Articles by: Paul
I'm an experienced writer, reporter and industry analyst with a decade of experience covering IT security, cyber security and hacking, and a fascination with the fast-emerging "Internet of Things."

Duck and Cyber: Berkeley Report Imagines Dark, Technology Driven Futures

May 4, 2016 07:510 comments
Technology advances including the growth of the Internet of Things could lead to a variety of different futures - some sunnier than others, according to a report from UC Berkeley and the Hewlett Foundation. (Image courtesy of the Library of Congress.)

In-brief: technology advances including the growth of the Internet of Things will make cybersecurity a top concern for individuals and governments, enabling a variety of futures – some sunnier than others, according to a report from UC Berkeley and the Hewlett Foundation.

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Michigan Utility Felled in Ransomware Attack

May 3, 2016 18:520 comments
The Lansing, Michigan Board of Water and Light said that a ransomware infection forced the shutdown of much of its corporate network last week.

In-brief: A Michigan utility was knocked offline for much of last week following a ransomware infection that compromised the utility’s corporate network, but did not affect the delivery of water and electricity. 

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FDA: Antivirus Crashed Diagnostic Tool During Heart Procedure

10:510 comments
The Hemo diagnostic tool by Merge Healthcare was felled by anti virus software running on a monitoring PC, the FDA said in a recent Adverse Incident report.

In-brief: antivirus software running on a medical diagnostic computer caused the device to fail in the middle of a cardiac procedure, the FDA said.

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Podcast: Privacy Sweeps and securing the IoT Supply Chain

April 30, 2016 16:560 comments
Supply Channel Coordination or Logistics Chain as Concept

In-brief: Security Ledger Editor in Chief Paul Roberts speaks with John Dickson, a principal at Denim Group about the recent Internet of Things privacy sweep and about the challenge of securing the Internet of Things supply chain. 

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Smart Card Alliance Launches Another IoT Industry Group

April 29, 2016 10:340 comments
The expansion of the Internet of Things will compound privacy risks to individuals.

In-brief: The Smart Card Alliance is launching a new industry alliance to focus on Internet of Things technology. The group has already weighed in on topics like secure payments and secure health.

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