The Register: Rock-a-byte, baby: IoT tot-monitoring camera lets miscreants watch 10,000s of kids online. “More than 52,000 internet-connected Mi-Cam baby monitors are broadcasting sound and video to whoever comes looking, researchers have claimed. These Wi-Fi gizmos, built by Chinese biz MiSafes, stream 720p video and two-way audio in real-time to apps running on parents’ smartphones, via Amazon cloud servers.”
ZDNet: Meltdown-Spectre flaws: We’ve found new attack variants, say researchers. “Researchers have developed a tool to uncover new ways of attacking the Meltdown and Spectre CPU side-channel flaws, which may force chipmakers like Intel to re-examine already difficult hardware mitigations.”
Mashable: Facebook’s first hardware product will be smart speakers coming in July, report says. “Portal, the Facebook-connected video chat device will reportedly have two models announced at the social media company’s developer conference in May. The devices, under the code names Fiona and Aloha, will then be available to order in July, according to a report from Digitimes based on leaks from supply chain sources outfitting the devices.”
Ars Technica: A potent botnet is exploiting a critical router bug that may never be fixed. “A fast-moving botnet that turns routers, cameras, and other types of Internet-connected devices into potent tools for theft and destruction has resurfaced again, this time by exploiting a critical vulnerability that gives attackers control over as many as 40,000 routers. Despite the high stakes, there’s no indication that the bug will be fixed any time soon, if at all.”
Channel News: Google Hit With Class Action Lawsuit Over Defective Pixel Microphone. “Google has found itself if in a class action lawsuit with two separate plaintiffs suing the search engine giant claiming they knew the Pixel and Pixel XL had speaker and microphone issues when they shipped the devices out. Patricia Weeks and Waleed Anbar have been named in the lawsuit as the plaintiffs with Gerard Gibbs as the attorney.”
USA Today: Your smart TV may prey for hackers and collecting more info than you realize, Consumer Reports warns. “Buyer beware. If you’ve snapped up a smart TV, with built-in Netflix, YouTube, Hulu and other Web connections, heads up on this warning—your smart TV could make you vulnerable to hackers and is probably monitoring more of your viewing than you realize.”
TechCrunch: Get smart about smart glasses: here are 15 companies building futuristic AR eyewear. Warning: this is a slideshow. I’m including it because it’s an interesting slideshow, but I know some of you hate them.