Dans les pas de Microsoft, Google, Facebook, Amazon et Apple se sont implantés dans l'écosystème bruxellois. Leur influence passe par de multiples réseaux : équipes de lobbyistes accréditées, fédérations, think tanks, cabinets d'avocat, consultants... En plus du lobbying classique, ils s'adonnent aussi à des pratiques peu orthodoxes comme l'astroturfing ou le harcèlement des députés européens.
Starting in February, the country’s National Institute of Information and Communications Technology will use default passwords and password dictionaries and randomly try to infiltrate 200 million devices in homes across Japan, starting with routers and webcams, before moving on to other smart home “internet of things” devices.
Owners of devices that are successfully breached will be informed they were hacked and urged to change their passwords to something more secure. The hacking program is an initiative aimed at increasing cybersecurity in Japan before the 2020 Olympics and Paralympics in Tokyo next year.
18,000 Android apps with tens or hundreds of millions of installs on the Google Play Store have been found to violate Google's Play Store Advertising ID policy guidance by collecting persistent device identifiers such as serial numbers, IMEI, WiFi MAC addresses, SIM card serial numbers, and sending them to mobile advertising related domains alongside ad IDs.
Amazon wants to fill your home with its products. The company sells a voice-activated smart speaker that can tell you the weather (Echo), a security camera that can show you who’s stealing your packages (Ring), and a media streamer that can play films and shows on your television (Fire TV). It also sells dozens of other devices — plugs, thermostats, lights, vacuums, even microwaves — with its chatty voice assistant Alexa stuffed inside. Now, Amazon is looking to own your smart home’s foundation, too: the router.Routers can capture telling information. A router knows the number and brands of the internet-connected devices you have at home, and when you’re at home using those devices. A 2017 Eero report with anonymized data collected from “hundreds of thousands” of its routers shows a glimpse into what information can be gleaned: Charts showing times of day users are most active (Sunday between 9 p.m. and 10 p.m.), and a list of the top 40 devices connected to Eero networks (topped by the iPhone, iPad, and Sonos speakers). If you have more than three Eeros, the company can deduce that you have a big house, too.