Internet of Things

A warning letter from the FDA to St. Jude Medical said the firm ignored warnings that its implantable medical devices and related software were vulnerable to hacking or unexpected failure.

Update: FDA says St. Jude Medical knew about Device Flaws 2 Years Before Muddy Waters Report

In-brief: In a damning report, the FDA said that St. Jude Medical* knew about serious security flaws in its implantable medical devices as early as 2014, but failed to address them with software updates or other mitigations, or by replacing those devices. (Editor’s note: updated to include a statement from Abbott and comment from Dr. Kevin Fu. – PFR April 14, 2017)

A researcher for the firm Equus Security warns that Samsung's Tizen mobile operating system is dangerously insecure. (Image courtesy of Samsung.)

Samsung’s Tizen Operating System: a Hacker’s Dream | Motherboard

In-brief: Motherboard reports on an audit of Samsung’s Tizen mobile and IoT operating system that suggests it contains numerous, serious security holes. 

Brickerbot: and You will know It by the Trail of Linux Devices

Brickerbot: and You will know It by the Trail of Linux Devices

In-brief: new botnets, dubbed “Brickerbot” were first spotted in recent weeks conducting what Radware termed “permanent denial of service” attacks: compromising and then destroying data on vulnerable connected endpoints. 

The Online Trust Alliance said it was merging with The Internet Society (ISOC), bringing its consumer focused privacy and security efforts to the home of the IETF. (Image courtesy of NASA.)

Online Trust Alliance to merge with Internet Society

In-brief: The Online Trust Alliance, which has focused on issues related to privacy and security on the Internet of Things, is merging with The Internet Society, home of the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), the groups said in an announcement Wednesday.

AIG has started offering personal cyber insurance to wealth families and individuals, the company announced on Monday.

The Rich Aren’t Like Everyone Else: They Have More Cyber Insurance

In-brief: Insurance giant AIG announced Monday that it has started offering cyber insurance to protect individuals and families from ransomware attacks, data theft and cyber bullying. But don’t go looking to sign up at Wal-Mart: the service is only available to AIG’s high net worth customers.