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Ten scary hacks from Black Hat and Defcon

Researchers showed all manner of serious attacks on everything from browsers to cars

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During the Black Hat and Defcon conferences, researchers wheeled out their best new attacks on everything from browsers to automobiles, demonstrating ingenuity and diligence in circumventing security efforts or in some cases in exploiting systems that were built without security in mind. Here's a handful of the ones that deserve the most concern.


Siemens S7 hack

NSS researcher Dillon Beresford demonstrated how to hack a Siemens S7 computer, gain read-and-write access to the memory, steal data, run commands and shut the computers off. All this is very bad when you consider these devices are used to control machines in factories, utility networks, power plants, chemical factories and the like. His findings were so troublesome that he pulled out of an earlier conference where he'd been scheduled to present the information until Siemens could patch the vulnerabilities he exposed.

  • Siemens S7 hack
  • VoIP botnet control
  • Powerline device takeover
  • Hacker drone
  • Car hijack via phone networks
  • Hack faces to find Social Security numbers
  • Remotely shut down insulin pumps
  • Embedded web server menace
  • Spreading false router tables
  • SAP flaw



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