Tag: critical infrastructure

IOActive researchers extracted firmware from the Linksys smart wifi router and discovered 10 security vulnerabilities. (Photo courtesy of IOActive.)

Bot Fodder: 20 Models of Linksys Routers Vulnerable to remote Hacks

In-brief: serious security flaws affect 20 models of wireless routers manufactured by the firm Linksys, just the latest report to underscore security flaws in ubiquitous networking hardware that is used by homes and small businesses, the firm IOActive disclosed on Thursday.

Sirens by the firm Federal Signal were hacked and set off in Dallas. But what role - if any - did computer tampering play in the incident?

Podcast: Hack, or Phreak – What Really Happened in Dallas?

In-brief: The April 7th hijacking of more than 100 civil defense sirens in Dallas was dismissed as an “old school” hack that relied copycat radio tones to set off a cacophony that lasted for nearly two hours. But was it? Security researcher Mark Loveless (aka “Simple Nomad”) has his doubts about the official explanation. In this latest Security Ledger podcast, he talks to Editor in Chief Paul Roberts about what might have really gone down in Dallas. 

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 report from the firm FireEye warns that industrial firms still have work to do securing their environments from cyber attacks.

Seven Years After Stuxnet, Industrial Firms Still Lag on Security

In-brief: Seven years after the Stuxnet worm proved that attacks on industrial environments was possible, many industrial and manufacturing firms still lack basic elements of an effective information security strategy, a new report finds. 

The hack of civil defense sirens in Dallas is just the latest such incident - and likely not the last, security experts say.

Hack of Dallas Sirens Not the First or Last on Emergency Systems, Experts Warn

In-brief: The weekend hack of civil defense sirens in Dallas, Texas is similar to two incidents in Illinois in 2012. The underlying problem? Woeful security for emergency alerting and other civil defense systems in the U.S., according to security experts.