VB2015 preview: the Internet of Things

Posted by   Virus Bulletin on   Aug 11, 2015

Experts to cover various aspects of IoT (in)security in a range of talks.

As a reader of this blog, and hopefully as someone who will attend VB2015, you don't need to be told that more and more devices are being connected to the Internet, nor that this comes with some security issues. And while your fridge sending spam might not be that big a deal for you, your fridge or the Internet, things are different when it turns out that your car or your insulin pump can be controlled remotely.

Several VB2015 talks deal with the IoT, as it's most commonly called, and its security or (all too often) the lack thereof.

The ability to remotely control drones is, of course, an essential feature rather than a bug in these unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). At VB2015, HP researcher Oleg Petrovsky will present a paper in which he discusses various flight controllers for UAVs as well as the attack surfaces that exist: from malicious bootloaders and firmware to the ability to control the UAV by sending commands from a fake ground control station.

  Basic components of a multi-rotor aerial vehicle. From Oleg Petrovsky's VB2015 paper 'Attack on the drones: security vulnerabilities of unmanned aerial vehicles'.

A paper by Microsoft's Jasmine Sesso and independent researcher Heather Goudey looks at the current state of malware targeting the IoT as well as what lies ahead for it — for example, in that magical year 2020 when, according to Gartner, the IoT will generate an extra $300bn in revenues. The paper also looks at current approaches to IoT security (including a number of Internet standards) and at recommendations made by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). Finally, Jasmine and Heather look at the role anti-virus can play in these heavily restricted environments.

Two researchers from Avast, Martin Smarda and Pavel Sramek, have written a paper in which they discuss a module that has been added as a pilot to their product and which scans home networks for vulnerable devices. The idea behind the module is not just to inform users about insecure settings, default passwords and other kinds of weaknesses; in an era where security researchers are all too often ignored when they report vulnerabilities, their hope is that perhaps the crowd will be listened to.

In some cases, the risk to connected devices is far bigger than your smart TV being infected with ransomware: think of cars or medical devices. In one of this year's brand new Small Talks, Claus Cramon Houmann, a member of I am the Cavalry, will highlight the work this grassroots organisation does to make sure our devices become more secure and discuss with delegates how to gain optimal benefit from I am the Cavalry in Europe.

Have you been working on IoT security — or have you analysed a recent attack targeting connected devices? Why not submit a last-minute paper to fill one of the ten remaining slots on the VB2015 programme? You've got until 3 September to submit a proposal.



Posted on 11 August 2015 by Martijn Grooten
twitter.png
fb.png
linkedin.png
hackernews.png
reddit.png

 

Latest posts:

VB2019 paper: APT cases exploiting vulnerabilities in region-specific software

At VB2019, JPCERT/CC's Shusei Tomonaga and Tomoaki Tani presented a paper on attacks that exploit vulnerabilities in software used only in Japan, using malware that is unique to Japan. Today we publish both their paper and the recording of their…

New paper: Detection of vulnerabilities in web applications by validating parameter integrity and data flow graphs

In a follow-up to a paper presented at VB2019, Prismo Systems researchers Abhishek Singh and Ramesh Mani detail algorithms that can be used to detect SQL injection in stored procedures, persistent cross-site scripting (XSS), and server‑side request…

VB2020 programme announced

VB is pleased to reveal the details of an interesting and diverse programme for VB2020, the 30th Virus Bulletin International Conference.

VB2019 paper: Cyber espionage in the Middle East: unravelling OSX.WindTail

At VB2019 in London, Jamf's Patrick Wardle analysed the WindTail macOS malware used by the WindShift APT group, active in the Middle East. Today we publish both Patrick's paper and the recording of his presentation.

VB2019 paper: 2,000 reactions to a malware attack – accidental study

At VB2019 cybercrime journalist and researcher Adam Haertlé presented an analysis of almost 2000 unsolicited responses sent by victims of a malicious email campaign. Today we publish both his paper and the recording of his presentation.

We have placed cookies on your device in order to improve the functionality of this site, as outlined in our cookies policy. However, you may delete and block all cookies from this site and your use of the site will be unaffected. By continuing to browse this site, you are agreeing to Virus Bulletin's use of data as outlined in our privacy policy.