Jul 15, 2012

Homeland Security warns of Niagara hack
Share

See on Scoop.itTechnology In Media
The Department of Homeland Security on Friday warned that a popular system used by organizations around the world to manage millions of machines and devices over the Internet is vulnerable to attack from hackers.

The software system known as the Niagara Framework enables corporate, military, health-care and other users to remotely control or monitor medical devices, elevators, video cameras, security systems and a wide array of other sensitive operations.

In an alert issued Friday, cybersecurity officials said that Niagara users should immediately prohibit guest users, bolster passwords, cut off direct access to the Internet and take other steps to prevent hackers from exploiting configuration and software flaws.

“Disable the ‘guest’ and ‘demo’ user accounts if enabled,” says the alert, issued by the department’s Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response Team. The alert advised other steps:

●Lock out accounts that receive excessive invalid login attempts.

●Use stronger passwords.

●Change default user names and passwords.

●Limit user access to the file system.
See on mobile.washingtonpost.com

Jake Cmarada

Revolutionary Entrepreneur focused in Entertainment, Social Media, and Niche Technology Markets (Security, IT support, RFID Solutions and building infrastructure services)
0

Content Curator

Jake Cmarada

Revolutionary Entrepreneur focused in Entertainment, Social Media, and Niche Technology Markets (Security, IT support, RFID Solutions and building infrastructure services)

More Curations by Jake