Post Tagged with: "critical infrastructure"

The Unbalanced Negative Externalities of Cybersecurity

May 21, 2015 10:130 comments
The Internet could benefit from a public health model for combatting threats - even moreso with the Internet of Things, says Symantec CTO Amit Mital.

In-Brief: Software and the critical systems it powers are now central to our modern lives. But that very software is under growing threat and require new approaches to address those threats, says Symantec CTO Amit Mital. Successes in the arena of public health may be a guide. Like this:Like Loading…

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NetUSB, IoT and Supply Chain Risk

May 20, 2015 12:290 comments
NetUSB, a common software component for many embedded devices was found to have a serious, exploitable vulnerability. What other problems lurk in the global supply chain?

If you want an object lesson in the dangers that await us on the Internet of Things, check out SEC Consult’s write up on NetUSB, a widely used technology developed by an obscure Taiwanese company that just happens to contain a nasty, remotely exploitable vulnerability. According to this alert, published on Tuesday, NetUSB “suffers from a remotely exploitable kernel stack buffer overflow” that could be used to run malicious code on affected devices. Even worse: the NetUSB component is ubiquitous – found in a long list of devices, from low-end wireless access points and broadband routers for small office and home office deployments to what SEC Consult called “high end devices…released very recently.” Networking devices from 26 vendors, including TP-Link, NetGear and others were found to use the NetUSB technology in their products. The vulnerability discovered by SEC Consult is straight-forward enough. According to their advisory, the NetUSB code does an inadequate […]

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FBI Affidavit Alleges Researcher Hacked Planes In Flight

May 17, 2015 15:422 comments
An application for a search warrant filed in April by the FBI alleges that security researcher Chris Roberts tampered with the in flight entertainment system on a flight from Denver to Chicago in April -a charge Roberts denies.

In-brief: Did security researcher Chris Roberts attempt to tamper with in-flight systems during a United Airlines flight from Denver to Chicago in April? An FBI affidavit says “yes,” Roberts says “no way.”  Like this:Like Loading…

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FDA Safety Advisory Warns of Cyber Risk of Drug Pumps

May 14, 2015 08:280 comments
The FDA issued a Safety Communication regarding vulnerabilities in the Hospira LifeCare drug infusion pump.

In-brief: In what may be a first, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a Safety Communication regarding vulnerabilities in a drug infusion pump by the firm Hospira. Like this:Like Loading…

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