It's illegal in the U.S. to circumvent technological measures on software, either for security research or to install a fix. But Kyle Wiens of iFixit says the growing "right to repair" movement is seeking to put the power back into the hands of device owners.
The latest edition of the ISMG Security Report analyzes the latest developments in banning Huawei technology from 5G networks. Also featured are discussions of how to respond better to cybercrime and whether we're on the cusp of a digital currency revolution.
It's common for security researchers to be ignored when reporting a software vulnerability. The latest example - vulnerabilities found by Independent Security Evaluators in a router made by China-based Tenda.
Enterprises want to make greater use of connected devices to develop new services and gain efficiencies, but security is a paramount concern. Piers Hogarth-Scott and Katherine Robins of KPMG break down the risks and the challenges around IoT security.
The lessons of the Mirai botnet's abuse of internet-connected devices four years ago have been taken to heart, says Aaron Guzman of OWASP, which is working with others to improve security benchmarks and testing for connected devices.
Manufacturers are increasingly adding connectivity to everyday devices, but it's not always evident how privacy and security is managed. Detailed technical labels could give purchasers more insight, says Pardis Emami-Naeini, a post-doctoral scholar at Carnegie Mellon University.
Connected devices for consumers don't come with service-level agreements agreements. The travails of Petnet, the maker of an automatic, cloud-enabled pet feeder that has now gone offline offer a tale of caution that points to the need for stronger consumer protection for cloud-enabled devices.
Check Point Research reports that a new version of the Joker mobile malware that infects Android devices has emerged. The malware, hidden in apps in the Google Play store, has once again evaded Google's security tools.
The latest edition of the ISMG Security Report analyzes the surge in the use of employee monitoring tools for the increasingly remote workforce. Also featured: Discussions about IoT security guidelines and CCPA compliance requirements.
With more than 1,000 IoT security guidelines, recommendations and best practices, which ones should an organization follow? Researchers at Carleton University in Canada say 91 percent of the guides are outcome-based, which are not necessarily easy for manufacturers to follow.
Voice-controlled assistants can be fooled by replaying a recording of someone's voice. But researchers with Australia's Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization and Samsung Research say they've developed a lightweight software tool to detect such attempts, which are difficult to defend against.
Japan has been scanning its entire IPv4 address space to find insecure home routers, web cameras and sensors. The results are encouraging, and the country's program could serve as a model for other nations aiming to avoid large-scale IoT security problems.
IoT devices can be made cheaply and quickly. But as a result, they may lack adequate security features. The Atlantic Council is proposing regulations that would require technology retailers to sell devices that meet security standards, which would, in turn, put pressure on IoT component makers.
This edition of the ISMG Security Report analyzes whether IoT devices will outlive their security updates. Also featured: Why security spending needs to shift further upstream; could banks be custodians of identity?