In-brief: A new global botnet is built on lightly secured home broadband routers in developing nations, according to a report from the firm Incapsula.
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A Good Housekeeping Seal for the Connected Home?
In-brief: Experts on the security of the Internet of Things warned that lax security and privacy protections are rampant in connected home products, but consumers have no way of knowing whether the products they buy are easy targets for hackers.
Research: IoT Hubs Expose Connected Homes to Hackers
In-brief: A study of common connected home gateways finds lax security that could expose consumers to snooping or even malicious attacks, according to the application security firm Veracode.
Symantec: Common Security Ailments In Smart Home Technology
In-brief: A Symantec survey of smart home products found a raft of common security mistakes, from weak (or missing) authentication to exploitable software vulnerabilities.
The Enduring Terribleness of Home Router Security Matters to IoT
Last week, home broadband router maker ASUS was the latest vendor to issue an emergency patch for a critical vulnerability in its products. This, after proof-of-concept exploit code was released for the so-called “Inforsvr” vulnerability that affects several ASUS home routers. That vulnerability -if left unpatched – would allow anyone with access to a home- or small business network that used an ASUS broadband router to, essentially, commandeer the device. The “infosvr” feature is typically used for device discovery by the ASUS Wireless Router Device Discovery Utility, but the service also allowed unauthenticated users to execute commands through it using the “root” permissions, according to researcher Friedrich Postelstorfer, who created a proof of concept exploit for the security hole and released it on January 4. The exploit code finally prompted a patch from ASUS on January 13. The company had spent months analyzing the issue and working on a fix. Patch aside, it has been a worrying month for the […]