Shift5 Team

February 26, 2021

Episode 7 of Planes, Trains, & Tanks! Episode 7: Previously we’ve discussed the Internet of Things or “IOT” — a physical network device that exchanges data. IOT devices are proliferating at a dizzying rate, and the cybersecurity community is scrambling to keep up. Organizations like the Center for Reverse Engineering and Assured Microelectronics, or “CREAM Lab,” […]

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Shift5 Team

February 23, 2021

Special Episode of Planes, Trains, & Tanks: Precision Railroading Precision Scheduled Railroading Episode: Precision railroading, also sometimes called Precision Scheduled Railroading or PSR, is an optimization concept popularized by railroading titan Hunter Harrison. Rather than rely on older practices like hub-and-spoke models, PSR practitioners operate on fixed schedules and emphasize point-to-point freight car movements, simplified routing, […]

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Shift5 Team

February 22, 2021

How Secure are DoD Weapon Systems? DoD Weapon Systems are choc-full of digital components. They are more networked and software dependent than ever before, but generally these systems were never designed with cybersecurity in mind. Many current weapon systems had no high-level cybersecurity requirements when they began. In recent operational testing, the DoD routinely found […]

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Shift5 Team

February 19, 2021

Episode 6 of Planes, Trains, & Tanks! Episode 6: OmniTRAX is a Colorado-based short line rail operator and logistics provider. Recently, they suffered a ransomware attack that seriously disrupted operations and caused material business impacts. Ransomware is an indiscriminate menace to anyone who uses information technology. Attackers gain access to systems and render files inaccessible to […]

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Shift5 Team

February 12, 2021

Can a Train Be Hacked? Short answer: Yes. Heavy transportation equipment has grown increasingly insecure and vulnerable to cyber attacks. This equipment is reliant upon onboard embedded computers that run software and firmware, which can be compromised by motivated adversaries. There are few, if any, existing cyber security monitoring solutions and the transportation industry hasn’t […]

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Shift5 Team

February 12, 2021

Episode 5 of Planes, Trains, & Tanks! Episode 5: Reverse engineering is the process of taking an engineered artifact like a software program, a coffee pot, or a car and figuring out how it works at a deeper level. Sometimes, we reverse engineer something to build features on top of it. Other times, we’re interested in […]

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Shift5 Team

February 11, 2021

Photo credit NYTimes.com – Lye Detector: Hacker Caught Poisoning Oldsmar Water Supply By Josh Lospinoso Around 8 AM on Friday of last week, a cyberattacker attempted to sabotage a water treatment facility in Oldsmar, FL by instructing the control systems to inject over a hundred times the normal dose of lye. According to city officials, the attacker […]

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Shift5 Team

February 5, 2021

Episode 4 of Planes, Trains, & Tanks! Episode 4: Fleet assets like locomotives, aircraft, and military weapon systems have long service lives, typically measured in decades. Technology changes massively during the typical lifetime of a fleet asset. The upshot is that a large portion of the world’s fleet assets have outdated on-board technology. On this podcast […]

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