We delve into the protocol security issues that may crop up from a technology perspective. The scarce awareness that we’ve observed around the current state of MQTT and CoAP can enable attackers in achieving their goals, ranging from reconnaissance and lateral movement to remote control and targeted attacks.Read More
Senior Threat Researcher
Dnsmasq is the de-facto tool for meeting the DNS/DHCP requirements of small servers and embedded devices. Recently, Google Security researchers identified seven vulnerabilities that can allow a remote attacker to execute code on, leak information from, or crash a device running a Dnsmasq version earlier than 2.78, if configured with certain options.Read More
In many instances, researchers and engineers have found ways to hack into modern, internet-capable cars, as has been documented and reported several times. One famous example is the Chrysler Jeep hack that researchers Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek discovered. This hack and those that have come before it have mostly been reliant on specific vulnerabilities in specific makes and/or brands of cars. And once reported, these vulnerabilities were quickly resolved. But what should the security industry’s response be when a hack is found that is not only successful in being able to drastically affect the performance and function of the car, but is also stealthy and vendor neutral?Read More
The increased connectivity of computer and robot systems in the industry 4.0. ecosystem, is, and will be exposing robots to cyber attacks in the future. Indeed, industrial robots—originally conceived to be isolated—have evolved, and are now exposed to corporate networks and the internet.
While this provides synergy effects and higher efficiency in production, the security posture is not on par. In our latest report Rogue Robots: Testing the Limits of an Industrial Robot’s Security we analyzed how easily an industrial grade robot could be actually ”hacked”. We demonstrated how easily an attacker is able to alter an industrial robot’s accuracy without changing the program code so that that minor defects can be (maliciously) introduced into work pieces. Needless to say, defective products can have repercussions on the production floor and, depending on the security and QA practices of the target factory, may have some financial consequences down the line.Read More
Two Italians referred to as the “Occhionero brothers” have been arrested and accused of using malware and a carefully-prepared spear-phishing scheme to spy on high-profile politicians and businessmen. This case has been called “EyePyramid”, which we first discussed last week. (Conspiracy theories aside, the name came from a domain name and directory path that was found as part of the research.)Read More