Morning Security Brief: Weapons Ordinances, Medical Device Security, Graffiti Deciphering, and More.
Wisconsin cities move to ban weapons in public buildings. Lawmakers ask the GAO to asses medical device security. Researchers are working on an app to decipher gang graffiti, and more.
►Wisconsin cities are approving ordinances that would ban weapons from being carried into public buildings. They are doing so in an effort to get ahead of an anticipated state law allowing concealed carry. Under the state law, the state Department of Justice would have to issue permits to state residents 21 and over who get training and clear background checks that show they are not felons or otherwise prohibited from carrying guns, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports. The law would allow cities to prohibit weapons in government buildings but not in parks and other public grounds.
►Lawmakers have asked the Government Accountability Office to assess the security of medical devices after a hacker showed he could hack into his own insulin pump at a conference earlier this month. Representatives Anna Eshoo (D-CA) and Ed Markey (D-MA) asked the GAO to take a look at just how susceptible medical devices with wireless communication would be to hackers, Wired reports.
►Purdue University researchers are developing a smartphone app that would decipher gang graffiti to aid law enforcement agencies. The app, Gang Graffiti Automatic Recognition and Interpretation (GARI), lets a person take a picture of the graffiti and also records the date, time, and coordinates. “The phone analyzes features, then sends the information over the Internet to a server to compare with data in the graffiti database,” the Boston Herald Reports. The project idea came from a computer engineering professor’s work translating foreign character sets. Analyzing gang graffiti helps track gang affiliation, growth, and gang membership information.
►An Iranian general has announced that the Islamic republic will hold a massive cybersecurity drill to assess weaknesses and increase readiness against potential cyberattacks. “The remarks come amid reports that the Israeli military is planning a major cyber war against Iran by setting up a military cyber command,” Press TV, a division of the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting, reports. Iran has been subject to cyberattacks in the past aimed at disrupting their nuclear program, including the Stuxnet attack that took the country's nuclear program offline for months. Iranian officials are reported as saying that the country has taken appropriate countermeasures, including the establishment of a cyber command unit that would detect and deter cyberattacks.
►In other news, information of 500 maternity patients was put at risk when a thumb drive was misplaced at St. Francis Hospital in Delaware. The thumb drive was recovered shortly after. ⇒ A week after Public Intelligence published a U.S. Predator Drone operating manual online, Anonymous said it had hacked 1GB of data from defense contractor and drone manufacturer, Vanguard. “This leak contains internal meeting notes and contracts, schematics, non-disclosure agreements, personal information about other VDI employees, and several dozen ‘counter-terrorism’ documents classified as ‘law enforcement sensitive’ and ‘for official use only,’ Anonymous said in a release.⇒ And video shot in Israel shows its Iron Dome rocket defense system in action during skirmishes this weekend.