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Swann's home security camera recordings could be hijacked

Swann's home security camera recordings could be hijacked

Technology
A popular wireless security camera designed to safeguard businesses and homes was vulnerable to a spying hack.The flaw meant it was possible to hijack video and audio streamed from other people's properties by making a minor tweak to Swann Security's app.Researchers found the problem after the BBC reported a case where one customer had received another's recordings.Australia-based Swann and OzVision - the Israeli provider of its cloud tech - said the issue had now been fixed.Swann said that the vulnerability had been limited to one model - the SWWHD-Intcam, also known as the Swann Smart Security Camera - which first went on sale in October 2017. Retailers including Maplin, Currys, Debenhams, Walmart and Amazon have sold them.Howe...
Trump targets Obama-era critics' security clearances

Trump targets Obama-era critics' security clearances

World
President Donald Trump is considering revoking security clearances for ex-CIA Director John Brennan and other Obama-era critics of his administration.The White House named six former intelligence, law enforcement and national security chiefs.Press secretary Sarah Sanders said they had "politicised and in some cases monetised their public service" to make "baseless accusations" about Mr Trump.But at least two of them no longer have security clearance.In Monday's scheduled news conference, Mrs Sanders also cited: James Comey, former FBI director Andrew McCabe, former FBI deputy director James Clapper, former Director of National Intelligence National Susan Rice, former National Security Adviser Michael Hayden, former National Sec...
Believing these Social Security myths could make you poorer in retirement

Believing these Social Security myths could make you poorer in retirement

Finance
If you're like many retirees, your Social Security checks will account for a large portion of your retirement income. But how well you understand the ins and outs of these benefits could make a big difference in how much you receive over your lifetime. To that point, 69 percent of baby boomers — a generation of individuals who are either in or approaching retirement — expect Social Security to be a "major" source of retirement income, according to a recent report from the Insured Retirement Institute. ...
BAE launches cyber security intelligence network

BAE launches cyber security intelligence network

Technology
BAE Systems has launched a new industry forum and lobbying group called The Intelligence Network to address increases in cyber attacks. In April, the UK's National Cyber Security Centre and NCA warned that criminals were launching more online attacks against British businesses than ever before.Attempts to tackle this by the biggest companies have included sharing intelligence on the attackers' methods, but this has been blighted by insufficient data-sharing occurring on an ad-hoc basis.Speaking in London on Monday, James Hatch, the director of cyber services for BAE Applied Intelligence, acknowledged that collaboration between companies wasn't working well enough.In a new report by BAE, with contributions from Vodafone, think-tank RUSI, startup accelerator CyLon and others,...
Banking by smart speaker arrives, but security issues exist

Banking by smart speaker arrives, but security issues exist

Technology
Hey Alexa, what's my bank account balance? Big banks and financial companies have started to offer banking through virtual assistants — Amazon's Alexa, Apple's Siri, and Google's Assistant — in a way that will allow customers to check their balances, pay bills and, in the near future, send money just with their voice. And with the rapid adoption of Zelle, a bank-to-bank transfer system, it soon could be possible to send money to friends or family instantly with voice commands. But the potential to do such sensitive tasks through a smart speaker raises security concerns. Virtual assistants and smart speakers are still relatively new technologies, and potentially susceptible to being exploited by cyber criminals. Regional banking giant U.S. Bank is the first bank to be on all t...