AI, IoT, & Mobile Security – The Week’s Best News – 2020.11.03

A Review of the Best News of the Week on AI, IoT, & Mobile Security

Tracking Users on Waze (Schneier on Security, Oct 29 2020)
“A security researcher discovered a wulnerability in Waze that breaks the anonymity of users:

I found out that I can visit Waze from any web browser at so I decided to check how are those driver icons implemented. What I found is that I can ask Waze API for data on a location by sending my latitude and longitude coordinates. Except the essential traffic information, Waze also sends me coordinates of other drivers who are nearby. What caught my eyes was that identification number…”

New Wroba Campaign Is Latest Sign of Growing Mobile Threats (Dark Reading:, Oct 30 2020)
After years of mostly targeting users in Japan, Korea, and other countries in the region, operators of the Trojan expanded their campaign to the US this week.

How TinyML Makes Artificial Intelligence Ubiquitous (“artificial intelligence” – Google News, Nov 03 2020)
TinyML is the latest from the world of deep learning and artificial intelligence. It brings the capability to run machine learning models in a ubiquitous microcontroller – the smallest electronic chip present almost everywhere.

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Since I started this curated newsletter in June 2017, I’ve clipped ~17,000 articles and narrowed them down into the best 20 per day & best 15 per week. This is my favorite way to cut through all the security marketing and hype. If you’re enjoying it, tell a friend. If you hate it, tell an enemy.
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Akamai Acquires Asavie (Dark Reading:, Oct 27 2020)
Asavie’s mobile, IoT, and security products and services will become part of the Akamai Security and Personalization Services product line.

Attacks on IoT devices continue to escalate (Help Net Security, Oct 28 2020)
Attacks on IoT devices continue to rise at an alarming rate due to poor security protections and cybercriminals use of automated tools to exploit these vulnerabilities, according to Nokia. IoT devices most infected The report found that internet-connected, or IoT, devices now make up roughly 33% of infected devices, up from about 16% in 2019.

What the IoT Cybersecurity Improvement Act of 2020 means for the future of connected devices (Help Net Security, Oct 29 2020)
Connected devices are becoming more ingrained in our daily lives and the burgeoning IoT market is expected to grow to 41.6 billion devices by 2025. As a result of this rapid growth and adoption at the consumer and commercial level, hackers are infiltrating these devices and mounting destructive hacks that put sensitive information and even lives at risk.

IoT security: Are we finally turning the corner? (WeLiveSecurity, Oct 30 2020)
Better IoT security and data protection are long overdue. Will they go from an afterthought to everyone’s priority any time soon?

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