Step by step installing and configuring Mosquitto with Windows 7

I found this really helpful. I ended up having issues with OpenSSL dll’s until I found it.


Source: Step by step installing and configuring Mosquitto with Windows 7


More on dealing with drones

This article by Robert Ferris does a decent job of highlighting some of the issues currently with off the shelf drones and the threat they represent. The real problem though is you can see how little thought has gone into deal with drones. Ideas like compelling manufacturers to put Geofencing firmware on the drones makes little sense since many hobbyists will simple change/hack the firmware. Certainly malicious actors will. Furthermore many drones do not rely on GPS alone to fly and/or GPS can be fallible unintentionally making a drone go of course. Worse still bad actors can “meacon” or manipulate sensors and or GPS on drones to make them go where they want. For these reasons more active defense capabilities are needed.

Low cost drones under 250

Low cost drones are rapidly becoming more feature rich and capable. Most of these do not represent much of a security risk, other than video, because even though they are feature rich and low cost the physics of battery life and weight vs lift ratios limit their air time, payload, and thus ability to do more than be very short term ISR platforms. That being said soon platforms as capable as the the very popular DJI Phantom will be reaching this price point. At that point drones that can become a threat will become ubiquitous.

MQTT Sensor Fabric – Everything you were afraid to ask DARPA, UK MoD, Army Research Lab

Interesting information on MQTT field trials.

IoT, Cognition and Cars - Joe Speed

Everything you ever wanted to know about creating a military-grade sensor mesh.  And a few things you’d rather not think about..

I understood (or was told) that I can not discuss this.  But info is now declassified and readily available if you know what you’re looking for.

There are lots of smart applications to exploit this technology to improve quality of life.  Think first responders, disaster relief, agriculture, healthcare and yes even connected car.  And just like in V2V, V2X safety scenarios, low latency & reliability matters.  MQTT is engineered for low bandwidth and unreliable networks providing fast reliable communications under the worst possible conditions and is RF agnostic.

And MQTT is very low power.  Which is critical in the battlefield.  Every pound of battery a soldier carries is a pound of ammunition and medical supplies that they must leave behind.  Brig. General Kevin Nally (CIO US Marine Corp) says…

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Drones, Drones, Drones

Good post on safely flying drones and some of the risks drones currently present.

non-precision approach.

Over the past decade, there has been an explosion of remotely piloted vehicles (otherwise known as drones or UAVs) amongst the general public. They are used for various reasons, the most common of which are to film using attachable cameras, or for just plain fun. However, with this increase, there has been a large rise in near misses with aircraft. It seems, in some places, the law has yet to catch up, and it is quite difficult for the public to know exactly what they can and can’t do. Through my own research, I have decided to condense the current situation in to a single article.

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Terrorists now using Remote Control Vehicle Born IED’s

CYBER ARMS - Computer Security

Suicide VBIED or Vehicle Born Improvised Explosive Device have been a favorite weapon of terrorists for decades. Since the first VBIED used against the American barracks in Lebanon in 1983 to the 9/11 attacks, terrorists have been looking for new ways to use vehicles to spread terror.

It now looks like they are now turning to remote control.

The captured video above from shows a new weapon in the terrorist’s arsenal, the remote control VBIED. (Note: As there is no translation to the video above, I am not certain of its contents.)

As we have seen from headline news, vehicles packed with explosives can be very deadly.

See the ATF VBIED blast damage chart below:

Atf blast chart

Adding remote control capabilities to these weapons is very concerning. There are jamming devices that block IED signals, and the military already has several tactics and procedures to deal with VBIEDs.

But hopefully…

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