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Critical Flaws in VxWorks affect 200 Million Connected Things

Serious and exploitable security flaws in VxWorks, a commonly used operating system for embedded devices, span 13 years and could leave hundreds of millions* of connected devices vulnerable to remote cyber attacks and hacks. The security firm Armis on Monday published a warning about 11 critical, zero day vulnerabilities in the VxWorks operating system, which is owned and managed by the firm Wind River. The vulnerabilities expose more than 200 million devices and could allow attackers to remotely take control of everything from networked printers and security appliances to industrial and medical devices, according to Ben Seri, the Vice President of Research at Armis. Move over, EternalBlue! At least a couple of the flaws were described as “more serious” than EternalBlue, the Microsoft Windows flaw that powered both the WannaCry and NotPetya malware outbreaks. SCADA and industrial control system devices, healthcare devices like patient monitors and MRI machines, as well […]

Episode 153: Hacking Anesthesia Machines and Mayors say No to Ransoms

In this week’s podcast episode (#153): The researcher who discovered serious remote access security flaws in anesthesia machines by GE says such security holes are common. Also: the US Conference of Mayors voted unanimously to swear off paying ransoms for cyber attacks. But is that a smart idea? We’re joined by Andrew Dolan of the Multi State Information Sharing and Analysis Center to talk about it.

Episode 152: What the Silex Malware says about IoT Insecurity and Cloud Security CEO Steve Mullaney on Amazon ReInforce

In this week’s podcast episode, #152: we talk with Akamai researcher Larry Cashdollar about his discovery of Silex, a new example of IoT killing malware allegedly authored by a 14 year old. Also: Steve Mullaney, the CEO of the cloud security start up Aviatrix joins us to talk about Amazon’s new cloud security conference: Re:Inforce.

Episode 151: Ransoming the City with Cesar Cerrudo of IOActive

In this week’s episode, #151: Cesar Cerrudo, the head of research at the firm IOActive joins us to talk about the recent spate of massive ransomware payouts and why municipal government networks are the favorite target of hackers these days.

Firm Uncovers Major Cyber-Espionage Campaign Against Telcos

The security firm Cybereason has uncovered a persistent cyber espionage attack on telecommunications companies worldwide to steal data on high-profile users and then spy on them.