If you've managed to equip your home with smart devices and appliances that work properly, you probably think you're all set. But there are no regulations around how long manufacturers must provide security updates, which could mean a smart device could become a risk.
Britain's failure to contain COVID-19 - despite Prime Minister Boris Johnson promising a "world-beating" effort - now includes a failed digital contact-tracing app. A new version, built to work with Apple and Google APIs, may be released by winter. Really, what's the rush?
An Australian IoT alliance is developing a certification program designed to raise security standards for connected device manufacturers and give consumers more confidence that they're buying secure devices. The program, slated to start in September, could expand globally.
The Maze ransomware gang is continuing to exfiltrate data from victims before crypto-locking their systems, then leaking the data to try to force non-payers to accede to its ransom demands. Don't want to play ransomware gangs' latest games? The only way to opt out is by planning ahead.
Time for another internet of things update nightmare: Researchers have found that a little-known but widely used TCP/IP software library built into millions of internet-connected devices has 19 flaws that need fixing. Developer Treck has issued fixes, but how many vulnerable devices will end up patched?
The Trump administration's continued press against China snared an unintended victim: America's own influence over 5G standards development. But the U.S. Commerce Department says a new rule will free U.S. firms to work with any company, including China's Huawei, on developing new telecommunications standards.
Researchers at MIT and the University of Michigan have uncovered multiple security flaws in the online voting platform OmniBallot which could allow hackers to access and manipulate voter data. The platform is currently in use in three states for military personnel and disabled residents.
The latest edition of the ISMG Security Report discusses Europol's launch of the European Financial and Economic Crime Center, and also details the London Met's perspective on recent cybercrime trends, and to need to maintain a paper audit trail for mobile voting.
Carnegie Mellon University Software Engineering Institute's CERT notification center has posted a warning of a flaw in the Universal Plug and Play protocol that could potentially affect billions of internet-connected devices. If exploited, this flaw could lead to DDoS attacks and theft of data.
Perceived wisdom is that mobile voting will be open to significant opportunities for interception, manipulation and nation-state interference. Nimit Sawney, CEO of Voatz, describes the architecture of a secure mobile voting system.
With internet connectivity getting added to an increasing number of products, privacy and security risks abound. But buyers may be unaware. A team of Carnegie Mellon University researchers aims to change that, by clear labeling of connected devices and the risks they may pose.
Ransomware gangs keep innovating: Maze has begun leaking data on behalf of both Lockbit and RagnarLocker, while REvil has started auctioning data - from victims who don't meet its ransom demands - to the highest bidder. Thankfully, security experts continue to release free decryptors for some strains.