Tag: Internet of Things

Farmers in the U.S. are turning to modified firmware from third parties to "jail break" tractors and other heavy equipment: allowing the equipment owners to diagnose problems and repair equipment without approval from the manufacturer.

Hobbled by DMCA, Farmers are jail breaking Tractors | Motherboard

In-brief: Hobbled by draconian copyright restrictions from manufacturers like John Deere that make it impossible to modify or repair equipment, farmers in the U.S. have turned to unofficial software produced in countries like Ukraine to maintain their equipment. 

Insecure network attached storage devices are the common thread in a string of data breaches, including the recent leak of US Air Force personnel files, security experts say.

NAS Holes: Air Force Data Leak the Tip of Very Large Iceberg

In-brief: The recently disclosed trove of personnel files by an US Air Force officer is one piece of a much larger phenomenon: exposed, vulnerable and Internet-connected network attached storage (or NAS) devices chock full of gigabytes sensitive data.

Metasploit has added a feature to support scanning for wireless devices.

Targeting Internet of Things: Metasploit Tool Adds Wireless Device Detection

In-brief: The Metasploit Framework has a new extension to test for wireless devices that communicate over radio frequency (RF), Bluetooth and other protocols. 

Flaws found in telepresence robots by the firm Double Robotics could make it easy to take control of the devices remotely. (Image courtesy of Double Robotics.)

Telepresence Robots? Hackable.

In-brief: Residents of Uncanny Valley have something more to worry about: telepresence robots by the firm Double Robotics contain numerous, exploitable vulnerabilities, the firm Rapid7 reports. 

In just the last week, remotely exploitable security holes cropped up in hundreds of models of IP enabled security cameras and recorders as well as a popular line of network attached storage (NAS) devices. The culprit? Shoddy firmware and lax oversight.

Merchants of Doh! Cameras, DVRs, NAS Fall Down on Security

In-brief: In just the last week, remotely exploitable security holes cropped up in hundreds of models of IP enabled security cameras and recorders as well as a popular line of network attached storage (NAS) devices. The culprit? Shoddy firmware and lax oversight by vendors. When will it end??