Hackers Penetrate Multiple Nuclear Power Plants and Water Treatment Facilities

thezootsewt/ March 16, 2018/ Cyber Defense, Energy/ 0 comments

The New York Times is reporting on a series of Cyber Attacks that have occurred over the past three years, which targeted critical energy and water infrastructure in the United States.  The reports through the department of homeland security (DHS) issued Alert (TA18-074A). How far did the hackers get?  According to the Alert, the intruders had compromised the systems to

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Chrome Browser – Simple Fix to help Mitigate Spectre CPU security vulnerability (CVE-2017-5753/CVE-2017-5715)

thezootsewt/ January 5, 2018/ Cyber Defense, Latest News/ 0 comments

For many millions of people around the world, the Chrome web browser is quite possibly their most important piece of software. As a percentage of time spent staring at a computer screen, a large number of people are looking at content served up on the web and a growing number of the same people are using the Chrome web browser

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Major Wifi Security Vulnerability Revealed – CVE-2017-13077 WPA2 KRAK

thezootsewt/ October 16, 2017/ Cyber Defense, Latest News/ 0 comments

Get your patch kits ready.  The details of a major security vulnerability were released today that could undermine wifi security as we know it.  The KRAK attack (Key Reinstallation Attack) utilizes a weakness in the WPA-2 protocol to recover the key used to encrypt traffic between a client and an access point.  The result, scary to say the least, is

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Pacemaker? Check your firmware! Recall Alert

thezootsewt/ September 4, 2017/ Healthcare/ 0 comments

If you or a loved one has a pacemaker, you need to read this.  On August 29, 2017, the FDA issued a recall for Abbott’s (formerly St. Jude Medical’s) Implantable Cardiac Pacemakers.  The recall notice seemed to indicate that a hacker could cause great harm to a patient and possible even cause death – “The FDA has reviewed information concerning potential

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