Sunday, March 5, 2017

Voice-Activated Home Products Can be Hacked/Security Risk

A scientist I work with who deals with voice activated technology sent this note of caution for people who have it in their homes. I didn't know that it stores your commands, and can even store your conversations!  - 

DID YOU KNOW?    If you have voice activated (smart) TV, or the Google (voice) or Amazon (echo) or Apple (siri) voice activation or any other device or application connected to the internet that responds to your voice commands, then you are allowing audio from your home to be sent to servers on the internet for translation AND STORAGE.
This toy has a vulnerability
    The Internet of Things (IoT), smart thermostats, refrigerators, etc is already being run as zombie bots to execute DDOS attacks and spam delivery. It is only a matter of time for your “smart” refrigerator, thermostat, electronic door lock, etc to be hacked to your detriment.

WHAT CAN BE HACKED? -, As security researchers revealed a vulnerability in Fisher-Price’s “Smart Toys” which could have exposed children’s profiles to hackers, including names, birthdates, gender, language, and more, as well as allowing for hijacking of children’s accounts to change their user profiles or other data.


BOTTOM LINE:  Be very careful about installing such “technologically sweet” items in your home.

CHECK THESE PLACES FOR BREACHES:  I highly recommend the following URLs to keep you up-to-date on the internet threats (personal and professional).
https://www.databreaches.net/
Most up-to-date, but brief descriptions, of the latest breaches

http://krebsonsecurity.com/
Excellent, in-depth reporting, and provides a boatload of good information concerning threats to your personal digital security

https://www.scmagazine.com/
A web magazine for the business security reporting

https://blog.malwarebytes.com/
A more tech-savvy site

http://www.tomsguide.com/t/security/
More information for your personal digital security

http://thehackernews.com/
Rapid reporting of break-ins

https://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/
More information useful to your personal digital security

https://haveibeenpwned.com/ 
A site that will tell you if your Email identity has been harvested in the hack of some company’s database
(and … do you have yahoo Email account … if so, consider it compromised)

http://www.digitalattackmap.com/ 
A real-time digital attack map by Google

Gift/Memorial Suggestions

Several of our friends have lost loved ones (human and pets) and we found that one of the best ways to honor their memory is to give to an animal charity.
What better way to recognize a life of love, than by giving another life a chance for love?
We donate to many animal rescues, but because we volunteer with
DC Weimaraner Rescue and Coast-to-Coast Dachshund Rescue, those are our 2 favorites.
Consider giving the chance of life to a dog or cat.

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