As you're driving into work, you witness a horrific crash in the lane next to you. Quickly, you grab your cell phone and dial 911.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has partnered with security firm SecureLogix to develop technology to defend against telephony denial-of-service attacks, which remain a significant threat to emergency call centers, banks, schools and hospitals.
America’s emergency-response networks remain dangerously vulnerable to criminals bent on crippling the country’s critical infrastructure.
Imagine if your call to 911, your financial institution, a hospital, or even your child’s school doesn’t get through. In the past few years, 911 emergency call centers, financial services companies and a host of other critical service providers and essential organizations have been victims of telephony denial of service (TDoS) attacks.
The DHS Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) is working to make sure TDoS attacks cannot disrupt critical phone systems including emergency calls to public-safety answering points (PSAPs) through two research projects.
Among the changes in an iPhone software update Apple Inc. released this week: a fix aimed at preventing cyberattacks on 911 centers in the U.S.
In late October, in Surprise, Ariz., more than 100 phone calls bombarded the police department's emergency dispatch line. Calls also overwhelmed the nearby city of Peoria’s 911 system and departments across California and Texas.
Industry observers are still dialing for dollars when it comes to ideas for how to mitigate the risk, or even the impact, of a potential telephony denial-of-service (TDoS) attack on the 911 emergency services system.
Critical to the success of the 911 emergency phone system, which has saved countless lives since it was first implemented in 1968, is its ability to quickly route calls to emergency responders closest to a caller.
Over 70% of respondents reported that their businesses were compromised through IT attacks. Because Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) phone systems use the same data lines as the rest of your IT system, some companies see the use of VoIP as a potential security risk.