Internet of Things

Cisco Ramps up Security for Things with IOT Threat Defense

Cisco Ramps up Security for Things with IOT Threat Defense

In-brief: Networking giant Cisco Systems said on Tuesday that a new package of products and services, dubbed IoT Threat Defense.

Trend Micro said a newly discovered botnet phones home to servers in Iran and spreads using a known vulnerability in software run by thousands of IP camera models. (Image courtesy of Trend Micro.)

Persirai Botnet: 120,000 Hacked Cameras Phoning Home To Iran

In-brief: a botnet of 120,000 cameras that takes its orders from servers based in Iran uses a long-ago disclosed security vulnerability in camera software to spread. The flaw affects over 1,000 different models of cameras, Trend Micro reports. 

Trend said attackers could remotely or locally tamper with control parameters on industrial robots, which lack security features found in modern IT systems.

Report warns of Robot Hacks, Tampering

In-brief: Common industrial robots are susceptible to hacks and other forms of electronic hacking that could cause physical harm to workers or result in flawed and dangerous products.

A warning letter from the FDA to St. Jude Medical said the firm ignored warnings that its implantable medical devices and related software were vulnerable to hacking or unexpected failure.

Update: FDA says St. Jude Medical knew about Device Flaws 2 Years Before Muddy Waters Report

In-brief: In a damning report, the FDA said that St. Jude Medical* knew about serious security flaws in its implantable medical devices as early as 2014, but failed to address them with software updates or other mitigations, or by replacing those devices. (Editor’s note: updated to include a statement from Abbott and comment from Dr. Kevin Fu. – PFR April 14, 2017)

A researcher for the firm Equus Security warns that Samsung's Tizen mobile operating system is dangerously insecure. (Image courtesy of Samsung.)

Samsung’s Tizen Operating System: a Hacker’s Dream | Motherboard

In-brief: Motherboard reports on an audit of Samsung’s Tizen mobile and IoT operating system that suggests it contains numerous, serious security holes.