Cybersecurity for connected consumer devices: A lack of standards, expertise | Embedded Computing Design

Connected consumer devices have been commandeered recently during multiple cyber attacks, largely because immense cost pressures have limited the use of satisfactory security technologies and development practices. However, as the large organizations targeted by these attacks experience economic loss, Bernard Vachon, Director of Embedded Software Engineering at embedded design services firm Cardinal Peak forecasts that industry will respond with IoT security services and standards.

Source: Cybersecurity for connected consumer devices: A lack of standards, expertise | Embedded Computing Design

A mooving tail of cows, calves and the Internet of Things | The Register

Internet of Things devices mounted on cows’ tails are responsible for 150,000 safe births of calves, if the developer and Vodafone are to be believed.

Moocall, developers of a calving sensor which is linked to Vodafone’s M2M Internet of Things network, says that “more than 110,000 calves and around 50,000 cows die every year due to birth complications” which could be avoided if farmers were aware of them, and in a position to call a vet for help when needed.

We are told that around 150,000 calves were born quite literally underneath the monitoring of Moocall’s tail-mounted IoT sensor, which incorporates a SIM card.

The system works by telling the farmer how active each cow is at a given time. The sensor detects the direction in which the cow’s tail moves: ordinarily cows swish their tails back and forth to ward off flies, whereas when it is having pre-birth contractions the tail tends to move up and down and the movements correlate with the frequency of contractions.

Source: A mooving tail of cows, calves and the Internet of Things | The Register

Collapsing “connected toy” company did nothing while hackers stole millions of voice recordings of kids and parents | Boing Boing

Spiral Toys — a division of Mready, a Romanian electronics company that lost more than 99% of its market-cap in 2015 — makes a line of toys called “Cloudpets,” that use an app to allow parents and children to exchange voice-messages with one another. They exposed a database of millions of these messages, along with sensitive private information about children and parents, for years, without even the most basic password protections — and as the company imploded, they ignored both security researchers and blackmailers who repeatedly contacted them to let them know that all this data was being stolen.

Source: Collapsing “connected toy” company did nothing while hackers stole millions of voice recordings of kids and parents | Boing Boing

Connecting Everything to the Internet: What Could Go Wrong? | PC World

If the Internet of Things (IoT) industry is the Jedi order, with Philips Hue lightsabers and “smart” cloud-based Force powers, then popular Twitter account Internet of Shit is a Sith Lord. At a time when the technology industry seems eager to put a chip in everything, consequences be damned, Internet of Shit puts a name to the problem of new, useless electronics and highlights that some of these products may not be as benign as we think.

Source: Connecting Everything to the Internet: What Could Go Wrong? | PC World

Beyond the hype, big story awaits Internet of Things companies | The Economic Times

In 2016 alone over 636 cumulative IoT deals received investments of over $4 billion with 59 exits according to CB Insights.

Internet of Things (IoT) is unequivocally led by hype and will continue to be, as every industry looks to leverage IoT to improve efficiency and productivity , discover new business models and explore innovative revenue streams. Companies big and small are in the fray. At last count, there were over 3,000 IoT startups globally.

Source: Beyond the hype, big story awaits Internet of Things companies | The Economic Times

Internet of Things starts to live up to its potential as adoption and ROI sky-rocket | Computer Business Review

Internet of ThingsThe Internet of Things (IoT) is one of those acronyms which has captured the imagination of business and public alike, with ‘connected’ rhetoric fuelled by  everything from connected cars to wearables.However, according to a report by HPE Aruba, IoT is going beyond industry hype, emerging as a technology which is good for efficiency, innovation and profitability.

In itsInternet of Things: Today and Tomorrow’ report, HPE Aruba found 57% of companies have adopted IoT technologies, with that number set to increase to a huge 85% by 2019.

Source: Internet of Things starts to live up to its potential as adoption and ROI sky-rocket | Computer Business Review

Federal lawmakers introduce bipartisan bill to study cyber security in connected cars | GeekWire

Connected cars are the future for the automotive industry, with more than 90 percent of vehicles expected to have built-in connectivity by 2020. But, as more vehicles link up to the internet, lawmakers are worried about their security.On Wednesday, lawmakers introduced a bipartisan bill in the U.S. House of Representatives that would direct the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to study cyber security in vehicles. Rep. Joe Wilson, R-SC, and Rep. Ted Lieu, D-Calif., co-sponsored The Security and Privacy in Your Car Study Act, which hopes to create a standard for safety in connected cars.

Source: Federal lawmakers introduce bipartisan bill to study cyber security in connected cars | GeekWire

Call Issued to White Hat Hackers: Find the Flaws in New Automotive Software Updater | Yahoo Tech

A consortium of researchers today announced the development of a universal, free, and open-source framework to protect wireless software updates in vehicles. The team issued a challenge to security experts everywhere to try to find vulnerabilities before it is adopted by the automotive industry.

The new solution, called Uptane, evolves the widely used TUF (The Update Framework), developed by NYU Tandon School of Engineering Assistant Professor of Computer Science and Engineering Justin Cappos to secure software updates. Uptane is a collaboration of NYU Tandon, the University of Michigan Transport Research Institute (UMTRI), and the Southwest Research Institute (SwRI), and is supported by contracts from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Science and Technology Directorate.

Source: Call Issued to White Hat Hackers: Find the Flaws in New Automotive Software Updater | Yahoo Tech

Internet of Things based DDoS attacks to rise in 2017: Report | The Indian Express

Cybercriminals will use distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks in 2017 to extend their reach as there are now several Internet of Things (IoT) devices containing outdated codes and operating with well known vulnerabilities, a global security firm warned on Monday.

According to Sophos, global network and endpoint security firm, financial infrastructure is at greater attack risk as the use of targeted “phishing” and “whaling” continues to grow.

Source: Internet of Things based DDoS attacks to rise in 2017: Report | The Indian Express