Is That a Bot In Your Pocket? Or Does It Just Look Like One?

By Danny TijerinaLast week at the RSA Conference, my colleague Derek Brown and I, presented findings from a research project titled MOBOTS: Pocketful of Pwnage, which was designed to show how easy it would be to create a large mobile botnet. Please note that we did not actually create a botnet; we simply presented results of two different experiments that showed how easy it would be to create one.

Researchers from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich and the French National Institute for Research in Computer Science and Control
have now developed a scheme for protecting implantable medical devices
against wireless attacks. The approach relies on using ultrasound waves
to determine the exact distance between a medical device and the
wireless reader attempting to communicate with it.  Read the full story [Technology Review]

Yesterday, a “Your iPhone’s been hacked because it’s really insecure! Please visit doiop.com/iHacked and secure your phone right now!” message popped up on the screens of a large number of automatically exploited Dutch iPhone users, demanding $4.95 for instructions on how to secure their iPhones and remove the message from appearing at startup.  Read the full story [Dancho Danchev/ZDNet]

From The Register (Dan Goodin)
Overlooked design weaknesses in a widely used type of wireless network are seriously jeopardizing the network security of the retailers and manufacturers [theregister.co.uk] that rely on them, a security expert has determined.
So-called FHSS, or frequency-hopping spread spectrum, networks are an early form of the 802.11 wireless data standard. Although transmission speeds, at about 2 Mbps, lag far behind more recent 802.11 technologies, they remain widely used by many Fortune 1000 companies, particularly those with large warehouses or factory floors.  Read the full story [theregister.co.uk]

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