitHub, Shopify, Twitter, and the New York Times. The lack of access had nothing to do with the users themselves or their internet service providers. It was the result of a massive DDoS attack, the largest of its kind seen to date. Thanks to the…

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ISIS allegedly turned to eBay to get cash across borders

August 12, 2017

The flag of the Islamic State.Image: AP/REX/Shutterstock Like anything, terrorism costs money, but it’s not easy for individuals marked as extremists to transfer significant amounts of cash. Government officials watch for such transactions, forcing extremists to find other ways to send money where they want it to go. For alleged American Islamic State conspirator Mohamed Elshinawy, that meant pretending to sell printers on eBay. SEE ALSO: How Google’s Jigsaw is…

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U.S. Army just kicked Chinese drone company DJI out of all official operations

August 6, 2017

Image: Alex Segre/REX/Shutterstock The U.S. army just kicked one of the biggest drone makers on the planet out of its barracks, all in the name of security. The maker of the drones in question: China’s DJI (also known as SZ DJI Technology Co Ltd.). SEE ALSO: A man escaped maximum-security prison in South Carolina thanks to a drone An Aug. 2 U.S. Army memo obtained by sUAS News and later…

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FBI arrests WannaCry hero for alleged role in Kronos banking malware

August 4, 2017

A malware researcher hailed as a hero earlier this year has been arrested by the FBI for his alleged role in distributing the banking malware known as Kronos. Marcus Hutchins, also known as @malwaretechblog, was detained and then arrested by the bureau at the airport as he was leaving the Def Con hacking conference in Las Vegas. I guess I can cross “get stranded in Vegas with no money” off…

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