Editorial: IoT malware could save us from our devices

Following events in the past year, the narrative around IoT has shifted from excitement to concern about the digital and physical threat it poses. The creator of malware which bricks insecure devices is suspected to be a vigilante hacker who aims to save us from our machines.

BrickerBot, as the malware is known, searches for BusyBox-based Linux devices with exposed Telnet ports and proceeds to brute-force its way into the device. From there, BrickerBot corrupts the compromised device’s storage...

By Ryan Daws, 11 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Security, Smart Cities, Smart Homes.

Nokia and University of Technology Sydney to develop IoT-based business applications

Nokia is joining the University of Technology Sydney (UTS)’ Rapido – a new rapid prototyping unit – with the communication giant collaborating on developing IoT-based business applications using high-speed, ultra-low latency technologies such as 5G.

After a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the two, Nokia was announced to work on advanced engineering projects that support the development of future network services to address the specific technological challenges of service...

By IoT News, 11 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, IoT, Security, Standards.

Why puny IoT security could kill sooner rather than later

Poorly secured Internet of Things(IoT) devices are already powering robust DDoS-for-hire services, but the real threat is yet to come.

Puny IoT security will kill and some experts predict it will happen this year. Internet-connected devices are now incorporated into every aspect of modern life, but as security continues to lag behind, this technology could soon become...

By Alex Bennett, 10 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Security.

Amnesia is yet another IoT botnet – targets global DVRs

As expected, yet another IoT botnet has reared its ugly head. Discovered by Palo Alto Networks’ specialist Unit 42 security researchers, the new variant of the ‘Tsunami’ IoT/Linux botnet exploits an unpatched remote code execution vulnerability in DVR devices that was publicly disclosed over a year ago.

The affected DVRs are made by TVT Digital but branded and distributed by over 70 vendors around the world. Palo Alto Networks estimates the vulnerability affects approximately...

By Ryan Daws, 07 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Security, Smart Homes.

Microsoft aims to secure low-cost IoT devices with Project Sopris

Microsoft hopes its Project Sopris initiative will help to secure low-cost IoT devices which have proven to have inherent weaknesses.

Sopris is the name Microsoft has given to an initiative which targets microcontrollers as they represent “a class of device particularly ill-prepared for the security challenges of internet connectivity.”

Tens of billions of devices use microcontrollers and each poses a potential threat to security and privacy. We’ve already seen...

By Ryan Daws, 06 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Development, IoT, Security, Smart Cities, Smart Homes.

Darktrace’s AI is designed to prevent the next Snowden – and it’s already caught its first victim

Darktrace Antigena is an AI which aims to automate the fight against hacking from both external and internal threats, and it’s already caught its first victim.

As Google’s ongoing lawsuit against former employee Anthony Levandowski shows, protecting corporate secrets from leaking could prevent a big headache. By detecting odd behaviour, Darktrace...

By Ryan Daws, 05 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, IoT, Security.

Why IoT devices are powering affordable ‘DDoS-for-hire’ services

Opinion For as long as there has been cyber crime, there have been illegal exploit kits for sale.

Sure, these vary from the elementary to the advanced, but the malicious tools needed to commit cyber crime, theft, hacktivism or participate in run-of-the-mill online havoc are only a click away.

But the raw power, scale and sophistication for sale via those clicks is growing at unprecedented rates. The catalyst for this momentum is, yet again, unsecured Internet of Things (IoT) devices. This is known as the 

By Duncan Hughes, 30 March 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, IoT, Security.

IT security professionals expect increase in IIoT security attacks in 2017

The vast majority of IT professionals say they anticipate an increase in cybersecurity attacks on the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), according to a new study from Tripwire.

The survey, which quizzed more than 400 participants with responsibility for IT security as a ‘significant’ part of their job, saw more than half (51%) of respondents say they did not feel prepared for security attacks that exploit or abuse insecure IIoT devices, while almost two thirds (64%) say they already recognise...

By IoT News, 27 March 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, IIoT, IoT, Security.

Why customer experience and retail can become IoT-enabled – but with security a question

A new piece of analysis from Frost & Sullivan argues that IoT has ‘the potential to enhance an organisation’s ability to understand the customer journey’, but warns around security remaining a ‘vital’ concern.

According to the missive, companies globally lose more than $300 billion on an annual basis due to poor customer experience, which makes it a top priority for such organisations. IoT helps these organisations to understand the customer and proactively engages with them....

By IoT News, 24 March 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, IoT, Security.

New research warns of ‘alarming’ and ‘dangerous’ flaws in embedded systems design

More than one in five designers of embedded systems admit they hardly pay any attention to the security of their internet-enabled embedded systems products, according to a study from Barr Group.

The report, Barr Group’s 2017 Embedded Systems Safety and Security Survey, uncovered what was described as ‘alarming’ and ‘dangerous’ information about the state of embedded systems design.

Nearly 28% of the more than 1,700 qualified respondents (50% from North America, 27% from Europe,...

By IoT News, 14 March 2017, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Security.