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Smart home networks are rapidly gaining popularity, but some security experts worry that not enough encryption controls are coming with the products.
Security firm IOActive released an advisory (PDF) on Tuesday saying more than half a million Belkin WeMo devices are susceptible to widespread hacks. The firm uncovered several vulnerabilities in these devices, which would let hackers gain access to home networks and remotely control Internet-connected appliances.
The hacks could range from a mean-spirited prank to actually posing a danger. For example, they could be as benign as turning someone's house lights on-and-off to something dangerous like getting a … Read more
It may be news to you that some Asus wireless routers leave your computer and networked drives open to hackers, but Asus has known about the problems for months, reports indicate.
The vulnerabilities make it possible for hackers to access directories on networked drives using Asus' proprietary AiCloud option. Enabling features such as "Cloud Disk," "Smart Access," and "Smart Sync" appear to enable the vulnerability, security researcher Kyle Lovett told Ars Technica.
Enabling the file-sharing tool Samba in the router also exposes the vulnerability to hackers.
Lovett told CNET that following his report of … Read more
The National Security Agency and the UK's Government Communications Headquarters targeted WikiLeaks and Pirate Bay -- and ultimately users of those sites as well, according to leaked files.
Examining a series of classified documents leaked by whistle-blower Edward Snowden, news site The Intercept reported on Tuesday that the NSA wanted to deem WikiLeaks a "malicious foreign actor." Such a designation would have subjected the site to extensive surveillance without the use of "defeats," an NSA action that aims to prevent US citizens from getting snared in the surveillance.
The UK's GCHQ went a step … Read more
Google has acquired SlickLogin, an Israeli security startup that uses smartphones and high-frequency sounds for identity verification on Web sites.
SlickLogin's three-person team revealed the acquisition in an announcement posted to the company's Web site.
"Today we're announcing that the SlickLogin team is joining Google, a company that shares our core beliefs that logging in should be easy instead of frustrating, and authentication should be effective without getting in the way," the announcement reads.
Terms of the deal were not revealed, but the acqui-hire is said to be valued at "several million," according … Read more
Hackers hit crowd-funding site Kickstarter and made off with user information, the site said Saturday.
Though no credit card information was taken, the site said, attackers made off with usernames, e-mail addresses, mailing addresses, phone numbers, and encrypted passwords.
"Actual passwords were not revealed, however it is possible for a malicious person with enough computing power to guess and crack an encrypted password, particularly a weak or obvious one," the site said in a blog post, adding that "as a precaution, we strongly recommend that you create a new password for your Kickstarter account, and other accounts … Read more
Those of you angered over reports of NSA spying are being urged to add your voices to those of a group of 5,300 companies and Web sites staging a worldwide protest.
Dubbing February 11 "The Day We Fight Back," organizations such as the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the American Civil Liberties Union, Free Press, Mozilla, Reddit, and Tumblr want Internet users to call or e-mail their legislators to pressure them to end the National Security Agency's mass surveillance program. The groups also are asking Web site owners to set up banners on their pages to urge visitors … Read more
Microsoft has extended multifactor authentication to all subscribers of its Office 365 suite and plans further expansion of the security feature to other Office desktop applications later this year.
Also known as two-factor authentication, the log-in verification feature is aimed at reducing users' vulnerability to online identity theft, phishing, and other scams by adding a second level of authentication to an account log-in. Twitter, Apple, PayPal, Google, Facebook, and other vendors already have implemented two-factor authentication.
After correctly inputting their username and password, Office 365 subscribers will be required to acknowledge a phone call, text message, or an app notification … Read more
There's lots of talk lately about leaky apps: Angry Birds and Google Maps are among the smartphone apps accused of informing the government all about who you are and what you've been up to, as Nick Statt reported late last month.
A recent blog post by Serge Malenkovich of the security firm Kaspersky Labs questions the need for the latest version of Facebook's Android app to automatically access your SMS messages to facilitate the service's two-factor authentication.
Granted, Facebook and other app developers have perfectly legitimate reasons for wanting automatic access to your phone's network … Read more
A report this week that attendees at the Sochi Winter Olympics were being hacked the second they booted up their electronic devices is "100 percent fraudulent," a security researcher charged Thursday.
Robert Graham of Errata Security was criticizing a report by NBC reporter Richard Engel on the safety of logging onto Russian networks. Engel reported that during a security test at cafe with a security expert, "before we even finished our coffee" the bad actors had hit, downloading malware and "stealing my information and giving hackers the option to tap or even record my phone … Read more