Google Assistant can set times for controlling internet-connected devices

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Google Assistant, found in devices like the Nest Audio smart speaker, are getting smarter. 


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Smart assistants like Google Assistant, Amazon’s Alexa and Apple’s Siri have been able to handle home automation tasks for years. In a new update, however, it now looks like at least Google’s virtual helper has recently been learning a new trick. 

Spotted by Android Police and Reddit, Google appears to have added additional functionality to Assistant when controlling internet-connected lights. As opposed to only being able to have the lights go on or off immediately, you can now say “Hey Google, turn on the lights in 5 minutes” or “Hey Google, turn on the lights at 7 a.m.”

A Google Developer page suggests that the functionality can handle more than just lights, with the site listing

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Senate passes bill to secure internet-connected devices against cyber vulnerabilities

The Senate this week unanimously passed bipartisan legislation designed to boost the cybersecurity of internet-connected devices.



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Senate passes bill to secure internet-connected devices against cyber vulnerabilities

The Internet of Things Cybersecurity Improvement Act would require all internet-connected devices purchased by the federal government – such as computers and mobile devices – to comply with minimum security recommendations issued by the National Institute of Standards and Technology.

The bill would require private sector groups providing devices to the federal government to notify agencies if the internet-connected device has a vulnerability that could leave the government open to attacks.

The legislation, which the Senate advanced on Tuesday, was passed unanimously by the House in September. It now heads to President Trump for a signature.

The bill was sponsored in the Senate by Sens. Mark Warner (D-Va.) and Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), the co-founders of the Senate Cybersecurity Caucus, who both

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Nokia Threat Intelligence Report warns of rising cyberattacks on internet-connected devices

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Nokia Threat Intelligence Report warns of rising cyberattacks on internet-connected devices

      ·Report also highlights role of numerous COVID-19-themed cybercriminal campaigns aimed at exploiting user data
           
22 October 2020

Espoo Finland – Cyberattacks on internet-connected devices continue to rise at an alarming rate due to poor security protections and cybercriminals use of automated tools to exploit these vulnerabilities, according to the latest Nokia Threat Intelligence Report.

The report found that Internet-connected, or IoT, devices now make up roughly 33% of infected devices, up from about 16% in 2019. The report’s findings are based on data aggregated from monitoring network traffic on more than 150 million devices globally where Nokia’s NetGuard Endpoint Security product is deployed.

Adoption of IoT devices, from smart home security monitoring systems to drones and medical devices, is expected to continue growing as consumers and enterprises move to take advantage of the high bandwidth, ultra-low latency,

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