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Nov 03 02:58

Smart Security Cameras Lack Brains to Stay Safe

Today we will address the topic of video surveillance cameras. A lot of them have plenty of security vulnerabilities. In addition, user guides and manuals have gaps and fail to present all those security controls that manufactures managed to put into their devices.

It is impossible to describe all vulnerabilities of all security cameras out there so we will focus on one camera that represent a vivid example of the poor state of security around video surveillance devices.

The subject of this article is the Hanwha SNH-V6410PN camera from Techwin. This company was previously owned by Samsung. Although the company changed its owners several years ago, they produced the mentioned cameras with the Samsung logo till 2017. And you can still find these cameras on sale.

Oct 06 23:36

Several Issues with Smart Device Addiction

Has it ever occurred to you that the constant use of modern “smart” technologies and devices in our everyday life is gradually turning us into unreflecting or even silly people? Let’s look into 5 main examples of the issues stemming from deleterious addiction to the routine use of contemporary technologies and gadgets.

What are the risks of becoming addicted to smart devices?

The modern cutting-edge technologies, numerous applications for mobile devices, and the Internet of Things (IoT) on the whole are causing us to become addicted to smartphones and the like. Although these contrivances are intended to make people’s lives easier and free up time, excessive dependence on smartphones is dangerous because it makes us helpless when they are not at hand. You can overcome this addiction just like any other problem, but it takes quite a bit of effort to do it.

5 examples demonstrating that addiction to smart technologies is a problem:

Jan 19 11:59

What do you need to know about your VPN service: Is it really safe?

Unfortunately, not all popular VPN services provide anonymity.

VPN is, in a sense, a tunnel through which encrypted data is transmitted. Your ISP does not have the ability to see which sites you visit, what you type in, etc. Also, the site you are visiting receives not your real IP address, but the VPN server address. It would seem that there is nothing to worry about. In fact, it's not like that.

Currently, commercial providers offer the following VPN protocols:

PPTP is used most widely, fast, easy to configure, but is considered "least secure" compared to the rest.

L2TP + IPSec. L2TP provides “transportation”, and IPSec is responsible for encryption. This bundle has stronger encryption than PPTP. It does not have most vulnerabilities that PPTP has. It also provides message integrity and each party authentication.

Dec 03 06:24

International Investigators Shut down Mega Botnet

For many years, cyber criminals used the Avalanche botnet to launch phishing attacks, spam and online fraud. Now, an international investigator team succeeds in destroying this criminal activity.

Investigators from 39 countries have succeeded in an international operation against data theft and Internet fraud. Their investigation has revealed probably the world's largest infrastructure for the operation of so-called botnets. The FBI and other US authorities were also involved.

"This was an important and successful operation against the international cyber mafia," said the Interior Minister of Lower Saxony, Boris Pistorius.

The investigation was coordinated by the Lower Saxony authorities which cooperated the FBI and Europol and other agencies in 30 countries all over the world.

Jun 18 03:30

Why Do Russians Still Love Communism?

In recent years, many people cannot understand why masses of people in Russia, regardless of age, gender and education, feel so happy about the annexation of Crimea and the idea of a revival of the USSR.

Soviet symbols, patriotic songs of the Soviet period, portraits of Stalin, Lenin, the protection of monuments to them, and St. George's ribbons all give grounds for speaking about the revival of the Soviet Union with its ideas of world domination and gradual accession of the neighboring countries as its republics. Not as parts of Russia, but as republics of the Soviet Union, where "friend or foe" was determined not by nationality, but by ideological principle.

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