Today’s Tech Sightings:
Using a new exploit called Thunderstrike, hackers can infect an Apple Thunderbolt peripheral with malware, then load it into a system’s firmware interface using the Thunderbolt device’s Option ROM.
The robot, MEDI, short for Medicine and Engineering Designing Intelligence, which is equipped with facial recognition, cameras and can speak 20 languages, comforts children in doctor’s offices as they undergo medical procedures.
A look at some of the most promising products on display at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada that tackle real world problems.
Writer T.C. Sottek says Twitter has taken positive steps toward countering cyberharassment, but has so far failed to protect its users against repeated violent threats after they are blocked.
U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director James Comey says investigators traced the digital footprints of the hackers who attacked Sony Picture Entertainment’s computer systems last year and leaked data online through emails and IP addresses used by North Korea’s government.
Security experts say the FBI chief’s new assertions that the evidence leads to North Korea are unlikely to withstand scrutiny because of the risks of basing attribution on IP addresses.
Everything, including Biometrics, can be hacked. Last year, German hackers lifted and recreated prints from the surface of Apple’s Touch ID. Other hackers used digital photography to do the same. The lesson is that biometrics should not be the sole method of ID verification.
Sam Greenhalgh of U.K.-based RadicalResearch says Super Cookies can track users browsing the Internet privately by using the HTTP Strict Transport Security (HSTS) that restricts browsing to encrypted connections. He says data stored by HSTS about visited sites can be used to fingerprint and track the browser, regardless of the privacy mode.
Sony’s Computer Entertainment division says the launch of its PlayStation 4 gaming console, which was scheduled for release in China on January 11, has been delayed, partially due to prolonged negotiations with Chinese authorities.