Kaspersky Lab helps uncover vulnerabilities that make gas stations easy prey for hackers

Kaspersky Lab (www.Kaspersky.co.za) researchers have helped uncover a number of unknown vulnerabilities that have left gas stations around the world exposed to remote takeover, often for years. The vulnerabilities were found in an embedded gas station controller of which there are currently over 1,000 installed and online. The manufacturer was notified when the threat was confirmed.

Kaspersky Lab experts found the controller during unrelated research into devices with open connections to the internet. In many cases the controller had been placed in the fuel station over a decade ago and had been connected to the internet ever since.

The controller, which runs a Linux machine, operates with high privileges and the researchers discovered a number of vulnerabilities that leave the device and the systems it is connected to open to cyberattack. For example, the researchers were able to monitor and configure many of the gas station settings. An intruder able to bypass the login screen and gain access to the main interfaces would be able to do any of the following:

  • Shut down all fueling systems
  • Change the fuel prices
  • Cause fuel leakages
  • Circumvent payment terminals to steal money (the controller connects directly to the payment terminal, so payment transactions could be hijacked)
  • Scrape vehicle license plates and driver identities
  • Execute code on the controller unit
  • Move freely within the gas station network

“When it comes to connected devices it is easy to focus on the new and to forget about products installed many years ago that might be leaving the business wide open to attack. The damage that could be done by sabotaging a gas station doesn’t bear thinking about. We have shared our findings with the manufacturer,” said Ido Naor, Senior Security Researcher at Kaspersky Lab.

The vulnerabilities have also been reported to MITRE and the research is ongoing.

Kaspersky Lab advises manufacturers of connected internet-of-thing devices to consider the security of their products from the very first moment of development and design, and to review legacy devices for possible security vulnerabilities. Users of connected devices are urged to review regularly the security of these devices and not to rely on factory settings.

More information on the research is available on Securelist blog post (https://goo.gl/ANG5Ti).

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Joint United Nations in Egypt Statement on the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation

Joint United Nations in Egypt Statement on the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation:

Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C) is one of the harmful practices that young women and girls around the world are subjected to. It is a human rights violation affecting at least 200 million girls and women alive today in the world. FGM/C is deeply rooted in traditions and culture and has lasting negative health consequences, both physical and emotional, on women and girls.

In commemoration of the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation, the United Nations in Egypt commends the national efforts to address the issue and commits to continue working jointly with the Egyptian Government towards this objective. It is urgent we collectively eliminate such harmful practice and more broadly create a safer environment for young women and girls in Egypt.

The Sustainable Development Goals recognizes that FGM/C undermines progress towards a more equal, just and prosperous world. They set an ambitious target of eliminating all such harmful practices against girls and women by 2030. Around the world, momentum to eliminate FGM/C female is building. Political will, community engagement and targeted investment are changing practices and lives. The National Women Empowerment Strategy 2030 that clearly identifies FGM/C as a form of violence against women and girls is in line with the momentum.

The United Nations in Egypt recognizes the ongoing efforts of the Government, which has led to the reduction of FGM/C in the younger age groups (15-17 year) by more than 13 percent since 2008. Moreover, the adoption of a National FGM Strategy 2016-2020 and most importantly the recent decision to amend and stiffen the law criminalizing FGM/C, are critical steps taken to address FGM/C.

It is clear that it is possible for rates of FGM/C to drop significantly when joint efforts are exerted by different parties, including governments, international organizations, local communities and medical professionals to raise awareness about the negative consequences of FGM/C, and when the legislative response is to criminalize such harmful practices. Such efforts would not only help in protecting young women and girls, but it will empower them to have equal opportunities as men, where their voices are equally heard, and their dreams are achieved.

Without accelerated joint progress to protect the growing number of women and girls at risk of this harmful practice, more girls could be subjected to FGM/C by 2030. To make greater progress, the United Nations in Egypt will continue to support all efforts adopted by the Government to scale up and accelerate the implementation of the National FGM Abandonment Strategy towards an Egypt free of FGM. It is high time to eliminate FGM/C for a better future for Egyptian girls and women.

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of UN Information Centre in Cairo.

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Media briefing by UNHCR’s Special Envoy on the Somali Refugee Situation in Pretoria on 8 February (8h30 – 9h30)

In 2016, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, appointed Ambassador Mohamed Abdi Affey as his Special Envoy for the Somali Refugee Situation. The High Commissioner noted that the path towards stability and prosperity in Somalia must include solutions for Somalis in exile through the region, and that Special Envoy would assist UNHCR to maximize efforts in the search for solutions for Somali refugees and asylum-seekers at national and regional levels.

The Special Envoy visits countries, including South Africa, hosting large numbers of Somali refugees and asylum-seekers to discuss with governments, civil society, international community and Somali refugees themselves about the current situation in Somalia as well as durable solutions for Somali refugees.

Special Envoy Abdi Affey will provide media briefing at UNHCR Regional Representation for Southern Africa (Waterkloof House, 209 Waterkloof Road, Pretoria – Brooklyn) on Thursday 8 February from 08h30 to 9h30.

The media outlets and journalists are requested to confirm participation in advance by email (aikomus@unhcr.org) in order to have access to briefing.

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Media briefing by UNHCR’s Special Envoy on the Somali Refugee Situation in Pretoria on 8 February (8h30 – 9h30)

In 2016, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, appointed Ambassador Mohamed Abdi Affey as his Special Envoy for the Somali Refugee Situation. The High Commissioner noted that the path towards stability and prosperity in Somalia must include solutions for Somalis in exile through the region, and that Special Envoy would assist UNHCR to maximize efforts in the search for solutions for Somali refugees and asylum-seekers at national and regional levels.

The Special Envoy visits countries, including South Africa, hosting large numbers of Somali refugees and asylum-seekers to discuss with governments, civil society, international community and Somali refugees themselves about the current situation in Somalia as well as durable solutions for Somali refugees.

Special Envoy Abdi Affey will provide media briefing at UNHCR Regional Representation for Southern Africa (Waterkloof House, 209 Waterkloof Road, Pretoria – Brooklyn) on Thursday 8 February from 08h30 to 9h30.

The media outlets and journalists are requested to confirm participation in advance by email (aikomus@unhcr.org) in order to have access to briefing.

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

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