Tag: password

The FTC is being urged to take a stronger stand on Internet of Things security in order to protect consumers.

Lawmakers to FTC: Do Something about Internet of Things Security

In-brief: Two lawmakers on the U.S. House of Representatives’ Committee on Energy and Commerce are calling on the Federal Trade Commission to take steps to protect consumers from security issues linked to the Internet of Things.

Cyber criminals are rushing to compromise weakly secured devices like cameras and digital video recorders. (Image courtesy of OKhistory.org)

Land Rush: Race is On To Hack Vulnerable IoT Devices

In-brief:Cyber criminal groups are racing to gain control over a population of insecure “Internet of Things” devices, with new malware families targeting embedded devices appearing at a steady rate and a noticeable uptick in so-called “brute force” password guessing attacks against embedded systems. 

Mira botnet infections globally. (Image courtesy of Imperva.)

DHS Warns of Mirai Malware Threat to Cell Gateways

In-brief: cellular gateways made by Sierra Wireless may be susceptible to the Mirai malware, the Department of Homeland Security warned on Wednesday. 

CCTV cameras are part of a massive botnet that launched large denial of service attacks last week. It's not the first time that such devices have played a role in attacks.

The Hacked Camera Botnet: Not New, Just Big

In-brief: More than 100,000 infected, Internet connected cameras played a part in giant denial of service attacks against a security news website last week. It’s not the first time such devices have been used to attack. 

Physicians and other clinical staff routinely ignore or circumvent security measures, a study found.

Study finds Password Misuse in Hospitals a Steaming Hot Mess

In-brief: efforts by clinical staff to circumvent password protections are “endemic” in healthcare environments and mostly go unnoticed by hospital IT staff, according to a new report.