Sophos at Mobile World Congress: Hacking mobile devices and the Internet of Things (Video)

MWC15-bannerThe security of mobile devices and the Internet of Things is surprisingly lax, especially compared to traditional desktops. James Lyne, global head of security research at Sophos, proved just how insecure these devices really are, in a presentation at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

In his live demonstration, James demonstrated hacks that a modestly talented cybercriminal could use to compromise mobile devices and Internet-connected closed-circuit cameras (CCTV).

In our video below, you can watch James hack into an Android tablet over Wi-Fi to record video and audio, and see how insecure CCTV cameras that use weak or no passwords can be breached from the other side of the world.

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Our top 10 predictions for security threats in 2015 and beyond

After a year of big data breaches like Home Depot and Sony, and widespread security vulnerabilities in our shared software, which spawned the likes of Heartbleed and Shellshock, it’s easy to predict that cybersecurity will be a hot topic in 2015.

Our new Security Threat Trends 2015 report investigates the biggest security risks on the horizon and explains the real-world impact of evolving threats on businesses and consumers.

Here are the 10 things we believe will have the biggest impact on security in 2015 and beyond.

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CeBIT opens with focus on Big Data and the Internet of Things

CeBITThe CeBIT tech conference got underway Monday in Hanover, Germany, and of course Sophos is there. The big news so far comes from keynote speeches from German Chancellor Angela Merkel and UK Prime Minister David Cameron, who announced a new partnership between the two countries in the hopes of leading the next tech revolution in Europe.

Cameron talked about the future of near-instant media downloads from the 5G Internet, and announced new funding for research projects on the Internet of Things — the huge assortment of connected devices in our increasingly data-driven world.

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