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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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In Smart TV Land, Eavesdropping is Nothing New

February 9, 2015 11:450 comments
Terms of service for many smart TVs require omnibus data harvesting, including of voice data.

In-brief: Samsung isn’t alone in asking customers to consent to the collection and transmission of “voice data.” But questions about the ethics and legality of the practice remain.  Like this:Like Loading…

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BMW Fixes ConnectedDrive Flaw with Over the Air Patch

February 2, 2015 10:140 comments
BMW's ConnectedDrive technology is vulnerable to remote attack. The company said it has already issued a patch to some 2 million affected vehicles.

In-brief: German carmaker BMW used a ‘over the air’ wireless patch to close a security flaw that could have allowed hackers to unlock the doors of Rolls-Royce, Mini and BMW vehicles. Like this:Like Loading…

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Ghost Vulnerability Replays Third Party Code Woes

January 28, 2015 12:040 comments
Ghost Vulnerability Replays Third Party Code Woes

In-brief: The security firm Qualys is warning of a serious and remotely exploitable vulnerability in a function of the GNU C Library (glibc) known as gethostbyname. The security hole raises more questions about dangers lurking in legacy, open source software.  Like this:Like Loading…

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Security and Patching Challenge the Industrial Internet| CIO

January 27, 2015 08:060 comments
Companies making products for the industrial Internet of Things need to prioritize security and management, says a report by the firm National Instruments.

  The magazine CIO has picked up on a report by the firm National Instruments on some of the key challenges facing the industrial Internet of Things. No surprise: security and management are two of them. National Instruments has an interesting perspective on the topic: it makes equipment that is used by heavy industry (energy, oil and gas, automotive, etc.) to monitor industrial processes. As a result, NI is knee deep in the transformation to “smart” industry powered by autonomous, sensing equipment. The company anticipates big challenges as more and more industrial systems come online. From the article: “As massive networks of systems come online, these systems need to communicate with each other and with the enterprise, often over vast distances…Both the systems and the communications need to be secure, or millions of dollars’ worth of assets are put at risk.” Beyond that, NI notes that companies developing products for the industrial Internet of Things […]

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