This Week In Security Roundups

There’s a lot going on in the world of tech security this week, from tricking Teslas (again) to hackable firmware to Russia’s Sandworm hackers at it again.

First of all, did you know how easy it could be to trick the Tesla?  McAfee researchers caused a Tesla to speed up over 50 mph by simply affixing black tape to a speed limit sign.  The Mobileye EyeQ3 system seems to be easily tricked, which is a hurdle for automated AI systems in self driving cars.  The self driving capacity of the Tesla is already a controversy anyway, with people ignoring the instruction to stay alert and taking naps or browsing their phones while driving at highway speeds.  The maker of the Mobileye EyeQ3 says its an adversarial “attack” since the tape could also fool human drivers – however most human drivers will have the sense to slow down when the speed seems strangely high for the surroundings – AI cars though?  Perhaps not.

In Russia the Sandworm hacking team is at it again, attacking and defacing over 15,000 websites and two broadcasting companies in neighboring Georgia.

Ransomware loves to target those with the most to technically lose – such as hospitals and government facilities.  This week ransomware disrupted a natural gas compression facility for two days while they struggled with ransomware.  This is another sign that attackers are going after critical infrastructure more and more in the attempt to extort money.

PC sales are up, and that means more people are going to need software to help them maintain their systems.  The new Advanced System Repair Pro is a great software tool capable of making it easy for consumers to keep their computers running well.  We reviewed the software and found it quite capable of helping people out in terms of renovating a flagging system and helping it run faster.

One thing we always implore people to do in the wake of all of these security breaches is to back up their systems!  Nobody backs up their data anymore even though it’s the easiest darn thing to do.  We highly suggest trying out something such as Backblaze which will back up important files in the background without you even noticing.  It’s been the greatest help to me personally when my hard disk broke, destroying all my video files.  It was MUCH cheaper to get my backblaze data back than spring tons of money for a forensic file recovery from the broken disk.

Corp.com is going to be up for sale soon, and in a strange twist of programming whoever owns this domain could have the power of an enormous botnet instantly.  It’s a bit hard in layman’s terms, but due to some programming gaffes there are many systems that connect to corp.com as a default setting.  However, since corp.com is dormant at the moment, nothing bad is happening.  However in one experiment they set it up to receive credentials and it turned into a bloodbath – the experiment was turned off after 15 minutes and the data destroyed.