Showing posts with label China. Show all posts
Showing posts with label China. Show all posts

Monday, August 23, 2021

Video surveillance network hacked by researchers to hijack footage

Video surveillance network hacked by researchers to hijack footage, Nakedsecurity (image)

Video surveillance network hacked by researchers to hijack footage | #TpromoCom #VideoSurveillance #CCTV #Hacker #Hackers #CyberSecurity | Researchers at security company Mandiant have written up a report about a device-hijack bug in a video sharing and surveillance network called Kalay (nakedsecurity). https://bit.ly/3sDSsWJ

Operated by Chinese smart device company ThroughTek, Kalay (which apparently means “handshake” in the Dawu language) is pitched as a cloud-based solution for vendors of home automation devices, including security cameras, smart locks, video doorphones, smart power plugs, and even personal cloud storage hardware such as NAS devices.

As you can see, the idea is that instead of creating their own protocol, setting up their own... (read more)

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Wednesday, June 9, 2021

China’s TikTok Collecting US Biometrics


#China’s #TikTok Collecting US #Biometrics | #TpromoCom #Privacy #NationalSecurity | China’s social media platform TikTok just changed its privacy policy to allow the collection of American biometric data, such as facial and voice recognition, and potentially fingerprint data as well. https://bit.ly/3wayaVB

The company, which caters to youth ages 13 to 24, can already collect prodigious amounts of information on its hapless users, including name, age, location, social media connections, filenames, and clipboard data.

Owned by Beijing’s ByteDance, the company should have been banned long ago. But it used U.S. courts to fight for access to American households, and now the Democrats are dragging their feet on passing laws or policies that bar TikTok from the United States. 

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Personal Comment:
I see my friends on Facebook and Twitter using TikTok all the time for personal things. Photos, GIF's, streaming video clips, and when I ask them if they are aware of the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) connection, they say they had no idea, and they go on  using the app. It's pretty apparent to me that China poses a threat to all of us from a security standpoint. It's the job of every professional in security to be concerned with this. Are we professionals are not?  That's the question.--Al Colombo

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Monday, February 22, 2021

Close loopholes so only 'patriots' can run Hong Kong – Chinese official (business, politics)

Close loopholes so only 'patriots' can run Hong Kong – Chinese official
 | #TpromoCom | Speculation grows China seeking to block opposition candidates and overhaul judiciary (Guardian) http://bit.ly/3si5bgb

A top Chinese official has outlined plans to ensure only “patriots” run Hong Kong, as Beijing seeks to neuter any remaining democratic opposition and take a more direct role in how the business hub is run.

The landmark speech by Xia Baolong, the head of the Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office, came two weeks before the annual meeting of China’s rubber-stamp legislature and as speculation grew that further measures were being planned to sew up control of the city. (read more)

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China Hijacked an NSA Hacking Tool in 2014—and Used It for Years

China Hijacked an NSA Hacking Tool in 2014—and Used It for Years | #TpromoCom #ShadowBrothers #CyberSecurityt #CCP | The #hackers used the agency’s EpMe exploit to attack Windows devices years before the Shadow Brokers leaked the agency’s zero-day arsenal online (wired). http://bit.ly/3aK443b

MORE THAN FOUR years after a mysterious group of hackers known as the Shadow Brokers began wantonly leaking secret NSA hacking tools onto the internet, the question that debacle raised—whether any intelligence agency can prevent its "zero-day" stockpile from falling into the wrong hands—still haunts the security community. 

That wound has now been reopened, with evidence that Chinese hackers obtained and reused another NSA hacking tool years before the Shadow Brokers brought it to light. (read more)

Editorial Comment:
As business people, we must take inventory of our situation in order to take advantage of every advantage. Now that Joe Biden is president, considering his recent comments upselling the value of the CCP to the American way of life, it's more important than ever to remember the things we learned over the past four years concerning China's aspiration for global dominance. We must take this in consideration when making decisions that are integral to the success or failure of our businesses and our nation. --Al Colombo



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Saturday, December 19, 2020

Integrators: Beware More Supply Chain Cyber Attacks



Integrators: Beware More Supply Chain Cyber Attacks
 
| #TpromoCom #SolarWinds #Hacker #Hackers #CyberSecurity | The SolarWinds hack is an example of a supply chain attack that integrators and AV software companies need to defend against.

The recent news of a large-scale attack on the part of a foreign government utilizing popular network monitoring tools should have integrators questioning the security of the remote monitoring tools they use.

U.S. government officials, cybersecurity experts and tech giants are working around the clock to uncover more evidence and possibly other supply chain attack vectors after IT software company SolarWinds disclosed that versions of its popular Orion product was compromised by foreign cyber actors.

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