Cybersecurity researchers have developed a new form of ransomware that was able to take control of a simulated water treatment plant. The simulated attack was designed to highlight vulnerabilities in control systems used to operate industrial facilities.
A new vulnerability affecting Android mobile devices results not from a traditional bug, but from the malicious combination of two legitimate permissions that power desirable and commonly-used features in popular apps.
By detecting semantic inconsistencies in content, researchers have developed a new technique for identifying promotional infections of websites operated by government and educational organizations. Such attacks use code embedded in highly ranked sites to drive traffic to sketchy websites selling items like fake drugs, counterfeit handbags, and plagiarized term papers.
Georgia Tech’s 2017 Emerging Cyber Threats, Trends, and Technologies report highlights concerns about global manipulation of information, health care fraud, data encryption, and other issues likely to affect society in the year ahead.