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Security Never Sleeps- AI, Navy Vulnerability

How to Hack a Robot

“Forget the Sci-Fi killer AI, there’s a very real threat”

While many of us think of AI dangers as the terminator-style, world destroying super bots, researchers have come up with a very different idea on what could constitute the greater dangers of autonomous robots. Collaborative robots, dubbed ‘cobots’, have now been provably hacked and very dangerous. Dozens of global AI vendor executives have been lobbying the United Nations to take measures to ban ‘lethal autonomous weapons’, also known as killer robots.

Tuesday: Spammers’ Favorite Day of the Week

“Get in the know to protect yourself”

Take a look at your work schedule, then get into the mind of the spammer. When would you be most likely to fall victim to it? Researchers at IBM X-Force Kassal looking into spam honeypot monitoring has done a six month dig into into spam trends, and had some interesting finds. Over 83% of spam is sent on weekdays, common workdays for most people who use email often for work. Specifically, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday have the highest levels of activity. The research team had access to billions of unsolicited emails sent per year, and provides a good outline on what behaviors and trends to avoid to skip the harms that often come from spam email.

The 5 cyber attacks you’re most likely to face

“Perception of threats critical to prevention”

Cyber security consultants often notice that the perceptive nature of the defensive systems firms and other organizations implement. Many times the threats that these institutions believe they will face are far different than what they are actually likely to create the greatest risk of breach or data theft for them.

Check out the full article for more insights into the risk of different threats and how firms deal with them.

Analysis: there is both Means and Motive for Cyber Attacks on Navy Vessels

“Could cyber attacks play a larger role on ships in the future?”

It seems that cyber defenses are becoming increasingly more important to United States Navy ships. A recent collision demonstrates the necessity of upgraded systems. A collision between a Liberian oil tanker Alnic NC and the USS John McCain over the weekend is the fourth collision involving a vessel in the U.S. Navy’s 7th Fleet since January. This is a tragedy that, according to published reports, resulted in extensive damage to the ship and left five sailors injured and 10 unaccounted for.

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Liberian Hacking Attempts Cut Internet Access

“October 21st attackers seem responsible”

On November 3rd, continuous attacks from hijacked IoT devices were able to successfully bring down internet access to thousands of people. Some of the attacks were among the biggest ever seen, and targeted huge web companies such as Spotify, Twitter, and Reddit.

New Study Shows Flaw with Smart Bulbs

“New IoT light bulbs vulnerable to hacks”

A recent report titled “IoT Goes Nuclear” has outlined problems seen in new Philips Hue smart light bulbs and similar devices that use ZigBee transmissions. Researchers from the Weizmann Institute of Science and Dalhousie University were successful in hacking and remotely using them from a separate location. Vulnerabilities like these have led to massive DDoS attacks, such as the October 21st web attack that brought many high value sites to their knees for several hours.

Cisco Warns on Security Hole in Management Tool for Connected Homes

“The flaw could have given admin access to unauthorized user”

Cisco has now patched a significant vulnerability in its Prime Home system, a tool that allows a user to manage their smart devices. Before the patch was released, the firm issued an alert that the GUI interface was facing a security flaw that could potentially allow remote users to access functions they otherwise would not be able to access.

Heisenberg Cloud’ Spots Finds Database Services, Misconfigurations

“Undertaken to assess the threat to cloud infrastructure”

A Rapid7 research project has been undertaken to expose the vulnerabilities and misconfigurations in public internet spaces. The Rapid7 ‘Heisenberg Cloud’ combines scan data from scan data from the Heisenberg and Project Sonar.