In-brief: The head of a hosting firm said a botnet of almost 150,000 cameras and digital video recorders was behind a massive denial of service attack.
In-brief: The Payment Card Industry Security Standards Council (PCI Council) is raising the bar for the security of point of sale systems, with a big focus on the software (or “firmware”) that runs those systems.
Reuters is reporting that the U.S. Justice Department has formed a threat analysis team to study potential national security challenges posed by self-driving cars, medical devices and other Internet-connected tools. The new group’s goal is to secure the so-called “internet of things” from exploitation by “terrorist threats” and by others who might try to hack devices to cause loss of life or achieve political or economic gain, according to Assistant Attorney General John Carlin, head of the Justice Department’s national security division. The impetus for the team, which has been informally active for about six months, was an understanding that the internet is vulnerable to cyber attacks partly because it was not designed with security in mind, Carlin told Reuters, after announcing the group on Thursday at the Intelligence and National Security Alliance conference in Washington. Source: Justice Dept. group studying national security threats of internet-linked devices
In-brief: The Department of Homeland Security is warning companies to pay closer attention to supply chain security in the wake of attacks on networking infrastructure.
In-brief: Researchers from George Mason University and New York University are warning that the software used to link smart phones to in-vehicle “infotainment” (IVI) systems could make cars vulnerable to remote attack.