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.
The proposed guidance from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration focuses on hardening a vehicle's electronic architecture against cyberattacks and to ensure vehicle systems take appropriate actions even if an attack succeeds.
For more than a decade, Christy Wyatt was immersed in mobile security - most recently as CEO of Good Technology. Now she has re-emerged as CEO of Dtex Systems. What new challenges does this role pose to the veteran security and technology leader?
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.
There are two Yahoo conspiracy theories: It was hacked by a "state-sponsored actor," and it disabled email forwarding to prevent a post-breach exodus. Although neither scenario appears to be true, that doesn't mean the badly breached search giant is in the clear.
Neutering the army of web-connected devices used in the large internet attack that hampered access to major sites - including Amazon, PayPal, Spotify and Twitter - is technically possible. But no option offers either a great or near-term fix.