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A new form of ransomware has been developed as a proof-of-concept, specifically designed to target SCADA technology in industrial environments, reports TheRegister.co.uk. Written by researchers from Georgia Tech, the scope of the software was noted as limited in the paper, which stated “LogicLocker uses the native sockets API on a Schneider Modicon M241 to scan the network for known vulnerable targets, namely Allen Bradley MicroLogix 1400 PLCs and Schneider Modicon M221 PLCs.” The ransomware finds those two specific devices, bypasses “weak authentication mechanisms”, locks out legitimate users and plants a logic bomb to “dangerously operate physical outputs”. The Register noted that fragmented APIs confine hackers to specific devices, further specifying that whilst these commands can indeed be sent to industrial kit, at a push, factory operators have the option to shut the plant down and restore the original firmware.

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Sixty per cent of IoT projects stall at the proof of concept stage, reports Computing.co.uk. This follows research which noted that only 26 per cent of companies have had an IoT initiative they considered a complete success.

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Samsung’s “airtight” eye scanning security technology has been fooled by a photograph and a contact lens, reports BBC.co.uk. Samsung informed the BBC it was “aware of the issue”.

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Public Wi-Fi found in locations such as coffee shops is the ‘most dangerous’, reports Independent.co.uk. Consumers must become more aware of the potential dangers which come from connecting to public Wi-Fi, with cyber criminals able to easily access private data.

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