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Mozilla ranks dozens of popular ‘smart’ gift ideas on creepiness and security

By | Gadgets, Hardware, Mozilla, Security

If you’re planning on picking up some cool new smart device for a loved one this holiday season, it might be worth your while to check whether it’s one of the good ones or not. Not just in the quality of the camera or step tracking, but the security and privacy practices of the companies that will collect (and sell) the data it produces. Mozilla has produced a handy resource ranking 70 of the latest items, from Amazon Echos to smart teddy bears.

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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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A fictional Facebook Portal videochat with Mark Zuckerberg

By | Advertising Tech, Amazon, Artificial Intelligence, Facebook, Gadgets, Hardware, machine learning, Mark Zuckerberg, Messenger, portal, privacy, Security, smart home, Social, TC, video calling

TechCrunch: Hey Portal, dial Mark Portal: Do you mean Mark Zuckerberg? TC: Yes Portal: Dialling Mark… TC: Hi Mark! Nice choice of grey t-shirt. MZ: Uh, new phone who dis? — oh, hi, er, TechCrunch… TC: Thanks for agreeing to this entirely fictional interview, Mark! MZ: Sure — anytime. But you don’t mind if I […]

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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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Password bypass flaw in Western Digital My Cloud drives puts data at risk

By | cloud computing, computer security, computing, exploit, firmware, Gadgets, hacking, Hardware, Security, software testing, spokesperson, Twitter, vulnerability, Western Digital

A security researcher has published details of a vulnerability in a popular cloud storage drive after the company failed to issue security patches for over a year. Remco Vermeulen found a privilege escalation bug in Western Digital’s My Cloud devices, which he said allows an attacker to bypass the admin password on the drive, gaining […]

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