Red October's masters appear to be shutting down their infrastructure. Command-and-control servers are coming down; Kaspersky thinks they're coming down for good.
Iran's cyber agency FETA again denies that country's involvement in denial-of-service campaigns against US banks. FETA's head claims his organization has traced the attacks to Britain and Italy. Elsewhere in the Middle East observers of the Syrian civil war begin to think Russia is supporting the Assad regime with cyber attacks against the opposition.
Australia sustains a minor cyber crime wave, affecting mostly universities and advocacy groups. One attack, however, is a useful reminder that even small enterprises can be targets: a baby-care advice site is a victim.
More Java exploits surface, including parasitic attacks that deliver malware in the form of fake Java patches. Security analysts argue that deactivating Java should be an enterprise's default position. Others offer advice on disentangling Java from related software tools.
Another large healthcare IT breach, this one affecting 6000 Utah Medicaid patients, is traced to a lost, unsecured USB device. New remote-access Trojans (RATs) cloak their traffic in apparently innocent headers. Password cracking tools rapidly increase in speed and power.
Huawei reiterates its contention that US Government security concerns are a fig leaf for protectionism. Google invests in cryptographic alternatives to passwords.
If you missed last week's story on the model employee who outsourced his development work to China, IT World has a follow-up. (The fellow's known only as "Bob." The story would be perfect if his surname were "Dobbs.")
Today's issue includes events affecting Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Egypt, India, Netherlands, North Korea, Poland, South Africa, United Kingdom, United States..
Cyber Attacks, Threats, and Vulnerabilities
Red October Attackers Shutting Down C&C Infrastructure(Threatpost) It appears that the attackers behind the Red October cyberespionage campaign are taking their ball and going home. Since the attack came to light on Monday, the attackers have begun shutting down their infrastructure and the hosting providers and registrars involved with some of the command-and-control domains are shutting those down, as well
Iran cyber police uncovers hacking of US bank(Payvand Iran News) "The attack sources have not been located inside Iran and even Iranian users have been victimized," says Brigadier General Seyed Kamal Hadianfar, the head of Iranian Cyber Police in an interview to Mehr News. FETA has been launched in May 2011 to contain new wave of cyber crime. In a short time, FETA employed elites and experts and prevented many crimes, with 67 cases with definite outcomes
Are Russian Hackers Helping the Syrian Government?(Cyberarms) As the Syrian civil war drags on one thing is clear, Russia is arming the Syrian government. As they have already supplied arms and attack helicopters to al-Assads regime, could Russian hackers be performing cyber attacks against Syrian opposition too? Its really no secret that Russia is arming the Syrian government, and there is nothing illegal about it
'Anonymous' hacks Oz Unis email to protest bulk iPad buy(The Register) Email servers at the University of Western Sydney, which last year announced it would hand iPads to all staff and over 10,000 incoming students, have been hacked by someone using the name Anonymous. The University is known to use Microsofts live@edu hosted email service. The attacker has used the Universitys servers to send spam and has also subscribed students to various commercial mailing lists
UNSW confirms hacking breach(Sydney Morning Herald) The University of NSW has been the target of a concerted effort to hack its systems in December and January forcing the shutdown of 25 of its servers, a spokesman confirmed. Universities are being increasingly targeted by hackers who often want to get access to high-bandwidth university internet connections and use them to conduct further attacks. It comes as the Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, reportedly plans to raise a massive escalation in cyber attacks against government and industry as one of the two key security issues facing the nation in an address on Wednesday
Twitter 'spam bots' not mine, says Greg Hunt(Sydney Morning Herald) Opposition environment spokesman Greg Hunt's office denies it is responsible for an army of fake spam Twitter accounts that social media experts say retweeted his post and other anti-Labor missives. The spambot claims first appeared on Sunday in a Storify document that quickly spread, and appeared to be backed up after Twitter disabled several of the alleged bot accounts referred to. The suspicious retweets were on Mr Hunt's tweet from last week that claimed the carbon tax was partly responsible for job losses at Penrice Soda in Adelaide
Australian based Baby Care Advice web site hacked, Credentials leaked (Cyberwarnews) An Australian based Baby care advice website has become victim to hacker @JokerCracker who has been on a spree of attacks today. The website is babycareadvice. com and is a website that offers access to professionals who can help give advice to new mothers or mothers needing help with baby care
Java hacker boasts of finding two more unpatched holes(Naked Security) Serial Java fault-finder Adam Gowdiak has embarrassed Oracle yet again. The Polish researcher is publicly bragging about two brand-new vulnerabilities he's found even since Oracle's most recent patch just a week ago
