Palo Alto Networks to buy Zingbox for $75 million to beef up IoT security

Palo Alto Networks is set to acquire IoT security provider Zingbox for a total purchase amount of $75 million (£61m), the company has announced.

With this acquisition, Palo Alto Networks will be able to accelerate the delivery of IoT security through its Next-Generation Firewall and Cortex platforms by leveraging Zingbox's cloud-based service and advanced artificial intelligence and machine learning technology for...

By IoT News, 06 September 2019, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Security.

Healthcare IoT requires stronger security strategies against cyberattacks, says Irdeto Research

Healthcare providers are more vulnerable to cyberattacks – and according to a new report, they need to ensure IoT security strategies are robust enough to ensure the future of care.

The study, from Netherlands-based software firm Irdeto, polled 232 healthcare security decision makers and suggested these care providers should make sure to strengthen their IoT security strategies to safeguard patients’ safety. 82% of...

By IoT News, 03 September 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Healthcare, IoT, Security.

Police team up with Avast to make an 850,000 device botnet self-destruct

The French National Gendarmerie teamed up with security researchers Avast to make a botnet with close to one million devices self-destruct.

Avast has been tracking the malware called Retadup for some time. The malware affects Windows machines and has spread at a rapid pace across the world, including the US, Russia, and Central and South America.

Retadup was designed to make money through mining cryptocurrency, an increasingly popular type of attack. However, it’s noted the malware could have been used...

By Ryan Daws, 02 September 2019, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Security.

Senators call for connected car kill switches following Consumer Watchdog report

US Senators Richard Blumenthal and Ed Markey have penned a letter to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) asking whether vehicle manufacturers have disclosed vulnerabilities with their cars.

The letter is being sent in the wake of a damning Consumer Watchdog report earlier this month that warned a mass cyberattack could result in the remote control of connected cars.

Los Angeles-based Consumer Watchdog released a

By Ryan Daws, 23 August 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, Security.

Future cities under risk of cyberattacks due to insufficient security investment, ABI Research warns

Analyst firm ABI Research has sounded out a pessimistic tone in its latest research report, arguing certain industries will be ‘woefully underfunded and incredibly vulnerable to cyberattacks’ as the IoT ecosystem grows.

The company’s latest smart city cybersecurity application analysis report argues that the financial, information and communication technologies, and defence industries will account for 56% of...

By IoT News, 21 August 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, IoT, Security, Smart Cities.

Consumer Watchdog: Mass cyberattack could result in control of connected cars

A report from Consumer Watchdog features 20 anonymous whistleblowers from the connected car industry voicing their concerns about cyberattacks.

Automotive giants are racing to pack their vehicles with connected technology which improves the driving experience and helps their cars stand out. As in any such race, safety considerations often aren’t given the priority required.

Connected technologies such as remote engine starts, adjusting the climate via smartphone, and increasingly automated driving and...

By Ryan Daws, 01 August 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, IoT, Security, Smart Cities.

IBM X-Force: Mirai is increasingly targeting enterprise IoT devices

Researchers from IBM X-Force have found variants of the infamous IoT botnet Mirai are increasingly targeting enterprise devices.

Mirai caused havoc in 2016 when it was used to flood DNS provider Dyn with unprecedented amounts of traffic. Dyn’s downtime impacted some of the world’s most popular services including Twitter, Spotify, PlayStation Network, GitHub, Netflix, and Soundcloud.

There are more than 60 known variants of Mirai. Typically, these variants have sought to infect easily hackable...

By Ryan Daws, 19 July 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Healthcare, IIoT, IoT, Manufacturing, Security.

Trend Micro blocked five million IoT camera hack attempts

Cybersecurity experts from Trend Micro blocked five million attempted hacks of IoT cameras.

IP cameras have become a prime target for hackers. Viewing inside someone’s home or business has clear advantages for someone with malicious intent. This could involve blackmail, or even seeing what items a property holds and whether anyone is around.

Other key reasons provided by Trend Micro for hackers targeting IP cameras include:

  • Constant connectivity. Like many other devices, IP cameras need to be internet-connected to function properly. However, exposure to the internet also makes it easy for hackers to...

By Ryan Daws, 01 July 2019, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Security, Smart Cities, Smart Homes.

FIDO Alliance announces new identity verification initiatives

California-based FIDO Alliance has announced two new standards and certification initiatives in identity verification and the Internet of Things (IoT).

The initiatives, which are established on the Alliance’s plan to drive the market adoption of its FIDO Authentication product, aim to reinforce identity verification assurance to support account recovery and automate secure device onboarding to remove the use of passwords from...

By IoT News, 27 June 2019, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Security, Standards.