Consumer advocates and proponents of right to repair laws in 17 states have a new enemy to worry about. The Security Innovation Center, with backing of powerful tech industry groups, is arguing that letting consumers fix their own devices will empower hackers.*
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Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSS | MoreIn-brief: In the latest Security Ledger podcast we talk about pending right to repair laws and their impact on the Internet of Things. Also: Facebook’s Internet Defense Prize went to a better method for spear phishing detection. We talk to a member of the winning team. And, Johannes Ullrich of The Internet Storm Center joins us to talk about a study he did to measure the frequency of attacks on a common IoT device: digital video recorders.
In-brief: Hobbled by draconian copyright restrictions from manufacturers like John Deere that make it impossible to modify or repair equipment, farmers in the U.S. have turned to unofficial software produced in countries like Ukraine to maintain their equipment.
In-brief: Five states are considering “right to repair” legislation that would allow independent shops and consumers to service their own connected stuff. No surprise: Apple isn’t happy about it.