Java Zero Day Vulnerability Exploits JMX and MethodHandles(Java World) By leveraging the a vulnerability in the Java Management Extensions (JMX) MBean components, unprivileged Java code can access restricted classes. By using that vulnerability in conjunction with a second vulnerability involving recursive use of the
Java 7 Update 11 Still has a Flaw(Internet Storm Center) According to a posting yesterday by Adam Gowdiak of Security Explorations to Full Disclosure, Java 7 Update 11 (CVE-2013-0422) is still vulnerable as "…a complete Java security sandbox bypass can be still gained under the recent version of Java 7 Update 11 (JRE version 1.7.0_11-b21)
Have you uninstalled Java yet?(Fierce CIO: TechWatch) It has been barely week since we reported on a Java exploit being circulated in the wild, and now a new Java exploit is being offered for sale. What's even more disconcerting is the fact that this came barely 24 hours after Oracle (NASDAQ: ORCL) issued a security patch for the earlier exploit--one which is already being called a less than complete resolution by some
Java Zero-Day Exploits: Why I am STILL Not Worried(Comodo Blogs) Sure enough, zero-day exploit vulnerabilities have been identified in compromised Java web sites. Oracle has rushed out a patch to deal with these problems, one of which is a bug that some analysts feel should have been fixed when the
Security Flaws Found in Philips Xper Hospital Management System(eSecurity Planet) Cylance researchers were able to gain remote root access to the system. At Digital Bond's SCADA Security Scientific Symposium (S4) in Miami, Cylance researchers Terry McCorkle and Billy Rios recently demonstrated security vulnerabilities in Philips' Xper Information Management system. "The medical information management system typically connects with various types of medical equipment, including x-ray machines, in a hospital network, according to the company," writes SecurityWeek's Fahmida Y. Rashid
Security Flaws Found in ESPN ScoreCenter App(eSecurity Planet) Researchers at Zscaler have uncovered a cross-site scripting vulnerability, and found that passwords were being sent in clear text. Zscaler researchers recently uncovered two significant vulnerabilities in the ESPN ScoreCenter app for iOS
Utah Health Department Acknowledges New Security Breach(eSecurity Planet) The Utah Department of Health (UDOH) recently began notifying approximately 6,000 Medicaid clients that their personal data (including name, Medicaid identification number, age and recent prescription history) was misplaced by third-party contractor Goold Health Systems, which processes Medicaid pharmacy transactions for the UDOH."Late in the day on Jan. 10, a Goold employee pulled a routine report containing the names, ages and recent prescriptions for 6,000 enrollees," writes The Salt Lake Tribune's Kirsten Stewart. "Struggling to upload the report to a secure file server, the employee saved it on an unencrypted thumb drive and left the health departments headquarters with the device. The employee had planned to upload it later, but misplaced the device while traveling between Salt Lake City, Denver and Washington, D.C., said health department spokesman Tom Hudachko
The end of strong password-only security(Help Net Security) More than 90% of user-generated passwords will be vulnerable to hacking in a matter of seconds, according to Deloitte's Canadian Technology, Media & Telecommunications (TMT) Predictions 2013 report
Fox-IT analysts demystify the Pobelka botnet(Help Net Security) Analysts from Dutch-based security audit firm Fox-IT have recently released examined in great detail a botnet that has been around for quite some time, and is still functioning and bringing money to
Why Facebook Graph Search will help cybercriminals(Help Net Security) While Facebook's newly announced graph search capability is awesome for people who like social networking, it also provides criminals with another source of information about potential targets
'Bob' outsources tech job to China; watches cat videos at work(IT World) Showing what can happen when companies don't periodically review network logs, a software developer working for a large U.S. critical infrastructure company hired a Chinese firm to do his job so he could spend time surfing Reddit and watching cat videos. Details of the 2012 incident, investigated by Verizon's security services group, was recounted this week in a blog post by Verizon security researcher Andrew Valentine
Security Patches, Mitigations, and Software Updates
Sourcefire VRT rules update addresses remote stack buffer overflow(internet Storm Center) Sourcefire VRT released a rules update on 17 JAN that included what they refer to as "a potential security issue with rule 3:20275 reported by Tavis Ormandy." Tavis' Tweet states that "today's snort rules fix a remote stack buffer overflow I found in rule 20275
Brits trust banks more than government to protect them from fraud(Finextra) The vast majority - 80% - of Brits think that government and law enforcement agencies only do an average or below average job of fighting card and account fraud, according to the poll of around 300 people. A notable minority - 16% - say the government is doing a very bad or poor job, and two thirds say ministers are doing an average job. Just a fifth think they are doing a good or excellent job
