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Google Smart Speakers Offer Guest Mode for Privacy

Google smart speakers are getting a new setting that will allow consumers to significantly boost the privacy of their devices using voice commands, instead of having to sort through menus on the Home app.

The new setting, called Guest Mode, limits the device’s ability to collect data about users’ interactions with Google Assistant on the speaker, while retaining most of the popular functionality, including the option to field questions, play music, set timers, and control smart home devices.

Source: Google Smart Speakers Offer Guest Mode for Privacy – Consumer Reports

German Federal Government Passed a Draft Law Amending Germany’s Information Technology Laws

On December 16, 2020, the German Federal Government passed a draft law that substantially amends some of Germany’s information technology laws.

These amendments aim to adapt the current legal framework to the increasing digitalization of products and services, the proliferation of IoT products, and the appearance of new cybersecurity threats. The draft law is expected to be enacted in the German Parliament in the first quarter of 2021.

Source: German Federal Government Passed a Draft Law Amending Germany’s Information Technology Laws | Inside Privacy

US Congress passes new IoT cybersecurity law

In response to high-profile data breaches and security warnings from the technology industry and independent agencies alike, members of U.S. Congress have been working for years to address security concerns involving Internet-of-Things devices.

Congress recently made significant progress toward greater IoT security in the United States when it enacted the Internet of Things Cybersecurity Improvement Act of 2020, which entered into force Dec. 4, 2020. Although the new IoT cybersecurity law focuses primarily on the procurement of IoT technology and products by the federal government, it has the potential to create a more uniform IoT security standard across the private sector.

Source: US Congress passes new IoT cybersecurity law

Congress Passes IoT Cybersecurity Improvement Act of 2020

The bipartisan Internet of Things (IoT) Cybersecurity Improvement Act of 2020 has passed the House and the Senate and is headed to the President’s desk for signature.

The bill would “harness the purchasing power of the federal government and incentivize companies to finally secure the [internet-connected] devices they create and sell.”

The IoT Cybersecurity Improvement Act will require the National Institute of Standards and Technology (“NIST”) to develop minimum cybersecurity standards for internet-connected devices purchased or used by the federal government.

Source: IoT Update: Congress Passes IoT Cybersecurity Improvement Act of 2020

The next generation of wearables will be a privacy minefield

Amazon and Facebook are poised to gain newfound insights into our emotions. The privacy implications would be enormous.

Facebook will be piloting a new set of glasses that will lay the groundwork for an eventual consumer-ready product. Though the project is in its infancy, company is clearly enthusiastic about its potential.

But if you’re among those who believe Facebook already knows too much about our lives, you’re probably more than slightly disturbed by the idea of Facebook having a semi-permanent presence on your actual face.

Full article: The next generation of wearables will be a privacy minefield | Engadget

Putin’s Secret Intelligence Agency Hacked: Dangerous New ‘Cyber Weapons’ Now Exposed

The successor agency to Russia’s KGB has been hacked again—and the exposed tools represent a threat to us all.

This one has exposed “a new weapon ordered by the security service,” one that can be used to execute cyber attacks on IoT devices. The goal of the so-called “Fronton Program” is to exploit IoT security vulnerabilities en masse—remember, these technologies are fundamentally less secure than other connected devices in homes and offices.

Source: Putin’s Secret Intelligence Agency Hacked: Dangerous New ‘Cyber Weapons’ Now Exposed

Hackers are hijacking smart building access systems to launch DDoS attacks

More than 2,300 building access systems can be hijacked due to a severe vulnerability left without a fix.

Hackers are actively searching the internet and hijacking smart door/building access control systems, which they are using to launch DDoS attacks, according to firewall company SonicWall.

Source: Hackers are hijacking smart building access systems to launch DDoS attacks | ZDNet

Kaspersky says malicious cyber attacks affecting nearly four in ten smart buildings

37.8% of computers used to control smart building automation systems were impacted by cyber attacks in the first half of 2019.

Most of the blocked threats are neither targeted, nor specific to building-based automation systems, meaning, it is ordinary malware regularly found on corporate networks, unrelated to automation systems. But the attacks bring side effects with potentially significant impact on the availability and integrity of automation systems.

Source: Kaspersky says malicious cyber attacks affecting nearly four in ten smart buildings – TechRepublic

The Data Behind Internet of Things: Threats, Ethics, and Regulation

The Internet of Things (IoT) allows devices, such as cars, lights, video cameras, and personal assistants like Amazon Alexa, to use connectivity to exchange data – often personal and sensitive data.

This article explores how IoT data can be used to prosecute criminal action, to carry out criminal acts, and how regulation can help clean up this complex landscape.

Read article: The Data Behind Internet of Things: Threats, Ethics, and Regulation – DATAVERSITY

UK Publishes Proposed Regulation for IoT Device Security

The United Kingdom’s Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport is consulting on regulatory proposals regarding consumer Internet of Things (“IoT”) security.

The regulatory proposals envisage the introduction of a new IoT security label that will evidence connected devices conforming with the top three security requirements set out in the voluntary Code of Practice for Consumer Internet of Things Security

Source: UK Publishes Proposed Regulation for IoT Device Security

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