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Researchers warn that more than 500,000 home automation devices have vulnerabilities that would allow attackers to remotely take control of thermostats, lighting, sprinkler systems, and more.
Dan Kaminsky of IOActive talks with CNET's Robert Vamosi this week about his work.
IOActive cybersecurity experts say someone with $500 of equipment and materials could "take command and control...allowing for the en masse manipulation of (electricity) service."
IOActive researcher Dan Kaminsky says people are looking for unpatched DNS systems and some attacks are due to a fatal vulnerability with the DNS Web address lookup system.
Security researchers warn that many emergency alert system devices used by radio and TV stations are susceptible to cyberattacks, which could cause widespread panic.
The security researcher, who was expected to demonstrate newly-discovered pacemaker vulnerabilities at Black Hat next week, made headlines in 2010 when he hacked an ATM in front of an audience.
Google wants technology firms to cut down on the amount of time it takes to fix zero day vulnerabilities, but some are crying foul.
Utilities hire a security consultancy, which finds a number of vulnerabilities in smart meters that could let a criminal remotely control a meter.
Included within iTunes 8, the security patches are specific to Windows 2000, XP, and Vista users.