Friday Five: 9/11 Edition
Your weekly roundup of information security news.
Happy Friday! Close out the work week with our picks for the hottest articles from the IT and security presses:
"Russian Spy Gang Hijacks Satellite to Steal Data" by Kim Zetter
Turla, the Russian spy gang, has hijacked satellite links in order to steal data. The gang is believed to be sponsored by the Russian government and has been targeting government agencies and militaries in over 40 countries for more than a decade. To learn more about Turla, and how their satellite hacking method, read this article.
"Watch out, new parents - internet-connected baby monitors are easy to hack" by Kashmir Hill
Some potentially worrisome news for parents came out this week: many internet-connected baby monitors have been found easy to hack. Researchers at Rapid 7 tested the nine most popular internet-connected baby monitors for vulnerabilities and gave them all dismal marks for security: eight received an F rating and the ninth barely exceeded them with a D minus. To learn more about the vulnerabilities of baby monitors, read this article.
"Once seen as bulletproof, 11 million+ Ashley Madison passwords already cracked " by Dan Goodin
The Ashley Madison hack has induced panic for many users of the website to say the least – but for a time users could rest assured that their passwords were still encrypted and secure, at least. That all changed on Thursday, however, when a cracker group that goes by “CynoSure Prime” announced that they had successfully cracked 11 million Ashley Madison users’ passwords over the past 10 days. To learn more about how the passwords were cracked and the most recent update in the Ashley Madison hack story, read this article.
"Self-driving cars can be stopped with a laser pointer" by John Zorabedian
Car hacking was a hot topic during the Summer, and it looks like that trend is about to carry over into the Fall. Autonomous vehicles could potentially be safer than human-driven for many reasons, among them the impossibility of distracted or impaired driving. However, in order for autonomous cars to be safe, they need to have hard-to-crack defenses against hackers. On Wednesday,Jonathan Petit pointed out that he could hack a self-driving car by using a laser pointer. How, you ask? Read this article to find out.
"OPM (Mis)Spends $133M on Credit Monitoring" by Brian Krebs
In the aftermath of the OPM hack, the agency has granted a total of 133 million dollars on credit monitoring to ID Experts; a company based in Portland, Oregon. It is understandable that OPM has taken action on such a big scale, but is the spending really being allocated effectively? To learn more about the recent news from the OPM, read this article.