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Toymaker Hack Highlights Dark Side of Tech Industry’s Data Obsession

In-brief: The hack of VTech, a maker of technology products for children, has exposed sensitive data on hundreds of thousands of children, the company acknowledged this week. Also exposed: the toy industry’s growing and unregulated appetite for information on the children who play with their toys.

Firm Puzzled by Body Cams Infected with Malware

In-brief: a California company that makes wearable cameras that are used by law enforcement and the military said a report that it shipped cameras infected with the Conficker virus were “distressing,” but that it was unable to locate the malware on its devices or within its environment. 

Under The Hood: Wireless Software Links Teslas, Drones

In-brief: The same wireless software that powers a consumer quadcopter is also under the hood of Tesla’s Model S, according to a leading security expert – underscoring the increasingly long and complex software supply chain for connected products.

Security Holes in Power Analyzers More Bad News for Industry

In-brief: Software security holes in widely used industrial equipment known as “power quality analysers” (sp) could enable remote attackers to disrupt or corrupt operations at firms across industries, according to a report released by the firm Applied Risk. 

Automotive Developers Bearish on Hack-Proofing Cars

Software developers working within the automotive industry are pessimistic about their ability to secure connected cars. A lack of support from employers is a big reason why, according to a Ponemon Institute survey. In-brief: Software developers working within the automotive industry are pessimistic about their ability to secure connected cars, a Ponemon Institute survey reveals.