Tag Archives: Internet of Things

Privacy Tip #56 – Be Careful Before You Link Your Home Appliance to Your Smartphone and Change Your Passwords Now

Last week, Brian Krebs reported that hackers using a malware dubbed “Marai” have identified hundreds of thousands of home and office devices that have weak security. Then the hackers released the malware publicly so anyone can use it and intrude into home and office devices that do not have proper security to thwart the attack … Continue Reading

First home cyber protection insurance offered by Hartford Steam Boiler

The Hartford Steam Boiler Inspection and Insurance Company has announced that it is offering “the first personal lines cyber insurance program for consumers, protecting against computer attacks, cyber extortion, online fraud and the breach of personal information involving smart homes, computers and connected home devices.” With the increase in the Internet of Things, the company … Continue Reading

Self-driving cars, mood-controlled lighting and FitBits: more FTC IoT enforcement

Almost one year ago, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) released its “Internet of Things (IoT): Privacy and Security in a Connected World” report urging companies to implement best practices for consumers’ privacy and data security, and shortly thereafter, introduced the new Office of Technology Research and Investigation unit to protect consumers from IoT failures. Since … Continue Reading

NIST issues Draft Framework for Cyber-Physical System

On September 18, 2015, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) issued its draft Framework for Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS), which is “intended to provide a methodology for understanding, designing and building CPS including those  with multiple applications.” CPS are smart systems that interact between physical and computational components. These interconnected and integrated systems “can … Continue Reading

Spam emails sent from fridge in botnet attack

The Internet of Things allows consumers to program and monitor all sorts of equipment, devices and appliances, including smart meters, ovens, TVs and refrigerators. It is well known that most of these devices that are connected to the internet do not have any security protections, as they have been designed solely for consumer convenience. The … Continue Reading
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