endpoint security

Firm Finds Crypto Keys Recycled on Thousands of Devices

In-brief: Encryption keys used to secure data on- and communications between embedded devices are being recycled, creating a huge vulnerability that malicious hackers could exploit to snoop on sensitive communications or impersonate devices.

Firm Puzzled by Body Cams Infected with Malware

In-brief: a California company that makes wearable cameras that are used by law enforcement and the military said a report that it shipped cameras infected with the Conficker virus were “distressing,” but that it was unable to locate the malware on its devices or within its environment. 

Study: Serious Web Security Flaws Rampant on Embedded Devices

In-brief: three quarters of embedded systems that sport web interfaces tested by researchers at universities in Germany and France contained serious security vulnerabilities, according to a new study. The results raise more questions about the security of embedded devices including home routers and home surveillance cameras. 

Tech, Retail Firms Propose Privacy Standards for Internet of Things

In-brief: The Online Trust Alliance, a group representing some of the largest technology and retail firms in the U.S., has proposed a framework for ensuring the privacy and security of connected devices. The OTA proposal would eliminate some of the more egregious data harvesting practices of connected device makers.

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.