Security News This Week: Turns Out Baby Monitors Are Wildly Easy to Hack – YAEL GRAUER. 09.05.15. 7:00 AM

This week, malware hit jailbroken (mostly Chinese) iPhones, stealing 225,000 iTunes login credentials. Leaked documents show that diplomatic officials in the Ecuadorean embassy in London considered smuggling WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to freedom in a diplomatic bag. The FBI obtained an audio recording of an “off the record and on background” confession made by accused kidnapper Matthew D. Muller speaking with a local television reporter. And Edward Snowden pointed out that other people go to jail for what Hillary Clinton did with her email server.

And that’s not all. Each week we round up the news stories that we didn’t break or cover in depth at WIRED, but which deserve your attention nonetheless. As always, click on the headlines to read the full story in each link posted, and stay safe out there!

Baby monitors are crazy easy to hack

If the thought of a hacker turning your baby monitor into a spy cam or using it to terrorize you or your child gives you nightmares, I’ve got bad news for you. When security firm Rapid 7 tested nine widely available internet-connected baby monitors for security vulnerabilities, the results weren’t pretty. “Eight of the nine cameras got an F and one got a D minus,” security researcher Mark Stanislav told Fusion’s Kashmir Hill. Security flaws included issues such as a lack of encryption, the use of default passwords, and access to Internet portals with the device’s serial number or account number. Rapid 7 disclosed the vulnerabilities to the companies, who will hopefully all take the information to heart. Stanislav recommends Nestcam (formerly Dropcam) for security, though Hill points out that law enforcement sometimes sends search warrants for the video. Another option is a radio frequency-based baby monitor, which could only be hacked by someone intercepting the radio signal with a sniffing device outside your house, rather than everyone on the Internet.

Vice News Translator Detained In Turkey Because He Allegedly Had An Encrypted Hard Drive

Two Vice news reporters who were filming clashes between security forces and youth members of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party in the southeastern Turkish province of Diyarbakir were arrested for allegedly ‘aiding an armed organization,’ a claim that Vice head of news programming in Europe said was “baseless and alarmingly false charges” and made “in an attempt to intimidate and censor their coverage.” Although the two journalists have been released, Mohammed Ismael Rasool, the translator who was arrested alongside them, has been kept in prison. An anonymous Turkish official told Al Jazeera that Rasool had “a complex encryption system on his personal computer that a lot of ISIL militants also utilize for strategic communications.” It turns out that this complex encryption system is simply an encrypted password-protected hard drive. Rasool denies the claim.


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