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Oregon’s New IoT Law

Oregon became the latest state to require manufacturers of internet “connected devices” that make, sell or offer to sell the devices in the state to equip the device with “reasonable security features” according to Oregon House Bill 2395 amending ORS 646.607. According to the law, “[R]easonable security features” means methods to protect a connected device … Continue Reading

Is Your Bed Bugged? Data-Collecting Mattresses and Sleep Apps May Give You Nightmares

When you next lie down to sleep, the bed may not your secrets keep. So-called “smart” beds, mattress pads, sleep apps, and fitness trackers with sleep options are collecting data on those who use them and sending that personal information back to manufacturers. The data gathered can include biometric information (i.e., heart rate, respiration), sleep … Continue Reading

Privacy Tip #190 – Internet of Medical Things (IoMT)

These days, pretty much everyone is aware of potential security incidents and the risks involved with Internet of Things (IoT) devices because security was not built into the device during the manufacturing process, but there is less awareness of the risks associated with the Internet of Medical Things (IoMT). Just like IoT devices, such as … Continue Reading

Phishing Continues to Be Seen as Biggest Cybersecurity Threat to Companies

According to a recent survey of cybersecurity professionals by AT&T Cybersecurity entitled “Confidence: the perception and reality of cybersecurity threats,” phishing and cloud security threats are keeping them up at night. The survey polled 733 cybersecurity professionals attending the RSA conference and asked the respondents about what they perceive to be the biggest internal and … Continue Reading

Federal Privacy Law – Could It Happen in 2019?

This was a busy week for activity and discussions on the federal level regarding existing privacy laws – namely the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA). But the real question is, could a federal privacy law actually happen in 2019? Cybersecurity issues and the possibility of a … Continue Reading

Smart Stethoscopes and Smart Toilet Seats – Coming to a Doctor Near You?

My fascination with Artificial Intelligence (AI) continues, and this week I found two new medical uses of AI that are pretty interesting. Digital Trends reported on two exciting developments: smart stethoscopes and smart toilet seats. In the first example, researchers at Johns Hopkins and the startup Sonavi Labs are developing an updated stethoscope, a piece … Continue Reading

California Law IoT Devised to Have “Reasonable Security Feature”

On September 28, 2018, California passed Senate Bill No. 327, Chapter 886, which regulates the security of all internet of things (IoT) devices sold in California.  Collectively, IoT broadly refers to all internet-enabled devices and includes everything from doorbells and lamps to cell phones and wearable devices. This bill, beginning on January 1, 2020, will … Continue Reading

IoT Sensors Collect Real Time Oceanographic Data

The Australian Institute of Marine Science is using an IoT drifter manufactured by Myriota to collect oceanographic data in almost real time. The drifters connect to low Earth orbit (LEO) satellites, so they are not using traditional mobile telephone networks, and avoid connectivity issues. The drifters monitor ocean conditions, including water temperatures, currents and barometric … Continue Reading

Putin Gives Trump Computer Chipped Soccer Ball

While meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, President Trump was given a soccer ball, symbolic of the 2018 World Cup played in Russia. Bloomberg has reported that the soccer ball contained a chip, known as near-field communication (NFC) tag, which can transmit information to nearby cellphones, presumably including Trump’s as well. The chips can send … Continue Reading

Privacy Tip #112 – LG Releases IoT Software Update

Security researchers at Check Point discovered software vulnerabilities in LG IoT devices which allowed them to potentially gain control over LG refrigerators, ovens, dishwashers and a live feed from a robot vacuum cleaner. A vulnerability in the mobil app and cloud app allowed them to remotely gain access to LG IoT devices with just an … Continue Reading

Cisco Releases Midyear Cybersecurity Report

We continue to try to alert our clients about the changing threat landscape in cybersecurity. We keep saying how the threats are becoming more and more sophisticated and more and more frequent, and that companies must acknowledge and address the threat as a high priority. Cisco publishes cybersecurity reports that outline the threats to businesses … Continue Reading

New Study Shows Inaccuracies of Wearable Fitness Trackers for Calories Burned

Researchers at Stanford University have released a study concluding that wearable fitness trackers provide inaccurate measurements when it comes to providing information to users on how many calories have been burned. The researchers evaluated seven wearable fitness trackers and how they measured heart rate and calories burned. Most of them measured heart rate pretty accurately, … Continue Reading

Privacy Tip #83 – “Alexa, Disconnect Yourself from the Internet Now!” BrickerBot Malware Attacking IoT

We often talk about how anything that is connected to the Internet is hackable and unsafe, and to be careful about how you buy and connect devices, products, appliances, home security systems and other wireless “things.” These are called the Internet of Things, or “IoT.” Alexa is an IoT “thing.” Cybersecurity literature constantly warns us … Continue Reading

Hardware Password Defaults – Do You Change Them?

IT professionals have long understood the importance of changing the default password for network connected hardware devices (printers, switches, wireless access points, etc.). In the world of the Internet Of Things it seems everything is connected to the internet, the locks to your house, the refrigerator, your car, the wireless router from the cable company, … Continue Reading

IRS makes exempt organizations’ Form 990 data available in machine-readable format

On June 16, 2016, the IRS announced that it will be making Form 990s available in machine-readable format through Amazon Web Services. While this information has always been available to the public, it was previously only accessible in PDF format, making searching or viewing data in bulk nearly impossible. The IRS announcement is in response … Continue Reading
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