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Doctorow: Fearing an Internet of Things That Do As They’re Told

February 25, 2015 15:020 comments
Doctorow: Fearing an Internet of Things That Do As They’re Told

In-brief: In an essay for O’Reilly Radar, Cory Doctorow argues that remote management features that allow carriers to disable mobile phones are a mistake – taking technology owners’ autonomy and control over their data away in the name of preventing muggings and other crimes.  Like this:Like Loading…

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Verizon: 5 Billion Business IoT Connections by 2020

February 24, 2015 09:461 comment
Verizon: 5 Billion Business IoT Connections by 2020

    In-brief: A report by Verizon finds business adoption of IoT is growing quickly, boosting that company’s Internet of Things numbers. But increased business adoption of IoT brings risks to privacy and security. Like this:Like Loading…

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Update: Superfish is the Real End of SSL

February 23, 2015 12:010 comments
Update: Superfish is the Real End of SSL

In-brief: Outrage over Lenovo’s promotion of privacy busting adware continued to grow amid lawsuits and more spying revelations. The big question: is this the final – final straw for the beleaguered Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) technology?  (Updated to add comment from Kevin Bocek of Venafi.) Like this:Like Loading…

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Gemalto Will Investigate Alleged SIM Card Hack

February 20, 2015 15:530 comments
Spies from the NSA and British GCHQ are alleged to have infiltrated the firm Gemalto to steal technology needed to decrypt mobile phone communications.

In-brief: Gemalto said in a statement Friday that it will investigate reports that the company was the victim of a sophisticated campaign of espionage by the U.S. National Security Agency and Britain’s GCHQ.  Like this:Like Loading…

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Gadgets That Spy On Their Owners

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Smart TVs recently made news for spying on owners. But lots of other gadgets also observe their owners. XBox Kinect is just one.

  When the recent brouhaha erupted over Samsung SmartTV’s habit of harvesting ambient conversations and transmitting that data to unnamed third parties, we noted that Samsung was hardly alone. In fact, Security Ledger reported on identical behavior by LG television sets back in May, 2014.  But, as this article notes, televisions aren’t the only sensor-rich devices that are seeing and hearing what goes on around us. Forget about Samsung or LG getting recordings of you laughing at The Daily Show, or foggy conversations you have about what to watch next. What about Microsoft Xbox Kinect, which includes sound, motion and infrared sensors that can track up to six individuals simultaneously? Also mentioned: Google Waze, Amazon Echo and GM’s OnStar. The question – as always- is about what privacy protections consumers should expect from connected devices. While all the above manufacturers sought “consent” from users in the text of verbose and legalistic Terms […]

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