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Update: Smart Toys Leak Info on Kids, Families

February 2, 2016 11:222 comments
Flaws in connected toys by Mattel and other manufacturers could leak personal information about children and families.

In-brief: research by the security firm Rapid7 has uncovered security flaws in new, interactive “smart toys” by Fisher Price and other toy makers that could divulge personal information related to children and their families. Editor’s note: this story was updated to include comments from Mark Stanislav of Rapid7. PFR Feb 2, 2016.

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Opinion: If it Ain’t Broke, Try Harder

January 21, 2016 12:301 comment
Opinion: If it Ain’t Broke, Try Harder

In-brief: Mike Tyson famously said of an opponent that ‘everyone has a plan until they get hit.’ That’s useful advice for information security teams worried about whether their existing network security plans will hold up to the onslaught of the Internet of Things, says Marc Blackmer of Cisco.

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CERT Warns Wind Turbines Open to Compromise

December 11, 2015 11:030 comments
Wind turbines made by the firm XZERES are vulnerable to web-based cross site scripting attacks, the Department of Homeland Security has warned. This isn't the first time the company's products have been cited.

In-brief: Wind turbines made by the UK firm XZERES Wind are susceptible to common, web-based attacks including cross site scripting, according to a warning published by the Industrial Control System CERT (ICS-CERT). 

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Toymaker Hack Highlights Dark Side of Tech Industry’s Data Obsession

December 1, 2015 13:051 comment
VTech, a firm that makes kid-focused mobile devices, suffered a data breach, exposing data on some five million consumers.

In-brief: The hack of VTech, a maker of technology products for children, has exposed sensitive data on hundreds of thousands of children, the company acknowledged this week. Also exposed: the toy industry’s growing and unregulated appetite for information on the children who play with their toys.

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