Today’s Tech Sightings:
Many experts believe cyberattacks that exploit Internet of Things (IoT) connected devices are just getting started. The massive Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack that took down major websites last Friday reportedly exploited Internet-enabled webcams and digital recorders. Experts have been warning for some time that always-on, Internet connected IoT devices are not secure and can be hacked in minutes. The hackers who carried out the DDoS attack exploited manufacturer passwords on the webcams. A Chinese manufacturer who provided the exploited parts – Hangzhou Xiongmai – has issued a recall in the U.S. Beijing, however, is blaming users for not changing their passwords.
Researchers from Internet security firm Rapid7 have uncovered a slew of critical security vulnerabilities in Internet of Things devices for Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android mobile operating systems. The devices include TrackR Bravo, iTrack Easy and Nut tracker. Rapid7 says some devices store passwords without encryption in their apps and allow unauthenticated access to GPS data.
A professor of neuroscience at the University of California, Berkeley, is working on a lower-cost solution to help people with low vision. Frank Werblin’s app – IrisVision – uses Samsung’s virtual reality headset to magnify whatever wearers are looking at. The aim is to help improve the way low-vision people see the world.
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