Google’s acquisition of Fitbit finally crosses the finish line

Google has completed its acquisition of Fitbit after assuring regulators the company will protect user data.

The $2.1 billion acquisition was first announced in November 2019 but caught the attention of regulators around the world amid increasing scrutiny of “big tech” companies like Google.

In a letter announcing the completion of the acquisition, Fitbit founder James Park wrote:

“The trust of our users will continue to be paramount, and we will maintain...

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...

Amnesia:33 vulnerabilities put millions of IoT devices at risk

A new series of vulnerabilities dubbed Amnesia:33 puts millions of IoT devices at risk of being compromised.

Security researchers from Forescout disclosed the 33 vulnerabilities today. The flaws are found in four open-source TCP/IP libraries used in the firmware of products from over 150 vendors.

According to the researchers’ estimates, millions of consumer and enterprise IoT devices are at risk from Amnesia:33 vulnerabilities.

The affected libraries are uIP,...

The EU is set to approve Google’s acquisition of Fitbit this week

While most eyes are on the close-to-collapse Brexit negotiations, another notable European decision is finally expected this week.

Google’s proposed $2.1 billion takeover of Fitbit naturally caught the attention of the European Union—which continues to tighten its screws on “big tech” over privacy concerns.

According to Bloomberg’s sources, the EU will grant conditional approval for Google’s historic takeover this week.

We don’t know what...

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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Ericsson and Orange use the IoT to help keep seniors connected

Ericsson and Orange are using their IoT expertise to help keep seniors connected with family, friends, and caregivers in what could be a very lonely time.

The COVID-19 pandemic is cruel in so many ways. Beyond the physical health impacts – including the long-term effects we're only just beginning to understand – it is also causing financial burdens, mental health issues, and feelings of isolation.

Many youngsters are tech-savvy and already use means such as online...

Netlab researchers discover IoT botnets HEH and Ttint

Security researchers from Netlab have discovered two new IoT botnets called HEH and Ttint.

Netlab is the network research division of Chinese cybersecurity giant Qihoo 360. The company’s researchers first spotted the Ttint botnet targeting Tenda routers using two zero-day vulnerabilities.

Ttint spreads a remote control trojan based on code from the Mirai malware.

Mirai caused widespread chaos in 2016 when it hit DNS provider Dyn and impacted popular services...

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...

Google invests $450m in ADT to boost IoT security devices

Google has announced a $450 million investment in security firm ADT to increase the adoption of IoT security devices.

Often when you hear IoT and security in the same sentence, it's because another device has been hacked. However, secure devices can actually improve the safety of premises (don't be too shocked.)

ADT is one of the most recognisable security brands in the world. You'll almost certainly have seen one of the company's somewhat iconic yellow alarms on the...