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Computer scientists have discovered vulnerabilities in Samsung's Smart Home automation system that allowed them to carry out a host of remote attacks, including digitally picking connected door locks from anywhere in the world.
The attack, one of several proof-of-concept exploits devised by researchers from the University of Michigan, worked against Samsung's SmartThings, one of the leading Internet of Things (IoT) platforms for connecting electronic locks, thermostats, ovens, and security systems in homes. The researchers said the attacks were made possible by two intrinsic design flaws in the SmartThings framework that aren't easily fixed. They went on to say that consumers should think twice before using the system to connect door locks and other security-critical components....
Google announced that its OnHub smart home routers will now support IFTTT recipe-driven commands to help automate devices at home.
One of the promises made by Google is that company would provide regular updates to its OnHub home router, adding new features and security fixes to the wireless smart home router.
Touted by Google as a router first, the latest OnHub update now adds IFTTT (short for “If This Then That) support, giving customers the ability to build out recipes triggered by actions that connected smart home devices and OnHub detect. For example, motion detected by a camera could generate an email notification orchestrated by OnHub, or if Wi-Fi devices are present in a room, then IFTTT recipes setup up on the router could light up that room’s smart LED bulbs.
Through partnerships with Asus and...
Cypress will acquire Broadcom’s IoT business, and its related assets, in a $550 million all-cash transaction.
Post-acquisition, Broadcom will continue working on non-IoT wireless solutions for devices like laptops, smartphone, and set-top boxes, while Cypress will be in a greater position to compete in the growing embedded systems market fueled by automotive, industrial and consumer demand.
Expected to close in Q3 2016, the transaction includes the acquisition of Broadcom’s Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Zigbee product lines, including IP, as well as the WICED brand and developer ecosystem.
There is no word yet on how the Broadcom IoT acquisition will affect the 430 worldwide jobs employed in the business unit’s workforce.
Dropbox Business recently announced Project Infinite, a future offering that fixes the problem of using Dropbox on end-user devices with limited storage space.
Being cross-platform compatible, Project Infinite works like traditional Dropbox Business, but adds the option to store data in the cloud, looking as if though your files are sitting on your local disk or SSD drive. Similar to the green checkmark you get when a local file synchronizes with Dropbox’s cloud storage, Project Infinite-stored files are marked with a small cloud image embedded in the files’ Windows Explorer or OS X Finder icon when synched.
Aside from being able to drag-and-drop these cloud-stored files using your chosen OS platform’s file manager, important properties, such as file size and creation/modification dates, are also be available upon a click of a cursor.
Release dates for Dropbox...
ZyXEL's AC2200 MU-MIMO Dual-Band Wireless Gigabit Router is a one-of-a-kind MU-MIMO router, and not in a good way.
Read on SmallNetBuilder
BeON announced two new features that help expand the use of their LED security lighting products.
The company’s LED security bulbs are now UL certified (UL1598) for outdoor use, as well as fully enclosed fixtures (UL1993 and CSA C22.2#1993). This certification lets customers expand the bulbs’ utility from just being an indoor security tool, to using BeON’s bulb as an outdoor deterrent for intruders.
BeON will also be updating their app to let customers add various lighting sequences to their routines, mimicking daily lighting activities, instead of preconfigured lighting automation that criminals can detect and use to figure out when someone really isn’t home.
BeON lighting kits are available in different packages based on the size of your home, with prices ranging from $75 to $398....
Zyxel’s newly announced POE-capable NWA5123-AC Unified Access Point, through the use of the Zyxel One Network Utility, can be deployed into a small business as a stand-alone AP, and then grow into a centrally-managed WLAN solution.
The new dual-radio 2x2 AP is rated for speeds up to 1200 Mbps (802.11n + 802.11ac) and is backwards compatible with 802.11a/g.
Other features the NWA5123-AC shares with others in the NWA5120 series include:
- Mesh networking-capable when used with one of Zyxel’s NXC Controllers.
- ZyXEL APflex for mode and automatic IP configuration.
- Security support for WPA2 Enterprise, EAP, and Radius authentication.
As it ends service, Skydog is rewarding its customers with dead hardware.
Customers are getting notices that not only will their Skydog app stop working, but the associated router will no longer be functional. Skydog has started to send 60 day expiration notices to subscribers saying:
Unfortunately, the Skydog product has been discontinued and the subscription cannot be renewed. Upon expiration of your subscription, you will no longer be able to access your account and the router will no longer function.
Similar to what Revolv customers experienced after the smart-home company was acquired by Google/Nest, Skydog customers will soon end up with useless hardware that formerly was a functional cloud-based device.
Introduced earlier this year at CES, the D-Link DIR-879 is a dual band AC1900 Wi-Fi router, and the first router to be released from D-Link’s budget-minded EXO series of products.
The DIR-879 has four GbE ports for LAN, and one GbE for the WAN connection. Note that there are no USB ports in this model, so no storage or printer sharing.
The DIR-879 supports maximum link rates of 1300 Mbps in 5 GHz and 600 Mbps in 2.4 GHz. Features include Smart Connect band steering, Intelligent QoS for traffic optimization, and Easy Setup for quick installation via D-Link’s Quick Router Setup (QRS) mobile app.
The D-Link DIR-879 is shipping now, listing for $149.99.
WarpGateway is a TCP acceleration proxy appliance that sits between an internet modem and wireless router.
Badu claims the appliance's patent-pending proprietary WarpTCP rate and timing control algorithms can improve wireless upload/download speeds by up to 100%, increase range and coverage, and help device battery life by reducing the amount of radio usage on client devices.
