2021

As Ransomware Surge Continues, Where Next for Government?

Lohrman on Security

Global leaders want to carve out specific areas of critical infrastructure to be protected under international agreements from cyber attacks. But where does that leave others

NSO Group Hacked

Schneier on Security

NSO Group, the Israeli cyberweapons arms manufacturer behind the Pegasus spyware — used by authoritarian regimes around the world to spy on dissidents, journalists, human rights workers, and others — was hacked. Or, at least, an enormous trove of documents was leaked to journalists.

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Your Work Email Address is Your Work's Email Address

Troy Hunt

When the Ashley Madison data breach occurred in 2015, it made headline news around the world. Not just infosec headlines or tech headlines, but the headlines of major consumer media the likes my mum and dad would read.

CyberSecurity Is Not Enough: Businesses Must Insure Against Cyber Losses

Joseph Steinberg

Back to the Office: Privacy and Security Solutions to Compliance Issues for 2021 and Beyond

Speaker: Mike Cramer, Director of HIPAA & Data Security at The Word & Brown Companies

Now that companies are slowly allowing employees to return to work at the office, it's time to re-evaluate your company’s posture towards privacy and security. Join Mike Cramer, Director of HIPAA & Data Security at The Word & Brown Companies, for a discussion that will focus on compliance and the types of privacy and security measures your company should be aware of, as well as tips and methods for implementing these measures.

DarkSide Ransomware Gang Quits After Servers, Bitcoin Stash Seized

Krebs on Security

The DarkSide ransomware affiliate program responsible for the six-day outage at Colonial Pipeline this week that led to fuel shortages and price spikes across the country is running for the hills.

Colonial Pipeline, Darkside and Models

Adam Shostack

The Colonial Pipeline shutdown story is interesting in all sorts of ways, and I can’t delve into all of it. I did want to talk about one small aspect, which is the way responders talk about Darkside. Blog posts from Sophos and Mandiant seem really useful!

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The Presenting Vendor Paradox

Daniel Miessler

There’s a paradox in information security where the community wants two things at once: High quality research and talks, and. Unbiased research and talks. I’ve personally been one of these affiliated speakers countless times.

ROUNDTABLE: Kaseya hack exacerbates worrisome supply-chain, ransomware exposures

The Last Watchdog

It was bound to happen: a supply-chain compromise, ala SolarWinds, has been combined with a ransomware assault, akin to Colonial Pipeline, with devasting implications. Related: The targeting of supply chains. Last Friday, July 2, in a matter of a few minutes, a Russian hacking collective, known as REvil, distributed leading-edge ransomware to thousands of small- and mid-sized businesses (SMBs) across the planet — and succeeded in locking out critical systems in at least 1,500 of them.

Stop Trying to Take Humans Out of SOC … Except … Wait… Wait… Wait…

Anton on Security

Stop Trying to Take Humans Out of SOC … Except … Wait… Wait… Wait… This is about the Security Operations Center (SOC). And automation. And of course SOC automation. Let’s start from a dead-obvious point: you cannot and should not automate away all people from your SOC today.

What Your CISO Can Learn From Logan Paul vs Floyd Mayweather

Javvad Malik

Logan Paul and his brother Jake Paul are what you could call social media celebrities. They amassed over 20 million followers across YouTube, Vine, Instagram, and others over the years through different types of content, sketches, and pranks.

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What Does It Take to Be a Cybersecurity Professional?

Lohrman on Security

With a red-hot job market and great career prospects, more and more people want to know what they have to do to get a cybersecurity job — or better yet a career. Here’s my perspective

Disrupting Ransomware by Disrupting Bitcoin

Schneier on Security

Ransomware isn’t new; the idea dates back to 1986 with the “Brain” computer virus. Now, it’s become the criminal business model of the internet for two reasons.

Welcoming the Dutch Government to Have I Been Pwned

Troy Hunt

Today I'm very happy to welcome the Dutch government to HIBP, marking 24 national CERTs that now have full and free access to API level domain searches.

Do Not Post Your COVID-19 Vaccination Card On Social Media

Joseph Steinberg

It seems like every day that I see social media posts in which people share photos of the official COVID-19 vaccine card that they have received after being vaccinated against the novel coronavirus that has inflicted tremendous suffering worldwide over the past year.

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A Closer Look at the DarkSide Ransomware Gang

Krebs on Security

The FBI confirmed this week that a relatively new ransomware group known as DarkSide is responsible for an attack that caused Colonial Pipeline to shut down 5,550 miles of pipe , stranding countless barrels of gasoline, diesel and jet fuel on the Gulf Coast.

The Grey Brick That Changed the World: The Nintendo Game Boy

Doctor Chaos

This week marked an important anniversary; Nintendo’s original Game Boy turned 31. The monochrome system, or more accurately a yellowish and 4 shades of grey system, may have been one of the most significant devices in the 20th century. The 8-bit system was released to the world on April 21st, 1989.

