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IoT
1st December 2017
Security professionals are stressing over IoT

  Research has revealed that security and LoB leaders are experiencing high levels of anxiety due to IoT/OT security concerns. The majority of organisations (82%) struggle to identify all of their network-connected devices, and when asked who is primarily responsible for securing IoT, IT and LoB leaders did not have a clear answer or delineation of ownership.

Cyber Security
4th September 2017
Hacking your heart rate

  Having discovered that pacemakers could be hacked, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is recalling nearly half-a-million devices from St Jude Medical (now Abbotts). The vulnerable firmware covers any device sold before 28th August. This is the first time a fix has been available.

Robotics
29th August 2017
Researchers hack robot to violently stab tomato

  Security researchers have discovered that a number of popular industrial and home robots can be easily compromised to spy on humans and even remotely control the bots to attack their owners.

Communications
15th August 2017
Dude, where's my car key? Hacker breaks into family car

According to a recent news story, a hacker has helped a family reunite with their beloved car which they had to abandon for months after they lost a one-of-a-kind key. Without any other alternatives in getting a key, the desperate family agreed for the car to be hacked, with the hacker given access to the vehicle's on-board immobiliser computer. Cesare Garlati, Chief Security Strategist at the prpl Foundation, commented: "Despite this being ...

Analysis
8th August 2017
Tesla model X hack: the danger of connected cars

Researchers have found security vulnerabilities in one of Tesla’s cars and demonstrated that they can be exploited remotely to do things like open the car’s doors and force it to break while in motion. Cesare Garlati, Chief Security Strategist at the prpl Foundation, commented on the news: "The danger with connected cars is the 'connected' aspect. Today’s IoT devices are housing numerous vulnerabilities, waiting for hackers...

Cyber Security
25th July 2017
Don’t let your fridge door be a way into your network

Police have warned that household appliances which connect to the internet will increasingly be hacked by criminals seeking to steal your identity, rob your home or bank accounts. Chief Constable, Mike Barton, who leads the National Police Chiefs Council on crime operations, has warned about the dangers of the Internet of Things (IoT) as more ordinary household items become connected.  

Cyber Security
25th July 2017
FBI issues warning about Internet-connected toys

A public service announcement about the improper security and privacy protections provided by manufacturers of Internet-connected smart toys, also known as IoT toys, has been issued by the Internet Crime Complaint Centre (IC3), a division of the FBI. The announcement comes after numerous issues were reported where smart toys had leaked the personal details of small children and vulnerabilities allowed hackers to spy on children.

IoT
19th June 2017
Are e-cigarettes the next hacking risk?

While electronic cigarettes might be better for your personal health than normal cigarettes, latest research has found that your computer might not be so lucky. Giving a presentation at BSides London, security researcher & C++ software developer Ross Bevington showed how an e-cigarette could be used to attack a computer by fooling the computer to believe it was a keyboard or by tampering with its network traffic. While Bevington's p...

IoT
11th May 2017
Firmware vulnerabilities highlight IoT's major weakness

It has recently come to light that there is a massive flaw in Intel chips that allows hackers to remotely takeover large number of devices without even needing to enter a password. Cesare Garlati, Chief Security Strategist, prpl Foundation, commented on the importance of securing the firmware in IoT devices: "Firmware vulnerabilities are the most dangerous because by definition firmware is 'persistent'. The software that is built in to the device...

Robotics
11th May 2017
Researchers remotely hack an industrial robot

Researchers have discovered that industrial robots can be remotely hacked to cause potentially devastating damage, as serious concerns over the safety and security of Internet of Things (IoT) devices continue to mount. Researchers at security firm Trend Micro and Italy's Politecnico Milano found that many internet-connected industrial machines run on outdated software or have poor software protection.

Optoelectronics
24th March 2017
Beware of Bluetooth burglars raiding your nest!

A recent discovery has found that NEST CCTV cameras can be wirelessly hacked to crash and stop recording footage via Bluetooth, making them and the houses they protect perfect targets for criminals.

Analysis
20th September 2016
Study finds smart home tech gaining popularity, yet still insecure

The non-profit prpl Foundation has unveiled its global study on the use of smart devices in a domestic setting entitled, “The prpl Foundation Smart Home Security Report.” The one-of-a-kind study, which was conducted through OnePoll, covers the proliferation of smart device use and security within the home.

Analysis
19th July 2016
Shaping the future of the smart home

A Carrier Interest Group (CIG) has been set-up by the prpl Foundation to ensure that the technical needs of major international carriers are represented and communicated to the wider prpl community and contribute to prpl’s coordinated response to new regulations put forth by government agencies, such as the FCC in the US, which potentially limit the use of open source software.

Events News
13th July 2016
First open source Hypervisor for the IoT

The prpl Foundation has announced the upcoming debut of the prplHypervisor at the IoT Evolution Expo in Las Vegas. The prplHypervisor is an industry-first light-weight open source hypervisor specifically designed to provide security through separation for the billions of embedded connected devices that power the IoT.

Analysis
11th July 2016
IoT innovation in the spotlight as prpl Foundation continues to grow

prpl Foundation has announced the addition of four new members that will help steer the future of the IoT. The companies joining consist of ADB, the Swiss connected solutions specialist; Russian semiconductor firm Baikal Electronics; SoftAtHome, the French embedded software for the digital home company; and Intrinsic-ID, a specialist in Physical Unclonable Functions (PUF) for securing connected devices, who will also be helping with the advanceme...

IoT
23rd May 2016
Could IoT devices really be the next victims for ransomware?

The Internet of Things (IoT) is attracting its fair share of fear, uncertainty and doubt these days. Take for example a recent report from ICIT entitled, ‘Combatting the Ransomware Blitzkreig’. In it, the authors James Scott and Drew Spaniel make the point that, “It is not inconceivable that malware, and ransomware in particular, will eventually target IoT devices.”

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