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Spy on your smart home with this open source research tool

By | chromium, Gadgets, Internet of Things, IoT, IoT Inspector, Princeton University, privacy, privacy research, Security, smart devices, smart home devices, traffic analyzer, WireShark

Researchers at Princeton University have built a web app that lets you (and them) spy on your smart home devices to see what they’re up to. The open source tool, called IoT Inspector, is available for download here. (Currently it’s Mac OS only, with a wait list for Windows or Linux.) In a blog about […]

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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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Google makes it easier for cheap phones and smart devices to encrypt your data

By | adiantum, cryptography, encryption, Gadgets, Google, Mobile, Security, TC

Encryption is an important part of the whole securing-your-data package, but it’s easy to underestimate the amount of complexity it adds to any service or device. One part of that is the amount of processing encryption takes — an amount that could be impractical on small or low-end devices. Google wants to change that with a highly efficient new method called Adiantum.

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Cheap Internet of Things gadgets betray you even after you toss them in the trash

By | Gadgets, Hardware, Internet of Things, Security, smart bulbs, smart home

You may think that the worst you’ll risk by buying a bargain-bin smart bulb or security camera will be a bit of extra trouble setting it up or a lack of settings. But it’s not just while they’re plugged in that these slapdash gadgets are a security risk — even from the garbage can, they can still compromise your network.

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Wrest control from a snooping smart speaker with this teachable ‘parasite’

By | Advertising Tech, Alexa, Artificial Intelligence, connected devices, Europe, Gadgets, GitHub, Google, google home, Hardware, Home Automation, Internet of Things, IoT, neural network, privacy, Security, smart assistant, smart speaker, Speaker

What do you get when you put one internet-connected device on top of another? A little more control than you otherwise would in the case of Alias the “teachable ‘parasite’” — an IoT project smart speaker topper made by two designers, Bjørn Karmann and Tore Knudsen. The Raspberry Pi-powered, fungus-inspired blob’s mission is to whisper […]

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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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Daily Crunch: Well Facebook, you did it again

By | Apps, Daily Crunch, Facebook, Fundings & Exits, Gadgets, Hack, Hardware, Mobile, Security, Social, Startups, WeWork

The Daily Crunch is TechCrunch’s roundup of our biggest and most important stories. If you’d like to get this delivered to your inbox every day at around 9am Pacific, you can subscribe here: 1. Facebook is the new crapware  Well Facebook, you did it again. Fresh off its latest privacy scandal, the troubled social media […]

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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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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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