Pennsylvania, Equifax, and US Senators – Paul’s Security Weekly #564
In the Security News this week, Smart lock can be hacked in seconds, librarian sues Equifax over 2017 data breach wins $600, Neighbors of Cold War Air Force deserter knew him as 'Tim'. In the random and potentially interesting stories, a defecating Pennsylvania driver and researchers studied 160 million memes.
Librarian Sues Equifax Over 2017 Data Breach, Wins $600 - “The small claims case was a lot more about raising awareness,” said West, a librarian at the Randolph Technical Career Center who specializes in technology training and frequently conducts talks on privacy and security.
Smart lock can be hacked 'in seconds' - The "major flaw" in its design is that the unlock key for the device is easily discovered because it is generated from the Bluetooth Low Energy ID that is broadcast by the lock. Anyone with a smartphone would be able to pick up this key if they scanned for Bluetooth devices when close to a Tapplock. Using this key in conjunction with commands broadcast by the Tapplock would let attackers successfully open any one they found, said Mr Tierney.
Neighbors of Cold War Air Force deserter knew him as 'Tim' - On June 5, during a passport fraud investigation, the US Department of State's Diplomatic Security Service interviewed an individual claiming to be Barry O'Beirne. After being confronted with inconsistencies about his identity, the individual admitted his true name was William Howard Hughes Jr., and that he deserted from the US Air Force in 1983
Missing Air Force officer found 35 years later - Hughes was involved in classified planning and analysis of NATO’s control, command and communications surveillance systems during the Cold War. He specialized in radar surveillance.