AI, IoT, & Mobile Security – The Week’s Best News – 2021.01.12

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

WhatsApp Has Shared Your Data With Facebook for Years (Wired, Jan 08 2021)
A pop-up notification has alerted the messaging app’s users to a practice that’s been in place since 2016.

Ubiquiti: Change Your Password, Enable 2FA (Krebs on Security, Jan 11 2021)
Ubiquiti, a major vendor of cloud-enabled Internet of Things (IoT) devices such as routers, network video recorders, security cameras and access control systems, is urging customers to change their passwords and enable multi-factor authentication. The company says an incident at a third-party cloud provider may have exposed customer account information and credentials used to remotely manage Ubiquiti gear.

The White House Launches the National Artificial Intelligence Initiative Office (Whitehouse, Jan 12 2021)
The White House Launches the National Artificial Intelligence Initiative Office

Filter Out the Noise
Since I started this curated security news 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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Advancement of 5G and IoT tech to help the electronic test and measurement market (Help Net Security, Jan 07 2021)
The advancement of 5G and the implementation of IoT technology will help the global electronic test and measurement market reach $18.94 billion by 2025, despite a slight decline of 0.7% due to COVID-19, Frost & Sullivan predicts.

The 5G toolbox of defense (Help Net Security, Jan 06 2021)
For the mobile communications industry, security has always held a prominent role. However, the onset of 5G – which introduces new network architectures, services and devices – raises the stakes and increases the challenge for network operators. 5G is set to affect almost every aspect of life through hosting more critical infrastructure and enabling the development of a digital environment. This makes any breach potentially catastrophic, and governments are taking note…

Critical factors for early 5G success (Help Net Security, Jan 10 2021)
The 5G ecosystem is reaching a level of technology maturity much more rapidly than earlier generations, enabling operators to develop network deployment and go to market strategies with mass-market appeal and scalable across evolving B2C, B2B and B2B2X business models. Strategy Analytics’ report reviews 5G commercial developments to date and provides recommendations to operators on how to build competitive, differentiated 5G value propositions.

Location Data from Muslim Prayer App Sold to Data Broker (Infosecurity Magazine, Jan 12 2021)
Revelation has led to fears the information could be abused

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