Security Breach: What Happens When a Torque Wrench Gets Hacked

Two recent vulnerabilities, one traditional and one frighteningly unique, could reshape industrial cybersecurity.

In this episode, we’re going to dive into two recently detected vulnerabilities that could have a significant impact on the industrial sector, as they involve two companies with wide-reaching influence on manufacturers of all sizes. 

One involves the Siemens Automation License Manager, and the potential threats a vulnerability poses to industrial control system data security for its users.

The second stems from a unique source – a Bosch assembly tool. More specifically, we’re talking about a very popular nutrunner/pneumatic torque wrench that could potentially be exploited by hackers to create extortion campaigns. 

We discuss these security challenges with Andrea Palanca, a security researcher at Nozomi Networks, and Eran Jacob from OTORIO.

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To download our latest report on industrial cybersecurity,  The Industrial Sector’s New Battlefield, click here.

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