Expert: Amazon’s new Sidewalk network is banking on your ‘laziness,’ how to opt-out

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(WSPA) – Are you comfortable with sharing your internet? If you use an Amazon device, chances are right now you are doing just that.

The company quietly launched its new shared network called Amazon Sidewalk on June 8. It gave users eight days to opt-out before their devices connected to create the new service.

Some cybersecurity experts are concerned and why they say Amazon “primed” you to do nothing about it.

Whether you know your neighbors, chances are right now your Ring camera and Echo speaker are linked to their devices through a new shared network called Amazon Sidewalk.

No text or email notifications went out to customers like the Orszaks in Greenville, South Carolina.

“It’s the first I heard of it is when you came up. I think it’s wrong,” said Midge Orszak.

“It seems like they should have emailed everybody and told them about the change. It shouldn’t be opt out, it should be opt in,” said Jeff Orszak.

Cyber security expert John Sinderman, the CEO of Pivotal IT, couldn’t agree more.

“I think what they’re counting on is the laziness of the user because they figure they’re just not going to turn it off,” said John Sinderman, the CEO of Pivotal IT.

Before we talk security, what exactly are users who don’t opt out getting?

Amazon says Sidewalk creates a new network using existing Ring and Echo devices that now share a portion of your internet bandwidth. The service not only ensures your products still work, even if your internet goes down, but it also provides more connectivity to products outdoors like lights and motion sensors.

“I don’t see the need for it. I’m able to get everything I need without this sharing,” Orszak said.

Amazon is quick to point out that Sidewalk “does not share your WiFi,” but Sinderman says while technically correct, that’s splitting hairs.

“They’re putting a device on their network that now will allow other devices from as far as a mile away to connect to that device on their network. In our world that is a potential vulnerability, it could allow access into your network from a network that’s not trusted,” Sinderman said.

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Chief Operating Officer of network security company charged with cyberattack on Gwinnett Medical Center | USAO-NDGA

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ATLANTA – Vikas Singla has been arraigned on charges arising out of a cyberattack conducted on Gwinnett Medical Center in 2018. Singla was indicted by a federal grand jury on June 8, 2021.

“Cyberattacks that target important infrastructure, like healthcare, pose a serious threat to public health and safety,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Kurt R. Erskine. “In this case, Singla allegedly compromised Gwinnett Medical Center’s operations in part for his own personal gain.”

“Criminal disruptions of hospital computer networks can have tragic consequences,” said Acting Assistant Attorney General Nicholas L. McQuaid of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division. “The department is committed to holding accountable those who endanger the lives of patients by damaging computers that are essential in the operation of our healthcare system.”

“This cyberattack on a hospital not only could have had disastrous consequences, but patient’s personal information was also compromised,” said Chris Hacker, Special Agent in Charge of FBI Atlanta. “The FBI and our law enforcement partners are determined to hold accountable, those who allegedly put peoples health and safety at risk while driven by greed.”

According to Acting U.S. Attorney Erskine, the indictment, and other information presented in court: Vikas Singla, the Chief Operating Officer of a metro-Atlanta network security company that served the healthcare industry, allegedly conducted a cyberattack on Gwinnett Medical Center that involved:

  • Disrupting phone service,
  • Obtaining information from a digitizing device, and
  • Disrupting network printer service.

The indictment further alleges that the cyberattack was conducted, in part, for financial gain. 

Vikas Singla, 45, of Marietta, Georgia, made his initial appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge Linda T. Walker.  Singla was charged with 17 counts of intentional damage to a protected computer and one count of obtaining information from a protected computer. Members of the public are reminded that the indictment only contains charges. The defendant is presumed innocent of the charges and it will be the government’s burden to prove the defendant’s guilt beyond a…


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Infobip acquires Anam to offer enhanced product and service offerings for mobile network operators

Infobip announces it has acquired SMS firewall service provider Anam that offers solutions to more than 80 MNOS with more than 606 million customers across the world. The purchase price remains undisclosed and consists of a combination of cash and Infobip shares. 

This strategic acquisition strengthens Infobip’s position as the first choice for mobile network operators through enhanced product and service offerings. 

Their combined product portfolio for MNOs represents an exceptional proposition to mobile operators that will also vastly benefit subscribers, and includes best in class SMS Firewall, SMS Hubs, SMSC, CPaaS, RCS and Authentication & Verification. 

With Anam joining Infobip’s Strategic Operator Partnerships division, customers of both companies will benefit from a better all-up offering including 24/7 Networks Operations Centre (NOC), on ground support, enriched analytics, and reporting. 

Additionally, it offers greater scale through Infobip’s truly global presence and direct relationship with over 650 carriers across the world. Together Anam and Infobip’s combined assets secure the best supply chain available today for A2P SMS globally. 

The companies will now be able to provide technical solutions to a combined 700+ MNOS globally with 64% global mobiles reached. Infobip processes more than 14 billion monthly customer interactions across the full range of communication channels, in more than 190 countries around the globe. 

Both companies are active GSMA associate members and have consistently ranked Tier 1 in ROCCO’s A2P SMS Firewall vendor benchmarking reports. Both are also recipients of Juniper Future Digital Awards in their respective fields making this a highly complementary union. 

Anam is also one of the few companies that hold certification of both ISO 27001 and ISO 20000 – best practice standards for information security and IT service management – that guarantee premium levels of Quality of Service to operators.  

Culturally, both businesses have closely matched company values and beliefs –abiding by a team-based ethos which emphasizes employee…