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: In just the last week, remotely exploitable security holes cropped up in hundreds of models of IP enabled security cameras and recorders as well as a popular line of network attached storage (NAS) devices. The culprit? Shoddy firmware and lax oversight by vendors. When will it end??
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.
In-brief: the Department of Homeland Security warned on Thursday that a common home automation controller manufactured by the firm Schneider Electric contains a software flaw that could leave the device vulnerable to hacking.
In-brief: DVRs pre-programmed with a list of date-specific master passwords that leaked online may have ties back to Xiongmai Technologies, the same firm whose software was compromised by the Mirai botnet.