Cybercure News – 9 – 03 -20

Welcome to the CyberCure Bi-Weekly podcast transcript.

This podcast will give you a summary of the latest news related to cyber intelligence and proactive cyber security in only a few minutes.

The podcast is aimed at professionals who are short on time, or for anyone who would like to know a bit more about what is REALLY happening out there in the cyber world.

The focus of this podcast will be on the latest cyber events for non-technical people; anyone can listen and understand.

If you follow the podcast you surely remember Ring the manufacturer of IoT devices such as door bells and cameras which left the factory unsecured and caused hackers to easily target the devices and hack into them.

Not long ago, The owners of Philips smart bulbs were being urged to check its firmware, after publication of a vulnerability in how the accessories communicate with each other could allow an attacker to gain control over the whole home network.

Yes! Hackers could potentially hack smart homes using light bulbs.

just like seen in movies, reality enables hackers to do things that are behind imagination.

Users are encouraged to open the Philips app to check for any available updates for the bulbs, and to install them as soon as possible, though many will find their devices will automatically install the updates. 

Head of cyber research at Check Point Research Yaniv Balmas which found the vulnerability and worked to fix it with the provider and warns “Many of us are aware that IoT devices can pose a security risk, but this research shows how even the most mundane, seemingly ‘dumb’ devices such as lightbulbs can be exploited by hackers and used to take over networks, or plant malware.”

The conclusion is that if you are planning to install IoT devices or if you are planning to use smart internet connected components you should always take into consideration the cyber security side and make sure your house is properly protected against unauthorized cyber attackers just like you make sure your doors and windows are protected against thieves and other unauthorized access.

The protocol that was exploited is a popular protocol called Zigbee, other vendors that are also using this protocol includes the Amazon,iPhone and others.

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WhatsApp is known to be an unsecured messaging platform, even tough there are many warnings coming from cyber security experts about the dangers of using whatsApp its still widely popular messaging app.

the latest WhatsApp bug let hackers access computers with only a text message.

The Facebook-owned messaging app acknowledged and patched a vulnerability that gave hackers the ability to access files on a victim’s computer. All you had to do to fall prey to this attack was click a disguised link preview sent via the messaging app. In other words, it would have been an easy mistake for users to make.

This vulnerability joins many others that have been published in the past.

If you would expect decent response and disclosure from Facebook you are going to be disappointed.

by some reports Facebook suggests at least some of the blame should lie elsewhere. 

Following the news of Bezos hacked phone, the company’s vice president of Europe, the Middle East and Africa, Nicola Aha, suggested to Bloomberg that Apple is the real problem here.

Or in other words, when you cant make software with decent security, go blame others.

That’s it for this podcast, stay safe and see you in the next podcast.

Don’t forget to visit www.cybercure.ai for the latest podcasts on cyber intelligence.

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