Black Hat news roundup
July 29, 2012
UPDATE 7/30: NSA Boss Wants More Control Over the ‘Net — Technology Review
The U.S. Internet’s infrastructure needs to be redesigned to allow the NSA to know instantly when overseas hackers might be attacking public or private infrastructure and computer networks, said NSA Director General Keith Alexander.
News reports from the annual Black Hat computer security conference, July 21–26 in Las Vegas:
Mass Router Infection Possible: Black Hat — Information Week
From Black Hat: Hackers Demonstrate a Rising Vulnerability of Smartphones — New York Times Bits
Charlie Miller, a security researcher at Accuvant and serial smartphone hacker, demonstrated how easy it is for hackers to exploit near-field communication technology to take control of devices remotely, hacking a Samsung Nexus S, a Galaxy Nexus and a Nokia N9. In each case, he was able to access photos, send texts, browse the Internet, and even make phone calls from the phones, without laying a finger on them.
The Frightening Things You Hear at a Black Hat Conference — New York Times Bits
FLAME, security of hotel room locks and air traffic control compromised, online censorship, and an FBI statement that the public won’t comprehend the repercussions of a cyberattack until it affects something more tangible like their gas line or water supply.
Windows 8 offers some promising opportunities for attackers, but overall is a much more secure operating system than its predecessor.
Javier Galbally revealed that it’s possible to spoof a biometric iris scanning system using synthetic images derived from real irises.