ATG Vulnerabilities and Risk Management

The “Internet of Things” (IoT) includes a class of devices known as automatic tank gauges (ATGs).  ATGs play a critical role in monitoring and managing storage tanks, either underground or above-ground (USTs and ASTs respectively), which are used to store hazardous materials such as gasoline, diesel, jet fuel, and so on. ATGs continuously test for leaks, for…

IoT – Hackable Thermostats

The “Internet of Things” (IoT to the cognoscenti) has been around for a while, but is gaining prominence now as almost every technology-based product that can be integrated with Internet access is in fact being integrated for Internet access.  The reasons for doing this are not always compelling…but ‘smart home’ tech has been around for decades (remember the X-10 home…

Magnus Cloud Introduces the First Active Countermeasure Against Automated Cyberattacks

September 28, 2015 – Nashville, Tenn. – Magnus Cloud announced today general availability of version 2.0 of its cloud-based service that represents a significant breakthrough in defending against the most dangerous cyberattacks, including sophisticated bot-based attacks at Layer 7/application layer. Magnus offers the first and only active countermeasure solution at scale, removing bots from the field…

Attrition Models and Asymmetric Cyberwarfare

In 1999 two colonels in the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) published their treatise, “Unrestricted Warfare” which details asymmetric strategies for defeating opponents that have technological or numerical superiority over your own forces. Cyberwarfare is explicitly called out, identifying the internet and computers in general as a new, fifth domain of warfare (in addition to land,…

DDoS for Bitcoins : DD4BC Extortionists

Tracy Kitten’s recent article on DDoS for Bitcoins (DD4BC) shows the evolution of DDoS attacks into a form of criminal extortion. The advice of law enforcement agencies is: “Don’t pay. File a complaint. Contact your ISP.” This is the online version of the classic protection racket, except that instead of Lewie the Leg Breaker visiting…