Tag: Mobile Threats

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. 

As the Chinese President meets at Mar a Lago with President Trump, reports of more Chinese hacking of the US and its allies has surfaced in two reports.

As Trump and Xi Meet, Reports of China-Sponsored Hacks Flare | Digital Guardian

In-brief: On the eve of a high-profile meeting between China’s President Xi Jinping and U.S. President Donald Trump, new reports underscore the continued scourge of Chinese spying on- and theft from the U.S. and its allies. (Editor’s note: this post is excerpted from one that appeared on Digital Guardian’s blog.)

A researcher demonstrated a method for hacking smart television using an attack hidden in a broadcast signal. (Image courtesy of The New York Public Library.)

Researcher Says 9 in 10 Smart TVs Vulnerable to Broadcast-based Attacks

In-brief: a security researcher demonstrated a broadcast-based attacks on smart televisions, almost three years after a similar demonstration by researchers at Columbia. More than 90 percent of smart TVs may be vulnerable – but carrying out an attack may be challenging. 

Gemalto's Breach Level Index finds more data exposed, despite a decrease in the number of incidents. (Image courtesy of Gemalto.)

Report: 1.4b Records Exposed Last Year

In-brief: Almost 1.4 billion data records were exposed in 2016, many of them lost as a result of identity theft, the security firm Gemalto reported Tuesday.

Nokia data shows a steady increase in infected mobile device traffic. (Image courtesy of Nokia.)

Android Malware Doubled in 2016, Adding to Mobile Malware Problem

In-brief: Smart phones infected with Android malware jumped 95 percent between 2015 and 2016, part of a steady increase in mobile phone infections in recent years, Nokia said on Monday.