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Everything Tastes Better with Bluetooth: Understanding IoT Risk

In-brief: Marc Blackmer of Cisco says that, with so much promise, it can be hard to anticipate how individual or company-wide decisions to embrace the IoT might bear on cyber risk. 

Citizen, Protect Thyself: Privacy in the Internet of Things

In-brief: Despite the technical interconnectivity that the IoT brings, there is no technology that will help us regain our privacy, writes Marc Blackmer of Cisco. We are responsible for guarding our privacy as we adopt advances such as connected cars, connected homes and social media-integrated applications.

Big Data, Security Drive Dell In Post-PC Future

If you consider how the Internet of Things is transforming the technology industry, one of the most interesting and thought-provoking areas to pay attention to is what we might consider technology “majors” – firms like HP and IBM and Cisco that made their mark (and their hundreds of billions) serving the needs of an earlier generation of technology consumers. How these established technology firms are pivoting to address the myriad challenges posed by the “Internet of Things” tells us a lot about how the IoT market is likely to shake out for consumers and – more pressingly- the enterprise.

EFF Backs Detekt: Malware Detection Tool For State Surveillance

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is having a big week. First the organization announced “Let’s Encrypt,” a new, free certificate authority (CA) with the goal of moving everyone to adopt encrypted web communications. Then, today, the group announced Detekt, a malware detection tool designed to expose evidence of state surveillance. The tool is intended to help journalists, political activists and others identify malware associated with state-sponsored spying. Developed by security researcher Claudio Guarnieri, Detekt is available on Github and at the site The tool was written in Python tool  and scans the memory of Windows systems (XP and 32 and 64 bit and Windows 8) for malware. Essentially, its a straight-up malware scanner that focuses on malware associated with spying, namely: DarkComet RATm XtremeRAT, BlackShades RAT, njRAT, FinFisher FinSpy, HackingTeam RCS, ShadowTech RAT and Gh0st RAT. You might also like “Hacker takes on the Worlds spy agencies.” Alas, unlike most anti malware programs (which at least claim to detect the same malware families) […]

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Study Reveals (Sad) Psychology of Facebook Scam Victims

Bad is good enough, according to a study of over 850,000 Facebook scams by the antivirus software provider Bitdefender. (PDF version of the report is here.) The two-year study of Facebook scams in the UK, the US and Europe found that a short list of lame, repackaged tricks are a well that never runs dry: fooling Facebook users by playing on their curiosity, vanity or naiveté.   Almost half of social media e-threats prey on users’ curiosity. Far and away the top category of scam on Facebook  are ‘profile view’ scams that offer Facebook users the ability to see who has viewed their profile. That ruse accounted for 45% of all scams on the 1 billion strong social network. The scam has been linked to malicious software downloads – often in the form of browser ‘plug-ins’ that promise to reveal Facebook profile views. It works well because it plays on Facebook users curiosity […]