‘Smart’ locks yield to simple hacker tricks

august smart lock It’s an open secret that the Internet of Things (if we must call it so) is pretty terrible, whether in standards, interoperability or security. Good security, though, you don’t really expect in a smart light bulb or coffee maker. A smart front door lock, however, really shouldn’t be quite this easy to hack. Read More

Hacked Bitcoin exchange Bitfinex will reduce balances by 36% to distribute losses amongst all users

bitcoin Late last week we reported that Bitfinex, a popular Hong Kong-based Bitcoin exchange was hacked, losing about $70M worth of customer’s bitcoin. The loss caused the price of Bitcoin to drop about 20%, and it still hasn’t fully recovered to pre-hack levels. In the days following the hack little information was known about how it happened and how Bitfinex would reimburse affected… Read More

Verifly launches drone insurance by the flight, and on-demand in the US

phantom drone A startup called Verifly is making insurance on-demand, and per-flight, available to drone users today with a new mobile app and service that’s been in the works since late 2014. The service launches just in time to support a burgeoning consumer, and commercial, market for unmanned aerial vehicle use in the U.S. Over half a million drones that weigh more than half a pound have been… Read More

DJI puts temporary restrictions on its drones in Brazil during the Olympic Games in Rio

Brasilia, Brazil Tomorrow marks the first day of the Olympic Games in Rio. And drone makers DJI have announced the establishment of temporary flight restrictions that will prevent their users from flying into air space around sports arenas in six Brazilian cities hosting international athletic competitions. The restrictions — or “temporary updates to DJI’s no-fly zone system” —… Read More

Apple announces long-awaited bug bounty program

generic_code_hack_security Tech companies hold the keys to some of our most personal information — payment details, health records, chat logs with our lovers and archives of family photos — and, as we hand over more and more private data, it becomes increasingly important that companies earn our trust by keeping it secure. Over the past five years, most major tech companies have instituted bug bounty… Read More

1Password is slowly switching to a subscription model

opm-screenshot Popular password manager 1Password is trying a new distribution model. Instead of letting you pay for the 1Password app on your Mac or PC and pay again to upgrade to a new major version, AgileBits now has a new plan — for $2.99 per month, you can download and use all the 1Password apps for as long as you subscribe. Read More

Hacking the election

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton listens as she is introduced at a town hall meeting at White Mountain Community College, Thursday, Oct. 29, 2015, in Berlin, N.H. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty) During what was likely the first presidential campaign fundraiser held at the Black Hat security conference in Las Vegas, campaigners made their case for Hillary Clinton as the cyber candidate. Last night, Jeff Moss, the founder of Black Hat, and Jake Braun, a former Obama campaign staffer and security consultant to the Department of Homeland Security, pitched Clinton to the security pros… Read More