Guitar amp manufacturer Fender’s recently-introduced Mustang GT 100 guitar amplifier can be made to play whatever audio an attacker fancies, security researchers have discovered.
Anyone within range could therefore “stream arbitrary audio to it and hijack your amp output”, security researcher Chris Pritchard of Pen Test Partners.
Hijacking & rick rolling a smart guitar amp
Amazon has bought a US firm that makes high-tech doorbells in a move expected to help the online retailer improve how it delivers parcels.
Ring makes doorbells that record live videos of customers’ doorsteps, then sends the videos to their smartphones.
Amazon buys ‘smart’ doorbell firm Ring
A new white paper by ABI Research, in partnership with DataIO: IoT Security from Design to Life Cycle Management looks at the growing treads for security and the IoT, and highlights the growth for secure elements, secure microcontrollers and secure lifecycle management.
IoT SECURITY – FROM DESIGN TO LIFE CYCLE MANAGEMENT
Cybersecurity firm Avast is using its presence at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona to expose the security vulnerabilities of the Internet of Things (IoT). It is doing this by mining Monero, the popular cryptocurrency, using a smart TV.
Research from the firm suggests that 15,800 devices would be needed to mine just $1,000. As a result, cyber criminals are mounting mass attacks to pass the costs of mining onto strangers.
“The costs involved in mining are so high that profit from cryptocurrency mining is very low, encouraging cybercriminals to attack not tens of thousands, but millions of devices.
See: It takes 16,000 phones to mine for £1k of cryptocurrency
“In December, I converted my one-bedroom apartment in San Francisco into a “smart home.” I connected as many of my appliances and belongings as I could to the internet: an Amazon Echo, my lights, my coffee maker, my baby monitor, my kid’s toys, my vacuum, my TV, my toothbrush, a photo frame, a sex toy, and even my bed.”
“The reason I smartened up my house was to find out whether it would betray me.”
The House That Spied on Me
Nano-manufacturing Hub for smart materials and self-powered electronics:
The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) has awarded £1.6m to the Advanced Technology Institute (ATI) and the 5G Innovation Centre (5GIC) at the University of Surrey to establish a hub that will make the manufacturing of smart materials and self-powered electronics a reality in the UK.
The £4.2m project, supported by 32 partner organisations, was co-developed with QinetiQ and the National Physical Laboratory (NPL).