The Internet of Things continues to show that it will probably be the biggest threat to our privacy in the future. That is why we should think twice before purchasing the next Internet-connected gadget, or even worse, IoT toys for our children. Such devices can be very easily transformed into spying tools.
Why did we feel the need for such a warning, at this time in particular? Just have a look at one of the most important updates of the week and you will understand:
Millions of voice messages and passwords leaked through Internet of Toys
CloudPets, a company that sells “smart” teddy bears has leaked 800,000 user account credentials, which hackers then locked it and held for ransom. The toys allow children and relatives to send recorded voicemails back and forth.
This same incident happened over a year ago, when Hong Kong toymaker VTech was hacked, exposing snaps of parents and their children as well as chat logs. An estimate of 6.4 million were affected by this hack last year.
Find out how to avoid the dangers brought by the Internet of Toys from here.
Digital privacy, threatened by new FCC Chairman
U.S. regulators just blocked some Obama administration rules on the eve of implementation, regulations that would have subjected broadband providers to stricter scrutiny than web sites face to protect customers’ private data.
In other words, ISPs would have carte blanche when it comes to rifling through, sharing, and selling your private data.
Electronic Frontier Foundation is encouraging people to take action and tell their Congress representatives that they will not accept their efforts to undermine online privacy acts. Take action at this link.
Journalists, silenced through violence in 2016
In 2016, a worrying total of 1,387 reports of threats, limitations and violations to press freedom were verified by Mapping Media Freedom’s network of correspondents, partners and other sources based in Europe.
To be more precise, in 2016, 9 journalists were killed; 205 were assaulted; 347 were detained or arrested; there were 390 reports of intimidation, which includes psychological abuse, sexual harassment, trolling/cyberbullying and defamation; the list, unfortunately, goes on.
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