Friday Five: 3/27 Edition



Your Weekly Roundup of information security news.

Happy Friday! Get a snapshot of this week’s cybersecurity news with our picks for the hottest articles from the IT and security presses:

  1. "House intel leaders unveil cyber-security bill" by Erin Kelly
    On Tuesday, leaders of the House Committee released a bipartisan bill regarding how private companies share cyber-threat information with each other and the government. This bill aims to include stronger privacy protections than existing legislation and provide government agencies a better way to discover the underlying causes of hacks. Read this article to learn more.
  2. "Intel: New Approach Needed to Secure Connected Health Devices" by Paul Roberts
    Current innovations in medical technology have led to the emergence of new connected health devices. Although these devices are predicted to “revolutionize” healthcare and reduce healthcare-related costs, from a security perspective there lies some potential risks. To find out how these new devices create the possibility of hacking attacks and even “targeted killings,” check out Roberts’ article.
  3. "Using Heat to Jump Air-Gapped Computers" by Chris Brook
    In the past, heat emitted from computers has been considered just an annoying byproduct. However, researchers from the Cyber Security Research Center in Israel have recently discovered a new way that the emitted heat can cause problems to computer users. According to their study, the researchers have concluded that heat emitted and detected by a nearby computer can allow for the spreading of passwords, keys, and malware. For more, check out this article.
  4. "A $60 Gadget That Makes Car Hacking Far Easier" by Andy Greenberg
    The ability to digitally control a car’s electronics used to be reserved for only skilled security researchers. This has all changed with 24-year-old Eric Evenchick’s $60 device called "CANtact." On Thursday, Evnechick presented his device at the Black Hat Asia security conference in Singapore. Give this article a read if you want to find out about this new car-hacking product.
  5. "Big Vulnerability in Hotel Wi-Fi Router Puts Guests at Risk" by Kim Zetter
    Many hotels require guests to pay to use their Wi-Fi services, but are the guests getting their money’s worth? In a lot of cases, the answer is no. Researchers have found that hundreds of hotels around the world are vulnerable to hacks due to the routers they use for their wireless networks. These networks have been found to be susceptible to malware, while also allowing hackers to monitor and record data in transit, and potentially even gain access to reservation and keycard systems. Read this article to find out how.
Brandon Vasciannie

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