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Internet of Things

Internet of Things

Report: Internet of Things Devices Have ‘Alarmingly High’ Number of Attack Vulnerabilities

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Thinking of outfitting your home with some snazzy smart devices? Perhaps it’s time to think again — and no, not just because those smart thermostats might not actually detect smoke.

After analyzing 10 of the most popular Internet of Things devices, HP found them to contain an “alarmingly high average number of vulnerabilities per device,” according to a recent report. The vulnerabilities, they wrote, “ranged from Heartbleed to Denial of Service to weak passwords to cross-site scripting.” Oh, joy. Read More

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Older Tech Giants Have Arrived For The ‘Internet Of Things’ Arms Race

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When people hear “Internet of Things,” their first inclination is to think of Google-owned talking thermostats. But it’s the less-buzzworthy global communications titans like Intel and Cisco who have been building up their portfolio of Internet of Things companies over the past few years — and they’re only getting started.

Intel recently bought up Basis Systems, which makes health tracking bands, and Cisco’s portfolio includes companies that put sensors in home utility meters and bicycles. These are companies that made their multinational empires building satellites and wireless networks — and now they want to develop consumer products that put sensors in alarm clocks, hearing aids and thermostats. Read More

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Nest Halts Sale of ‘Smart’ Smoke Detectors After Finding They Might Not Detect Smoke

A cartoon rendering of the Nest Protect smoke alarm. (Facebook)

Nest, the Google-owned company that makes smart smoke alarms and thermostats, is disabling a feature on its Nest Protect smoke alarms after realizing it could be dangerous in the event of a fire. They’re also halting sales of all new smoke alarms until the problem is fixed.

In a recent blog post, Nest Labs CEO Tony Fadell explained that Nest Wave — a feature that allows Nest Protect smoke alarm users to turn off their alarms by waving their hand — could pose great dangers in the event of a real fire. What if a user unintentionally waved her hand in front of her Nest Protect smoke alarm, just moments before a fire started in her home? Read More