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Attacks on home broadband routers by machines infected with Mirai, a botnet program, have knocked customers offline in the UK, as well as Germany, according to reports. Internet users in other countries may be affected, as well. (Image courtesy of Zyxel.)

Mirai Botnet attacks on Home Routers felt in UK, also

In-brief: More than 100,000 homes in the UK had their Internet access interrupted by an attack on broadband routers. The incident is believed to be part of a larger attack that affected some 900,000 Deutsche Telekom customers last week. 

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

Report: Millions (and Millions) of Devices Vulnerable in latest Mirai Attacks

In-brief: Attacks that took 900,000 broadband routers offline in Germany have hit other countries as well, as security experts warn that the number of devices vulnerable to attack could number in the millions. 

The Department of Defense unveiled a public bug bounty program on Monday, standardizing rules for security researchers to report information on vulnerabilities in public facing systems operated by the Department of Defense.

Department of Defense Sets Ground Rules for Hackers

In-brief: The U.S. Department of Defense published guidelines on Monday for independent security researchers to disclose vulnerabilities in DoD’s public facing systems. The program, managed by the firm HackerOne, provides a legal route for hackers to disclose vulnerabilities to the military.

Mobile software is raising alarms again after researchers at the firm Anubis Networks warned about a hidden program in software running on millions of low cost Android smart phones that appears to be a "rootkit."

Another Week, Another Dangerous Mobile Firmware Vulnerability

In-brief: The security firm Anubis Networks said in a blog post that it has discovered a mystery code by the firm Ragentek that is used in a number of low-cost Android smart phones, used across 55 different device models.

On Capitol Hill: Calls For A Federal Role in Securing World of Dangerous Things

On Capitol Hill: Calls For A Federal Role in Securing World of Dangerous Things

Some of the nation’s top experts on cyber security and the Internet of Things urged Congress to take a more forceful approach to securing a burgeoning population of Internet connected devices before security and quality issues undermine consumer confidence. Members of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce were told in separate testimony that security problems such as the recent denial of service attacks linked to the Mirai botnet will become more common and could threaten the integrity of the Internet and of the nation’s broader economy if left unaddressed. The Committee heard from Dr. Kevin Fu of the University of Michigan, Bruce Schneier of IBM and a fellow at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and Dale Drew, the Chief Security Officer of Level3 Communications. All three, to varying degrees, advised a bigger government role in setting standards for devices connected to the Internet.  And all three warned that a failure to […]