10-16-17 – News This Past Week

How smart cities can protect against IoT security threats
As long as developers work in tandem with one another, the security problems presented by the development of IoT within smart cities won’t be insurmountable
https://www.networkworld.com/article/3231988/internet-of-things/how-smart-cities-can-protect-against-iot-security-threats.html

North Korean Threat Actors Probe US Electric Companies
Known threat actors based in North Korea recently targeted several US electric companies in a spear-phishing campaign that appeared to be more of an early reconnaissance mission than an attempt to cause any immediate disruption
https://www.darkreading.com/attacks-breaches/north-korean-threat-actors-probe-us-electric-companies/d/d-id/1330106

IoT: Insecurity of Things or Internet of Threats?
The Internet of Things is pushing billions of connected devices online, he noted. Last year’s Mirai malware attack, which mobilizes hundreds of thousands of devices as bots, highlighted the vulnerability of the Internet of Things and served as an example of what could go wrong
https://www.darkreading.com/endpoint/iot-insecurity-of-things-or-internet-of-threats/d/d-id/1330105

HACKING A POWER GRID IN THREE (NOT-SO-EASY) STEPS
But as real as the threat of power-utility hacking may be, not every grid penetration calls for Defcon 1. Responding to them all with an equal sense of alarm is like conflating a street mugging with an intercontinental ballistic missile attack.
https://www.wired.com/story/hacking-a-power-grid-in-three-not-so-easy-steps/

Siemens Patches Flaws in Building Automation Controllers
Siemens has released a firmware update for its BACnet Field Panel building automation products to address two vulnerabilities, including one classified as high severity
http://www.securityweek.com/siemens-patches-flaws-building-automation-controllers

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