New Charges, Sentencing in Satori IoT Botnet Conspiracy
The U.S. Justice Department today charged a Canadian and a Northern Ireland man for allegedly conspiring to build botnets that enslaved hundreds of thousands of routers and other Internet of Things (IoT) devices for use in large-scale distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks.
In addition, a defendant in the United States was sentenced today to drug treatment and 18 months community confinement for his admitted role in the botnet conspiracy.
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MAKE SURE YOU ASK YOUR FRIEND BEFORE VISITING INSIDE THEY HOME IF THEY HAVE ALEXA, SIRI, OR GOOGLE ON AND LISTENING BEFORE YOU GO AND ASK THEM TO TURN IF OFF – CAUSE YOU DON’T WANT TO BE SPIED ON AND RECORDED!!!!!!!
“Election” can trigger Alexa; “Montana” can trigger Cortana.
That which must not be said
Examples of words or word sequences that provide false triggers include
- Alexa: “unacceptable,” “election,” and “a letter”
- Google Home: “OK, cool,” and “Okay, who is reading”
- Siri: “a city” and “hey jerry”
- Microsoft Cortana: “Montana”
The two videos below show a GoT character saying “a letter” and Modern Family character uttering “hey Jerry” and activating Alexa and Siri, respectively.
Unacceptable privacy intrusion
When devices wake, the researchers said, they record a portion of what’s said and transmit it to the manufacturer. The audio may then be transcribed and checked by employees in an attempt to improve word recognition. The result: fragments of potentially private conversations can end up in the company logs.
The risk to privacy isn’t solely theoretical. In 2016, law enforcement authorities investigating a murder subpoenaed Amazon for Alexa data transmitted in the moments leading up to the crime. Last year, The Guardian reported that Apple employees sometimes transcribe sensitive conversations overheard by Siri. They include private discussions between doctors and patients, business deals, seemingly criminal dealings, and sexual encounters.
YouTube TV sharply increases monthly subscription to $64.99
Prices are going up as YouTube TV adds new ViacomCBS channels
By Chaim Gartenberg@cgartenberg Jun 30, 2020, 1:11pm EDT
YouTube TV has announced that it’ll be raising its monthly price from $50 per month to $64.99 as the company starts to offer eight of ViacomCBS’s channels, which are available today: BET, CMT, Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon, Paramount Network, TV Land, and VH1.
The new price takes effect today for any new subscribers, while existing customers should see it on their next billing cycle (either on or after July 30th).
The $15 increase in price marks the latest price hike for YouTube TV, which was $35 per month when it originally launched. The price was first raised to $40 per month in early 2018 as it added Turner networks (including TBS, TNT, CNN, Adult Swim, Cartoon Network, truTV, and Turner Classic Movies). Costs went up again in 2019 to $50 per month when YouTube TV added Discovery’s lineup of networks. And now, with the addition of the aforementioned ViacomCBS channels, it’s getting its biggest price leap yet, up to $64.99 per month.
The biggest price increase yet for YouTube TV
F . U. GOOGLE
More than 500 companies kicked off an advertising boycott of Facebook on Wednesday, intended to pressure it into taking a stronger stand against hate speech. CEO Mark Zuckerberg has agreed to meet with its organizers early next week.
OMG THE ONLY THING YOU NEED TO DO IS BOYCOTT FACEBOOK.
#STOP ADVERTISING ON FACEBOOK
social network’s $70 billion in annual ad revenue
@PFIZER calls its action a “pause” FOR ONLY ONE MONTH
rather than a boycott.530 companies have signed on — and that’s not counting businesses like Target and Starbucks, which have paused advertising but did not formally join the “Stop Hate for Profit” campaign, which calls its action a “pause” rather than a boycott.
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