IoT News, Articles and Updates

Doctors at RSA simulate emergency overdose caused by hacked medical pump

Doctors at RSA on Thursday presented a riveting simulation of a health care emergency caused by a medical device hack -- showing that physicians' trust in the integrity of their equipment can be misplaced.

Proof-of-concept ransomware attack transforms robots into extortionists

Researchers from IOActive have developed a proof-of-concept attack that turns ordinarily benevolent robots into malicious, money-grubbing automatons who demand bitcoin as a ransom payment.

Interpol warns IoT devices at risk

Interpol recently drew 43 investigators and digital forensics pros from 23 countries together for its Digital Security Challenge - one in which a cyberattack is launched from a hacked IoT device, a webcam.

FYI, the OMG Mirai botnet variant turns IoT devices into proxy servers

A newly discovered variant of Mirai botnet malware forces infected devices to act as proxy servers capable of protecting the anonymity of cybercriminals engaging in illegal activities.

APIs in Samsung, Roku devices unsecure: Consumer Reports

Several Smart TVs from Samsung and others using the Roku TV platform, as well as media players from that company, are susceptible cyberattacks, according to Consumer Reports, a claim denied vehemently by Roku.

Consumers worry about their data, but don't bother much with security

A recent worldwide consumer survey found a major disconnect between general fears about cybersecurity and the actions taken to protect not only their personal information, but their families from cyberattacks.

Privacy of location tracking device owners threatened by 'Trackmageddon' flaws

A slew of online services used to manage GPS- and GSM-based location tracking devices have been found vulnerable to flaws that could allow attackers to hijack these devices and reveal their owners' past and current locations.

Malware behind Satori botnet posted to Pastebin

The code that exploits a flaw in Huawei a router that enables these devices to be turned into botnets to push Satori and Brickerbot has been publicly posted on Pastebin.

Report: Internet-Connected Speakers Can Lead to a Broken Record

Music lovers connected to wireless, Internet-connected Sonos speakers beware that their audio systems could have been unwittingly usurped for nefarious purposes, according to a new report from Trend Micro.

BrickerBot creators announce retirement from active operations

The individual, or people, behind the BrickerBot malware attacks have decided to hang up their mouse and keyboard after claiming to have locked more than 10 million supposedly unsecure Internet of Things devices.

New Mirai variant back on radar after new exploit code published

A new strain of the Mirai IoT malware has been discovered following the publication of exploit code targeting networking equipment.

Lieu, Markey introduce Cyber Shield Act of 2017 for IoT devices

A new bill designed to identify, verify, and label compliant Internet-of-Things (IoT) devices with strong cybersecurity standards has been introduced by two federal lawmakers.

LG patches app bug that can turn IoT vacuums into robotic spies

LG Electronics has patched a bug in its smart appliance app that can be exploited to gain remote access to devices under its control, including a camera-equipped vacuum that can be abused to spy on its owners.

Researchers advise against Amazon Key, call for more transparency

Malwarebytes researchers are warning users not to buy into the hype, or the actual products, offered with Amazon's Key service.

#WatchOut for your kids! Smartwatches plagued with flaws

The Norwegian Consumer Council and Mnemonic researchers are warning consumers about the dangers of poorly secured smartwatches marketed to children.

Google patches 7 flaws in Dnsmasq

Google reported it has discovered and issued patches fo seven vulnerabilities in the DNS software package Dnsmasq, several of which could lead to remote code execution or leave the device open to a denial of service attack if exploited.

4G vulnerabilities put mobile users and even Smart Cities at risk, study

Despite keeping us connected and even providing a bump in security over its predecessor, 4G networks are still plagued with weaknesses.

Linux IoT botnet retooled to send spam email

An IoT botnet has set its hooks in about 4,500 - 5,000 proxy devices to send spam emails which each device capable of sending 400 messages or a total of 1.8 million messages per day.

Report: Without safeguards, Internet and IoT may create surveillance states in near future

A catastrophic worldwide cyberattack and the emergence of an IoT-enabled surveillance state were among the chief security and privacy fears expressed by experts polled for a new report about the internet and its future impact.

Medfusion 4000 Wireless Syringe Infusion Pump can be exploited to compromise operations

Until a new version of Smiths Medical's Medfusion 4000 Wireless Syringe Infusion Pump is issued in January 2018, its operators should be wary of eight vulnerabilities that can be remotely exploited to gain access to the device and compromise its functionality.

Bluetooth ache: Protocol's security not sufficiently researched, experts claim after 'BlueBorne' disclosure

The recently disclosed collection of "BlueBorne" vulnerabilities that were found to affect at least 5.3 billion Bluetooth-enabled devices has revealed several inconvenient truths about the short-range communications protocol, experts say.

Abbott Laboratories securing vulnerable pacemakers with firmware and software updates

Healthcare product manufacturer Abbott Laboratories is updating the firmware and software in its line of implantable pacemakers to shore up a security vulnerability that could lead to unauthorized access.

SMEs ahead of larger orgs in IoT security, study

SMEs may not have the resources of their larger peers but they're training them on identifying threats and determining the potential dangers connected devices pose, according to a study from Pwnie Express.

Svpeng mobile banking trojan now a keylogger

Cybercriminals have updated the functionality of the popular Svpeng mobile banking trojan giving it keylogger capabilities and the ability to access the text input from almost all of a devices apps.