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CES 2020 - In this day and age, people are equipping their homes with cameras to help deter intruders. Most, if not all, of these cameras, require some form of wiring, but not Arlo's new camera.
Arlo has announced it's Arlo Pro 3 Floodlight Camera, a camera that is called the first truly wireless solution of its kind. The camera can be placed wherever it needs to go and has no connections, all users have to do is maintain the battery, and that's it.
The camera also has the capability of being able to record 2K + HDR support. It also has color night vision, an ambient light sensor that adjusts the brightness of the floodlight depending on surrounding light, and two-way audio if you really want to scare an intruder with your voice. The Arlo Pro 3 Floodlight Camera comes in at $250.
A security researcher has reported that Facebook had more than 267 million users' sensitive information exposed online.
According to a report from Comparitech and a security researcher Bob Diachenko, more than 267 million Facebook users had their IDs, phone numbers and names exposed to the public online. This was discovered in a database that could be accessed without any means of a password or authentication, essentially being available to the public who would know how to access it.
Researchers believe this sensitive information was gathered as a part of an illegal scraping operation. According to Dianchenko, this data was exposed for nearly two weeks and was posted as a downloadable file in hacker forum. A Facebook spokesperson spoke to Engadget and said, "We are looking into this issue, but believe this is likely information obtained before changes we made in the past few years to better protect people's information".
While China is usually labeled as a security state, it's been discovered that the USA has more CCTV camera's per person than anywhere in the world.
A new report was published by PreciseSecurity details, the number of closed-circuit TV (CCTV) cameras installed by each country. Each of these cameras has a purpose of monitoring what its viewing for security reasons, and if you expected China to have the most cameras you would of suspected right. PreciseSecurity says that China leads the world in CCTV cameras with 200 million installed.
The USA follows behind China with 50 million, then it drops down to Germany with 5.2, and then the United Kingdom with 5 million. What is most interesting, though, since China has such an overwhelming population, the USA actually holds 1st place for the 'highest number of CCTV cameras per person in the world' with 15.28 cameras per 100 people. China follows closely behind the US with 14.36 cameras per 100 people, and then the UK comes in with just 7.5 CCTV cameras per 100 people. For more information check out the report here.
The Black Friday sales just finished and just like every year a lot of people decided to pick up a new TV while they were heavily discounted. Now, the FBI has warned the public that the smart TV they just bought could possibly be hacked.
Since Black Friday has just finished, many participants in the sales would have grabbed a new snazzy TV for their family living room. While that is certainly a most-welcomed upgrade, it does come with a considerable potential downside. Since recently purchased TVs are smart TVs, they are designed to be connected to the internet for a means of accessing streaming platforms such as Netflix, Amazon Prime etc. Since they connected to the internet, that means they can be hacked.
A lot of the smart TVs being sold also have microphone and camera support, so if a hacker were somehow able to access your TV, they would be able to activate the TV's microphone and camera to listen in and watch you. FBI's Portland field office has warned of this very thing, saying that "Beyond the risk that your TV manufacturer and app developers may be listening and watching you, that television can also be a gateway for hackers to come into your home."
In what has become one of the largest data leaks from a single source in history, the personal data of over 1.2 billion people has been exposed -- including names, email addresses, phone numbers, LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and more.
The leak was discovered by Bob Diachenko and Vinny Troia on October 16, 2019 in an open Elasticsearch server that had 4 billion user accounts inside of over 4TB of data. There were 1.2 billion unique people discovered inside of the leak, residing on an unprotected and totally-open Elasticsearch server with no password or any means of authentication protecting it -- so you could just download all 4TB of it easily.
The data in question comes from two brokerages, with California-based People Data Labs selling the data to advertisers who could use them for commercial purposes. User content to use this data commercially has not been approved, according to Troia. This particular data set has 622 million email addresses, 50 million unique phone numbers, and a bunch of different details from social media platforms.
