Tag: Web

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. 

The Online Trust Alliance said it was merging with The Internet Society (ISOC), bringing its consumer focused privacy and security efforts to the home of the IETF. (Image courtesy of NASA.)

Online Trust Alliance to merge with Internet Society

In-brief: The Online Trust Alliance, which has focused on issues related to privacy and security on the Internet of Things, is merging with The Internet Society, home of the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), the groups said in an announcement Wednesday.

Researchers at Google and CWI Amsterdam say they produced the first collision using hashes produced by the SHA-1 algorithm, hastening the end of life for the 22 year old encryption technology.

9 Quintillion Tries Later: Researchers Crack SHA-1

In-brief: Researchers at Google and CWI Amsterdam say they produced the first “collision” of hashes produced with the SHA-1 algorithm, hastening the end of life for the 22-year-old encryption technology.

Data taken from a web site operated by the Costa Rican embassy in China was released by the hacker calling himself Kapustkiy. The hacker, who claims to be 17 years old, has carried out a string of attacks against diplomatic missions and government agencies in recent weeks.

Kapustkiy’s March to the Sea Takes in Russian Visa Service, Costa Rican Embassy

In-brief: the hacker known as Kapustkiy continued a string of attacks on diplomatic missions and related web sites last week, compromising Costa Rica’s embassy in China and the web site of a company offering services to travelers seeking visas to travel in Russia. 

Home wireless networks are set for a makeover

Home wireless networks are set for a makeover

In-brief: In our latest Security Ledger podcast, we talk with Luma founder and CEO Paul Judge, a serial entrepreneur (Ciphertrust, Purewire, Pindrop) whose latest venture seeks to bring enterprise-quality wireless to the home market, improving both security and management along the way.