Nicole Hayward

Update on VPNFilter and the FBI router reboot warning

On May 23, 2018, research group Cisco Talos published an alert about widespread malware on routers called VPNFilter, infecting over 500,000 home routers. Soon after, the FBI issued a warning for homes to reboot their routers, which essentially disrupts this malware’s agenda. This wasn’t just a story for tech interested folks. It’s a serious public safety concern, making headlines— See this ...

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Samantha Albano

What happens to my Amazon Echo recordings?

Having a connected speaker in your home once meant you simply had a device that could play great quality sound from another connected device. Today, smart speakers like Amazon Echo, Google Home, or Apple HomePod do much more. These always on devices can respond to your questions, control functions of your smart home, set reminders, and still play your favorite music— all at your voice ...

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Nicole Hayward

FBI router reboot warning: what to do now [quick guide]

You may have heard about the FBI router reboot warning. Yes, it's a big deal, and it's still an active threat as I write this. 

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Jeremy Hitchcock

#SecurityFail For Home Routers

Have we become numb to security? Short of our phones with a black screen or someone hitting us over the head - I’m not sure that people care. The news about VPNFilter and maybe as few as 500,000 homes and small businesses being compromised passes like a normal news day. Basically, your home Internet connection is opened up like a freeway on-ramp and it’s allowing your Alexa, TVs, and cameras to ...

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Jeremy Hitchcock

IoT device classification for better management

Billions of new devices in the home have created a big headache for home owners, consumer electronic companies, service providers, and IT solution providers.  Not only are an estimated 40% of IoT devices not ever properly setup, the management paradigm for IoT requires a different approach from BYOD and other corporate devices. Here’s an inside look on how Minim tackles IoT management for homes.

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Nicole Hayward

Smart home security teardown: why VPN, firewall, and antivirus don't cut it

The number of devices in homes is exploding, and service providers are feeling the impact. The “smart home” is a fun term for progressive consumers, but in this moment, it might be best translated to “widened attack surface” to ISPs. (Not as fun.)

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Nicole Hayward

BLU’s FTC settlement: good reminder that IoT security is tricky

On April 30, 2018, the FTC announced that it has reached a settlement with the US mobile phone maker BLU over deceptive security claims. As we're focused on consumer IoT security and management, I thought I'd reflect on some challenges this event has highlighted.

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Jeremy Hitchcock

Is my IoT device online, active, or in use?

Internet of things devices are always on and always connected.  This raises all sorts of questions on what it means for a device to be active.

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Nicole Hayward

It's official

Minim raises a $2.5M seed round to secure the Internet of Things We are thrilled to announce a seed round of funding led by Flybridge Capital Partners and Founder Collective, which marks for us the official launch of our products and services. If you're new to our community, let us tell you a bit about our mission. 

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Jeremy Hitchcock

Why Minim

Minim was inspired by the DDoS attack against Dyn on October 21. 2016.  What happened that day was the largest ever botnet attacked and disabled a key piece of the Internet.  Said a different way, a few punks in a few weekends effectively disabled (temporarily) the company I built for 15 years.

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