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Putin’s Secret Intelligence Agency Hacked: Dangerous New ‘Cyber Weapons’ Now Exposed

The successor agency to Russia’s KGB has been hacked again—and the exposed tools represent a threat to us all.

This one has exposed “a new weapon ordered by the security service,” one that can be used to execute cyber attacks on IoT devices. The goal of the so-called “Fronton Program” is to exploit IoT security vulnerabilities en masse—remember, these technologies are fundamentally less secure than other connected devices in homes and offices.

Source: Putin’s Secret Intelligence Agency Hacked: Dangerous New ‘Cyber Weapons’ Now Exposed

Hackers are hijacking smart building access systems to launch DDoS attacks

More than 2,300 building access systems can be hijacked due to a severe vulnerability left without a fix.

Hackers are actively searching the internet and hijacking smart door/building access control systems, which they are using to launch DDoS attacks, according to firewall company SonicWall.

Source: Hackers are hijacking smart building access systems to launch DDoS attacks | ZDNet

Kaspersky says malicious cyber attacks affecting nearly four in ten smart buildings

37.8% of computers used to control smart building automation systems were impacted by cyber attacks in the first half of 2019.

Most of the blocked threats are neither targeted, nor specific to building-based automation systems, meaning, it is ordinary malware regularly found on corporate networks, unrelated to automation systems. But the attacks bring side effects with potentially significant impact on the availability and integrity of automation systems.

Source: Kaspersky says malicious cyber attacks affecting nearly four in ten smart buildings – TechRepublic

The Data Behind Internet of Things: Threats, Ethics, and Regulation

The Internet of Things (IoT) allows devices, such as cars, lights, video cameras, and personal assistants like Amazon Alexa, to use connectivity to exchange data – often personal and sensitive data.

This article explores how IoT data can be used to prosecute criminal action, to carry out criminal acts, and how regulation can help clean up this complex landscape.

Read article: The Data Behind Internet of Things: Threats, Ethics, and Regulation – DATAVERSITY

UK Publishes Proposed Regulation for IoT Device Security

The United Kingdom’s Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport is consulting on regulatory proposals regarding consumer Internet of Things (“IoT”) security.

The regulatory proposals envisage the introduction of a new IoT security label that will evidence connected devices conforming with the top three security requirements set out in the voluntary Code of Practice for Consumer Internet of Things Security

Source: UK Publishes Proposed Regulation for IoT Device Security

ENISA publishes report on Industry 4.0 Cybersecurity

The EU Agency for Cybersecurity ENISA is stepping up its efforts to foster cybersecurity for Industry 4.0 by publishing a new paper on ‘Challenges and Recommendations for Industry 4.0 Cybersecurity’.

ENISA lists high-level recommendations in order to facilitate the promotion and wider take-up of Industry 4.0 and relevant innovations in a secure manner. The recommendations are addressed to different key stakeholders groups.

Full report: Industry 4.0 – Cybersecurity Challenges and Recommendations

 

New laws should strengthen security across Internet of Things

New laws may soon be passed to improve the security of IoT gadgets, in the wake of an increasing number of hacking incidents taking place on favourite consumer devices.

New legislation designed to shore up protection may force such items to have their own unique password that users would have to key in before the gadgets can be activated.

The new laws, which have been launched by Digital Minister, Margot James, would also oblige manufacturers to install a new labelling system on IoT products to clearly inform consumers of the product’s safety levels.

Source: New laws should strengthen security across Internet of Things

How to achieve digital governance?

Digital governance is corporate oversight of technologies that use personal or sensitive information, make autonomous decisions or exercise human-like responsibilities. The concept addresses disruptive technologies including artificial intelligence (AI), connected devices (IoT, cars, ubiquitous sensors, etc), and machine learning.

To establish digital governance programmes, companies must:

  1. first structure themselves accordingly,
  2. have a full picture of what they are doing,
  3. create an organisational culture that values fair digital practices.

Full article: Data Protection & Cybersecurity 2019 | Global Practice Guides | Chambers and Partners

Europe introduces IoT Cybersecurity standard

ETSI, the European Telecommunications Standards Institute has released a new cybersecurity standard for consumer Internet of Things devices in February 2019 (TS 103 645). These rules are intended to apply to consumer devices that are connected to network infrastructures.

The standard describes thirteen recommendations to realise the goal of ensuring safer IoT devices and to bridge the safety gap. The standard is not mandatory and remains a good practice document.

Source: Europe – Keeping your connected devices secure: Europe introduces IoT Cybersecurity standard

Legislation to improve cybersecurity of IoT devices introduced in Senate, House

Bipartisan legislation to improve the cybersecurity of Internet-connected devices will be introduced today in the Senate and the House of Representatives.

The Internet of Things (IoT) Cybersecurity Improvement Act of 2019 would require that devices purchased by the U.S. government meet certain minimum security requirements.

Source: Legislation to improve cybersecurity of Internet-of-Things devices introduced in Senate, House : Augusta Free Press

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