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New York forces smart lock maker to improve its security

Safetech[1] makes both padlocks and door locks, each available on Amazon. According to the New York AG’s office, independent security researchers found that the company’s locks did not secure passwords or other security information in its locks, which left customers open to hacking and theft.

“Companies employing new technologies must implement and promote good security practices and ensure that their products are secure, including through the use of encryption,” Schneiderman said in a statement. “Together, with the help of companies like Safetech, we can safeguard against breaches and illegal intrusions on our private data.”

While this may be the first time an attorney general has taken legal action against a smart lock company like this, it won’t likely be the last. Kwikset was sued recently[2] for its Smart key lock’s alleged culpability in the rape and murder of a young woman in Florida by the building security guard. While not a true smart lock, the lock in question has a programmable cylinder that can be made to work with any key, which can be used to give temporary access to anyone. It’s also easily broken into[3] with a screwdriver and a paper clip.

As we all turn to smart devices and the Internet of Things in our lives, it becomes even more important to make sure we’re being protected from both hackers and ourselves. The settlement with Safetech could be the first big step towards companies building better security[4] into their smart devices.

The devices in our homes are increasingly connected to the internet posing new privacy & security risks to consumers. We’re taking action.

Eric Schneiderman (@AGSchneiderman) May 23, 2017[5]


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Drunk Woman Spits On Lyft Driver [VIDEO]

A visibly drunk customer using the ride-hailing service Lyft assaulted and spit on a driver Saturday night, after the two got in a heated argument. The driver starts recording the video once the intoxicated woman blew her nose into the seat cover on the passenger side.

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Thank you for extending me your seat cover considering I had nothing. You offered me no napkin, no nothing. You didn t offer me anything to blow my nose, says the 28-year-old rider, who St. Petersburg Police in Florida identified as Stephanie Young.

You didn t ask You didn t ask, replies the driver, believed to be known as Michelle Jennings. You haven t spoken to me since you ve gotten in the car. The passenger then continues to wipe her nose and face on the seat cover, while telling the driver that she must be so jealous that she has her as a customer.

What else do you have to offer me, madam? You were telling me how much of a princess you are, Young says, after incessantly thanking the driver for the makeshift handkerchief. What do you have to offer me. Anything else to blow my nose in, a napkin?

After some more indistinct garbles, the driver is fed up and tells the customer to shut up, or she will kick her out an inherent right of which the driver reminded the passenger.

You re going to offer me to shut up? Young responds. Your patient is treating me like, like I m what. Like, I m sorry I don t have the same skin tone as you So you re kicking me out of your car, bitch. Young then pulls herself forward so she can cough on Michelle. Completely bewildered and frustrated with her passenger, the driver eventually pulls into a parking lot and asks a nearby security guard to call the police.

While Jennings is trying to alert authorities, Young swats and spits on her, after which instance Jennings drops the recording device, but lets it continue recording. Jennings claims that Young grabbed her during the physical altercation and wouldn t let go. After the security guard implored Young to release her grip, she reportedly took off into the night, running in a random direction. Even though viewers of the video can t see the two women brawling, Jennings described the altercation as intense.

Yes, I had goose bumps, I was not really scared more seeing red and trying to keep my wits. I could have done more damage, just like she could have, Michelle s YouTube video description reads[1]. Thankfully I am alive and relatively unscathed but who knew how sore I d be today. Hopefully she feels me just the same.

The driver is not only upset with her passenger, but also her employer (or more accurately, her contractor[2]). They didn t help. They weren t helpful, Michelle said of Lyft, according[3] to a local ABC News affiliate. Video recordings have been quite helpful for drivers of Lyft and its ride-sharing big brother Uber. An irate passenger threatened to falsely accuse an Uber driver of rape in April after the two started arguing for unknown reasons. Luckily for the driver, he caught the whole ordeal on camera[4].

Travis Kalanick, the CEO and founder of Uber, was also videotaped by a driver. The two got in a passionate debate over Uber s business decisions, in which Kalanick later felt compelled to apologize for[5] after the footage surfaced.

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Michael Rubin: Why are Erdogan’s Thugs Running Free in DC?

This article first appeared on the American Enterprise Institute site.[1]

For the second time in as many years, Turkish security officers attacked Turkish protesters and other bystanders in Washington, DC. Last year, the venue was the Brookings Institution[2], where members of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan s entourage tried to forcibly remove invited guests and journalists whom they believed might ask tough questions. That the guards came prepared to intercept certain people shows a degree of planning that makes what already was a bad situation even worse.

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Michael Rubin: Why Are Erdogan's Thugs Running Free In DC?Donald Trump welcomes Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to the White House in Washington, DC, May 16, 2017. SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty

This year, the attack happened outside the Turkish ambassador s home, where the Atlantic Council had handpicked a friendly audience to engage with Erdogan.

Related: Michael Rubin : More Evidence of Erdogan’s Referendum Rigging[4]

The video of the attack is disturbing and appears to show Erdogan watching[5] the charge of some security guards into the crowd to beat, strangle and stomp on demonstrators. Unlike at Brookings, videos show not only security guards involved in the melee, but also at least one journalist[6] from Turkey s state-controlled outlets like Anadolu Agency.

The initial State Department response was weak. Yes, many in Erdogan s entourage have diplomatic immunity, but diplomatic immunity can be waived. And if the Turkish ambassador chooses not to do so, there can be consequences such as declaring certain officials persona non grata and demanding they leave Washington.

Related: Michael Rubin : Erdogan’s Dangerous Game Against the Kurds[7]

Turkish journalists who participated in the ruckus should face their day in court and, if found guilty, should serve their sentence in prison for assault. And, at the very least, every Erdogan guard accompanying the president on his trip to Washington should be blacklisted from the United States for life. Fool me once, fool me twice, but do not fool me a third time. The problem here is deeper than a single incident. As the antics of Erdogan s aides and the Turkish Embassy in Washington escalate and if the State Department does nothing significant to address the problem Washington could one day soon see a situation reminiscent of the 1984 Yvonne Fletcher murder in London.

In that case, a British policewoman securing a protest at the Libyan Embassy to the United Kingdom was shot and killed[8] by a gunmen from inside the embassy who was shielded by Libyan claims of immunity. Congress is also at fault. Congressmen and senators joining the Congressional Turkey Caucus[9] through their membership endorse Erdogan s actions. With regard to autocrats, weakness encourages misbehavior. No longer is the issue Turkish diplomatic sensitivity. When it comes to Americans safety at home, security and lawfulness are issues the State Department should never sacrifice.

Michael Rubin, a Resident Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, is a former Pentagon official whose major research areas are the Middle East, Turkey, Iran and diplomacy. Rubin instructs senior military officers deploying to the Middle East and Afghanistan on regional politics, and teaches classes regarding Iran, terrorism, and Arab politics on board deploying U.S. aircraft carriers. Rubin has lived in post-revolution Iran, Yemen, both pre- and post-war Iraq, and spent time with the Taliban before 9/11. His newest book, Dancing with the Devil: The Perils of Engaging Rogue Regimes examines a half century of U.S. diplomacy with rogue regimes and terrorist groups.[10][11][12]


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