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Furby Connect - just one of many insecure, connected toys for sale this holiday season.

Surveillance Under The Tree: Connected Device Audit Turns up Sensors, Security Holes

Sensors and security holes are common companions on a range of connected toys and consumer devices available to consumers this holiday season. 

Germany wants to destroy kids' smart watches. Why?

Podcast: Why Germany wants Smart Watches destroyed and One Nation Under Trolls

In this week’s Security Ledger podcast, sponsored by our friends at CyberArk, we talk about the German government’s recent decision to declare kids smart watches “surveillance devices” and to order their destruction. Also: Adrian Shabaz of Freedom House comes in to talk to us about the latest Internet Freedom report, which finds that governments are increasingly manipulating online content to shape online discussions and even the outcome of elections at home and abroad. And finally: leaked credentials in a GitHub repository may have been behind Uber’s loss of information on some 50 million customers. In a preview of a Security Ledger spotlight podcast, we hear from Elizabeth Lawler of CyberArk about the proliferation of so-called “Dev Ops secrets” and how companies need to do a better managing the permissions assigned to applications.  Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSS

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. 

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.