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McAfee Researchers Exploit Smart Plug to attack Smart TV!

Researchers from McAfee have demonstrated how a flaw in a Belkin smart switch can be used to access other connected devices on the same network as the switch. 

Sea Level Rise, Runaway AI and Grid Hacks: Why We Ignore Warnings about Preventable Catastrophes

In-brief: is it ever the case that things happen that “nobody saw coming”? Our guest on this week’s podcast would say “no.” He is Richard Clarke, a former National Coordinator for Security, Infrastructure Protection and Counter-terrorism for the United States and a veteran of four administrations, from President Ronald Reagan through to President George W. Bush. We talk about modern-day Cassandras: people who are warning about looming catastrophes, mostly in vain. 

European Commission Ponders Security Labels for IoT | EurActiv.com

The web site EurActiv.com is reporting that the European Commission (EC) is getting ready to propose new legislation to protect machines from cybersecurity breaches. Among the steps they’re considering: labels for Internet-connected devices that tell consumers they are “approved and secure.” Products across industries from energy and consumer goods to automotive and healthcare could eventually be required to use the labels on their products, just as electrical devices currently contain labels that inform consumers how much power they use, EU officials said. Digital policy chiefs Günther Oettinger and Andrus Ansip presented a plan three weeks ago to speed up internet connections to meet the needs of big industries like car manufacturing and agriculture as they gradually use more internet functions. But lawmakers recognize that the transition to more and faster internet connections has caused many companies to worry that new products and industrial tools that rely on the internet will be more vulnerable […]

Research Raises More Alarms on Connected Home Products

In-brief: A new study by BitDefender suggests that security lapses dampen the appeal of smart home appliances and could (literally) open the door to burglars.

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Report: Princeton Finds Security Flaws In Range Of Internet Of Things Devices

In-brief: researchers at Princeton researched the security of a wide range of connected devices – including smart hubs and a connected picture frame. They found lots to worry about.