Security is more compromised than we think. We now have a new slew of people called Blockchain Bandits who are getting people’s private keys and stealing funds. There are now hackers who know exactly which Bandersnatch choices you make on Netflix and hackers who have sneaked in malware into video games. It would seem that the world of the internet is not as safe as some had said it would have become by now. Blockchain was supposed to be the thing that could not be breached and yet…
So, it has been reported that a hacker named L&M has claimed that he has hacked into 7000 iTrack and 20,000 ProTrack accounts, which are GPS systems, and gained access to internal systems in cars. He said that he could turn off car engines that were driving under 12 miles an hour or which were stopped. He claims that he is able to track them as they move. He accessed it when he realized that most users had default passwords. He brute-forced several million user names and he got in. He did it to show the companies how weak their systems were. I mean, that is usually the narrative. If I can exploit your weakness, I can see you a solution. It is an easy problem to figure out and exploit.
New reports warn us not to fill our houses with thing that are just waiting to get broken into. They will listen, watch and record things. The peer-to-peer technology that uses things like end-to-end encryption is not as safe as we are led to believe. The iLnkP2P software is made by a company called Shenzhen Yunni Technology and is in millions of devices. It is found in literally millions of devices that can be hacked into. There is a weakness that exists in all devices that use this technology.
The premise for this software is that you can log in into your IoT devices remotely using just a barcode. This software has one problem. It does not have any encryption or authentication. This means that the hackers who want to get into your devices can do so with relative ease. The best way to protect yourself as a normal user of these devices is to make sure that you have firewalls. That will block the traffic that transfers from peer to peer. Alternatively, you can avoid purchasing any kind of device that claims to have P2P connections.
Elsewhere in the European Union, there is a lot of backlash that is happening from privacy advocates who are saying that the EU is infringing on 350 million people’s private data. They voted to keep the information that they have collected for their biometric database that is supposedly used for crime, immigration, border patrol and other functions. It is poised to become the world’s largest people tracking database. It will have over 350 million records that will include facial scans, fingerprints, ID information and other sensitive records like birth dates, names and passport numbers.