I’m often asked “why did my system get infected when I had the latest system updates and anti-virus enabled?” Well, a fundamental concept behind security products is they can only look for so many things or use so many detection techniques before they must permit traffic. This means your defenses will fail if an attack uses a method that your detection system can’t see or scanner does not have an existing signature to scan against. This is why attackers hide exploits using techniques such as obfuscation to bypass security detection. Continue reading
To summarize what this bad boy does, it is a small portable attack tool that can run things such as Karma used to spoof trusted SSIDs and SSL strip to remove trusted connections while sniffing traffic. So for example, lets say your home network is PUPPYDOG123. When you’re at home, your wireless devices will look for PUPPYDOG123 and connect if they see it. When the pineapple is present and running Karma, it can say back “Hey, I’m PUPPYDOG123 … connect to me”. Your device will think its your network and connect. Traffic will go through the Pineapple so you think you are on a trusted network however the pineapple is between aka a man-in-the-middle attack. Continue reading
If you are familiar with penetration tools, then you should know Metasploit. For those that love GUIs, there is a fantastic open source GUI management for Metasploit known as Armitage (found HERE). The same developers of Armitage created a more advanced penetration testing package for a $2,500 annual cost. The tool is called cobalt Strike (CS) and can be downloaded at www.advancedpentest.com for a 21day trail. They also have a 4-hour lab that lets you try out the core cobalt Strike features. It is worth spending the time to test the tool and get some lab time even though the lab itself is is pretty easy. Continue reading
A coworker of mine, Tom Cross, was featured on CBS Atlanta regarding a case where a newscast member had her credit card information stolen. An interesting aspect of this situation is the criminals obtained the card number while the victim was in another city holding the authentic card. It is undetermined how the criminals stole the card number to create the duplicate but the motive clear … purchase giftcards until the credit card account becomes locked. Continue reading
Aamir Lakhani wrote a overview of how to perform a ssl strip attack. The original post can be found HERE
Before beginning the lab, make sure you have Backtrack 5 R3 VM imported into VMWare Player/Workstation/Server/Fusion, or what ever Virtual machine environment you have chosen to utilize.
The following is an excerpt from the VMWare “Getting started with VMWare Player” VMWare Player 4.0 user guide. Continue reading
Thanks to my guest writer Kyle Olson for this post. Kyle’s bio is below.
Security breaches on your website hosting servers and any other server based online assets are no laughing matter. Suffering one of these breaches can mean anything from the theft of data for fraud related purposes to the total destructive erasure of all your information just for the fun of it (Hackers aren’t exactly known for always being motivated by money) Continue reading
Last year Aamir Lakhani and Joseph Muniz developed a fake identity known as Emily Williams with the purpose of compromising a specific target using social media. We created Emily Williams based on research from Robin Sage, which showcased how a fake identity could obtain sensitive information from social media resources. We wondered if a similar approach could be used for targeted attacks and developed Emily Williams for that purpose. More information on developing Emily Williams via Part 1 of this project can be found HERE. Continue reading
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Emily Williams and Robin Sage
Emily Williams and Robin Sage don’t exist in the real world. They are fake social network accounts designed to obtain sensitive information. Robin Sage was created in late 2009 to obtain information from intelligence on US military personnel. Her story was presented at the Black Hat hacker conference upsetting many people by exposing the type of sensitive data provided over social networks. Joey Muniz and Aamir Lakhani decided to go one-step further and ask the hard question: “what else can happen outside of data being leaked over social networks”. We decided to find out using Emily Williams. Continue reading