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Cranes, drills and other industrial machines exposed to hack by RF protocols

Researchers from Trend Micro have analyzed the communication protocols used by cranes and other industrial machines and discovered several flaws.

Security experts from Trend Micro have discovered several vulnerabilities in the communication protocols used by cranes, hoists, drills and other industrial machines.

The experts found vulnerabilities in products from several vendors, including Saga, Juuko, Telecrane, Hetronic, Circuit Design, Autec, and Elca.

The flaw could be exploited by remote attackers to carry out cyber attacks.

Machines used in transportation, manufacturing, construction, and mining sectors often use radio frequency (RF) protocols. RF controllers are composed of a transmitter and a receiver that communicates via radio waves.

Trend Micro researchers analyzed RF controllers in lab environment and in the real scenarios demonstrating the presence of the flaws and the associated risks.

The experts tested 14 devices across the world, and all of them were...(continued)

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