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05 Aug 2016

IoT News Wrap-up: July 2016

The Internet of Things (IoT) is bringing a new world of benefits to businesses in all industries, unfortunately this also brings security concerns, as detailed in the press on a daily basis. We’ve decided on a new monthly feature on our blog to bring you a wrap up of security-focused IoT news – the good, bad and ugly stories from the past month.

Below you’ll find a quick recap of news articles which include links. Be sure to check back the first week of every month for highlights. So without further ado, here is the IoT News Wrap-up for July 2016.


New Cybersecurity Guidelines for Smart Vehicle Manufacturers

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The Automotive Information Sharing and Analysis Center (Auto-ISAC) released best practices for connected vehicle cybersecurity.


Attackers Can Use your Smartwatch to Get your ATM PIN

atm pin stealing

Be careful at the ATM with your smartwatch. Researchers at Binghamton University were able to generate an algorithm that uses motion data to re-create the pattern of a PIN or passcode.


Millions of Wireless Keyboards Vulnerable to Keysniffer Attacks

password hacking

That wireless keyboard hack from a few months ago gets taken up a notch. Keysniffer is a technique that allows any hacker with a cheap device to intercept communications from keyboards and computers; this includes the ability to inject keystrokes AND record the user’s typing.


Is IoT Changing Cybersecurity into a Vertical Business Application?

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Principal Analyst Jon Oltsik, Enterprise Strategy Group, sees IoT as a key driver in transforming cybersecurity from a set of horizontal technologies to a vertical industry application. His recent Network World opinion article explores this further and is definitely worth a read.


IoT Turns Cyberattacks into Real World Disasters

Emergency Services

In an article detailing the types of disasters IoT security vulnerabilities could bring about, security technologist and author Bruce Schneier predicts that the next president will probably be forced to deal with a large-scale internet disaster that kills multiple people.


Multiple Vulnerabilities Found in Osram Smart Bulbs

smart lighting

Nine vulnerabilities have been discovered in smart lighting products from Osram Lightify, the company is said to be working on some patches in August.


How to Protect Ourselves from Our Own Smart Devices

Smart Baby Monitor

Déjà vu, anyone? The UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) recently issued another warning about consumer devices such as baby monitors and webcams. These warnings come despite the repeatedly issued advice for consumers to change default passwords and for manufacturers to build security into the devices at the start.

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