Today’s Tech Sightings:
The Norwegian Consumer Council and various consumer rights groups in Europe and the United States say Internet-connected toys subject children to hidden marketing messages and let them chat with strangers over their Bluetooth connection. The toys also record conversations and send them to voice recognition service providers without the explicit consent of users. The groups also found that the toys do not authenticate their Bluetooth pairings, meaning any stranger within radio range can detect them and connect.
If ransomware-as-a-service isn’t enough to get every crook into the data-hijacking business, there’s a new game in town – phishing-as-a-service. According to a report from Imperva’s Hacker Intelligence Initiative, there is a Phishing-as-a-Service store on the Russian black market that offers beginner scammers a “complete solution” to phishing, including email databases, scam templates and storage for stolen credentials.
If you just bought yourself a new Wi-Fi router, it is highly recommended that you change the default password. Hackers are now focused on compromising – and resetting – Wi-Fi keys, according to UK consultants, Pen Test Partners. Customers of UK ISP TalkTalk are among the most vulnerable.
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