Home connected device users are putting their IoT networks at risk by leaving exposed a common service devices use to seamlessly connect and communicate with each other, according to cybersecurity firm Trend Micro. Hackers recently have been found to exploit the Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) service of poorly configured routers and home networking devices, as evidenced by an attack earlier this year that allegedly hijacked thousands of Chromecast streaming dongles, Google Home devices and smart TVs to play an ad for a YouTuber PewDiePie’s channel. This event prompted Trend Micro researchers dig deeper into UPnP, discovering that the potential to exploit this service remains significant as many home users are leaving UPnP enabled–unknowingly or not–and often with older, unpatched versions of the service installed on devices, they said. “In a nutshell, we found that most devices still use old versions of UPnP libraries,” wrote Tony Yang, a Trend Micro […]
Internet of Things
A group representing European telecommunications firms last week published technical specifications for securing a wide range of consumer Internet of Things devices including toys, smart cameras and wearable health trackers.
A proposed right to repair law in New Hampshire won’t make the Internet of Things one iota less secure. It will benefit consumers and the planet by extending the useful life of a wide range of connected devices, while making it easier to keep them secure throughout their useful life.
The new year isn’t bringing good news about Internet of Things security, as a new report sheds light on a flaw that allows bad actors to take unauthorized control of applications used by the IoT devices.
Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 34:11 — 39.1MB)Subscribe: Android | Email | Google Podcasts | RSSIn this week’s episode (#130): we speak with security researcher Troy Hunt, founder of HaveIBeenPwned.com about his latest disclosure: a trove of more than 700 million online account credentials he’s calling “Collection #1.” Also we speak to Martin Hagen of the Norwegian device firm Tailit about how failing a security audit of the company’s GPS watch sparked a security make-over at the company.