GlobalPlatform releases protocol boosting IoT security

GlobalPlatform has released a new Secure Channel Protocol aimed at enhancing security and enabling remote management for IoT devices operating on low-power, constrained networks. 

Secure Channel Protocol promises to accelerate robust end-to-end security adoption across the IoT ecosystem while simplifying device management, supporting regulatory compliance, and promoting sustainability through reduced energy consumption.

"GlobalPlatform's widely adopted Secure...

Global agencies warn of increased cyberattacks against OT devices

Global federal agencies are sounding the alarm over an increase in cyberattacks by pro-Russia hacktivist groups targeting operational technology (OT) devices across critical infrastructure in North America and Europe.

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), FBI, NSA, EPA, DOE, USDA, FDA, Multi-State ISAC, Canadian Centre for Cyber Security, and UK's National Cyber Security Centre have observed these threat actors compromising small-scale industrial control...

UK introduces first IoT security laws

The UK has become the first country to legally mandate cybersecurity standards for IoT devices. The new laws, which came into force today, aim to shield consumers from cyber threats and boost the nation's resilience against rising cyber-crime.

Under the Product Security and Telecommunications Infrastructure (PSTI) regime, manufacturers will be legally required to build security protections into any product with internet connectivity. Easily guessable default passwords like "admin"...

FCC proposes measures to combat abuse through connected cars

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is set to tackle a pressing issue: the misuse of connected car technology by abusers to harass and intimidate their partners.

In a bid to curb this alarming trend, the FCC has announced the launch of a formal proceeding aimed at exploring ways to assist survivors of domestic violence.

The initiative will delve into how the FCC can leverage existing legislation to ensure car manufacturers and wireless carriers are taking...

Juniper Research: Global cellular IoT devices to double by 2028

A recent study conducted by Juniper Research projects a surge in the number of cellular IoT devices worldwide.

According to Juniper’s findings, the current count of 3.4 billion such devices is set to skyrocket to 6.5 billion by 2028, marking a 90 percent growth in connections over the four-year period.

However, the study also highlights a critical challenge accompanying this exponential growth. It suggests that meeting the escalating demand for IoT connectivity will...

Wyze customers view strangers’ camera feeds after glitch

Wyze, the maker of affordable home security cameras, experienced a glitch on Friday that allowed thousands of customers to access images and videos from cameras belonging to other users.

On Friday, an outage caused by a problem with an Amazon Web Services (AWS) partner left Wyze customers unable to view footage from their own cameras for several hours. As the company worked to restore service, approximately 13,000 Wyze users received thumbnails and video clips from cameras that...

IoT security remains a top concern for enterprises in 2024

As the use of IoT devices continues to accelerate, a new report from Asimily highlights the growing cybersecurity risks facing enterprises that fail to properly secure their connected devices. 

The report, titled ‘IoT Device Security in 2024: The High Cost of Doing Nothing,’ analyses emerging attack trends targeting IoT infrastructure and outlines potential consequences for companies neglecting sufficient resilience measures.

With hospitals, manufacturers,...

‘Pandoraspear’ botnet hijacks smart TVs and boxes

Cybercrime syndicate Bigpanzi stands accused of orchestrating a massive Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) botnet named 'Pandoraspear'.

Pandoraspear has reportedly infected potentially millions of smart TVs and set-top boxes, with at least 170,000 bots actively running during the campaign's peak.

The infection mechanism primarily targets Android-based smart TVs and streaming hardware, exploiting users who visit dubious streaming sites on their smartphones. Upon...

IoT Tech Expo: Cybersecurity threats facing medical devices

Patrick Maw, an expert in medical device cybersecurity at University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, recently gave a talk at IoT Tech Expo Global highlighting the cybersecurity threats facing connected medical devices.

Maw explained that a wide range of medical equipment now connects to healthcare networks, from infusion pumps and CT scanners to mobile devices running medical apps. 

"Software is a medical device in its own right," stated Maw, drawing...

BlackBerry axes plan to separate IoT business

BlackBerry has scrapped its plan to split into two independent companies, including pursuing an initial public offering (IPO) for its IoT business unit. Instead, the Canadian tech giant has chosen to reorganise itself into two distinct internal divisions: one focusing on its cybersecurity strength, and the second on the IoT.

The decision comes after the completion of Project Imperium, a comprehensive review initiated by BlackBerry to chart a course for sustained growth and...