Great, now we’re on BBC for the wrong reasons. This goes totally against the Smart Nation, IoT and cloud movement. The scary prospect is that quasi-government agencies and even private organizations may take a cue from this and do the same.. Expect a strong pushback from the industry. OTOH, server vendors will be very happy 🙂
Singapore says it will restrict access to the internet for public servants from May next year because of information security concerns.
Source: No internet for Singapore public servants – BBC News
Yet another major fail from a hardware vendor. The tl;dr version is this: Asus laptop comes with a software called LiveUpdate that deliver updates from Asus. The problem is it does so insecurely and without proper validation. So that makes it possible for someone to perform MiTM and deliver fake updates.
Source: *indrora->mind — DeadUpdate; Or, How I learned to stop worrying and…
TeamViewer is a very popular tool for remote access due to its ease of use and firewall bypassing capability. It is widely used by IT support, sysadmins, appliance manufacturer, Pos system makers, individuals etc. If this hack is real it would have huge ramifications for users of this tool.
Remote-control tool wobbles offline, blames bad passwords for compromises
Source: TeamViewer denies hack after PCs hijacked, PayPal accounts drained
Update (2016-06-04): Also reported here.