In brief: In a new report, Internet provider AT&T said that scans for vulnerable IoT devices spiked in the first half of 2016, months before the Mirai botnet, made up largely of IoT devices, launched denial of service attacks on DYN and other targets.
In-brief: AT&T is partnering with Gemalto to offer lifecycle management features for Internet of Things devices, as the telecommunications giant targets automotive telematics, infotainment, and smart safety services.
In-brief: New guidelines from a leading mobile industry trade group seek to set standards for securing deployments of Internet of Things device.
In-brief: Gemalto said in a statement Friday that it will investigate reports that the company was the victim of a sophisticated campaign of espionage by the U.S. National Security Agency and Britain’s GCHQ.
Steve Lawson at IDG News Service has an interesting article that notes AT&T’s certification of the U-blox SARA-U260 model, which is dubbed “the world’s smallest 3G module.” The 16 x 26 millimeter device is seen as a harbinger of the kind of low power device that will greatly expand the Internet of Things. The SARA-U260 is designed to transmit small amounts of data over 3G networks and could enable a new generation of even smaller and smarter devices – from Smartmeters to wearable technology to connected cars. The U260 has features that support applications from voice calling to auto industry telematics to retail point-of-sale terminals and handheld devices, according to U-blox. It uses A-GPS (Assisted Global Positioning System) and a technology called CellLocate that uses nearby cellular towers to triangulate a location in situations where GPS isn’t available. 3G and 2G networks are being replaced by 4G and even 5G networks for most consumer smart phones. But the technology still works great […]