Of Note

Hackers can hijack Philips smart bulb to spread spyware: Check Point Security

Rohit KVN reports: For the past few years, people have increasingly embracing Internet-of-Things (IoT)-based smart speakers and related accessories like lights and other consumer electronics. ….  During a routine security screen, Check Point researchers tested popular Philips Hue smart bulbs and bridge, and to their shock, found vulnerabilities (CVE-2020-6007) that easily allowed them to...

DoppelPaymer Ransomware Sells Victims’ Data on Darknet if Not Paid

Lawrence Abrams reports: The DoppelPaymer Ransomware is the latest family threatening to sell or publish a victim’s stolen files if they do not pay a ransom demand. A new tactic being used by ransomware operators that perform network-wide encryption is to steal a victim’s files before encrypting any devices. They then threaten to publish or sell...

Lawsuit in India Seeks to Shut Down Access to U.S. Journalism Website

Naomi Gilens of EFF writes: Computer security researchers and journalists play a critical role in uncovering flaws in software and information systems. Their research and reporting allows users to protect themselves, and vendors to repair their products before attackers can exploit security flaws. But all too often, corporations and governments try to silence reporters,...