If It’s Network Accessible, It’s Hackable
Latest security case studies have a commuter theme: SF Rail and a billboard.
Repeat after us: If it’s connected to a network, it can be hacked. This week’s cracked security cases include the San Francisco rail system and a billboard in India. Also this week: Amazon’s voce assistant is popular with more than just consumers, online shopping continues to grow unabated and new Facebook games threaten productivity—even more.
San Francisco Muni Hacked, Hacker Too
Turnabout is fair play: A hacker that installed ransomware on the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency’s (SFMTA) computer systems had his own systems compromised by a security researcher. It turns out the attacker has been pretty successful extorting targets. [Krebs on Security]
Hackable Billboards NSFW
More proof that if it’s connected to a network, it’s hackable: An IT worker tired of his boring commute hacked a video billboard and streamed porn through it. That could liven up a morning commute. [Daily Mail]
Alexa, AWS and the Enterprise
Amazon’s Alexa virtual assistant technology is not only a hit with consumers; enterprises want it, too. Partners that use Amazon Web Services are clamoring to get access to Alexa’s technology to add voice technology to their own platforms. [Channel Pro]
Record Cyber Monday Sales: $3.45 billion
In what should be a continuing trend, Cyber Monday e-commerce sales hit another record with $3.45 billion spent this year, up 12 10.2% over 2015. Crowded mall or a few taps on the smartphone? [Ad Week]
Facebook to be a Bigger Time Sink
It's not like we don’t already waste enough time with social media, but now Facebook is really trying to suck us in. The social media giant launched a closed beta of a new game service that will allow users to play classic arcade games like Pac-Man, Galaga and Space Invaders right in the news feed or Messenger. [The Verge]