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Proof-of-Concept Malware Reveals Smart Building Vulnerabilities


Aspects of smart buildings.

Researchers warn smart building-targeting malware is the next step in the rapidly expanding attack surface made vulnerable by automated systems.

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Researchers at ForeScout, an enterprise security vendor, warn smart building-targeting malware is the next step in the rapidly expanding attack surface made vulnerable by automated systems.

The researchers developed a proof-of-concept malware that revealed weaknesses in building automation systems that provide autonomous control of much of a structure.

The open and interconnected nature of smart buildings, as well as Internet of Things devices that are often combined with legacy systems, result in old operational technology being integrated with new information technology.

The ForeScout researchers found multiple vulnerabilities across several devices and software used in smart buildings.

All vulnerabilities identified by ForeScout have been fixed with patches, but the researchers said those patches haven't been applied to many devices in use due to poor security update strategies in many building management companies.

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