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NFL Mobile Sports App Contains Super Bowl-Sized Vulns
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User Rank: Apprentice
1/31/2015 | 8:25:57 AM
Re: artificially generated stampedes
Truth be told, I'm not terribly concerned about manipulation of the NFL mobile app.  I'm far more worried about Stingray technology, bulk emails/text messages, reverse 911 platforms, wireless hacks and particularly social media real-time saturation.  Give it some thought --- the threats or emergency evac orders woudl come from people you trust who were inadvertently taken in by a hoax.  The website does a far better job of explaining it.  Pretty generic really --- it's just the modern day, technological equivalent of shouting "fire" in a crowded theater.  60,000 - 90,000 active cell phones in every NFL stadium.
User Rank: Apprentice
1/29/2015 | 10:47:23 PM
Re: artificially generated stampedes
sonofsaf, a "stampede"? Did I miss something? How would that be generated? I am not poking fun ... just curious how we went from an app vulnerability to people getting crushed to death like they're at an English soccer match.
User Rank: Ninja
1/29/2015 | 9:07:22 AM
Re: NFL Response?
@Ericka - Thanks for the updated info.  I wish I could provide similar answers to regulatory auditors.
User Rank: Ninja
1/28/2015 | 8:32:44 PM
Re: NFL Response?
@Ericka Chickowski, "...after further review of the alleged mobile app vulnerabilty(s), we don't care and the flag has been picked up... nothing to see here folks, except the Super Bowl."

Seriously, I know you're not surprised, heck after everything that's happenedthis NFL season, I'd say their (NFL) response is very fitting.
Marilyn Cohodas
Marilyn Cohodas,
User Rank: Strategist
1/28/2015 | 11:17:32 AM
Re: NFL Response
"We've looked into this vulnerability and it's been addressed." -- NFL spokesman.

That's reassuring. Unbelievable... 
User Rank: Apprentice
1/28/2015 | 10:04:00 AM
NFL Response
You've got to be kidding.  Their reponse is a joke and should be treated as such.  This is not a vulnerability because we say so and we are going to hold our breath till we turn blue if you don't believe us?  Well, ok, maybe you think your users are stupid.  But they are not.  That is still a stupid-bowl sized hole.
Ericka Chickowski
Ericka Chickowski,
User Rank: Moderator
1/28/2015 | 9:11:28 AM
Re: NFL Response?
AWS0513: Please see the updated story for NFL comments. Thx!
User Rank: Apprentice
1/27/2015 | 6:56:01 PM
artificially generated stampedes
The biggest threat here is an undiscussable one - the notion of an "artificially generated stampede."  NFL stadiums are more suscpetible than other large, confined crowds (ballparks, motor speedways, etc.).  agsaf.org
User Rank: Ninja
1/27/2015 | 11:34:27 AM
Re: NFL Response?
@aws0513... here's your response...

...as a referee stands at mid-field and makes the announcement "Reports of possible vulnerabilities to man-in-the-middle attacks against our mobile apps and are under further review...", then he disappears under the hood to watch cartoons for about 5 minutes.

The problem is, the NFL is no different from any other corporation trying to sell its product, look at the article Kelly Jackson Higgins did last week about the Progressive dongle, and they're an insurance company, nobody cares... if something happens, just reach into the can and grap a prepared message or put someone on Roger Goodell's "double-secret-probation list" until it all blows over.

As for the Super Bowl... the Cheaters versus the Loud-mouth upstarts, no thanks my neighbors and I have have decided to have a "mini" Humphrey Bogart film festival... 1st showing, The African Queen, 2nd The Maltese Falcon and ending with Casablanca. We could start a little earlier and have Key Largo as a bonus.
User Rank: Ninja
1/27/2015 | 9:34:27 AM
NFL Response?
Just curious if the NFL has any formal response to these findings about their app?  Any remediation efforts?

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