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U.S. Senate legislation seeks to bolster federal IoT security

U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner (D-VA) and Cory Gardner (R-CO), co-chairs of the Senate Cybersecurity Caucus, along with Sens. Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Steve Daines (R-MT), have introduced bipartisan legislation to bolster the security of [...]

U.S. Government Accountability Office highlights unsecured IoT risks

The United States Government Accountability Office (GAO) has published a detailed report that explores the rapidly evolving Internet of Things (IoT). As the report warns, the growing ubiquity and pervasive connectivity of IoT devices and [...]

U.S. Director of National Intelligence highlights IoT security risks

Last week, Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coats testified before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI). Coats discussed a range of topics outlined in the Worldwide Threat Assessment of the U.S. Intelligence Community, including artificial [...]

DARPA wants hardware-anchored security

Network World’s Michael Cooney reports that the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has expressed interest in adopting a hardware-based approach to cyber security. Indeed, DARPA has offered preliminary details about a new program dubbed [...]

BrickerBot targets unsecured IoT devices for permanent denial of service (PDoS)

The DHS's ICS-CERT has issued an alert update about BrickerBot, a nefarious family of malware that is designed to exploit hard-coded passwords in IoT devices and cause permanent denial of service (PDoS). According to Radware (via [...]

Protecting local government offices from ransomware

Last week, cyber criminals targeted computer systems operated by the government of Licking County, Ohio with a virus and an accompanying financial demand that has been labelled ransomware. Ransomware is typically used to lock systems [...]

Securing the Internet of Things starts with transistors

Asaf Ashkenazi, senior director of product management in Rambus’ Security Division, has penned an article for Semiconductor Engineering about the six “Strategic Principles” for securing the Internet of Things (IoT) outlined by the U.S. Department of [...]

Medical devices probed for possible cyber flaws

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is currently investigating a number of cases of suspected cybersecurity flaws in medical devices and hospital equipment. As Reuter’s reports, products under the spotlight include infusion pumps and implantable [...]