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New IoT Security Regulations on Tap in U.S., U.K.

Lawmakers in the U.S. and U.K. are readying new laws that will crack down on insecure Internet of Things devices in both the public and private sectors.

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 […]

‘Alexa, Protect My Data’: Amazon Sends Private Voice Files to Unauthorized Customer

Amazon accidentally sent 1,700 private voice files to an unauthorized customer in Germany in response to a request for personal data. The data allowed a German magazine to identify and track down the person whose voice was recorded on the files, according to a published report.

Report: China Eyes IoT as Next Front of Cyber War on U.S.

China is eyeing dominance of the Internet of Things (IoT) market and may use vulnerabilities in these technologies as the next front on its ongoing cyberwar with the United States, according to a new report.

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Exploits in Samsung Hub Put Smart Homes at Risk

There is more¬†alarming security news for consumers with smart devices at home: hackers can take remote control of video cameras, thermostats, smart locks or other IoT devices by exploiting vulnerabilities discovered in Samsung’s SmartThings Hub, according to a report by Cisco Systems’ Talos research group.