Cybersecurity attacks happen all too often, and attackers are becoming more bold and sophisticated by disrupting critical phone systems and putting 911 emergency call centers at risk. Similar to Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks on critical online services, Telephony Denial of Service (TDoS) attacks render emergency systems unavailable by saturating them with bogus calls and potentially causing great harm to those who truly require urgent first responder attention.
WASHINGTON — A U.S. intelligence community collaborative warned first responders in late July about escalating efforts to target them and their missions by cyberterrorists.
Tech support and IRS scams have become as common as random emails proclaiming that you've won the lottery, or emails from prince in some foreign land who wants to share their wealth.
In the face of aging infrastructure and vulnerabilities, cities and states are upgrading emergency call centers to include streamlined and media-rich systems.
Faced with national 911 systems deemed increasingly vulnerable to cyberattack, Sens. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., and Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., will introduce a bill within the next few weeks to federally fund and hasten the national transition to next generation 911 (NG911) systems.
The agency is working on a multimillion dollar effort to protect the country's most critical systems from distributed denial of service attacks, which are among the simplest digital assaults to carry out and the toughest to fight.
Another attack type that has flown under the radar is Telephony Denial of Service (TDoS). This attack type will likely rise in sophistication and become a key tool in cyber attackers’ arsenals, particularly those who are more interested in wreaking havoc than having financial gain as a motivator
Have you ever wondered what could happen if hackers would block or disrupt 911 emergency call system?
Perhaps you are about to say it’s impossible. However, it would only take 6,000 Smartphones.
Telephony DoS (TDoS) will become more sophisticated. These attacks, which cut off communications in a crisis, "could impede first responders' situational awareness, exacerbate suffering and pain, and potentially increase loss of life," the press release stated.
NASHVILLE — Bomb threats were reported Monday at Jewish community centers in at least nine states and the United Kingdom and federal agents have been standby in case of any problems, authorities said.
It’s not often that any one of us needs to dial 911, but we know how important it is for it to work when one needs it. It is critical that 911 services always be available -- both for the practicality of responding to emergencies and to give people peace of mind.
Businesses often ponder on the reliability and overall quality of VoIP telephony system. This is a major concern which leads such businesses to consider the dangers of data security risks. In spite of the few controversial security breaches in the past, VoIP technology has advanced and transformed into a more robust business tool.
Imagine dialing 911 during a crisis in your’s or a loved-one’s life. Now, imagine that no one answers your call for help. Why? Because a cyber-criminal has locked the 911 call center’s ability to receive your call.
In a denial-of-service (DoS) attack, the goal is to make a resource unavailable to its intended users, usually in a temporary interruption or suspension of services. DoS attacks are well known in data systems and networks, but can also happen to a telecom system or network.
A bug in the iOS WebView component allows an attacker to force someone's iPhone to dial any number, while also locking the phone interface for a few moments, preventing the user from canceling the outgoing call.
iOS WebViews can be used to automatically call an attacker controlled phone number. The attack can block the phone's UI for a short amount of time and therefore prevent the victim from canceling the call. The bug is an application bug that likely is due to bad OS/framework defaults. One major issue with this vulnerability is that it is really easy to exploit. App developers have to fix their code as soon as possible.
The frail, legacy emergency 911 network in the United States was accidentally brought to its proverbial knees recently by a teenager looking for an Apple iOS bug
A 18-year-old Thurston County man was arrested Wednesday for his alleged involvement in an internet hoax that flooded Thurston Communications 911 with non-emergency calls Tuesday night, according to Lacey police.
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Similar to DDoS attacks, telephony denial-of-service attacks – where bad actors flood the system with illegitimate calls to knock out access to emergency services or other critical communication -- are reportedly on the rise.
In February 2016, the DHS Science and Technology (S&T) Directorate Cyber Security Division (CSD) hosted its R&D Showcase and Technical Workshop. The event featured innovative CSD technologies that address current and complex cybersecurity challenges. In this video, showcase presenter Mark Collier of SecureLogix discusses protecting emergency services from complex distributed telephone denial of service attacks.