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IDG Contributor Network: Putting the Comcast vulnerability in context

Discussion in 'CSO' started by RSS, Jan 6, 2016.

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    Steve Ragan reported this week that researchers at Rapid7 disclosed some vulnerabilities in Comcast's Xfinity home security system. The systems use wireless sensors to detect opened doors and windows, and to detect motion when a home is expected to be vacant.

    Wireless sensors make installing a security system very easy. At the same time, wireless sensors are vulnerable to radio frequency interference - whether incidental or intentional.

    Security products by necessity walk an often-grey line between function and usability. On the one hand, elaborate, multi-layer controls can provide a high degree of security, but at a high financial as well as usability cost. As an extreme example, Jake Williams writes of the Australian government resorting to hand-delivering submarine plans and communications, to eliminate entirely the chances of communication being intercepted electronically.

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