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The State of Hash Cracking

June 24, 2014

This year we have seen many sites that have experienced the leakage of their users passwords in the form of hashes. These hashes are representations of the users password created by the use of a mathematical algorithm. Deviceline covered this in a recent blog.

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Smart Meter Hacking On Display At DefCon

August 21, 2015

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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NCCIC Urges Medical Device Security Review

June 24, 2014

The National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (NCCIC) is urging federal agencies to better monitor medical device security after documented cases of cybersecurity issues.

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DHS Issues Medical Device Best Practices Bulletin

June 24, 2014

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

June 24, 2014

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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