UK Suspect Faces Charges in VTech Hack, Breach of Kids' Data

By eWEEK Staff  |  Posted 2015-12-16 Print this article Print

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Today's topics include an arrest made by the UK Police in connection with the VTech hacking, Google will no longer trust the Symantec Root Certificate, an analyses reveals FAA drone rules will have little impact on business users, and Huawei's Honor smartphones will reportedly be making their way to the United States.

Barely three weeks after the first public disclosure about a massive data breach at toy vendor VTech, an arrest related to the incident has been made.

Law enforcement officials from the United Kingdom's South East Regional Organized Crime Unit publicly announced the arrest yesterday morning of a 21-year-old male in Bracknell, 32 miles west of London. The unit is not publicly disclosing the name of the individual at this time.

Google's Chrome browser, Android OS and other products will soon stop trusting digital certificates issued from a particular Symantec root certificate because of security concerns.

That means that Chrome and Android users who visit Websites that use certificates linked to the banned root will receive an alert informing them the site's security certificate cannot be relied upon for authentication or encryption purposes.

The Federal Aviation Administration has released its long-awaited rules for registration of drones and other unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), but the new rules are written to apply to private users, not businesses.

But there are important reasons to be aware of the requirement for drone registration, including the fact that another set of impending rules, this time for commercial use, could be a lot like the rules released on Dec. 14.

It's also likely that at least some drone operations contractors will buy consumer drones and use them commercially.

Chinese smartphone maker Huawei is getting ready to announce that it will be bringing budget-priced handsets from its Honor smartphone division to sell in the United States sometime in 2016.

According to a Dec. 13 story by 9to5Google, the move will be unveiled at the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in January at an event the company is sponsoring at the show.

The first smartphone likely to arrive in America is the Honor 5X, though the company recently unveiled its latest model, the Honor 7 Enhanced Edition, earlier in December.


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