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Millions of Unpatched IoT, OT Devices Threaten Critical Infrastructure

Industrial, factory and medical gear remain largely unpatched when it comes to the URGENT/11 and CDPwn groups of vulnerabilities. Thousands of organizations remain at risk from the URGENT/11 and CDPwn collections of vulnerabilities, which affect operational technology (OT) gear and internet of things (IoT), respectively. Unfortunately, there has been a . . . Read more

‘Amnesia:33’ TCP/IP Flaws Affect Millions of IoT Devices

A new set of vulnerabilities has been discovered affecting millions of routers and IoT and OT devices from more than 150 vendors, new research warns. Researchers – as well as the U.S. Cybersecurity Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) – are warning of a set of serious vulnerabilities affecting TCP/IP stacks. The . . . Read more

Conti Gang Hits IoT Chipmaker Advantech with $14M Ransom Demand

The ransomware group has leaked stolen data to add pressure on the company to pay up. Advantech, the chip manufacturer, has confirmed that it received a ransom note from a Conti ransomware operation on Nov. 26 demanding 750 Bitcoin, which translates into about $14 million, to decrypt compromised files and . . . Read more

Cybersecurity Predictions for 2021: Robot Overlords No, Connected Car Hacks Yes

While 2021 will present evolving threats and new challenges, it will also offer new tools and technologies that will we hope shift the balance towards the defense. Predicting the future is always an iffy proposition.  There’s the Nostradamus route, making predictions so cryptic and vague they could mean just about . . . Read more

Laser-Based Hacking from Afar Goes Beyond Amazon Alexa

The team that hacked Amazon Echo and other smart speakers using a laser pointer continue to investigate why MEMS microphones respond to sound. Imagine someone hacking into an Amazon Alexa device using a laser beam and then doing some online shopping using that person account. This is a scenario presented . . . Read more

IoT Cybersecurity Improvement Act Passed, Heads to President’s Desk

Security experts praised the newly approved IoT law as a step in the right direction for insecure connected federal devices.

Botnet Attackers Turn to Vulnerable IoT Devices

Cybercriminals are leveraging the multitudes of vulnerable connected devices with botnets that launch dangerous distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks. The vast number of Internet-of-Things (IoT) devices are proving to be lucrative for botnet operators to carry out various attacks – from sending spam to launching harmful distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks, according . . . Read more

Lax Security Exposes Smart-Irrigation Systems to Attack Across the Globe  

Systems designed by Mottech Water Management were misconfigured and put in place and connected to the internet without password protections. More than 100 smart-irrigation systems deployed across the globe were installed without changing the factory’s default, passwordless setting, leaving them vulnerable to malicious attacks, according to recent findings from Israeli . . . Read more