Smart Spam? Security Concerns Around the Internet of Things

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Your refrigerator has a message for you -- and no, it’s not that you need more orange juice-- it’s an ad for belly fat pills. Thanks, Refrigerator. This post was originally posted on Wearable World News. The original can be found here. Recently computer security company, Proofpoint discovered a cyber attack (malware) campaign in which some 25% of compromised computers were smart devices, including home routers, webcams, home entertainment centers, burglar alarms, and yes—refrigerators. … [Read more...]

The Imperative For Social Risk Management

Note: This post originally appeared in Alan's blog Ronin Research. Everyone likes to point out how wonderful social media is - how they connected with lost friends from high school, they met new friends with similar interested, and all the cool things they learned. Marketers love it too because it gives them a great new channel to to connect and engage with customers in But social media has a downside too - just ask Mat Honan, or Bank of America, or Nestle, or Kenneth Cole about social … [Read more...]

Twitter and censorship

By Alan Webber, Principal Analyst Almost 49 years ago, President John F. Kennedy stood at a podium in the divided city of Berlin where he proudly proclaimed that the wall that divided the city was an affront to basic human freedoms, that it was a symbol of the failure of communism and its ability to effective govern nations. Twenty-four years later, President Ronald Reagan stood in front of the Brandenburg Gate to encourage Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev to "tear down the wall" that divided … [Read more...]

Google Buzz and Kids – Parental Control Nightmare

by Charlene Li Like many parents, I try to take steps to keep my kids safe online, making sure that they understand not to share personal information online, or even to use their real names. They know how to write appropriate emails, and I constantly monitoring what they do, the emails they send, and most importantly, engaging in a constant dialog with what they are doing online. But when I logged into my Google Buzz account this evening, I found that my 9 year old daughter had posted the … [Read more...]

Facebook virus and compromised accounts – are we all vulnerable?

In the past few hours, I've received two Facebook messages with suspicious links. The first one I checked out the link carefully and it prompted me to download a "Flash update". That message was quickly trashed and I thought nothing more of it. This appeared to be the same virus that surfaced in early August. Moreover, Facebook put in place a "vaccine" that renders the links presumably harmless and it appears to be working. But this morning I received another suspicious message and I took a … [Read more...]