You can check if you've been exposed on HaveIBeenPwned.com
A cybersecurity company has released its annual Voice Intelligence Report, and their numbers are quite shocking.
According to Pindrop's annual Voice Intelligence Report, voice fraud continues to be a major threat for people as the report finds that between 2014 and 2018 fraud rates have climbed by 350%. The report also mentions the fraud rate for 2018, and it says, "The 2018 fraud rate is 1 in 685, remaining at the top of a five-year peak".
So, what type of voice fraud is occurring? The report mentions that insurance voice fraud has been the main target with widespread increases by 248%. The industries facing the highest fraud risks include insurance with 1 in 7,500 fraudulent calls, retail with 1 in 325 fraudulent calls, banking with 1 in 755 fraudulent calls, card issuers with 1 in 740 fraudulent calls, brokerages with 1 in 1,742 fraudulent calls, and credit unions with 1 in 1,339 fraudulent calls.
Another day, another data breach. Or at least that's what it feels like when you keep up with cyber-security news. This time its not really that surprising though, as a porn website had its entire data base freely open.
Condition:Black, a cyber-security and internet freedom firm discovered that a network of camgirl websites had exposed databases. The sites run by Barcelona-based VTS Media, include amateur.tv, webcampornoxxx.net, and placercams.com. While most of the users were found to be based in Europe, some data logins were found to be in the Untied States and around the world.
What kind of data was exposed? According to Techcrunch, the database contained a month-worth of daily logs, those logs included: Usernames, IP addresses, viewing habits, private chats, failed login attempts and even some details of sex workers. It isn't clear if the data base had been hacked and the data stolen, but since its discovery it has been locked down.
As technology advances in cameras, motion sensors and every other form. Users are looking for better ways to protect themselves and their homes via security. Linksys could have the new best way to do it.
Just this pas Tuesday, Linksys announced a brand new service called "Linksys Aware" which allows users to monitor their home for potential intruders. Linksys will be able to this through the Velop mesh routers which can detect the motion of invaders in users' homes through Wi-Fi. Linksys Velop Tri-Band AC2200 router has the ability to be able to detect motion with its "Intelligent MeshTM" network, which could eliminate that use for camera setups in homes.
So how does it work? The service will send push notifications to the users phone via the Linksys Smart Wi-Fi app for both Android and iOS holders. I know what you are thinking, "I don't want to get spammed with notifications of the dog or cat moving around the house", Linksys has already thought of this issue and has equipped the service with a sensitivity setting that won't detect these kind of small movements. Linksys Aware comes in at a price of $24.99 per year, and at the moment the home security option is only available on the Velop routers. Linksys does plan on moving the service over to its other router variants, but no date has been announced for that yet.
Zynga, the creators of the immensely popular Farmville, Draw Something and Zynga Poker have admitted to a data breach that has exposed 200 million accounts personal information.
A statement has recently been issued out by Zynga addressing the cyber attacks and it says that cyber attacks are "one of the unfortunate realities of doing business today." The statement also says that the company recently became aware that a "certain player account information" was possibly "illegally" acquired by "outside hackers".
Zynga has also said that they have launched an immediate investigate to how this hack occured and to assist them in their investigation they have brought in an outside forensic team. It is believed that no financial information was stolen throughout this hack and just "account information" was exposed. If you play any of the apps that fall under Zynga's massive umbrella I would advise you to change your passwords as soon as possible.
HackerOne has announced that they have now rewarded six individuals with over one million dollars each for their bounty bug finding efforts.
The announcement has come via the official HackerOne Twitter account where they say that the ranks of 7-figure-earning hackers has now reached six people. First off, we have Santiago Lopez who is only 19-years old and was the first to cross the $1 million dollar mark.
Mark Litchfield from the UK was next, followed by Frans Rosen from Sweden, then Nathaniel Wakelam from Australia, Ron Chan from Hong Kong and finally Tommy DeVoss from the US. Each of these individuals have reached the 1 million dollar mark or above.