Thinking about selling your Echo Dot—or any IoT device? Read this first

Getty Images reader comments 50 with 37 posters participating Share this story Like most Internet-of-things devices these days, Amazon’s Echo Dot gives users a way to perform a factory reset so, as the corporate behemoth says, users can “remove any … personal content from the applicable device(s)” before selling or discarding them. But researchers have […]

Robinhood ordered to pay $70m penalty to US regulator

reader comments 37 with 24 posters participating Share this story A Wall Street regulator has ordered the retail trading platform Robinhood to pay more than $70m in penalties for causing what it described as “widespread and significant” harm to its customers. The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (Finra) announced on Wednesday that it was fining Robinhood […]

Microsoft digitally signs malicious rootkit driver

reader comments 20 with 19 posters participating Share this story Microsoft gave its digital imprimatur to a rootkit that decrypted encrypted communications and sent them to attacker-controlled servers, the company and outside researchers said. The blunder allowed the malware to be installed on Windows machines without users receiving a security warning or needing to take […]

Hackers exploited 0-day, not 2018 bug, to mass-wipe My Book Live devices

Getty Images reader comments 31 with 27 posters participating Share this story Last week’s mass-wiping of Western Digital My Book Live storage devices involved the exploitation of not just one vulnerability, but a second critical security bug that allowed hackers to remotely perform a factory reset without a password, an investigation shows. The vulnerability is […]

SolarWinds hackers breach new victims, including a Microsoft support agent

reader comments 7 with 6 posters participating Share this story The nation-state hackers who orchestrated the SolarWinds supply chain attack compromised a Microsoft worker’s computer and used the access to launch targeted attacks against company customers, Microsoft said in a terse statement published late on a Friday afternoon. The hacking group also compromised three entities […]

A well-meaning feature leaves millions of Dell PCs vulnerable

Enlarge / Dell has released a patch for a set of vulnerabilities that left as many as 30 million devices exposed. Artur Widak | Getty Images reader comments 4 with 4 posters participating Share this story Researchers have known for years about security issues with the foundational computer code known as firmware. It’s often riddled […]

NFC flaws let researchers hack an ATM by waving a phone

Chalongrat Chuvaree | Getty Images reader comments 5 with 5 posters participating Share this story For years, security researchers and cybercriminals have hacked ATMs by using all possible avenues to their innards, from opening a front panel and sticking a thumb drive into a USB port to drilling a hole that exposes internal wiring. Now, […]

“I’m totally screwed.” WD My Book users wake up to find their data deleted

reader comments 54 with 45 posters participating Share this story Western Digital, maker of the popular My Disk external hard drives, is recommending customers unplug My Disk Live devices from the Internet until further notice while company engineers investigate unexplained compromises that have completely wiped data from devices around the world. The mass incidents of […]

Hackers are using unknown user accounts to target Zyxel firewalls and VPNs

reader comments 12 with 11 posters participating Share this story Network device maker Zyxel is warning customers of active and ongoing attacks that are targeting a range of the company’s firewalls and other types of security appliances. In an email, the company said that targeted devices included security appliances that have remote management or SSL […]