Transportation


  • US-CERT study predicts machine learning, transport systems to become security risks

    October 19, 2017

    The Carnegie-Mellon University’s Software Engineering Institute has nominated transport systems, machine learning, and smart robots as needing better cyber-security risk and threat analysis. That advice comes in the institute’s third Emerging Technology Domains Risk Survey, a project it has handled for the US Department of Homeland Security’s US-CERT since 2015. The surveys are cumulative, meaning any ...

  • Mysterious cyber espionage campaign uses ‘torpedo’ lure to trick you into downloading malware

    October 18, 2017

    An espionage group is launching cyber attacks against organisations in the maritime and defence sectors in what’s highly likely to be an effort to steal confidential information and research data. Dubbed Leviathan, the group has been active since at least 2014 and takes particular interest in maritime industries, naval defence contractors and associated university research institutions ...

  • Swedish transport agencies targeted in cyber attack

    October 12, 2017

    Swedish transport authorities were hit by a cyber attack on Thursday morning, a day after trains were delayed as a result of another attack on IT systems monitoring railway traffic. The website of Sweden’s Transport Agency (Transportstyrelsen) was partially down on Thursday morning, according to the agency most likely as a result of a DDoS attack. During ...

  • Passwords For 540,000 Car Tracking Devices Leaked Online

    September 22, 2017

    Another day, another news about a data breach, though this is something disconcerting. Login credentials of more than half a million records belonging to vehicle tracking device company SVR Tracking have leaked online, potentially exposing the personal data and vehicle details of drivers and businesses using its service. Just two days ago, Viacom was found exposing the keys ...

  • Future Navy Accident Investigations Will Look for Cyber Attacks

    September 15, 2017

    Rampant internet speculation aside, there’s no evidence yet that any hostile electronic breach led to recent U.S. Navy mishaps, according to the admiral who leads the service’s cyber operations. In fact, it was mostly to put such speculation to rest that Vice Adm. Jan Tighe said she dispatched a small team to join the Navy’s investigation into the Aug. ...

  • Self-Driving Cars Can Be Hacked By Just Putting Stickers On Street Signs

    August 8, 2017

    Car Hacking is a hot topic, though it’s not new for researchers to hack cars. Previously they had demonstrated how to hijack a car remotely, how to disable car’s crucial functions like airbags, and even how to steal cars. But the latest car hacking trick doesn’t require any extra ordinary skills to accomplished. All it takes is a simple sticker onto ...

  • UK Government issues cyber security guidelines for driverless cars

    August 7, 2017

    As vehicles get smarter, cyber security in the automotive industry is becoming an increasing concern. As a result, the UK government has issued new, relevant cyber security guidelines for connected and driverless cars. Cars are now becoming connected Wi-Fi hotspots, and are well on their way to autonomy. But, this leaves them vulnerable to hacking and ...

  • Virgin America Hacked, Employee Passwords and Personal Information Compromised

    July 28, 2017

    Virgin America has confirmed in a letter sent to employees that its network was compromised by hackers, with data belonging to thousands of workers compromised and possibly stolen by the attackers. While an investigation is already under way, the airline did not provide any specifics about the hackers, saying instead that it’s working with law enforcement ...

  • Sweden data leak ‘a disaster’, says PM

    July 24, 2017

    The Swedish government has admitted to a huge data leak made by one of its own departments during an IT outsourcing procedure in 2015. Sweden’s prime minister said it was “a disaster”, Swedish media reported. Reports say that confidential data about military personnel, along with defence plans and witness protection details, were exposed by the Transport Agency. They ...

  • Hacking cars: cybersecurity regulations needed for new vehicles

    July 16, 2017

    Imagine driving your pickup truck off-road and suddenly having your airbags and seat belts malfunction because of an object striking the undercarriage. That causes a software error in your smart vehicle, causing the computer to incorrectly turn off critical equipment that protects you. Sounds far fetched? It shouldn’t. It’s part of a recall notice that affected more than 200,000 ...