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Credit Reporting Companies Put Customer Data at Risk

Adam Levin

The credit reporting bureau Experian is facing a backlash for its recent failures to protect customer data. . An undergraduate student at Rochester Institute of Technology named Bill Demirkapi discovered the most recent security failure.

Dead Drops and Security Through Obscurity

Daniel Miessler

There’s massive confusion in the security community around Security Through Obscurity. In general, most people know it’s bad, but they can’t say exactly why.

SHARED INTEL: ‘Credential stuffers’ leverage enduring flaws to prey on video game industry

The Last Watchdog

The video game industry saw massive growth in 2020; nothing like a global pandemic to drive people to spend more time than ever gaming. Related: Credential stuffers exploit Covid 19 pandemic. Now comes a report from Akamai detailing the extent to which cyber criminals preyed on this development. The video game industry withstood nearly 11 billion credential stuffing attacks in 2020, a 224 percent spike over 2019.

2021 Threat Intelligence Use Cases

Anton on Security

For a reason that shall remain nameless, I’ve run this quick poll focused on the use cases for threat intelligence in 2021. The question and the results are below. Antons Threat Intel Poll 2021 Here are some thoughts and learnings based on the poll and the discussion , as well as other things.

I’ve made it!

Javvad Malik

First off, happy new year! Well if the tax man can start the new year in April, I can start it on Feb 11th!). Secondly, Infosecurity Magazine was ever so kind as to feature an interview with me in the Q1, 2021, Voume 18, Issue 1 edition.

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AI Is Everywhere — Should We Be Excited or Concerned?

Lohrman on Security

Artificial intelligence is slowly transforming many areas of life — and fast — but we all need to pay attention. Reactions are all over the map, and AI will be used for both good and evil.

De-anonymization Story

Schneier on Security

The Facebook Phone Numbers Are Now Searchable in Have I Been Pwned

Troy Hunt

The headline is pretty self-explanatory so in the interest of time, let me just jump directly into the details of how this all works.

Ransomware: 8 Things That You Must Know

Joseph Steinberg

While ransomware may seem like a straightforward concept, people who are otherwise highly-knowledgeable seem to cite erroneous information about ransomware on a regular basis. As such, I would like to point out 8 essential points about ransomware.

How to Tell a Job Offer from an ID Theft Trap

Krebs on Security

One of the oldest scams around — the fake job interview that seeks only to harvest your personal and financial data — is on the rise, the FBI warns.

Recording Lectures

Adam Shostack

People sometimes ask me about my recording setup, and I wanted to share some thoughts about recording good learning content. The most important thing I’ve learned is the importance of conceptualizing what you want it to look like.

Android App Infects Up To 10 Million Users with Update

Adam Levin

An Android app with over 10 million installations spread malware to its users in a recent update. Barcode Scanner is an app available in the Google Play store for Android devices. A December 2020 update infected users with a Trojan-style malware that bombards users with unwanted advertising.

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The Consumer Authentication Strength Maturity Model (CASMM)

Daniel Miessler

This post is an attempt to create an easy-to-use security model for the average internet user. Basically, how secure is someone’s current behavior with respect to passwords and authentication, and how can they improve? People like moving up rankings, so let’s use that!

NEW TECH: How the emailing of verified company logos actually stands to fortify cybersecurity

The Last Watchdog

Google’s addition to Gmail of something called Verified Mark Certificates (VMCs) is a very big deal in the arcane world of online marketing. Related: Dangers of weaponized email. This happened rather quietly as Google announced the official launch of VMCs in a blog post on July 12. Henceforth companies will be able to insert their trademarked logos in Gmail’s avatar slot; many marketers can’t wait to distribute email carrying certified logos to billions of inboxes.

What is Zero Trust Network Access (ZTNA)?

Doctor Chaos

The Information Technology (IT) industry is growing, and the technologies that are made available tend to grow in number and complexity as well. With more and more people working from home or any remote location, it’s no surprise that cybersecurity threats are becoming more prevalent.

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Don’t run that code

Javvad Malik

The dangers of downloading untrusted code from the internet is well documented. You never know what is contained within someone else’s code, be it sloppy coding, or malicious intent. If it is a snippet of code that you can easily read, it can be relatively risk free.

Cyber Attacks: Is the ‘Big One’ Coming Soon?

Lohrman on Security

Hiding Malware in ML Models

Schneier on Security

Interesting research: “EvilModel: Hiding Malware Inside of Neural Network Models” Abstract: Delivering malware covertly and detection-evadingly is critical to advanced malware campaigns.

The Internet of Things is a Complete Mess (and how to Fix it)

Troy Hunt

I've spent more time IoT'ing my house over the last year than any sane person ever should. But hey, it's been strange times for all of us and it's kept me entertained whilst no longer travelling.

Joseph Steinberg Appointed To CompTIA Cybersecurity Advisory Council

Joseph Steinberg

Long-time cybersecurity-industry veteran, Joseph Steinberg , has been appointed by CompTIA, the information technology (IT) industry’s nonprofit trade association that has issued more than 2-million vendor-neutral IT certifications to date, to its newly-formed Cybersecurity Advisory Council.