In its 5-4 decision that police need a search warrant to obtain a target’s location data, the Supreme Court says in Carpenter vs. United States that carrying a phone is “indispensable to participation in modern society.”
The state of Internet of Things security stinks, experts say. And while device manufacturers and lawmakers aren’t anxious to address it, there are clear signs of influence from other actors. IoT regulation is likely on its way.
In revealing that it had been storing unencrypted user passwords, the social media company requests, but doesn’t force, Twitter password resets of its 330 million users—the “bare minimum for doing right” by them, one expert says.
Software updates and security patches for critical-infrastructure systems like those of hospitals, 911 dispatchers, and power plants aren’t easy or cheap. But there’s no excuse, experts say, for neglecting them.
Without investing in technology and personnel to implement preventative measures, experts say, ransomware like the SamSam attack in Atlanta will continue to wreak havoc across computer systems and networks.
The Meltdown and Spectre chip flaw exploits are prompting a deluge of security patches. They might also represent a rude wake-up call to chip designers that speed and energy efficiency aren’t everything.
The CCleaner hack shows that even utilities can be used to hack unsuspecting targets. Software vendors need to verify that the software they distribute is secure, experts say, scrutinizing it from acquisition through routine updates.