  • Siemens Patches Authentication Bypass Flaw in SiPass Server

    July 14, 2017

    A handful of vulnerabilities in Siemens’ SiPass integrated server have been patched, including one that allows an attacker to bypass authentication on the box. SiPass is the company’s integrated access control server managing physical access in a number of industries and use cases. The product supports card readers and integrates with video surveillance equipment, among other ...

  • German military aviation command launches cyber threat initiative

    July 12, 2017

    The German military’s aviation safety chief has launched a new initiative against cyber threats, citing research that he said shows hackers can commandeer military airplanes with the help of equipment that costs about 5,000 euros ($5,700). A defense ministry spokesman told Reuters that development of new “aviation cyber expertise” would cover everything from raising consciousness about ...

  • ICAO: Terrorism and cyberattacks are a ‘significant concern’

    July 10, 2017

    ICAO secretary general Fang Liu has told the United Nations (UN) counter-terrorism committee that threat and risk information must be shared to overcome “significant concern” of terrorism against aviation. “Foreign terrorist fighter movements, landside attacks, threats posed by insiders and airport staff, and the use of increasingly sophisticated improvised explosive devices are all significant concerns,” Liu ...

  • HMS Queen Elizabeth is ‘running outdated Windows XP’, raising cyber attack fears

    June 27, 2017

    Fears have been raised that Britain’s largest ever warship could be vulnerable to cyber attacks after it emerged it appears to be running the outdated Microsoft Windows XP. As HMS Queen Elizabeth left its dockyard for the first time to begin sea trials, it was revealed the £3.5billion aircraft carrier is apparently using the same software that left the NHS exposed. Screens ...

  • Inmarsat launches solution to boost cyber security

    June 9, 2017

    Inmarsat is launching a unified threat management (UTM) solution to take away cyber security risks. The solution – which will be available later this year – will be embedded within existing hardware onboard and is described as a ‘virtual machine’ that can be provisioned at any time, to provide data inspection and protection for the cyber ...

  • Fake Delta Airline Receipts Spread Financial Malware

    April 24, 2017

    Spam emails posing as Delta Air payment confirmation emails are spreading financial and banking malware to computers. According to Heimdal Security firm, a new campaign trying to get access to your financial information was noticed in the wild. Users are receiving spam emails posing as payment confirmations from Delta Air. As the researchers point out, this is ...

  • Autonomous car cyber security consortium awarded funding

    April 11, 2017

    An autonomous car cyber security group will receive government funding as part of a plan to make the UK a hub for the development of self-driving cars, it has been announced. The 5*Stars consortium, which incorporates HORIBA MIRA, Ricardo, Thatcham Research, Roke and Axillium Research, will get grants to develop defences against cyber attacks on autonomous ...

  • Airports and nuclear power stations on terror alert as government officials warn of ‘credible’ cyber threat

    April 2, 2017

    Britain’s airports and nuclear power stations have been told to tighten their defences against terrorist attacks in the face of increased threats to electronic security systems. Security services have issued a series of alerts in the past 24 hours, warning that terrorists may have developed ways of bypassing safety checks. Intelligence agencies believe that Islamic State of ...

  • Senators reintroduce a bill to improve cybersecurity in cars

    March 23, 2017

    Senators Ed Markey of Massachusetts and Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut have reintroduced the Security and Privacy in Your Car (SPY Car) Act of 2017. They first introduced the bill, along with a similar bill for aircraft, during the last session. The SPY Car Act places the onus for automotive cybersecurity and privacy standards on the shoulders ...

  • Cyber Security in a Transport Revolution

    March 9, 2017

    The transport industry is undergoing a technological revolution driven by connectivity, Big Data, autonomy and Artificial Intelligence (AI). Driverless cars are on the horizon and the Internet of Things is being developed throughout our current transport infrastructure. However, these technologies pose some significant issues, particularly in the area of cyber security. To address some of these ...