Mocana CEO Adrian Turner Speaks to WSJ On Mobile Security

By JDavis | 12/23/10 4:07 AM

With more and more computing happening on smartphones, the proactive development of security solutions for these devices is critical, in order to prevent the kinds of major attacks from viruses and hackers that have already plagued PCs. And in a recent article, The Wall Street Journal looks at how carriers and hardware makers alike are devoting resources to increasing the security of their smartphone devices, including AT&T's new mobile security lab, staffed by 13 Ph.Ds. Additionally, they spoke to Mocana CEO Adrian Turner about securing devices on the chip level:

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Zombie Virus Sending Texts, Stealing Millions

By JDavis | 11/11/10 11:23 AM

A piece of malware -- a "zombie" virus -- hidden in a fraudulent antivirus application is infecting mobile phones throughout China. As reported in InformationWeek, the virus -- which sends automatic text messages to premium rate phone numbers, unbeknownst to the host phone's owner -- is currently stealing upwards of $300,000 a day, and is moving forward at a rapid pace.

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Sophisticated Malware Exploits Zero-Day Vulnerability, Targets Industrial Systems

By JDavis | 7/28/10 12:59 PM

We've previously posted (here and here) about the ongoing concern among experts surrounding the security of the critical infrastructure and the smart grid. These concerns have been made all the more important with the recent discovery of a sophisticated virus targeting computers that run certain industrial control systems -- potentially used to operate the critical infrastructure. As reported in Computerworld and BusinessWeek, the worm--known as "Stuxnet"--specifically targets Siemens industrial management systems.

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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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BREAKING NEWS: Serious Security Risks Found in Modern Cars

By JDavis | 5/13/10 9:34 AM

As reported in today's New York Times, computer scientists are warning that internet-connected automobiles are as vulnerable to hackers as PCs. And in a soon-to-be-released paper, they suggest that today's cars are under-secured against the dangerous threats posed by hackers accessing the cars remotely over the network.

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Jailbreak Your iPad

By JDavis | 5/4/10 8:08 AM

A mere month after its release, Apple's iPad can now easily be "jailbroken" using readily available tools. The jailbreaking process became popular as a way for users to hack their own iPhones in order to control previously limited aspects of the device such as home screen backgrounds, installation of third party apps and modem tethering to PCs. Although the jailbreak process essentially voids the device's warranty, some users will prefer the added tweak-ability of their jailbroken iPads to Apple's proprietary software.

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Attacks on SCADA Equipment Up 37% in 2009

By JDavis | 12/14/09 7:17 AM

Cybersecurity attacks against Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems -- critical infrastructure networks controlling processes such as water treatment, gas pipelines and power distribution -- are dramatically on the rise in 2009.

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Skype VoIP: Who's listening in?

By JDavis | 9/20/09 7:30 PM

Described as the first ever "wiretap Trojan," a new virus that can eavesdrop on calls made with the popular Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) service Skype is raising concerns about the the security of personal computer-driven telecommunications and the prevalence of surveillance in the ecosystem of this increasingly popular technology.

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French Fighter Planes Grounded by Virus!

By JDavis | 2/9/09 3:21 PM

"The virus attacked the non-secured internal French navy network called Intramar and was detected on 21 January. The whole network was affected and military staff were instructed not to start their computers. According to Liberation newspaper, two days later the chiefs of staff decided to isolate Intramar from the military's other computer systems, but certain computers at the Villacoublay air base and in the 8th Transmissions Regiment were infected. Liberation reported that on the 15 and 16 January the Navy's Rafale aircraft were "nailed to the ground" because they were unable to "download their flight plans". The aircraft were eventually activated by "another system".

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