Siri whistleblower goes public following inaction against Apple

A whistleblower who revealed Apple contractors were listening in on Siri recordings has gone public following a lack of action against the company.

Thomas le Bonniec, a former Apple contractor at the firm's Cork office in Ireland, believes that the company should be held legally responsible for breaching users' privacy.

Le Bonniec was employed by Apple to transcribe recordings in both English and French but left the company over ethical concerns.

The...

Smart speaker usage increases substantially due to COVID-19 quarantines

Global quarantines due to the COVID-19 pandemic have increased the use of smart speakers substantially.

According to a study released by Edison Research and NPR, three-quarters of US adults over 18 report a change in their media habits due to the pandemic.

“With tens of millions of Americans no longer commuting, smart speakers are becoming even more important as a conduit for news and information,” said Edison Research SVP Tom Webster. “This increased usage and...

Amazon’s Ring causes further concerns over third-party data-sharing

Amazon’s smart doorbell company Ring has found itself at the centre of yet another user privacy scandal.

A report published by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) claims that Ring's Android app is sending an excessive amount of personally identifiable data to third parties. 

EFF's report suggests that the app sends personal data to four trackers including Facebook's Graph API, analytics firms Mixpanel and AppsFlyer, and "deep linking"...

Consumer Reports warns IoT camera makers to improve their security

Consumer Reports has sent a letter to 25 manufacturers of IoT cameras with a call to improve their security.

“In response to multiple reports of hacks and unauthorized access of smart cameras and doorbells, Consumer Reports writes to urge your company to raise the standard of security for your connected camera, doorbell, or security system,” wrote the company.

“We request clarification on the steps you are taking to prevent hacks and unauthorized access to...

Apple, Amazon, Google, and Zigbee Alliance explore new smart home standard

Apple, Amazon, Google and the Zigbee Alliance have formed a new working group focused around ‘Project Connected Home over IP’, exploring the development and promotion of a new, royalty-free connectivity standard to boost compatibility among smart home products.

The protocol has been designed with security as a fundamental principle.

The aim of...

Gartner: Blockchain is the perfect match for the IoT

Gartner believes that blockchain technology is the perfect match for the IoT and will help it to overcome some of its biggest problems.

Blockchain is synonymous with security. The IoT, on the other hand, is known for suffering from serious vulnerabilities which have led to repeated high-profile breaches and cyberattacks.

In a blog post highlighting key findings from a survey titled IoT Adopters Embrace Blockchain, Gartner says it believes that the two emerging technologies are...

Hackers attempt to extort $400k in Bitcoin from Ring doorbell owners

A hacker attempted to extort a couple in Texas for $400k worth of Bitcoin after compromising their Amazon Ring doorbell.

28-year-old Tania Amador gave a video to local news channel WFAA which showed the incident.

Amador, who lives in Grand Prairie just outside of Dallas, said her Ring doorbell was going off like someone had entered her house.

The couple then heard a voice coming from the doorbell saying “Ring support! Ring support! We would like to notify you that...

FBI recommends keeping your IoT devices on a separate network

The FBI is recommending that owners of IoT devices keep them on a separate network as hackers increasingly seek to compromise them.

"Your fridge and your laptop should not be on the same network," the FBI said in a weekly tech advice column. "Keep your most private, sensitive data on a separate system from your other IoT devices."

IoT devices have been found to be insecure time and time again. Often security is an afterthought as manufacturers rush to retail...

IoT Security Foundation launch certification scheme ahead of potential laws

The UK-based IoT Security Foundation has partnered with the IAMSE Consortium to develop a certification scheme for products ahead of potential legislation.

A set of 30 checks in total have been created to provide a minimum bar for cybersecurity which is both simple and cost-effective for manufacturers to implement.

The partners have established a national network of bodies authorising to certify the various checks. If an applicant passes the checks, they’ll be issued with...

Sigfox makes four key IoT announcements during Connect 2019

Global IoT network operator Sigfox has made four major announcements during its annual Connect event.

Ludovic Le Moan, CEO and co-founder of Sigfox, opened Connect 2019 in Singapore this morning and unveiled the following announcements during his keynote:

Sigfox launches Private Area Network (PAN) to offer greater choice

The first major announcement is Sigfox’s launch of a Private Area Network (PAN) to offer businesses a choice between a private or global service...