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U.S Emergency broadcast System vulnerable to hackers

U.S Emergency broadcast System vulnerable to hackers

Jul 09, 2013
A major vulnerability has been discovered in the U.S. Emergency Alert System , researchers have warned.that could allow hackers to break into the system and broadcast fake messages to the United States. According to a new report by security firm IOActive, U.S. Emergency Alert System, the system used to broadcast to the United States in times of national crisis can be hacked remotely by hackers. Recent firmware update of DASDEC-I and DASDEC-II application servers disseminated the secure shell (SSH) keys, that allows anyone with limited knowledge to log in at the root level of the server. Technically, compromising the DASDEC systems doesn't sound too difficult. In that scenario, an attacker could take over the system and issue emergency messages. Monroe Electronics was notified about vulnerabilities in its equipment in January and the company's internal development team developed a software update that was made available in March. The Emergency Alert System
Hardware based malware steals contacts from all mobile platforms using only the Audio Jack!

Hardware based malware steals contacts from all mobile platforms using only the Audio Jack!

Nov 28, 2012
Indian Security Research Atul Alex presented his surprise paper at the International Malware Conference, MalCon on what can be termed as the onset of next generation of hardware based malware that can target mobile devices irrespective of Platforms. Typically, one of the largest challenges for malware coders are to target multiple platforms. A malware for Android will not work in Windows phone, Symbian or Apple iOS, which come in way of malware coders. Also, devices such as iPhone are extremely secure and there is little that can be extracted from a locked / secure iPhone, unless they are jailbroken. Atul Alex's research abuses voice dialing feature which is enabled by default on all mobile platforms - and combines a bugged headset with a micro controller and code to steal private data. The bugged headset can also dial a pre-defined number by detecting if the device is in use or not and turn the phone into a spy device. Further, it can steal contacts from all devices -
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"Warning Zombies Ahead!" - Road sign board Hacked

"Warning Zombies Ahead!" - Road sign board Hacked

Oct 11, 2012
Drivers may have gotten a chuckle out of an electronic message board in Maine warning of zombies, but city officials were not amused. A Portland, Maine road sign is changed to a zombie warning on Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012. It originally read " Night work 8 pm-6 am. Expect delays. " An electronic message board that typically warns motorists about impending roadwork instead read: " Warning Zombies Ahead! " as shown. City spokeswoman Nicole Clegg says the signs are a safety precaution and changing it could have led to driver distraction. She tells The Portland Press Herald tampering with a safety device is a misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail and a $1,000 fine. Subscribe  to our  Daily News-letter via email  - Be First to know about Security and Hackers.
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