UK plans laws to protect IoT devices following pandemic sales surge

The UK government plans to introduce laws designed to help protect IoT devices following a pandemic-induced surge in sales.

With more people spending time at home for both work and play, many have invested in smart devices to become more productive and make their lives easier. In fact, figures (PDF) commissioned by the government suggest that almost half (49%) of UK residents have purchased an IoT device since the start of the pandemic.

Dr Ian Levy, Technical Director of...

Researchers discover another Mirai variant targeting new IoT vulnerabilities

Security researchers from Palo Alto Networks have discovered another Mirai variant that is targeting new IoT vulnerabilities.

Researchers from Unit 42, the cybersecurity division of Palo Alto Networks, discovered a number of attacks on Feb 16th, 2021 that leveraged vulnerabilities including:

VisualDoor (a SonicWall SSL-VPN exploit).CVE-2020-25506 (a D-Link DNS-320 firewall exploit).CVE-2020-26919 (a Netgear ProSAFE Plus exploit).Possibly CVE-2019-19356 (a Netis WF2419...

Construction begins on £22.4 million National Robotarium in the UK

The UK has begun construction of a £22.4 million National Robotarium in Edinburgh which aims to solidify the country as a leader in AI and robotics.

UK Government Minister for Scotland Iain Stewart said:

“The creation of the UK’s first National Robotarium in Edinburgh will place Scotland at the forefront of a technological revolution that is changing the way we work.

This exciting new facility, supported by £21 million from the UK Government, will create...

Two in three electricity meters in North America are now smart, says Berg Insight

The penetration of smart electricity meters in North America hit 68% in 2020, according to IoT analyst Berg Insight.

According to the company's forecast, the installed base of smart electricity meters will grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 5.7% between 2019 and 2025. This will mean a total of 153.8 million units at the end of the projection.

Canada will be a more advanced market than the United States, with 92% penetration and 84% by 2025...

DCC’s smart meter network passes 10 million milestone

The Data Communications Company (DCC) says it has now connected over 10 million smart meters in the UK.

DCC was granted a licence to build and manage its network in 2013 by the Department for Energy and Climate Change, now part of the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

Angus Flett, CEO of DCC, said: 

“This milestone shows that the whole sector has progressed hugely over the last year in digitising Britain’s energy system....

Pan(ic)demic buying: 51% of consumers bought a smart home device

A new study has found that 51 percent of consumers have bought a smart home device to help adapt to pandemic living. 

The study, commissioned by Xiaomi, provides some fascinating insights into the ways people have responded to the complete upheaval that COVID-19 has caused to their lives.

70 percent of respondents said they’ve made changes to their living environment due to spending more time at home for both work and leisure. Three in five of the consumers reported...

Juniper Research: Active smart home devices will exceed 13B by 2025

A report from Juniper Research suggests the number of active smart home devices will exceed 13 billion by 2025.

For comparison, the analysts expect 7.4 billion devices will be active by the end of 2020. The rapid proliferation of smart home devices over the next five years is expected to be propelled by entertainment-related tech in particular.

Juniper expects smart entertainment devices alone will generate over $230 billion of revenue in 2025.

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Vodafone’s IoT recall system can auto-disable faulty products

Vodafone has unveiled a smart new recall system which leverages the IoT to ensure customers are kept informed and safe.

The current prototype system allows manufacturers to instantly notify customers of recalls using Vodafone’s network.

A small electronic device module – around the size of a SIM card – is installed in an appliance to link it to Vodafone’s network.

Consumers are given the peace-of-mind that, if any fault is discovered affecting their...

IBM X-Force discovers Mozi botnet accounts for 90% of IoT traffic

Security experts from IBM X-Force have discovered that the Mozi botnet now accounts for 90 percent of traffic from IoT devices.

Mozi evolved from the source codes of infamous malware families such as Mirai, IoT Reaper, and Gafgyt. The botnet is capable of DDoS attacks, data exfiltration, and command or payload execution.

IoT devices with weak security, predominately unpatched routers and DVRs, are sought by Mozi to add to its ranks. Mozi has compromised popular routers...

Japan wants to establish global standards for human-assisting robots

Japan has opened a consultation with the International Standards Organisation (ISO) in a bid to establish standards for human-assisting robots.

Part of the reason for Japan's huge investments into robotics is the country's ageing population. Robots designed to help the elderly are becoming increasingly commonplace.

Japan has already created a national standard for robot-to-human interactions across a large number of settings including medical, commercial, and...