Cellmate chastity gadget hack

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The maker of a male chastity toy that was vulnerable to a hack attack has suggested the device can be easily removed with a screwdriver. Researchers found a flaw in Cellmate’s app that could have let hackers simultaneously remotely lock all the devices in use, with no manual release. Now the Chinese firm has defended… Read more »

GPS tracking gives snowmobilers access to sensitive B.C. caribou habitat

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“This new, innovative technology provides us with the opportunity for continued snowmobile access, while minimizing disturbance to caribou herds,” said Donegal Wilson, executive director of the British Columbia Snowmobile Federation, in a written statement. The GPS equipment was already fitted to a few members of the herd by provincial biologists in 2017, according to a release from the… Read more »

And ‘Lo!’ – How the internet was born

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Source: BBC Business Date: October 17th, 2019 Link: https://www.bbc.com/news/business-49842681 Discussion “Adam Smith, the father of economics, would have been proud of the way Clark was taking advantage of specialisation and the division of labour – perhaps his defining idea. The existing mainframes would keep on doing what they already did well. The new minicomputers would… Read more »

IoT is Coming Even if the Security Isn’t Ready: Here’s What to Do

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In a May study of 553 IT decision makers, 78% said they thought it was at least somewhat likely that their businesses would suffer data loss or theft enabled by IoT devices. Some 72% said the speed at which IoT is advancing makes it harder to keep up with evolving security requirements. Source: Wired Magazine Date: February 28th, 2019… Read more »

Sim-card enabled shoes

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Source: BBC Technology News Date: March 8th, 2018 Link: http://www.bbc.com/news/av/technology-42456995/sim-card-shoes-send-alert-if-wearer-falls Discussion 1) Technology that alerts someone when someone falls.  What other applications of this technology can you think of? 2) The integration of sensors with telecoms is a booming field, often called Internet of Things.  What issues can you think of for these sim-card enabled shoes?

A Tiny New Chip Could Secure the Next Generation of IoT

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The challenge with internet of things security so far has been the cost of implementing hardened features. It’s cheaper and faster to develop a product without spending time and resources on security. Devices rush off the line without adequate protections, often riddled with bugs, and rarely have a mechanism for manufacturers to distribute patches. An attacker who… Read more »

How to beat security threats to ‘internet of things’

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The “internet of things” is all about connecting objects to a network and enabling them to collect and share data. Household objects like thermostats, light switches, doorbells, washing machines, fridges and even toys can all be connected via wi-fi and controlled remotely. But how safe are your home appliances from hacking? Source: BBC Technology News Date: May 25th, 2017… Read more »

‘Shot Spotter’ a key technology in arrest of Fresno shooter

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Fresno Police Chief, Jerry Dyer, says his department’s ‘Shot Spotter’ technology detected gunfire on Tuesday that led to the quick apprehension of Kori Ali Muhammad, accused of fatally shooting three men. Source: Toronto Star Date: April 25th, 2017 Link to video: https://www.thestar.com/news/2017/04/20/-shot-spotter-a-key-technology-in-arrest-of-fresno-shooter.html Discussion 1) “Shot spotter” technology means that very high fidelity microphones are placed in an area… Read more »

Here’s What Happens to Tech in 2017

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A Thousand Tech IPOs Will Bloom – 2016 was a dismal year for IPOs—the slowest IPO market we’ve had since the recession. But that’s likely to change in 2017.  The Internet of Things Will Die – Last September, some malware took control of millions of internet-connected devices, including security cameras and DVRs, and launched an attack that… Read more »

Kettle poses a hacking risk

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The Internet of Things involves just about everything in your house being connected to the internet in different ways – and that means a big security headache. What, for instance, if your kettle could give away your wi-fi password to hackers? Source: BBC Date: June 6th, 2015 Link: http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-32978561  Discussion 1) What is the Internet of… Read more »