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The Very Real Cyber Security Threat in Smart Buildings

Next week, in Memoori’s Interactive Webinar, we will be joined by Billy Rios, one of the two men responsible for hacking into the Building Automation System at Google’s Australian headquarters back in 2013. The planned cyber assault was designed to test the internet giant’s resolve against malicious hacking; it also raises concerns over cyber security in our increasingly online and smart buildings. Despite Google's implementing a relatively high level of authentication, researchers Billy Rios and Terry McCorkle, from information security company Cylance, were able to bypass these restrictions easily, primarily because the system was not kept up to date. From here, Rios and McCorkle had full run of Google's Building Management System, and stated that they could have rooted the device. Rooting would provide the pair of researchers with access to a machine from which they could conduct further attacks. Google, however, disagreed with Cylance’s claim, a Google spokesperson announcing that the device accessed by […]

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