The speed at which IoT is enabling innovation is far outpacing the ability of the security custodians to implement appropriate controls before these devices hit the market. That creates a classic target-rich environment for the bad guys - one that will require vigorous defense and oversight.
Garmin has acknowledged that a hack attack that encrypted several of its systems led to outages that affected several of the company's fitness and aviation products along with knocking its homepage and customer service centers offline. As of Monday, several affected services were again operating.
Trend Micro says it has seen increasing attempts to infect home routers for use as proxies and for DDoS attacks. The battle is primarily being fought by three bot families - Mirai, Qbot and Kaiten - that enable low-level fraudsters to hide their activity.
The rapid pace of change for the the industrial internet of things will open up new risks for attacks and will require close attention to security, according to a new study from the Lloyd's Register Foundation.
Fast charging is a blessing, but there's a downside: The firmware running on some chargers can be maliciously modified. Researchers say chargers can be hacked to deliver more electricity than a device can handle.
Cybercriminals are exploiting and using weak IoT devices in new ways, including as proxies for e-commerce fraud, says Allison Nixon of Unit 221b, who predicts that the next mass attack on the scale of Mirai will likely be way worse.
Digital transformation, IoT deployments and government regulations are creating new security challenges, especially for financial institutions. Steven Mond of Forescout explains how a mature network segmentation strategy can help address those challenges.
How have the COVID-19 pandemic, lockdown and job losses affected the character and composition of the internet? Rapid7's Tod Beardsley rounds up the latest research into the prevalence of outdated and unsecured internet protocols and internet-connected devices - and there's both good and bad news.
It's illegal in the U.S. to circumvent technological measures on software, either for security research or to install a fix. But Kyle Wiens of iFixit says the growing "right to repair" movement is seeking to put the power back into the hands of device owners.
The latest edition of the ISMG Security Report analyzes the latest developments in banning Huawei technology from 5G networks. Also featured are discussions of how to respond better to cybercrime and whether we're on the cusp of a digital currency revolution.
It's common for security researchers to be ignored when reporting a software vulnerability. The latest example - vulnerabilities found by Independent Security Evaluators in a router made by China-based Tenda.
Enterprises want to make greater use of connected devices to develop new services and gain efficiencies, but security is a paramount concern. Piers Hogarth-Scott and Katherine Robins of KPMG break down the risks and the challenges around IoT security.
The lessons of the Mirai botnet's abuse of internet-connected devices four years ago have been taken to heart, says Aaron Guzman of OWASP, which is working with others to improve security benchmarks and testing for connected devices.
Manufacturers are increasingly adding connectivity to everyday devices, but it's not always evident how privacy and security is managed. Detailed technical labels could give purchasers more insight, says Pardis Emami-Naeini, a post-doctoral scholar at Carnegie Mellon University.