IoT Security Update: March 2019

While some national governments have been alleged to take advantage of weaknesses in IoT security to engage in espionage, in anticipation of hosting the 2020 Olympics, Japan is proactively hacking into its citizens’ IoT devices to search for vulnerabilities and guard against potential attacks. Read our roundup of the latest news about IoT security below.



Popular Scooter Found Vulnerable to Takeover Attacks

A researcher recently found that attackers could gain remote control of the acceleration and breaking functions of Xiaomi’s M365 scooters due to vulnerabilities associated with the product’s Bluetooth module. Read the Wired story here.


Japan Planning to Attempt Access to Citizens’ Devices

Concerned about the possibility of a major hack in the run-up to the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, the Japanese government will allow the National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT) to use default passwords and password dictionaries to identify potentially vulnerable IoT devices owned by its citizens. Read the full story on Forbes here.


Homeowner Says Security Cameras, Thermostat Were “Hacked” 

The father of a seven-month-old baby had just put his child to sleep only to find the smart thermostat in his house set to a dangerous 90 degrees and a “deep male voice” he did not recognize coming from his connected security cameras. Read the full story here.


The Top Eight Cyber Attacks to Watch for in 2019

Booz Allen analysts recently listed the “blockbuster” attacks that we need to watch for this year. The report highlights that IoT devices are especially vulnerable and could be subject to state-sponsored espionage and other nefarious activity. See the list here.


On-Demand Webinars

Renesas RL78 and SecureRF: Securing Ultra Low-Power MCUs at the Edge of the IoT

Watch this webinar to learn how the Renesas-SecureRF partnership uniquely delivers a practical and secure identification and authentication solution that meets the easy-to-deploy, low-power requirements of IoT edge nodes. Replay the webinar.


How to Secure and Future-Proof Your Connected Devices 

Security for the IoT is challenging. Current methods such as ECC and RSA are too slow when microcontrollers, ASICs or FPGAs are connected to low resource endpoints. Watch this webinar hosted by SecureRFIntel, and Digi-Key to learn about security methods that are fast, flexible, and future-proof. Replay the webinar.


Partner Spotlight: Intel

FPGA Design Solutions Network

As an Intel Gold FPGA Design Solutions Network Member, we offer our Walnut Digital Signature Algorithm™ (WalnutDSA™) and Ironwood Key Agreement Protocol™ (Ironwood KAP™) for Intel’s Cyclone® V SoC and MAX® 10 FPGAs. Our solutions enable Intel FPGAs to securely communicate with 8-bit to 32-bit processors, and microcontrollers at the edge of the IoT. These applications typically target industrial IoT, automotive, defense, consumer and medical markets. Learn more about our IoT Security for Intel® Cyclone® V SoC FPGAs, Intel® MAX® 10 FPGAs and CPUs.


Coming Events

RSA Conference 2019, March 4-8, San Francisco, California: SecureRF experts will be available to meet clients, prospects, partners and the press. To arrange a meeting with the SecureRF team, please click here.

Intel® Partner Connect 2019, March 19-21, Aurora, Colorado: SecureRF is excited to participate in Intel’s annual partner conference at the Gaylord Rockies Resort and Convention Center. To arrange a meeting with the SecureRF team, please click here.