U.K. Chancellor Philip Hammond used the launch of Britain's new five-year National Cyber Security Strategy to trumpet the country's strike-back capabilities. But other parts of the strategy - including more automated defenses - hold much greater promise.
As if the internet of things didn't seem secure enough, now we have to worry about apps on our smartphones posing a risk too. At Black Hat Europe, researchers from Invincea Labs demonstrated zero-day flaws in Belkin's WeMo home-automation device firmware as well the WeMo Android app, which have been patched.
DDoS attacks apparently were directed at the small west African country of Liberia from the same botnet that struck networking services provider Dyn. Were the attacks just a test for a bigger attack to come?
As investigations into the distributed denial-of-service attack on Singaporean ISP StarHub continue, experts believe that the scale of IoT infections - needed to launch attacks of such severity - and the circumstances perpetuating it are the bigger problems.
This year, the annual Black Hat Europe conference decamps from Amsterdam to London. What's in store? Everything from mobile ransomware and quantum-resistant crypto to "ego markets" and how to turn Belkin IoT devices into launch pads for DDoS attacks.
In a sign that investigators are paying more attention to disrupting stresser/booter services, script-kiddie-friendly Hack Forums recently announced that it will be shutting down its related Server Stress Testing forum.
We were promised flying cars. Instead, we get malware-infected CCTVs serving as remote launch pads for digital attacks that help criminals earn cryptocurrency by crashing large parts of the internet. But new defenses offer promise for blunting such attacks.
An evaluation of new U.S. government guidance to prevent the hacking of automotive computers and electronics leads the latest ISMG Security Report. Also, IBM takes responsibility for the impact of a DDoS attack and a preview of the ISMG Healthcare Security Summit.
On the heels of the massive DDoS attack that disrupted DNS services provided by Dyn, Singaporean ISP StarHub's DNS services were likewise targeted. The ISP has blamed customer-owned IoT devices for the attack, but it has not named the malware involved.
The malware-infected IoT army that disrupted domain name server provider Dyn was composed of, at most, 100,000 devices, the company estimates in an after-action report. But claims that the attacks peaked at 1.2 Tbps remain unconfirmed.
Chinese manufacturer Xiongmai will recall up to 10,000 webcams in the wake of the IoT-powered DDoS attacks that pummeled DNS provider Dyn. But information security experts say that only a more resilient internet will blunt future attacks.
IBM is blaming subcontractors for failing to block DDoS attacks that disrupted Australia's largest-ever online census in early August. But as the project's chief contractor, IBM is now in compensation negotiations with the government.
Evaluating ways to thwart massive distributed denial-of-service attacks leads the latest edition of the ISMG Security Report. Also, explaining how "conspiracy theories" tied to an historic breach of Yahoo will have an impact on the internet company's future.
Internet of things security takeaway: Save yourself, and by doing so, maybe help save the rest of us too. That's the obvious takeaway from the rise of low-tech, high-impact Mirai malware, which has been tied to the record-setting Oct. 21 DDoS attack against Dyn.
Chinese manufacturer Xiongmai has promised to replace or patch some IoT components that attackers are using to build massive internet of things Mirai botnets to wage DDoS attacks, such as the Oct. 21 disruption of DNS provider Dyn. But security experts question whether these moves will blunt future IoT attacks.