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Cable Haunt RCE vulnerability exposes millions of modems to exploitation

Researchers have disclosed the discovery of a critical remote code execution vulnerability in millions of Broadcom cable modems, including about 200 million in Europe alone. Named Cable Haunt, the flaw consists of a combination of “lack of proper authorization of the web-socket client, default credentials and a programming error in the spectrum analyzer” component of…

Attackers distill essence of Mirai IoT botnet into LiquorBot malware

Researchers recently uncovered another descendant of the Mirai Internet of Things botnet, this one featuring Monero cryptocurrency mining capabilities. Dubbed LiquorBot, the botnet malware is written in Go programming language and seems to use the same command-and-control infrastructure as Mirai. Sometimes, attack campaigns have even paired both LiquorBot and Mirai together in malicious dropper scripts,…

Google reportedly suspends integrations with Xiaomi smart camera due to software bug

Google this month reportedly suspended its integrations with Xiaomi-manufactured Internet of Things devices, after one user’s Xiaomi smart camera began showing images from strangers’ homes while the content was being streamed to a Google Nest Hub. As of Jan. 6, Google has restored all of its Assistant devices’ integrations with Xiaomi products, except for the…

Ring camera hacks show the need for better IoT security

Ring camera doorbells gained fame for catching porch pirates steal packages but after several high-profile cases where hackers gained control of them they are being held up by the cybersecurity industry as a prime example why companies and homeowners need to take IoT security seriously. The Ring cases revolve around malicious actors hijacking these devices…

Finland agency launches smart device infosec certification program

The National Cyber Security Centre Finland (NCSC-FI) within Finnish regulatory agency Traficom today kicked off a smart device certification program designed to inform consumers if certain products meet basic information security standards. Devices that meet certification criteria, which are based on consumer Internet of Things standards from the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI), will receive…

Gafgyt variant exploits 3 devices to target game servers with DDoS attacks

Researchers have uncovered a new variant of Gafgyt malware (aka BASHLITE) that infects home and small-office routers and networking equipment in order to recruit them into a botnet that bombards gaming servers with distributed denial of service attacks. One of its attacks involves a payload is specifically designed to attack servers running Valve Corporation’s Source…

Report: Hotel chain modifies bed-facing robots to prevent unwanted spying

A Japanese hotel chain that offers in-room robots as an amenity has reportedly modified the technology to prevent snoops from eavesdropping on guests, after an independent researcher publicly exposed a potential exploit. In making the change, travel company H.I.S. Hotel Group conceded that individuals could gain unauthorized access to its 100 Tapia robots at the…

Malicious voice apps can turn Alexa and Google Home devices into spies, say researchers

Cybercriminals could potentially develop malicious voice apps that turn Amazon Alexa devices and Google Home smart speakers into spy equipment that eavesdrops on users and even phishes for passwords, according to a new report. The report, from Germany-based Security Research Labs (SRLabs), warns that security lapses in the way Google Home and Alexa devices (such…

Unpatched Amazon Echo and Kindle devices prone to KRACK attacks

Amazon.com Echo and Kindle devices were discovered last year to contain WPA/WPA2 protocol vulnerabilities that could potentially allow malicious actors to uncover keychains used to encrypt Wi-Fi traffic. The vulnerabilities, CVE-2017-13077 and CVE-2017-13078, are prone to Key Reinstallation Attacks (aka KRACK attacks), and were disclosed back in 2017 by a pair of Belgian researchers. In essence, they…

Flaws in Imperial, Dabman web radios could lead to full compromise

Researchers have disclosed a pair of vulnerabilities in multiple Imperial and Dabman-branded web radios that could allow malicious actors to remotely compromise the IoT devices. Telestar Digital GmbH, the company that manufacturers the web radios, has patched both problems, according to a security advisory yesterday from Vulnerability Lab, whose researchers made the discovery. Several reports…

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