Cryptojackers and eavesdroppers are continuing to exploit a one-time zero-day flaw in unpatched MikroTik routers, despite a patch that's been available for six months as well as the actions of a vigilante "gray hat" hacker who's forcibly "fixed" 100,000 vulnerable routers.
With at least 20 billion new consumer devices set to be internet-connected by 2020, initiatives in the U.K. and California are trying to ensure that as many IoT devices as possible will be out-of-the-box secure, for starters by not shipping with default passwords.
Millions of internet-of-things devices made by the Chinese company Xiongmai and sold in stores such as Home Depot and Wal-Mart still have glaring security problems, a security consultancy warns. The findings come two years after the Mirai botnet targeted Xiongmai devices.
As new payment options continue to emerge via mobile phones and internet of things devices, the PCI Security Standards Council is broadening its security efforts, starting with a new standard for contactless payments coming early next year, says Troy Leach, PCI SSC's chief technology officer.
In its ongoing quest to improve the state of medical device cybersecurity, the FDA has announced a number of key moves - including the release of a security "playbook," plans to leverage information sharing and analysis organizations and an effort to update its 2014 premarket guidance for manufacturers.
The Food and Drug Administration plans to launch a new digital health "center of excellence" that includes a cybersecurity unit. The new unit would not only deal with cyber issues pertaining to new health technologies, but also challenges facing older medical devices.
IoT devices are increasingly becoming a way to pay for goods and services, shifting the "internet of things" to the "internet of transactions." Gord Jamieson of Visa Canada discusses steps the card network is taking to ensure these payments are secure.
The internet of things promises to change how enterprises operate - as well as the cybersecurity risks they will face. Robert Falzon of Check Point Software Technologies outlines IoT risks and how to prepare to mitigate them.
The new Apple Watch 4, which includes a sensor that can conduct an electrocardiogram, spotlights the emergence of consumer apps that appear to cross over into the territory of medical devices, raising potential cybersecurity concerns.
The Food and Drug Administration should increase its scrutiny of the cybersecurity of networked medical devices before they're approved to be marketed, a new government watchdog agency report says. FDA says it will carry out the report's recommendations.
The threat landscape is changing as the industrial internet of things radically broadens the attack surface for critical infrastructure, says Kenneth Carnes, CISO for the New York Power Authority, who discusses how to address the shift.
While healthcare entities and their vendors apparently are improving their encryption practices for computing and storage devices, regulators are also urging organizations to avoid overlooking the importance of physically securing and tracking these devices to help safeguard PHI.
Unknown attackers are intercepting every piece of data handled by more than 7,500 routers made by MikroTik, while also using another 239,000 compromised routers to serve as proxies, researchers say. It's a continuation of a wave of attacks that exploit a vulnerability patched by MikroTik in April.
The latest edition of the ISMG Security Report offers an update on how Russian bots and trolls are spreading misinformation on vaccines via social media - and the public health impact of the campaign. Plus: Tips on disaster recovery, internet of things security.