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FBI Alerts Parents On Toys With Cloud Backed Features


The FBI say, many toys sporting cloud-backed features such as speech recognition or online content hosting “could put the privacy and safety of children at risk due to the large amount of personal information that may be unwittingly disclosed.

“Security safeguards for these toys can be overlooked in the rush to market them and to make them easy to use,” the FBI warns. “Consumers should perform online research of these products for any known issues that have been identified by security researchers or in consumer reports.”

This comes after a number of kids’ toys were found to be indirectly spying on kids by collecting and storing data, including audio conversations and personal information, without parents’ knowledge.

My Friend Cayla and i-Que robot

Germany’s Federal Network Agency, or Bundesnetzagentur, has banned Genesis Toys’ Cayla doll as an illegal surveillance device.

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Google Hire


Google Hire allows employers post job listings, then accept and manage applications, according to job listing links spotted by Axios reader Colin Heilbut. So far, several tech companies seem to be using (or testing) Google Hire, including Medisas, Poynt, DramaFever, SingleHop, and CoreOS. Google has assured, that “Only information that a candidate voluntarily provides would be passed to a prospective employer as part of their online application.”



IoT & Healthcare


Internet of Things offers a vast of promises in the field of healthcare by increasing efficiency, improving patient care and lowering costs. According to an interesting report from, the Healthcare Internet of Things market segment is expected to hit the $117 billion mark by 2020. Some of the methods in which Internet of Things is transforming the healthcare industry are:

the ability for an IoT device to be tested and diagnosed remotely. A specialist can connect from his own office and run diagnostics on an MRI that has failed. He can identify the root cause and remotely connect to the hospital’s technicians to provide hands-on-support. These interventions in hospitals will help to lessen medical equipment’s idle time and increase the systems efficiency.

The Internet of Things enables hospitals to track, monitor and update patient information in a systematic manner. Data could include reported outcomes, medical-device data, and wearables data. Computational methods of analytical support, known as augmented intelligence, are collectively used to analyze information. This type of database can help healthcare professionals in better decision making and providing superior patient care.

Internet of Things ensures better inventory management in hospitals and healthcare organisations.

Cloud based scheduling applications can ensure that machines, hospital staff and infrastructure is being utilized to its fullest capacity.

IoT Risks & Challenges:

One of the major risks associated with the erosion of IoT is the privacy of patient-sensitive data. There is a huge amount of  exchanging information through this technology and this often leads to concerns about the disclosure of vital personal data. Patient history confidentiality is mandatory in the healthcare sector and critical data may be misused if accessed by culprits. Intentional disruption and manipulation of networks is another threat faced by IoT in the healthcare industry. Similar to any networked technology, IoT is vulnerable to hackers, thieves, and spies etc. who may create havoc through medical crime.

Healthcare organizations must also be able to identify legitimate and malicious traffic patterns on IoT devices. Encryption is needed for better security.There should be in-built security controls such as administrator ID’s and password authentication to prevent the misappropriation of critical data. Some suggests that devices be configured to inhibit data storage media from being retrieved, and the device itself should not be easily disassembled.

World’s Largest Electronics Show To Debut January 6-9 2015


The 2015 International CES, one of the world’s biggest electronics fairs will be held in Las Vegas January 6-9. The ‘Internet of Things’ is the hottest topic in tech right now. On view will be the newest and biggest television displays featuring “ultra high definition” that is catching on with consumers.So-called 4K television sets are coming down in price and becoming mainstream, and some reports suggest the show may feature newer, even more realistic “8K” displays.

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FBI Says Media Outlets Are Next



According to an FBI memo, The Guardians Of Peace plans to target a major media outlet. It is unclear as to who will be targeted.

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Cyberattack On Chasebank


JPMorgan Chase & Co. says that a recent cyberattack compromised customer information for over 70 million households and 7 million small businesses.The New York-based bank said Thursday that customer information including names, addresses, phone numbers and email addresses were stolen in the cyberattack. PMorgan Chase, the nation’s biggest bank by assets, has been working with law enforcement officials to investigate the cyberattack. There has been no unusual customer fraud related to this data breach.

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