US Cybersecurity Act of 2012 Defeated

By Robert Vamosi | 8/3/12 1:44 AM

A law requiring US companies to adhere to a minimum of cybersecurity standards will have to wait.

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Games Installed On Payment Pinpads

By Robert Vamosi | 8/1/12 3:35 AM

Three models of Vodafone payment terminals were owned by researchers presenting at DefCon last week.

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Smart Meter Hacking On Display At DefCon

By Robert Vamosi | 7/31/12 3:25 AM

One of the more heavily talked about topics in embedded device security is the increased use of smart meters on residential homes. These meters offer utility companies greater ability to monitor and manage the energy usage of their customers. It also opens us the possibility of tampering by those outside the utility company. While the meters are smarter, and promise the ability to be more eco-friendly, they also open up the possibility of malicious activity.

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NSA's General Keith Alexander Addresses DefCon

By Robert Vamosi | 7/31/12 3:16 AM

A few years ago having the Director of the NSA attend the largest hacker conference in the world would have been unthinkable. But a lot has changed in the world (and cyberspace) in the intervening years.

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The Best Hacking Film You Haven't Seen (Yet)

By Robert Vamosi | 7/20/12 4:06 AM

When was the last time you saw a good documentary about the origins of computer hacking? Well, Code 2600, a new documentary film from a young filmmaker named Jeremy Zerechak comes really close to being both accurate and entertaining while at the same time scaring the pants off anyone who doesn't yet know that computer data is eternal and can be stolen by the wrong people if we're not careful. So it is fitting that the documentary, which is only available in limited release right now, will be shown next Friday at DefCon, the world's largest hacker conference and this year also celebrating its 20th anniversary.

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DHS Issues Medical Device Best Practices Bulletin

By Robert Vamosi | 5/22/12 6:35 AM

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has issued a bulletin warning of increased risks of wireless medical devices within a hospital environment.

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Podcast: Jay Radcliffe on Medical Device Security

By Robert Vamosi | 5/11/12 3:43 AM

In this week’s podcast, Mocana’s Threat Center Director Jay Radcliffe discusses medical device security with host Robert Vamosi.

At last summer's Black Hat and Defcon security conferences, Radcliffe drew parallels with the SCADA industry when he gave a personal account of his experience of having Type 1 diabetes and how various devices he uses control his diabetes could be manipulated by “evil doers." The insulin pump replaces the actions of the liver (which secretes sugar) and the pancreas (which secretes insulin). Too much blood sugar can overtax the kidneys and too little blood sugar can shut the body down. Radcliffe related these bodily processes to industrial SCADA systems which also regulate pressure in gas and electric utilities—too much and the system blows, too little and the electrical or water system shuts down.

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Hacking Homes Through The Power Lines

By Robert Vamosi | 8/9/11 2:27 AM

X10 is a communication standard for communicating between home automation devices. It is primarily used over power lines, providing brief frequency bursts to initiate, for example, On and Off controls. At this year's DefCon, researchers showed how X10 can be manipulated by a remote third party.

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