“Ransom never paid”
San Francisco Municipal authorities have released a statement on Monday indicating that its servers had not been breached by a hacking attempt. The potential cyber criminal responsible claimed 30GB of stolen data would be dumped from the agency if roughly $73,000 worth of Bitcoin was not paid, a sum the SFMTA never even considered paying when no indications of a breach had been found.
“Remote hacking and driving now possible”
Chinese researchers working in Keen Security Lab were able to access and execute commands on a Tesla S vehicle, adding to concerns existing as driverless cars become less prevalent in science fiction and more in reality. Lack of security in the Tesla smartphone apps allows cybercriminals to remotely access and drive away with a car in just a few seconds without a key fob being physically present.
“Vulnerable routers being targeted”
IoT malware menace Mirai has been plaguing the German state firm Deutsche Telekom, causing connection issues for nearly a million customers. Blame for the disruptions was placed on a new strain of the Mirai malware, found to have infected over 500,000 IoT devices ranging from surveillance cameras to DVR’s.
“Changes release researchers from select legal liabilities”
What many consider long overdue exemptions from legal action are currently being celebrated by technology security researchers in the United States. The Digital Millenium Copyright Act has been amended to provide a two year ‘good-faith’ window, allowing security analysts to break into softwares that involve IoT devices and more without violating copyright laws under section 1201.