Blockchain could fix IoT security gaps, says NIST report

Blockchain could fix IoT security gaps, says NIST report

by Luana PASCU, from IoT Security Insights , on 20.02.2018

Over 20 billion IoT devices will be in use by 2020 according to Gartner, with North America and Europe leading smart home growth. At the end of 2015, North America was already leading, with 12.7 million smart homes. By 2020, the number is expected to rise to some 46.2 million, according to a market research ... The post Blockchain could fix IoT security gaps, says NIST report appeared first on Bitdefender. read more

Facebook aims to outsmart future high-tech election meddlers with 1861 technology

Facebook aims to outsmart future high-tech election meddlers with 1861 technology

by Filip TRUTA, from HotForSecurity , on 20.02.2018

To prevent high-tech meddling in US national elections of the future, Facebook plans to use a technology dating back to 1861 – the humble postcard. The social media giant plans to use the cards, first patented in 1861 in Philadelphia, as a form of two-factor authentication to confirm that political ads served up through its [and#8230;] read more

Hackers Continue Abusing SWIFT in Recent Indian Bank Heist

Hackers Continue Abusing SWIFT in Recent Indian Bank Heist

by Liviu Arsene, from Business Insights , on 20.02.2018

A recent cyberattack on India’s City Union Bank abused the SWIFT global payments platform to transfer $2 million into accounts in Dubai, Turkey and China. While details of the cyberattack were not made public as the incident is still under investigation, officials claim hackers disabled the bank’s SWIFT-connected printer on Feb. 6, preventing City Union Bank from receiving any acknowledgement messages for the three fraudulent transactions. read more

Pick Smart Products with Self-Healing Abilities

Pick Smart Products with Self-Healing Abilities

by Ionut ILASCU, from IoT Security Insights , on 20.02.2018

For many smart device owners, the only line of defense against run-of-the-mill hacking operations remains keeping the gadgets updated with the latest firmware from the vendor. Patches are not always available when the vulnerability is publicly disclosed and, users often do not even know if there is an update to apply to their devices, creating ... The post Pick Smart Products with Self-Healing Abilities appeared first on Bitdefender. read more

Does IoT innovation in healthcare come at the expense of security?

Does IoT innovation in healthcare come at the expense of security?

by Luana PASCU, from IoT Security Insights , on 19.02.2018

As digital transformation makes its way into the healthcare sector, diagnosis and treatment devices that connect to the internet and communicate with each other raise questions about the vulnerabilities the infrastructure and patients would be exposed to. Simply because there is a strong desire to introduce IoT innovation in healthcare business models doesn’t mean it ... The post Does IoT innovation in healthcare come at the expense of security? appeared first on Bitdefender. read more

“Killer text bomb” crashed iPhones, iPads, Macs, and Apple Watches

“Killer text bomb” crashed iPhones, iPads, Macs, and Apple Watches

by Graham CLULEY, from HotForSecurity , on 19.02.2018

Apple has confirmed that it is working on a bug fix that will stop apps like Messages from crashing when they attempt to display a Unicode symbol representing a letter from the south Indian language of Telugu. The Unicode-based bug has been exploited by juvenile pranksters, who posted app-crashing messages on Twitter, WhatsApp, Instagram, and [and#8230;] read more

Russian hackers sentenced to prison in US for compromising 160 million credit cards

Russian hackers sentenced to prison in US for compromising 160 million credit cards

by Filip TRUTA, from HotForSecurity , on 19.02.2018

Two Muscovites have been sentenced to years in prison for their roles in the biggest data breach conspiracy ever prosecuted in the United States. Three co-conspirators are still at large. Vladimir Drinkman, 37 and Dmitriy Smilianets, 34, had previously pleaded guilty for their roles in the conspiracy to commit wire fraud, before receiving their final [and#8230;] read more

The number of organizations unprepared for cyber-attacks rose year over year

The number of organizations unprepared for cyber-attacks rose year over year

by Business Insights , on 19.02.2018

To anyone who has been paying attention, this isn’t as much of a surprise, as it is a confirmation of the ongoing tenuous condition of enterprise cybersecurity but a just-released survey from specialty insurer Hiscox shows that roughly three-quarters of the 4,100 organizations surveyed face significant shortcomings when it comes to cybersecurity. read more

Your Smart TV Is Watching You Watching It

Your Smart TV Is Watching You Watching It

by Ionut ILASCU, from IoT Security Insights , on 19.02.2018

The phrase “TV viewing” took on a double meaning when TVs got smart: you’re not the only one doing the watching. Your set is watching too. According to an assessment from nonprofit organization Consumer Reports, smart TVs open the door to various degrees into your privacy, forcing you to give the manufacturer or its partner(s) ... The post Your Smart TV Is Watching You Watching It appeared first on Bitdefender. read more

CISOs should report directly to the CEO, study shows

CISOs should report directly to the CEO, study shows

by Filip Truta, from Business Insights , on 16.02.2018

Keeping senior leadership abreast of security strengths and vulnerabilities has become a top priority, according to financial sector Chief Information Security Officers (CISOs). And direct communication with the CEO has become imperative, as strong cyber defenses require increasingly rapid decision-making. read more

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