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Security Pro tilts at Smart Drill, finds It doesn’t suck

In-brief: Is there cause for hope? A new analysis of a connected power drill  by a researcher at DUO Security finds that it’s actually pretty secure. But challenges remain for connected device makers.

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Exclusive: Flaws in common Wi-Fi Router set up Hotspot Hacks

In-brief: Two, serious flaws in a common wireless router made by the firm TP-Link open the door to a hacker gaining control over the device, just the latest flaw revealed in broadband and wifi routers, the firm Senrio said Monday.

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Podcast: Hack, or Phreak – What Really Happened in Dallas?

In-brief: The April 7th hijacking of more than 100 civil defense sirens in Dallas was dismissed as an “old school” hack that relied copycat radio tones to set off a cacophony that lasted for nearly two hours. But was it? Security researcher Mark Loveless (aka “Simple Nomad”) has his doubts about the official explanation. In this latest Security Ledger podcast, he talks to Editor in Chief Paul Roberts about what might have really gone down in Dallas. 

Telepresence Robots? Hackable.

In-brief: Residents of Uncanny Valley have something more to worry about: telepresence robots by the firm Double Robotics contain numerous, exploitable vulnerabilities, the firm Rapid7 reports. 

NetGore: Simple Flaw Affects Hundreds of Thousands of Netgear Devices

In-brief: Weeks after the Federal Trade Commission sued the firm D-Link for weak security in its broadband routers, dozens of routers made by the firm NetGear are reported to also be vulnerable to trivial hacking attacks. Small businesses including restaurants and cafés are heavy users of the devices and may be particularly vulnerable, according to experts at the firm Trustwave.