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Sunflower uses drone, lights to monitor homes from outside

Sunflower uses drone, lights to monitor homes from outside

Most smart home security systems aren’t so smart, argues Sunflower Labs. It says that 95% of the alarms raised turn out to be false ones to the point that police dispatchers have become numb to them, which is a very dangerous attitude. And for real situations, those security systems only alert you when it’s too late to do anything, when some is already at the door of has gone through the window. Sunflower Labs, naturally, proposes a smarter solution, one that combines an autonomous drone and inconspicuous lawn lights to pinpoint when, where, and who is approaching your castle.

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Netatmo Presence subscription-free security cam gets priced up

Netatmo Presence subscription-free security cam gets priced up

There's no shortage of connected security cameras out there, but your options are limited if you don't want to pay a monthly fee but still want on-demand video recordings. Netatmo is aiming to fill that niche with its Presence camera, on sale today. Announced back in January at CES, the camera has been a long time coming but the wait may be worth it if you want to avoid another subscription.

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Top VPN services that don’t keep logs (late 2016)

Top VPN services that don’t keep logs (late 2016)

Everyone has their own reason for using a VPN, but they all share a common element: the desire for privacy. It may be something as simple as wanting to keep your data private while using an open WiFi network, or something as serious as avoiding state-sponsored hackers or bypassing government firewalls. Using a VPN service that keeps a bunch of data on its users and their activities is risky, and thanks to a bunch of companies that don't keep logs, avoiding them is simple.

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Massive cyberattack the result of malware-infected IoT devices

Massive cyberattack the result of malware-infected IoT devices

The widespread internet outage that affected a number of the US's biggest websites on Friday was the result of a huge distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack on Dyn, a domain name registration provider. Now security expert Brian Krebs, of Krebs on Security, has reported that the attack was carried out through the use of a botnet using the Mirai malware, which made use of a wide range of compromised IoT (Internet of Things) devices.

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The FBI and DHS are investigating today’s huge cyberattack

The FBI and DHS are investigating today’s huge cyberattack

Widespread internet outages that took Netflix, Twitter, Spotify and others offline today are being investigated as a possible cyber-attack, US officials have confirmed. The incident, which seemingly began around 6am central time, has seen major websites suffer periods of downtime or fail to be accessible altogether. Now, efforts are underway to see if it's no accident but in fact a concerted effort to disrupt the internet.

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Netgear Arlo Pro is a smart, wireless and weatherproof HD security camera

Netgear Arlo Pro is a smart, wireless and weatherproof HD security camera

Netgear has introduced a new security camera called the Arlo Pro, an offering the company bills as the ‘world’s most advanced” wireless, weatherproof and high-definition smart security camera for homes. That's a lot of promises to pack into a small device, but Netgear appears to do so gracefully, offering a robust set of features in a relatively small and attractive package. Among its many features is total wireless functionality, as well as two-way audio support, night vision, advanced motion detection, and more.

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Sources: Yahoo modified spam filter to spy on users’ emails

Sources: Yahoo modified spam filter to spy on users’ emails

Yahoo spied on all incoming Yahoo Mail emails, according to a recent report, doing so under a secret court order on behalf of U.S intelligence agencies. The company made a statement in regards to the matter, saying the sources were ‘misleading’ and that the alleged software doesn’t exist on its system. Now a new batch of sources have cropped up with more info, claiming Yahoo performed its spying deeds by tweaking its spam filter, using it to not only look for spam and other unsavory things, but to also keep an eye out for emails coming from a particular terrorist organization.

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Yahoo on email spying: sources were ‘misleading’ with claims

Yahoo on email spying: sources were ‘misleading’ with claims

A report yesterday claimed Yahoo built custom software to spy on its users’ emails on behalf of U.S. intelligence agencies, something that reportedly caused disagreements behind closed doors and at least one resignation. In a statement issued today, Yahoo downplayed the report, saying that it “narrowly interpret[s] every government request for user data to minimize disclosure.” The company also said, “The mail scanning described in the article does not exist on our systems."

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Blink security system integrates with Amazon Alexa

Blink security system integrates with Amazon Alexa

Amazon Echo, Echo Dot, and Amazon Tap will soon be able to control the Blink security system. This comes after the company announced that they'd be working with Amazon to integrate functionality into the smart voice assistant system, allowing users to "use voice alone to make their homes more secure." This system will allow Amazon Echo, Echo Dot, and Amazon Tap users to ask Alexa to arm and disarm their Blink security system. Users can also ask for information about their security system at any time.

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Diabetics warned that insulin pump has security vulnerability

Diabetics warned that insulin pump has security vulnerability

Johnson & Johnson has told people using one of its insulin pumps that there is a vulnerability in the device's security that could allow hackers to gain access to the pump and make the device deliver an overdose of insulin. An overdose of insulin could be fatal. Despite the vulnerability and risk of death if the vulnerability were exploited, Johnson & Johnson says that the risk to users of the pump is low.

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Sources: Yahoo spied on its own users’ emails for U.S. government

Sources: Yahoo spied on its own users’ emails for U.S. government

Yahoo is at the center of a new damning report in which sources claim the company built its own software to spy on all incoming Yahoo Mail emails on behalf of the United States government. According to the sources, the software monitored the incoming emails for certain bits of information as provided by either the NSA or the FBI, resulting in “hundreds of millions” of accounts suffering privacy violations. This spying allegedly resulted in former Chief Information Security Officer Alex Stamos leaving the company, as sources say he disagreed with CEO Marissa Mayer's decision to comply with government orders.

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Researchers send secure passwords through a human body

Researchers send secure passwords through a human body

Computer scientists and engineers at the University of Washington have come up with a novel way to send passwords securely with no risk of being intercepted and hacked by eavesdroppers. The potential for passwords to be stolen and hacked when sent over WiFi or Bluetooth is very real and lots of research time and money is spent looking for more effective and secure methods. The UW team believes they have found a secure way of sending passwords through the human body.

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