Ransomware’s next target: Your car and your home

September 20th, 2016 by Mark Daly in Industry News No Comments »
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Ransomware is perhaps the biggest cybersecurity scourge of 2016, becoming increasingly problematic both for individuals and businesses of all sizes.

The concept is simple: the cybercriminal will trick a victim into opening a malicious file or a clicking on a link which causes their computer, tablet, or smartphone to be infected with malware that encrypts the data stored on the device. The cybercriminal then demands the victim pay a ransom — often in Bitcoin — in order to get their systems unlocked.

While the ransomware installs data-stealing malware on your system, getting infected with ransomware is more an annoyance more than anything. Yes, a business will lose money while its networks are locked down, but most cases it doesn’t have any further ‘real world’ consequences, as the theft of personal data or banking information might.

However, with more and more connected objects joining the Internet of Things, there’s the potential that cybercriminals could also seek to install ransomware on these additional devices, with consequences ranging from the annoying to the potentially dangerous.

Researchers at Intel Security recently discovered a vulnerability in the infotainment system of a connected car from one manufacturer, which could allow criminals to install malware on the vehicles’ systems by putting it on an SD card and loading that into the infotainment system, said Raj Samani, CTO EMEA at Intel Security.

Researchers demonstrated that the device had been infected by having the sound system play a single song over and over. But what if instead of just being annoying, cybercriminals could go on to disable a vehicle with ransomware too?

Copyright: (Danny Palmer)

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