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Covid-19 tracking apps raise questions about bluetooth security
Bluetooth has emerged as the technology of choice for tracking the spread of the coronavirus. Bluetooth’s specifications are several thousand pages long, and that complexity can lead to mistakes by developers. Plus, enterprising hackers could scout their vicinity for many devices with Bluetooth turned on and try to launch remote cyberattacks. Aside from potential security risks, Bluetooth has other flaws.
U.S. cyber agency offers advice to critical infrastructure groups battling threats during pandemic
The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency issued a guide Monday for running operations centers that could be targeted by aggressive hackers during coronavirus lockdowns,
Security Magazine reports
. Critical infrastructure sectors with employees working remotely might face difficulties in responding to cyberattacks, CISA said in its
. CISA suggestions include the following:
- Prioritize testing for asymptomatic personnel by medical professionals
- Develop a mechanism such as special badges or letters to allow for identification and free movement of mission-essential personnel when restrictions are in place
- Authorize priority supply of sanitizing supplies and personal protective equipment
- Empower non-medical professionals such as control-center managers to administer health questionnaires and temperature checks
Source: The Wall Street Journal