Cybersecurity alert - these days, it is the devices that are most vulnerable


Quick take: Last December's cybersecurity warning was about gear from Schneider's Telvent subsidiary. The one you'll read below is about gear from Siemen's RuggedCom subsidiary. It illustrates at least two important trends. First, attacks are increasingly against embedded systems and devices out at the edge, not against central servers. Second, you're not safe even if your equipment comes from big-name suppliers. In some ways, the more popular the gear the more enticing it is as a target for hackers. – Jesse Berst


Industrial control system security expert Justin Clarke reported a flaw in RuggedCom software that allows hackers to spy on traffic moving through networking equipment manufactured by the Siemens' Canadian subsidiary. As a result, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is looking into the claims.


According to a report from the Homeland Security News Wire, RuggedCom has said it is investigating Clarke's claims but did not elaborate.

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