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Outdoor Tech’s Chips ski helmet speakers are a hot mess of security flaws

By | api, Apps, california, Gadgets, Password, Security, walkie talkie, wireless speakers

Sometimes the “smartest” gadgets come with the shoddiest security. Alan Monie, a security researcher at U.K. cybersecurity firm Pen Test Partners, bought and tested a pair of Chips 2.0 wireless speakers, built by California-based Outdoor Tech, only to find they’re a security nightmare. The in-helmet speakers allow users to listen to music on the go, […]

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Lenovo Watch X was riddled with security bugs, researcher says

By | api, Bluetooth, China, computer security, computing, encryption, Gadgets, lenovo, Password, spokesperson, web server, Zhongguancun

Lenovo’s Watch X was widely panned as “absolutely terrible.” As it turns out, so was its security. The low-end $50 smart watch was one of Lenovo’s cheapest smart watches. Available only for the China market, anyone who wants one has to buy one directly from the mainland. Lucky for Erez Yalon, head of security research at […]

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Schneider’s EVLink car charging stations were easily hackable, thanks to a hardcoded password

By | Automotive, broadband, charging stations, electric car, electric vehicles, energy, Gadgets, inductive charging, internet connectivity, New York, Security, transport

Schneider has fixed three vulnerabilities in one of its popular electric car charging stations, which security researchers said could have easily allowed an attacker to remotely take over the unit. At its worst, an attacker can force a plugged-in vehicle to stop charging, rendering it useless in a “denial-of-service state,” an attack favored by some […]

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Hackers hijack thousands of Chromecasts to warn of latest security bug

By | Amazon, chromecast, computing, echo, Gadgets, Google, Hack, Hardware, iPad, media streamer, Security, smart devices, smart home devices, spokesperson, Technology, wi-fi

Hackers have hijacked thousands of exposed Chromecast streaming devices to warn users of the latest security flaw to affect the device. But other security researchers say that the bug — if left unfixed — could be used for more disruptive attacks. The culprits, known as Hacker Giraffe and J3ws3r, have become the latest person to figure […]

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Security flaw in DJI’s website and apps exposed accounts to hackers and drone live feeds

By | computer security, DJI, Gadgets, hacking, internet security, North America, Security, spokesperson, vulnerability

It took about six months for popular consumer drone maker DJI to fix a security vulnerability across its website and apps, which if exploited could have given an attacker unfettered access to a drone owner’s account. The vulnerability, revealed Thursday by researchers at security firm Check Point, would have given an attacker complete access to […]

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Security researchers have busted the encryption in several popular Crucial and Samsung SSDs

By | cryptography, disk encryption, encryption, Gadgets, Hardware, open source software, Security, solid state drive

Researchers at Radboud University have found critical security flaws in several popular Crucial and Samsung solid state drives (SSDs), which they say can be easily exploited to recover encrypted data without knowing the password. The researchers, who detailed their findings in a new paper out Monday, reverse engineered the firmware of several drives to find […]

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Smart home makers hoard your data, but won’t say if the police come for it

By | Amazon, Apple, computer security, Facebook, Gadgets, Google, Government, Hardware, Internet of Things, law enforcement, national security, privacy, Security, smart home devices, television, transparency report

A decade ago, it was almost inconceivable that nearly every household item could be hooked up to the internet. These days, it’s near impossible to avoid a non-smart home gadget, and they’re vacuuming up a ton of new data that we’d never normally think about. Thermostats know the temperature of your house, and smart cameras […]

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Buggy software in popular connected storage drives can let hackers read private data

By | computer security, computing, firewall, Gadgets, Hack, Hardware, Security, vulnerability, web interface

Security researchers have found flaws in four popular connected storage drives that they say could let hackers access a user’s private and sensitive data. The researchers Paulos Yibelo and Daniel Eshetu said the software running on three of the devices they tested — NetGear Stora, Seagate Home and Medion LifeCloud — can allow an attacker to […]

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Chinese chip spying report shows the supply chain remains the ultimate weakness

By | Amazon, Apple, Gadgets, Security

Thursday’s explosive story by Bloomberg reveals detailed allegations that the Chinese military embedded tiny chips into servers, which made their way into data centers operated by dozens of major U.S. companies. We covered the story earlier, including denials by Apple, Amazon and Supermicro — the server maker that was reportedly targeted by the Chinese government. […]

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Despite objection, Congress passes bill that lets U.S. authorities shoot down private drones

By | american civil liberties union, Automotive, Department of Homeland Security, Federal Aviation Administration, Gadgets, Hardware, law enforcement, privacy, Security, senate, Technology, unmanned aerial vehicles

U.S. authorities will soon have the authority to shoot down private drones if they are considered a threat — a move decried by civil liberties and rights groups. The Senate passed the FAA Reauthorization Act on Wednesday, months after an earlier House vote in April. The bill renews funding for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) […]

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