connected devices

Theo from Die Hard

Die Hard is a Movie About Building Automation Insecurity. Discuss.

In this episode of the Security Ledger Podcast (#126): Die Hard has finally been embraced as the bloody, violent, feel-good Christmas movie its always been. But the film, which turns 30 this year, is about more than the power of ordinary guys to stand up to evil. Did you know it’s also a (very) early warning about the dire insecurity of building automation systems? We speak with Ang Cui of the firm Red Balloon Security about the dire risk of cyber attacks on building automation software and company’s work to secure this often-overlooked critical infrastructure. 

‘Alexa, Protect My Data’: Amazon Sends Private Voice Files to Unauthorized Customer

Amazon accidentally sent 1,700 private voice files to an unauthorized customer in Germany in response to a request for personal data. The data allowed a German magazine to identify and track down the person whose voice was recorded on the files, according to a published report.

Report: Obvious Security Flaws Make ICS Networks Easy Targets

Industrial control systems (ICSs) remain easy targets for nation-states actors because of security gaps such as plain-text passwords, direct Internet connections and weak anti-virus protections, a new report has found.

Podcast Episode 117: Insurance Industry Confronts Silent Cyber Risk, Converged Threats

Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 32:26 — 37.1MB)Subscribe: Android | Email | Google Podcasts | RSSIn this episode of the podcast (#117), we go deep on one of the hottest sectors around: cyber insurance. In the first segment, we talk with Thomas Harvey of the firm RMS about the problem of “silent cyber” risk to insurers and how better modeling of cyber incidents is helping to address that threat. In part II, we invite Chip Block of the firm Evolver back into the studio to talk about the challenge that “converged” cyber physical systems pose to insurance carriers as they try to wrap their arms around their exposure to cyber risk. Editor’s note: as an experiment this week, we’re posting each interview as a separate download, to see if that makes it easier for listeners to jump to the content they’re most interested in. Use the comments […]

Uber Autonomous Vehicle

Report: Hacking Risk for Connected Vehicles Shows Significant Decline

Smart vehicles are less vulnerable than they were a few years ago, thanks to improvements in security according to a new report from the security firm IOActive.