building automation

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. 

Home Automation Hub

Hole in Mobile Apps Leave Home Automation Systems Vulnerable to Hacking

Mobile applications used with two, popular home automation platforms by Wink and Insteon fail to protect user login information, leaving the devices vulnerable to hacking, a researcher at Rapid7 found. 

Update: Let’s Get Cyberphysical: Internet Attack shuts off the Heat in Finland

In-brief: a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack resulted in the loss of heating to two buildings in the city of  Lappeenranta in eastern Finland according to a report by local media, the latest example of downstream effects of cyber attacks on connected infrastructure. Editor’s note: updated with comment from Mr. Rounela, the CEO of Valtia.  11/8/2016

UL Charges for Cyber Standards, Draws Scrutiny

In-brief: Product testing firm Underwriters Laboratories drew scrutiny by charging for copies of new standards for connected devices. But security experts say the new UL standards are poised to have a big impact – especially in industries like medicine and critical infrastructure.