A week in security (November 27 – December 03)

A compilation of notable security news and blog posts from Monday, November 27 to Sunday, December 3, including smart toys, another security breach, ransomware, and things to ponder when shopping for gifts this Christmas season.

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Please don’t buy this: smart locks

The announcement of Amazon Key, a smart lock paired with a security camera that lets couriers into your home, spawned our new series called “Please don’t buy this.”

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FBI: Smart toys could harm children’s privacy and physical safety

The Federal Bureau of Investigation has recently issued a Public Service Announcement (PSA), encouraging consumers to think twice before purchasing internet-connected toys.

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Going dark: encryption and law enforcement

There’s been a lot of talk recently about encryption and how law enforcement can’t convict criminals without encryption keys. We beg to differ.

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Please stop posting your X-rays to social media

Many people post unredacted medical images to Twitter and Instagram. They shouldn’t because the details included on the image often can compromise personal identity online and in rare instances, lead to a possible attack on an exposed piece of medical IT infrastructure.

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