A New Form of TDoS

9-1-1 Centers have experienced a different version of a TDoS attack on their administrative lines. The TWIST is that when these calls are answered, you join an in-progress ‘conference call’ created by the attacker. Call takers from numerous 9-1-1 centers are all bridged together. This causes confusion and it can take a few minutes to […]

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Cyber Security – You Probably Need a Consultant

It Was Not That Long Ago.. A few years ago, Next Generation 9-1-1 became THE buzzword in Public Safety. A lot of money was spent hiring consultants to develop an RFP, support the selection process  and assist in the migration.  The money was spent, in many cases, simply because the organization did not have the required […]

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Review Your Network Traffic

I spoke last week with a colleague regarding Cyber Security. While reviewing network traffic with his security contractor, they noticed a vendor server was reaching out to known criminal (out of respect for Chris Roberts I will not use the Hac*er word) sites for Domain Name System services- DNS. These sites were located in Sweden and […]

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Securing CAD in 9-1-1 Centers

 ~Cyber Attacks and Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD)~ 9-1-1 Centers (PSAPs) serve two main Public Safety functions: INBOUND– Answering a 9-1-1 call or text from the public OUTBOUND– Dispatching first responders (fire, EMS, law enforcement) In most centers, these systems exist on two separate networks. The inbound network is typically installed and maintained by the vendor […]

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Crypto-Jacking: Using 9-1-1 Center Computers for Profit

Most of us have heard the term ‘crypto mining’. Cryptojacking is simply using the computer power and electricity of another person or company (in this case a 9-1-1 center or PSAP) without their knowledge to ‘mine coins’. Simple Explanation Cryptocurrency is, by design, decentralized. Transactions, which are encrypted, are added to a “block’, the block […]

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