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Devices’ UPnP Service Emerges as Key Threat to Home IoT Networks

Home connected device users are putting their IoT networks at risk by leaving exposed a common service devices use to seamlessly connect and communicate with each other, according to cybersecurity firm Trend Micro. Hackers recently have been found to exploit the Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) service of poorly configured routers and home networking devices, as evidenced by an attack earlier this year that allegedly hijacked thousands of Chromecast streaming dongles, Google Home devices and smart TVs to play an ad for a YouTuber PewDiePie’s channel. This event prompted Trend Micro researchers dig deeper into UPnP, discovering that the potential to exploit this service remains significant as many home users are leaving UPnP enabled–unknowingly or not–and often with older, unpatched versions of the service installed on devices, they said. “In a nutshell, we found that most devices still use old versions of UPnP libraries,” wrote Tony Yang, a Trend Micro […]

Podcast Episode 136: The Geopolitics of Cyber Attacks with LookingGlass and Bruce Schneier on Public Interest Cyber

Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 42:29 — 48.6MB)Subscribe: Android | Email | Google Podcasts | RSSHow will the collapse of the North Korean summit affect that country’s malicious activity online? LookingGlass* joins us to discuss. Also: how to attract more technologists to public interest work. Note: this week’s podcast episode (#136) is sponsored by the firm LookingGlass Cyber Solutions. President Trump has been courting North Korea, while punishing Iran. In our second segment, we talk with Olga Polishchuk of the firm LookingGlass Cyber Solutions about how geopolitical tensions influence cyber activity online. But first: the information security industry is bigger and more diverse than ever. This week, it will converge on San Francisco for the 28th annual RSA Conference. The annual event, which started as a small, clubby gathering of cryptographers, now draws upwards of 40,000 people to downtown San Francisco. As always this year: there’s plenty […]