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TV Maker Vizio Settles with FTC Over Selling Viewer Data

In-brief: Smart TV maker VIZIO agreed to pay $2.2 million to the FTC and the State of New Jersey to settle charges that it collected the viewing history of some 11 million smart televisions without users’ consent. The settlement stems from a 2014 case and requires the company to “prominently disclose and obtain affirmative express consent” for data collection and sharing.

Is the Internet of Things the New Frontier for Cyber Extortion? – TrendLabs

In-brief: Trend Micro argues that Internet of Things devices including connected vehicle and smart home products are a natural next step for ransomware scammers.

The Worm (Re)Turns, Targets Embedded Linux AirOS

In-brief: A self-reproducing Internet worm is spreading globally, infecting embedded systems running AirOS, Linux-based firmware that runs hardware like wireless routers and wireless access points.

DNS-Linked Flaw Leaves Many Systems Vulnerable

In-brief: Researchers at Google are warning about a previously undetected flaw in a widely used open source library could be exploited by attacks using overly long web domain names.

Linux Kernel Flaw Reaches Into Internet of Things

In-brief: Software updates were released to address a serious and exploitable security flaw in the Linux kernel on Tuesday. The issue, in a feature called keyring, could impact embedded systems as well as mobile devices.