In this week’s episode of The Security Ledger Podcast (#82), we take a look at Autosploit, the new Internet of Things attack tool that was published on the open source code repository Github last week. Brian Knopf of the firm Neustar joins us to talk about what the new tool might mean for attacks on Internet of Things endpoints in 2018. Also: the go-live date for the EU General Data Protection Regulation is just months away, but many firms are still unaware that the regulation even exists. We’ll hear two reports from the front lines of GDPR, first from Sam Peifle of the International Association of Privacy Professionals and then by Shane Nolan of IDA, the Irish Development Authority.
Researchers Warn of Physics-Based Attacks on Sensors
Billions of sensors that are already deployed lack protections against attacks that manipulate the physical properties of devices to cause sensors and embedded devices to malfunction, researchers working in the U.S. and China have warned.
Five Essential Reads to Understand the Meltdown and Spectre Processor Flaws
There has been plenty of (digital) ink spilled in recent days about widespread processor flaws known as “Meltdown” and “Spectre.” We round up five articles that will help you understand these security vulnerabilities, how they were discovered and their likely impact.
Google details CPU flaws, claims AMD, ARM and Intel all affected
Google has come forward to claim responsibility for discovering a pair of serious security holes in Intel processors that run almost 9 in 10 computers in the world. And worse: the company has echoed a statement by Intel yesterday that the flaws are not specific to that company’s chips. Contrary to published reports, a blog post on the Google Security Blog by Matt Linton, a Senior Security Engineer at Google and Pat Parseghian, a Technical Program Manager said that flaws dubbed “Specter” (PDF) and “Meltdown” (PDF) are not limited to chips by Intel, but exist in central processing unit (CPU) chips by a wide range of vendors including Intel, AMD and ARM. Google discovered the flaws The flaws were discovered by Jann Horn, a researcher for Google’s Project Zero security team, discovered the flaw and showed how malicious actors could game a common CPU feature known as “speculative execution” to […]
Update: Two Years After Discovery Dangerous Security Hole Lingers in GPS Services
Security researchers warned of a serious vulnerability in a GPS service by the China-based firm ThinkRace exposes sensitive data in scores of GPS services, more than two years after the hole was discovered and reported to the firm. (Update: added comment from John van den Oever, the CEO of one2track B.V – PFR 1/3/2018)