Members of Black Hat Europe Review Board Predict an Increase in Attacks on Hardware, ARM-Based Devices and Cyber-Physical Systems in 2020

November 5, 2019 4:00 AM EST

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Briefings on these attacks to be presented at Black Hat Europe 2019

SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 05, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Black Hat, the world’s leading producer of information security events, today highlights predictions from members of the Black Hat Europe Review Board on the technology, systems and attacks expected to dominate the information security industry in 2020. Attacks on hardware, ARM-based devices and cyber-physical systems were predicted to be an area of particular concern in 2020 and will be highlighted at the upcoming Black Hat Europe, taking place Dec. 2-5 in London, England.

Widespread Hardware Attacks
Hardware-based attacks were previously considered incredibly niche, but according to Daniel Cuthbert, Global Head of Security Research for Banco Santander, hardware attacks will become more commonplace in 2020.

“With the rise of the maker community and access to cheap hardware and designs, the effectiveness of hardware-based attack methods to gain entry or subvert has improved,” said Cuthbert. “Consumers seemingly trust that their physical devices don’t include malicious components, but this trust may become more of an issue in the future.”

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Securing and Exploiting ARM-Based Devices
IoT exploitation has become increasingly relevant as the market share of ARM-based devices grows bigger and replaces other processors in traditional computing such as desktops, laptops and server-class systems. According to Maria Markstedter, independent security researcher and trainer, ARM-based devices may be given a closer look in 2020.

“With the new releases of Windows on ARM, and the rumors that Apple is replacing Intel with ARM processors, I expect an upsurge in the number of people looking both at securing and exploiting ARM-based devices,” said Markstedter.

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Real-World Instances of Cyber-Physical System Hacks
According to Stefano Zanero, Associate Professor at Politecnico di Milano, there may be an increase in cyber-physical system hacks in the future:

Zanero said, “Information security experts have known for a long time that cyber-physical systems, particularly in the industrial and automotive world, but also in medical devices, have been designed for a different environment and threat model. We are now close to the moment where we will be out of time to redesign those systems so that they are resilient to the goals of modern attackers.”

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