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Hacking Increasingly Becoming a Physical Concern

If this past quarter's stories are any indication, we could very well be seeing the rise of a new wave of threats that will affect people in a more pronounced and physical level, reports Trend Micro in its Q2 Security Roundup Report. "We've previously seen how certain automated transportation systems could be susceptible to cyber-attacks, and now we're seeing possible threats in aviation. The first incident took place when security researcher Chris Roberts tweeted messages that suggested that he was tampering with the in-flight systems of the 737/800 plane that he was on. This was followed by a DDoS attack on Warsaw's Okecie airport, causing delays that grounded more than 1,400 people flying with LOT Polish Airlines."

Report also warns that Domain Name System (DNS)-aided attacks using DNS changers to target home routers have made a comeback. "This quarter, cybercriminals set their sights on routers to tamper with the information these relayed to connected devices, thus facilitating data theft."

DNS Changer Detections – Brazil accounted for 81% of the total global number of DNS changer detections this quarter, a far cry from its mere 14% share of the global pie in the previous quarter. (Source: TrendLabs 2Q 2015 Security Roundup)

Related topics: Cyberattack, Cybercrime, Cybersecurity, DNS, Malware

 
   

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