Armstrong Zoom, a northeastern US ISP with about a million subscribers, has sent its customers warnings that they have been accused of copyright infringement, and that subsequent accusations would lead to having their network connections slowed to the point of uselessness, which could impair their ability to control their internet-connected thermostats.
In theRead More
In a new white paper, Consumers Union (publishers of Consumer Reports) looks at the “consumer stake in the encryption debate”: they note that governments want to ban working cryptography so that cops can spy on crooks, but the reprt does an excellent job enumerating all the applications for crypto beyond mere person to personRead More
When Context Labs teamed up with UK consumer group Which? to produce an outstanding report on the surveillance, privacy and security risks of kids’ “connected toys,” it undertook the reverse-engineering of Hasbro’s new Furby Connect, a device that works with a mobile app to listen and watch the people around it and interact withRead More
In 2016, Teaforia raised $12,000,000 in venture capital to manufacture a $1,000 tea infuser that combined proprietary, DRM-encumbered tea pods with a “patent-pending microinfusion technology” and a timer to make cups of tea.
A year later, the company is dead, and the infusers are $200 — but remember to stock up onRead More
In 2016, an Internet of Things worm called Mirai tore through the internet, building botnets of millions of badly designed CCTVs, PVRs, routers and other gadgets, sending unstoppable floods of traffic that took down major internet services from Paypal to Reddit to Dyn.
Mirai spread by scanning for other IoT devices and thenRead More
Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) is the go-to protocol for low-powered networking in personal devices, so “smart” sex-toy manufacturers have adopted it — despite the protocol’s many vulnerabilities. That means that hackers can now wander city streets, detecting and compromising sex toys from the sidewalk, in a practice that Pentest Partners’ Alex Lomas has dubbedRead More
Last week, Reuters published an interview with Irobot CEO Colin Angle, in which the Roomba-czar explained his plan to have his cleaning robots produce detailed maps of your house that the company would sell to Amazon and Google, something the company could do today, thanks to an exceptionally broad and one-sided terms of serviceRead More