Tag: Government

The FTC announced a $2.2 million settlement with smart TV maker Vizio after the company was caught selling customer viewing information without consent.

TV Maker Vizio Settles with FTC Over Selling Viewer Data

In-brief: Smart TV maker VIZIO agreed to pay $2.2 million to the FTC and the State of New Jersey to settle charges that it collected the viewing history of some 11 million smart televisions without users’ consent. The settlement stems from a 2014 case and requires the company to “prominently disclose and obtain affirmative express consent” for data collection and sharing.

Will hack for beer? Cisco's Talos security group rigged up a Kegerator with a WiFi hotspot and other controls, allowing an enterprising hacker who could break into the device to poor him or herself a beer. (Image courtesy of Marc Blackmer.)

At Industrial Control Security Con: Will hack IoT for Beer

In-brief: Cisco’s Marc Blackmer reports from the S4 Conference in Miami – one of the top gatherings of industrial control system security experts. Among the attractions this year: Justine Bone of the firm Medsec, the psychology of malicious insiders and a hackable “kegerator.”

Google's Gmail platform offers many security features that protect accounts from takeover, according to security experts.

Trump’s Not Crazy To Secure @POTUS with Gmail. Here’s Why.

In-brief: is having the Chief Executive’s Twitter account secured by a Google Gmail account really a security lapse? Not necessarily.

Russian authorities arrested a top official in charge of cyber security in the country's intelligence agency, as well as the head of cyber security research at Kaspersky Lab.

Blowback: Russian Cybercrime Researcher Arrested for Treason

In-brief: the arrest of a prominent security researcher from the firm Kaspersky Lab in Moscow has prompted speculation that the Russians may be cleaning house after recent U.S. intelligence revelations about Russian hacking in this country.  

Sadara, a joint venture of the Saudi Oil Company and Dow Chemical is the latest victim of the Shamoon malware, which is circulating among private sector firms and government agencies in the country.

Revived Shamoon Virus Causing Disruptions in Saudi Oil Sector

In-brief:The security firm Symantec said it is investigating a string of cyber attacks in the Middle East linked to Shamoon, a piece of destructive malicious software linked to the government of Iran.