Seemed Like a Good Idea ...

By Robert Vamosi | 9/29/11 4:19 AM

When the designers of the Ducati Diavel motorcycle wanted to push the technology envelope, they opted for a keyless ignition, much like late model autos. As we've previously reported, automotive keyless ignition systems are vulnerable to attacks. So it shouldn't surprise us that the motorcycle is also susceptible to attacks. What did is the "how."

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Dangerous by Default – Embedded Devices and Their Invaders

By JDavis | 3/8/11 7:23 AM

Embedded devices are an integral part of everyday life, from where we work to where we live and play. It is well known that more traditional offline machines like printers, air conditioners, and security cameras are being connected to the Internet. On the business front, relying on IP-enabled devices helps to drive down costs in repairs while putting efficiency on the rise.

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The Always-Expanding Internet of Things -- Now Including Tombstones, Toilets

By JDavis | 12/21/10 7:41 AM

Embedded microprocessor technology is obviously ubiquitous in this day and age, with the immense popularity of portable devices like smartphones and tablets. But embedded chips aren't just for the usual suspects of high-tech gadgetry; an incredible amount of previously low-tech goods are now becoming part of the Internet of Things.

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Potential Vulnerability of SSL on Devices

By JDavis | 12/20/10 4:42 AM

Today, many embedded devices rely heavily on SSL encryption through the use of hard-coded keys located within the device's firmware. In this scenario, all devices running a given firmware version are using the same private SSL key, resulting in a potential security vulnerability that could put data at risk.

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Freescale Enhances MQX Security with Mocana's NanoSSL and NanoSSH

By JDavis | 10/13/10 6:28 AM

AUSTIN, Texas – Oct. 13, 2010 – Freescale Semiconductor announced today it is offering expanded security capabilities for its MQX™ real-time operating system (RTOS) by integrating source code versions of Mocana’s NanoSSL™ and NanoSSH™ software. Freescale customers can download and unlock special MQX-optimized versions of Mocana’s code for just $199 (USD) through Freescale and redistribute an unlimited number of binary copies in their own solutions, royalty-free.

Through this offering, embedded developers will have access to fully supported commercial cryptography solutions with instant online access to source-code versions of the NanoSSL and NanoSSH client software products. Integrated into Freescale’s Processor Expert configuration tool, NanoSSL and NanoSSH allow easy implementation and customization through embedded components and do not require crypto expertise on the part of the developer.

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Securing Modern Cars

By JDavis | 9/22/10 4:27 PM

The Center for Automotive Embedded Systems Security has published "Experimental Security Analysis of a Modern Automobile", a paper that documents their research into the security of the modern car -- machines increasingly controlled through the use of embedded digital computer networks. Their findings include a range of vulnerabilities as well as the challenges of dealing with them.

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Symantec Makes Strategic Investment in Mocana

By JDavis | 5/26/10 9:47 AM

Following closely on the heels of their purchases of PGP and VeriSign, Symantec has made a major investment in smart-device security specialist Mocana, actually leading the company's C-round of venture financing. As part of Symantec's new "Norton Everywhere" initiative--aimed at securing the growing world of internet-connected, non-PC devices--the resulting technology partnership will expand Symantec's offerings into the "Internet of Things."

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Man "Infects" Himself with Computer Virus

By JDavis | 5/26/10 9:36 AM

A British researcher--using simple RFID technology--has become the first human "infected" with a computer virus. Using a contaminated implanted chip, he successfully transmitted the virus to other external systems.

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New iPhones Could Know Users By Heart

By JDavis | 5/16/10 10:07 AM

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has revealed a patent application submitted by Apple that details plans for a hidden iPhone sensor that can receive cardiac signals when held in human hands. These signals would be analyzed to form a unique imprint of the bearer's heart beat that would function as a security measure to lock out unauthorized users.

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Future Of Wireless Sensor Networks Up For Debate

By JDavis | 4/21/10 2:41 PM

At the upcoming Embedded Systems Conference, taking place April 26-29 in San Jose, CA, a panel of experts will explore the issues surrounding still-developing wireless sensor network technology.

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