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.

32,000 smart homes can be easily hacked due to misconfigured MQTT servers

Botnet of smart air conditioners and water heaters could bring down the power grid

Botnet of smart air conditioners and water heaters could bring down the power grid

If "smart" appliances that connect to the internet were to be used in a botnet, it could cause large-scale blackouts of the power grid, researchers warn.

Vegas hotel room checks raise privacy, safety concerns at Def Con, Black Hat

Vegas hotel room checks raise privacy, safety concerns at Def Con, Black Hat

Do Not Disturb means nothing at Caesars Entertainment hotels, as Def Con and Black Hat attendees had their privacy and potentially their safety threatened by hotel security busting in to search rooms.

Security flaws in police body cameras open the devices to attack

Security flaws in police body cameras open the devices to attack

A researcher presenting at Def Con 26 said security flaws in police body cameras could enable hackers to edit and delete footage and weaponize the devices with malware.

Attackers could ‘faxploit’ all-in-one printer to penetrate network and steal data

Attackers could ‘faxploit’ all-in-one printer to penetrate network and steal data

At Def Con 26, researchers revealed pwnage via fax. Hackers need only a fax number to infiltrate networks and exfiltrate data.

Hacking pacemakers, insulin pumps and patients' vital signs in real time

Hacking pacemakers, insulin pumps and patients' vital signs in real time

At the recent Black Hat and Def Con events, researchers showed how they are able to hack medical devices, including pacemakers and insulin pumps, and patients' vital signs in real time.

Weaponized AI and facial recognition enter the hacking world

Weaponized AI and facial recognition enter the hacking world

Your face could trigger a DeepLocker AI-powered malware attack or be used by Social Mapper to track you across social media sites.

FCC lied about DDoS attack during net neutrality comment process, blames former CIO

FCC lied about DDoS attack during net neutrality comment process, blames former CIO

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai says a DDoS attack did not take out the net neutrality comment site, and he blames the former FCC CIO for providing incorrect information.

Hundreds of HP inkjet printer models vulnerable to critical remote code execution flaws

Hundreds of HP inkjet printer models vulnerable to critical remote code execution flaws

Hundreds of HP inkjet printer models are in desperate need of firmware patches before hackers start exploiting vulnerabilities to gain remote code execution.

Avast pulls CCleaner version that lacked privacy options after backlash

Avast pulls CCleaner version that lacked privacy options after backlash

Avast-owned Piriform reverted to a previous version of CCleaner in response to user outrage over its new data collection policy that had no privacy options.

Bounty for hacking the ‘unhackable’ Bitfi wallet jumps from $100K to $250K

Bounty for hacking the ‘unhackable’ Bitfi wallet jumps from $100K to $250K

Toss around claims about a device being unhackable, and they will come for you. Amid the drama, McAfee upped the bounty for hacking the Bitfi hardware crypto wallet to $250,000.

$10,000 for hacking HP printers: First bug bounty program for printer security

$10,000 for hacking HP printers: First bug bounty program for printer security

HP invited 34 security researchers to participate in its bug bounty program for printers, offering up to $10,000 per bug.

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