The Internet Security Research Group (ISRT) along with Mozilla Corporation, Cisco Systems, Akamai Tech, Electronic Frontier Foundation and IdenTrust will be offering a new free certificate authority service this up coming 2015 summer (learn more HERE). The concept is the Internet is a dangerous place and enabling protection is a hassle for many businesses. The reason behind this is enabling basic server certificates can be painful involving multiple steps and a cost. Lets Encrypt is offering the following principles to simplify the process. Continue reading
The people at Information Is Beautiful created a very interesting visual representation of the worlds biggest data breaches found HERE. The criterial to make this list is being a company that experienced losses greater than 30,000 records during a data breach. Each bubble represents a company and can be clicked to bring up data about the breached as well as a link to the original report covering the incident. The next examples show clicking the recent Home Depot breach to pull up the quick info and detailed article. There is a filter on the right used to tune into what you want to view. Pretty cool little tool. Continue reading
Violet Blue wrote a great article on ZDnet about the recent Anonymous events. In summary, after racial hate group Ku Klux Klan said it would use ‘lethal force’ on Ferguson protesters, a skirmish with Anonymous erupted: Anonymous has now seized two primary KKK Twitter accounts. You can find the original post HERE.
Darkhotel hits its targets while they are staying in luxury hotels. The crew never goes after the same target twice; they operate with surgical precision, obtaining all the valuable data they can from the first contact, deleting traces of their work and fading into the background to await the next high profile target.
The most recent traveling targets include top executives from the USA and Asia doing business and investing in the APAC region: CEOs, senior vice presidents, sales and marketing directors and top R&D staff. This threat actor is still active.
NBC News post last week about the arrest of the alleged Silk Road 2.0 operator Blake Benthall found HERE. The FBI is charging Blake with running an online “black market bazaar” where anonymous users can trade illegal goods and services. Silk Road has been up since November of 2013 weeks after Silk Road 1.0 was shutdown (post on Silk Road 2.0 HERE). The funny thing is I found Silk Road 3.0 up DAYS after the shutdown of Silk Road 2.0. You can see more on this below. Continue reading
There are many reasons people invest in security. The best reason is having the desire to avoid being breached however sometimes wanting the best security doesn’t justify the investment. Many decision makers have to juggle improving the infrastructure, investing in the latest flashy technology such as high end video, etc. along with keeping things secure. Usually the flashy stuff outshines security until something with teeth forces the focus back on security. A prime example is meeting mandated regulatory compliance. Being out of compliant to many regulations could mean pricy fines as well as possibly litigation actions. This is good news for the IT guy that wants to get his security budget requests placed at the top of the stack.
Aamir Lakhani wrote a very interesting article on a malware exploitation kit known as Sweet Orange. It is becoming very popular in underground markets and possibly the next Black Hole. The original article can be found HERE.
Sweet Orange is a popular exploit kit making it rounds as one of the latest and most popular exploit kits. It can affect the latest Windows operating systems, including Windows 8.1 and Windows 7. It can also exploit newer versions of Internet Explorer, Firefox, and Google Chrome. According to Webroot, “What’s particularly interesting about the Sweet Orange web malware exploitation kit is that just like the Black Hole exploit kit, its authors are doing their best to ensure that the security community wouldn’t be able to obtain access to the source code of the kit, in an attempt to analyze it. They’re doing this, by minimizing the advertising messages posted on invite-only cybercrime-friendly web communities, and without offering any specific details, demos or screen shots unless the potential buyer directly contacts the seller and has a decent reputation within the cybercrime ecosystem”. Continue reading
Cisco just released the latest version of ISE aka Identity Services Engine version 1.3 on Oct 31st. ISE is Cisco’s flagship access control technology (more on ISE found HERE and how to build a Lab found HERE). In summary, ISE can tell you who and what is on the network, provision the proper access and even remediate devices that are out of expected security posture. You can find the formal release notes for ISE 1.3 HERE.
ISE 1.3’s main new features revolve around providing enhanced guest services such as simplifying the process to on-board new mobile devices. There are other improvements I’ll cover in this post as well. Lets take a look at the new 1.3 version of ISE. Continue reading
Cisco announced the End-of-Sale date for their traditional Intrusion Detection and Prevention product line. You can find a link to the announcement HERE, which includes a list of affected products. Here is the formal announcement as well as suggested replacement technology.
The formal announcement states
“Cisco announces the end-of-sale and end-of life dates for the Cisco Intrusion Prevention System. The last day to order the affected product(s) is April 26, 2015. Customers with active service contracts will continue to receive support from the Cisco Technical Assistance Center (TAC) as shown in Table 1 of the EoL bulletin. Table 1 describes the end-of-life milestones, definitions, and dates for the affected product(s). Table 2 lists the product part numbers affected by this announcement. For customers with active and paid service and support contracts, support will be available under the terms and conditions of customers’ service contract.” Continue reading