The plug-and-playable WarpGateway appliance will eventually be available in three different small form factor-sized flavors, all configurable using Badu’s WarpAdmin management tool:
- WG-100M, 100 Mbps throughput - available now through Amazon, $1200
- WG-100V, 100Mbps throughput and VLAN support – available now, $1500
- WG-100VB 100Mbps throughput, VLAN support, Failover/Bypass, TBD
Features included in QNAP's latest QTS 4.2.1 NAS OS include:
- Virtual Switches - Aid in building isolated network environments
- Proxy servers - Cache and record downloaded content in order to help save bandwidth
- “Previous Version” - Snapshots provide immediate file restores that save time
- Qsirch 2.1 - Indexes stored files as a background task
- Hybrid Backup Synch - Consolidates basic data protection features (backup, restore, and synch) and ships data to local and external storage repositories.
- Qmail – Email client that gives users the ability to access or switch between email accounts, while also backing up email locally from a cloud service to the QNAP NAS.
- Linux Station - Provides a Linux environment that is accessible from a browser
- Virtualization Station 2.1 - Adds more features to help facilitate virtual machine operations, such as GPU Passthrough and several new guest drivers.
- Container Station -...
Seeking to add more value and security to today’s web browsing software, the makers of Opera are adding free VPN capability into the company’s latest browser version.
Opera developer 38 will include a built-in VPN client that is both free and unlimited in use. Users will be able to browse the internet securely, without having to pay for additional VPN software or subscriptions.
According to Opera Software’s blog, the company wanted to innovate upcoming browser versions with components that prior browsers haven’t included yet. Aside from the ad-blocker feature that the prior Opera browser included, adding VPN was the next step in the browser’s evolution.
Opera’s VPN client will include the following features for browser users:
- Virtual IP addresses that hide...
Thecus' new Windows-based NAS gets double the processing power than before.
The new SMB targeted W2810Pro Windows Storage Server NAS comes with an Intel Celeron N3150 quad-core processor and 4 GB of DDR3 RAM. A step up from the W2000+ model, which has an Atom dual-core CPU, Thecus states that the new NAS gets more than double the processing power than its predecessor.
For storage, the Thecus W2810Pro maxes out at 16 TB of disk using its dual-bay form factor, and also includes an embedded 60 GB SSD boot drive for platform operation.
The W2810Pro runs Microsoft’s Windows Storage Server 2012 R2 Essentials, so customers also get the many built features included with the OS, such as Storage Spaces and Windows’ own flavor of Data Deduplication.
There’s no word on how much the W2810Pro will cost, but Thecus did state that the new NAS will begin shipping globally on April 21, 2016.
New research into the "Rowhammer" bug that resides in certain types of DDR memory chips raises a troubling new prospect: attacks that use Web applications or booby-trapped videos and documents to trigger so-called bitflipping exploits that allow hackers to take control of vulnerable computers.
Continue reading on ArsTechnica...
Online backup vendor, iDrive, just released the One, an 802.11ac-based wireless storage device for home use.
A dual-channel wireless device, the iDrive One is available in either HDD or SSD configurations, and utilizes beamforming to help remotely store files and system backups at speeds up to 1.3 Gbps. The One can also work as a wireless network extender for existing home networks.
Managed via the iDrive One app (available for iOS and Android), the One also uses 256-bit encryption to secure data, and is compatible with Windows and Macs, as well as mobile devices.
Now available on the iDrive website, pricing for the iDrive is as follows: 1 TB HDD – $99.99, 2 TB HDD - $149.99, 128 GB SSD - $99.99 and 256 GB SSD - $149.99. Packaging for each model also includes a year-long subscription to a 1 TB iDrive cloud account and a one-year limited warranty.
Arris introduced its new SURFboard line of RipCurrent G.hn routers and extenders. The added members of the SURFboard family of products adds flexibility to building out a home network by using a combination of wireless, wired and powerline technologies. Setting up the new products is facilitated with both plug-and-play installation and the Arris’ own Surfboard Manager mobile app (for iOS and Android).
The new SURFboard RipCurrent products include three wireless AC routers and two extenders:
- SURFboard SBR-AC1200P Wi-Fi Router with RipCurrent G.hn - $119.99
- N300 + AC900, 4 antennas, four GbE ports, one USB 2.0 port
- SURFboard SBR-AC1900P Wi-Fi Router with RipCurrent G.hn - $199.99
- N600 + AC1300, 6 antennas, four GbE ports, two USB ports (2.0 + 3.0)
- SURFboard SBR-AC3200P Wi-Fi Router...
- SURFboard SBR-AC1200P Wi-Fi Router with RipCurrent G.hn - $119.99
Aside from its $99 per year subscription plan, Amazon Prime added two monthly plans that will appeal to subscribers not in interested in the service’s alternative year-long commitment.
The $10.99 per month plan includes all the features that the yearly Amazon Prime plan offers, including free two-day shipping (one-day shipping in some areas), unlimited movies, TV shows and music streaming and ebook access.
The $8.99 per month plan, the real Netflix competitor between the two packages, will give subscribers unlimited access to movies and TV shows.
The two monthly plans’ short-term commitment may sound attractive to some, but as Nick Wingfield of the New...
Trend Micro’s Simply Security blog warned QuickTime for Windows users not to throw caution to the wind and prompting readers to uninstall Apple’s now unsupported video player. Over the weekend, the blog noted two recently announced critical advisories, posted on Trend Micro’s Zero Day Initiative website (ZDI-16-241 and ZDI-16-242). The blog emphasizes there will be no patches released for these remotely executable vulnerabilities.
Though the QuickTime software still works in its current unpatched state, remote attackers can take advantage of the vulnerability after, by user interaction, a malicious file or web page is opened.