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When coffee makers are demanding a ransom, you know IoT is screwed

Dan Goodin reports: With the name Smarter, you might expect a network-connected kitchen appliance maker to be, well, smarter than companies selling conventional appliances. But in the case of the Smarter’s Internet-of-things coffee maker, you’d be wrong. As a thought experiment, Martin Hron, a researcher at security company Avast, reverse engineered one of the...

Pastebin’s new features concern infosec community

Catalin Cimpanu reports that Pastebin added new features that researchers fear and predict will be wildly abused: Named “Burn After Read” and “Password Protected Pastes,” the two new features allow Pastebin users to create pastes (pieces of text) that expire after a single read or pastes that are protected by a password. None of...

Hungarian banks, telecoms services briefly hit by cyber attack: Magyar Telekom

Anita Komuves and Marton Dunai report: Some Hungarian banking and telecommunication services were briefly disrupted by a powerful cyber attack on Thursday launched from computer servers in Russia, China and Vietnam, telecoms firm Magyar Telekom MTEL.BU said on Saturday. The event was a distributed-denial-of-service (DDoS) attack, a cyber attack in which hackers attempt to flood...

NY: Century Specialty Script notifying customers and patients after employee Office account compromised

Century Specialty Script, LLC (“Century”) is a specialty pharmacy in New York. Yesterday, it disclosed a data security incident potentially impacting protected health information. According to their press release, they do not know when it happened, but one employee’s Microsoft Office365 accounts was compromised.  The intruder’s access was discovered on or about July 28,...