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Millions of Home Wi-Fi Networks at Risk of Hacking

Millions of home Wi-Fi networks are currently at risk of being hacked as weaknesses exist in how saved passwords in the browsers Google Chrome and Opera interact with Wi-Fi over unencrypted connections. Hackers could exploit the weaknesses to hijack a home’s Wi-Fi, steal information from computers connected to the network and even implant malware.

Source: Millions of Home Wi-Fi Networks at Risk of Hacking, Cybersecurity Firm Claims

Hackers Turned an Amazon Echo Into a Spy Bug

Researchers found they could turn the smart speakers into surveillance devices—if they could get their own attack tool on the same Wi-Fi. However, Echo owners shouldn’t panic: the hackers already alerted Amazon to their findings, and the company pushed out security fixes in July.

Source: Hackers Turned an Amazon Echo Into a Spy Bug | WIRED

All corporate networks ‘highly vulnerable’ to attacks

Corporate Wi-Fi networks and employee mistakes make all corporate networks vulnerable to attacks from hackers, according to Positive Technologies. The report studied 2017 audits of 22 corporate systems belonging to companies across different industries, including IT, finance, retail, and transportation. Positive Technologies researchers were able to gain full control of infrastructure on every corporate networks they attempted to compromise. Only 7% of the systems studied were moderately difficult to access, the report found.

Source: 100% of corporate networks ‘highly vulnerable’ to attacks, here’s how to secure yours – TechRepublic

Thermostats, Locks and Lights: Digital Tools of Domestic Abuse

Internet-connected home devices that are marketed as the newest conveniences are also being used to harass, monitor and control. Abusers — using apps on their smartphones, which are connected to the internet-enabled devices — would remotely control everyday objects in the home, sometimes to watch and listen, other times to scare or show power. Victims feel like they are loosing their home.

The gadgets can be disabled through reset buttons and changing a home’s Wi-Fi password, but their makers said there was no catchall fix. Making it easy for people to switch who controls the account of a smart home product can inadvertently also make access to the systems easier for criminal hackers.

Source: Thermostats, Locks and Lights: Digital Tools of Domestic Abuse – The New York Times

Commonwealth Games wifi service will mine visitors’ Facebook data

The Gold Coast council will use a new city wifi service to harvest Facebook data from visitors to next month’s Commonwealth Games.

The data mining, which the council says is legal and will be used to help the city market itself to tourists, relies on visitors using their Facebook accounts to log into a new high-speed wifi service.

Source: Commonwealth Games wifi service will mine visitors’ Facebook data | Sport | The Guardian

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