Commissioner Mandates Security Updates For Wireless Devices

On December 15,2022, Commissioner Simington called for FCC to modify its equipment authorization regime to require devices manufacturers to explicitly commit to supporting their wireless devices with security updates for a defined period. He has stated that the widespread industry’s practice of abandoning support of wireless devices while they are still actively used by countless millions of Americans represents a national security risk. Such unpatched devices are not only vulnerable to data and credential theft but are also being commandeered by attackers and turned into distributed signal jammers. This form of negligence to end user’s safety and security will have long term repercussion to the country if not addressed immediately.

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