Oct 27, 2020

Roche's new voice assistant gives diabetes advice

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Leila Hawkins
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Roche's new voice app gives advice to people with diabetes
The virtual assistant can offer expert, personalised info to people living with diabetes...

Roche have launched a voice activated assistant for people with diabetes that's available in the US free of charge on Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. 

The voice activated assistant can answer questions on diet, exercise, medication and blood glucose monitoring. To ask the assistant a question, the user just needs to tell their device to open 'Sulli the Diabetes Guru'. 

Part of the Roche Diabetes Care range, Roche has launched Sulli to help the growing number of people living with diabetes in North America, estimated to be over 34 million

With around 50 per cent of all search queries now conducted by voice activated apps, Matt Logan, Vice President of Marketing for Roche Diabetes Care, explains that AI-driven assistants like Sulli make it easier for people with diabetes to access vital information. 

“Diabetes is a full-time job and can be overwhelming, especially during these uncertain times" he says. “With Sulli the Diabetes Guru just a voice-command away, getting expert answers and diabetes management support is as easy as picking up the phone or messaging a friend.”

  “Creating a voice experience to assist people with diabetes is another step in our active preparation for a future in which integration of digital technologies will improve self-care and consolidate relevant data for personalized dialogue with healthcare providers” he adds.  “We will continue to develop content and features for Sulli the Diabetes Guru that can be expanded across platforms and help empower people with diabetes to live their best  life.”  

Roche previously developed the MySugr app, frequently ranked as one of the top apps for people with diabetes. 

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Jun 17, 2021

Peloton vulnerable to cyber attacks, McAfee research finds

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​​​​​​​Software security experts McAfee discovered exercise bikes by Peloton are vulnerable to cyber attacks, which the company have since resolved 

Peloton, the popular exercise bikes, were found to be vulnerable to cyber attacks in the latest research from McAfee. 

Peloton is a brand of electric bikes that combines high end exercise equipment with cutting-edge technology. Its products use wi fi to connect to a large tablet that interfaces with the components of the exercise device, and provides an easy way for physical activity enthusiasts to attend virtual workout classes over the internet several times a week.

Peloton has garnered attention recently around the privacy and security of its products. So McAfee decided to take a look for themselves and purchased a Peloton Bike+.

The problem

Researchers looked at the Android devices and uncovered a vulnerability  that could allow an attacker with either physical access to the Bike+ or access during any point in the supply chain to gain to hack into the bike’s tablet, including the camera, microphone and personal data. 

For the person using it there would be no indication the Bike+ has been tampered with, potentially putting Peloton’s 16.7 million users at risk.  

The flaw was found in the Android Verified Boot (AVB) process. McAfee researchers were able to bypass the Android Verified Boot process, which normally verifies all code and data before booting. They were then able to get the device to boot bypassing this step. 

This could potentially lead to the Android OS being compromised by an attacker who is physically present. Even worse, the attacker could boot up the Peloton with a modified credential to gain privileges, granting them access to the bike remotely. 

As the attacker never has to unlock the device to boot it up, there would be no trace of their access on the device. This type of attack could also happen at any point from construction to warehouse to delivery, by installing a backdoor into the Android tablet without the user ever knowing. 

The solution

Given the simplicity and criticality of the flaw, McAfee informed Peloton while auditing was ongoing. The vendor was sent full details,  and shortly after, Peloton confirmed the issue and released a fix for it. 

Further conversations between McAfee and  Peloton confirmed that this vulnerability had also been present on the Peloton Tread exercise equipment. 

Peloton’s Head of Global Information Security Adrian Stone, commented on the research: “This vulnerability reported by McAfee would require direct, physical access to a Peloton Bike+ or Tread. Like with any connected device in the home, if an attacker is able to gain physical access to it, additional physical controls and safeguards become increasingly important.

"To keep our members safe, we acted quickly and in coordination with McAfee. We pushed a mandatory update in early June and every device with the update installed is protected from this issue.”

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