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

Most Mobile Apps Can Be Compromised in 15 Minutes or Less (Dark Reading, May 28 2021)
In the name of releasing apps quickly and delivering a smooth user experience, mobile app security is often given short shrift.

Amazon devices will soon automatically share your Internet with neighbors (Ars Technica, May 29 2021)
Amazon’s experiment wireless mesh networking turns users into guinea pigs.

I hacked my friend’s website after a SIM swap attack (WeLiveSecurity, May 27 2021)
Here’s how easily your phone number could be stolen, why a successful SIM swap scam is only the beginning of your problems, and how you can avoid becoming a victim of the attack

Filter Out the Noise
Since I started this curated security news in June 2017, I’ve clipped ~19,000 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.
Thanks! – Lucas Samaras

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How do we decide whether or not to trust AI systems? (Help Net Security, May 25 2021)
Every time you speak to a virtual assistant on your smartphone, you are talking to an artificial intelligence — an AI that can, for example, learn your taste in music and make song recommendations that improve based on your interactions. However, AI also assists us with more risk-fraught activities, such as helping doctors diagnose cancer.

Device manufacturers need to rethink how to lock down IoT (SC Media, May 27 2021)
Today’s columnist, Matt Wyckhouse of Finite State, says to lock down IoT devices, manufacturers have to build security in from the start.

Bluetooth bugs could allow attackers to impersonate devices (WeLiveSecurity, May 27 2021)
Patches to remedy the vulnerabilities should be released over the coming weeks