Hackers can steal your sensitive information, such as your Passwords, PINs and Keystrokes, from your phone by observing changes in the wireless signal as you enter them into your smartphones.
A group of researchers from the Shanghai Jaio Tong University have demonstrated a new technique that can reveal private information by analyzing the radio signal Interference, using just one rogue Wi-Fi hotspot. Dubbed WindTalker, the attack sniffs a user's fingers movement on the phone's touchscreen or a computer's keyboard by reading the radio signal patterns called Channel State Information.Read more
Sometimes the best thing to say about a wireless router in your house is that once it's set it, you forget it exists. As long as the devices that need the Wi-Fi connection can get on and function, that's all that matters, right? Maybe, but we also live in the age of leaks.
If you're worried about the security of your home network, and by extension your personal data — especially from hackers who could casually sit in a car outside and get access to your systems — then you need to put a padlock on that wireless. You may also want to prevent others from using your network. Protect your home Wi-Fi router from intruders with these seven tips:Read more
Sending data over wireless formats like Wi-Fi and Bluetooth is very convenient, but not necessarily secure. A Princeton report revealed that some smart home devices unwittingly broadcast location information while others didn't encrypt their data streams at all.
To get around the uncertainty of pushing information over the air, some scientists have posited using the body as a conduit. Instead of using its magnetic field, as previous researchers have, engineers from the University of Washington have pioneered a way to send wireless signals from a touchpad or screen held in one hand to a smart device in physical contact with the other.Read more
If you own a D-Link wireless router, especially DWR-932 B LTE router, you should get rid of it, rather than wait for a firmware upgrade that never lands soon.
D-Link DWR-932B LTE router is allegedly vulnerable to over 20 issues, including backdoor accounts, default credentials, leaky credentials, firmware upgrade vulnerabilities and insecure UPnP configuration. If successfully exploited, these vulnerabilities could allow attackers to remotely hijack and control your router, as well as network, leaving all connected devices vulnerable to man-in-the-middle and DNS poisoning attacks. Moreover, your hacked router can be easily abused by cybercriminals.Read more
A team of security researchers from China have remotely hacked into a brand new Tesla Model S, controlling its sunroof, lights, boot and even the brakes from a laptop several miles away.
Thankfully, Keen Security Lab, a division of the Chinese internet company Tencent, are 'white hat' hackers, who have only made the exploit public now that Tesla has fixed the problem worldwide with an over-the-air software update. The hack requires the car to connect to a malicious Wi-Fi hotspot. The team then demonstrates how a driver searching for nearby charger stations online opens the back door for hackers to break into the Tesla's software.Read more
It is theoretically possible to accurately detect keystrokes using the Wi-Fi signals from a plain router, scientists from Michigan State University and the Nanjing University in China have discovered.
Researchers say that, in environments with minimal signal interference, an attacker could use the disruptions in the router's Wi-Fi signals to detect the keys an individual presses on their laptop and use this data to steal their passwords. This is not a science fiction scenario because scientists did demo technologies in the past where they used Wi-Fi signals to detect a person's presence and movements in a room.Read more
Experts have discovered critical security flaws in connected smart plugs which can give attackers access to a full home network. Researchers said that one particular device uses no encryption and weak default passwords, with no alerts issued to users to change them in the interests of security.
Internet of Things devices are products with network capabilities. While these now range from smartphones to fridges, the use of smart plugs is also on the rise. Smart outlets can be used to monitor energy usage, schedule devices to turn on and off at the user's convenience, and can be used to control gadgets including cameras, smart TVs and coffee makers.Read more
By now, you are no doubt familiar with short-term rental sites — AirBnB, Homeaway, and the like. Many of you reading this have used them, whether as guest or as host. The business model of these sites has truly disrupted the travel industry and made travel more comfortable.
Having stayed in a few of these properties, I have always found it interesting how easy some of the homeowners make access to their personal items, including their Wi-Fi. So, when I saw a panel listed at Black Hat entitled AirBnBeware: Short Term Rentals, Long Term Pwnage, I had to pop in for a listen. The speaker opened by noting that his talk was inspired by a trip with friends.Read more
At work or back home — and even on vacation — we are always at risk. Cybercriminals have various ways to reach us wherever we are. For example, they can use public Wi-Fi to steal users’ banking data.
Travelers often take the bait because open Wi-Fi is the only option many of them have to stay connected. Public Wi-Fi serves hundreds of thousands of users every day, and many of those users think that it is secure. Of more than 10,000 international travelers Kaspersky Lab interviewed recently, 82% used open networks on their vacations or business trips. As it turns out, even cautious people forget about security while traveling.Read more
An unpatched vulnerability in a popular Wi-Fi camera from D-Link allows hackers to reset the device’s password and gain remote access to its video feed. The flaw, discovered by researchers at IoT security startup Senrio, affects D-Link’s Wi-Fi cameras, which are designed for home video monitoring.
The security hole is a stack overflow in a service designed to process remote commands. While experts have only conducted a successful attack on cameras, they believe the flaw could affect other D-Link products that use the same vulnerable component.Read more