Tag: hacks

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. 

Most U.S. adults had trouble identifying key cyber security concepts including what data was secure online and the definition of a botnet.

DHS warns of BrickerBot Threat to Internet of Things

In-brief: the Department of Homeland Security is warning about destructive attacks by BrickerBot, a new piece of malicious software that attacks Linux devices and renders them useless, wiping out critical configuration information and data from the devices. 

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. 

Hacking tools belonging to the CIA were leaked via the site Wikileaks. What have we learned from the release?

Leaked CIA Tools Linked to Known Cyber Espionage Group | Symantec

In-brief: We don’t know if the Vault 7 tools belonged to the CIA. We do know that they were used by a group Symantec dubbed Longhorn that possessed powerful zero day exploits, never attacked computers in the US and used code words taken from lyrics by 80s band The Police, so…

Brickerbot: and You will know It by the Trail of Linux Devices

Brickerbot: and You will know It by the Trail of Linux Devices

In-brief: new botnets, dubbed “Brickerbot” were first spotted in recent weeks conducting what Radware termed “permanent denial of service” attacks: compromising and then destroying data on vulnerable connected endpoints.