Ms. Smith

Ms. Smith (not her real name) is a freelance writer and programmer with a special and somewhat personal interest in IT privacy and security issues. She focuses on the unique challenges of maintaining privacy and security, both for individuals and enterprises. She has worked as a journalist and has also penned many technical papers and guides covering various technologies. Smith is herself a self-described privacy and security freak.

Decade-old attack can pwn Google Home, Chromecast, Sonos and Roku

China increases its surveillance state

China increases its surveillance state

China plans to add bio-recognition technology to subways and to install RFID chips in vehicle windshields.

Researchers disclose 7 flaws in 390 Axis IP cameras, remote attacker could take control

Researchers disclose 7 flaws in 390 Axis IP cameras, remote attacker could take control

If an attacker were to chain three of the flaws in the Axis IP cameras, they could remotely execute shell commands with root privileges. Update your firmware now.

Gamers: Is Red Shell 'spyware' being used in the games you play?

Gamers: Is Red Shell 'spyware' being used in the games you play?

Some game developers use Red Shell to fingerprint gamers for marketing purposes, and gamers are not happy, forcing many to remove it.

MIT's AI can now 'see' and track people through walls using wireless signals

MIT's AI can now 'see' and track people through walls using wireless signals

The RF-Pose system developed by MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) can track a person through walls or identify one specific person out of a group of 100.

Crestron console service has critical vulnerability

Crestron console service has critical vulnerability

Rapid7 disclosed Crestron flaw that can be used to gain root-level access and give attackers the ability to control commands being executed on the system.

Bethesda’s Skyrim Very Special Edition can actually be played on Alexa

Bethesda’s Skyrim Very Special Edition can actually be played on Alexa

Turns out there is a skill you can enable to play Skyrim via Amazon's Alexa. Alexa, open Skyrim!

Chinese hackers stole 614GB of undersea warfare data from U.S. Navy contractor

Chinese hackers stole 614GB of undersea warfare data from U.S. Navy contractor

Chinese hackers reportedly stole hundreds of gigabytes of undersea warfare data from a contractor which works for the U.S. Navy’s underwater weapons R&D center.

Another baby monitor camera hacked

Another baby monitor camera hacked

The latest baby monitor hacking incident involves a $34 FREDI wireless baby camera monitor. The hacked device was used to spy on a mother and her baby.

Do you fully trust Microsoft with GitHub?

Do you fully trust Microsoft with GitHub?

With Microsoft acquiring GitHub, users have to decide if they will leave their repositories on GitHub or move backup copies to GitLab.

Facebook gave access to data on users and their friends to 60 device makers

Facebook gave access to data on users and their friends to 60 device makers

Facebook may have violated a settlement with the FTC and promises made to users, as well as lied to Congress over giving users' complete control of their data.

Valve patches decade-old bug that made Steam users' PCs vulnerable

Valve patches decade-old bug that made Steam users' PCs vulnerable

Valve patched a 10-year remote code execution bug that could have bitten all Steam clients and allowed attackers to remotely control gamers' computers.

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