EMC Corporation : Security Leaders Urge Organizations to Prepare for Big Data Revolution in Information Security(4-Traders) Security experts from Booz Allen Hamilton, Northeastern University and RSA predict Big Data will likely transform nearly all core technology segments in information security within the next two years. Newest RSA Security Brief, "Big Data Fuels Intelligence-Driven Security" offers guidelines to help organizations leverage security Big Data and intelligent analytics to better assess risk, prevent and even predict high stakes and unknown threats
5 Ways Business Still Fails The IT Organization(InformationWeek) I've received a lot of responses to my recent column, "6 Ways IT Still Fails The Business." Some of you didn't like it. "I believe you are wrong on every point you have made," offered one reader. The most common response was along these lines: "Agree, but the problem is a two-way street." That is, business unit leaders share the blame when IT teams can't deliver everything a company wants. Based partly on your feedback, I offer some of the ways business leaders fail their IT organizations
BYOD to fuel enterprise spending on data recovery in 2013(Fierce Mobile IT) The widespread use of mobile devices at work will pose data recovery challenges, fueling enterprise investment in data recovery tools, predicted data recovery firm Kroll Ontrack. The prediction is based on an increase in data recovery requests in 2012 prompted by mobile devices in the workplace and the adoption of virtualization, according to the data recovery firm
China's Huawei criticizes US security complaints(Metronews) Chinese tech giant Huawei on Monday criticized U.S. claims the company might be a security risk as trade protectionism that harms consumers. The comments came as Huawei Technologies Ltd., a maker of network switching gear and smartphones, disclosed details of its 2012 performance in an effort to show transparency and allay security concerns. At a news conference, chief financial officer Cathy Meng expressed frustration about U.S. security complaints
NHS trust opts for HP active-active no-SSD tier SAN deployment(Computer Weekly) Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust (BSUH) has upgraded its storage and disaster recovery infrastructure as part of a 10-year 26m IT consolidation and electronic patient records (EPR) project. The NHS trust chose HP over Dell, and has implemented HP private cloud infrastructure with LeftHand iSCSI SANs in active-active configuration to support the complete revamp of its IT systems
Air Force Space Command to bolster cyber force(US Air Force) The Air Force Space Command expects to be directed to add 1,000 new people, mainly civilians, to its base of about 6,000 cyber professionals for fiscal 2014, the command's chief said here Jan. 17. Speaking with reporters at a meeting of the Defense Writers Group, Gen. William L. Shelton said direction for the hires would come from the Office of the Secretary of Defense, fueled by the U.S. Cyber Command.
Triple Canopy JV Wins $181M for Natl Lab Security(Govconwire) A Triple Canopy-Securiguard joint venture has won a potential $181,672,893 contract from the U.S. Energy Department for security services at a national laboratory, the department said Thursday. Reston, Va.-based National Strategic Protective Services LLC won the potential five-year contract, which contains three base years and a two-year option. Santa Fe Protective Services, a woman-owned small
ManTech to Help DoD Anti-Terror Office Manage R&D Programs(Govconwire) ManTech International (NASDAQ: MANT) has won a potential $33.5 million contract to help a Defense Department program office manage counterterrorism projects, the company said Friday. The cost-plus-fixed fee contract with the Combating Terrorism Technical Support Office has one base year and two one-year options. ManTech said the CTTSO oversees a national research and development program
North Korean Internet stance will affect its 'physical world,' 'economic growth'(Ars Technica) Eric Schmidt blogs about his trip to the country, full of Linux and restrictions. Former Google CEO Eric Schmidt is back from a North Korean trip not everyone was thrilled about. Last night, he took to his Google+ page to post a few quick thoughts on the experience--leading with an unsurprising revelation. "Overall, the technology in North Korea is very limited right now." Schmidt described a few quick problems he encountered during his trip
The Silicon Valley Elite Need A Culture Of Duty(TechCrunch) Editor's note: Joe Lonsdale is a General Partner at Formation 8, an early-growth technology fund. He is co-founder of Palantir and Addepar and is proud to be behind other successful mission-driven technology companies. When we saw a huge gap in the government's technology response to 9/11 and founded Palantir in 2004, Silicon Valley venture capitalists refused to invest. They said "no"
Cylance hires former DHS official, other prominent cyber experts(Reuters) Technology startup Cylance Inc hired four prominent experts in the field of protecting power plants, water utilities and other infrastructure systems from cyber attacks as the firm gets ready to release its first line of security products. The list includes Eric Cornelius, who just stepped down as deputy director and chief technical analyst with the Department of Homeland Security's Control Systems Security Program. Cornelius helped manage the agency's Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergence Response Team, or ICS-CERT, which investigates cyber incidents at utilities and other infrastructure operators across the United States
Review: WordPress 3 Ultimate Security(Help Net Security) Author: Olly Connelly Pages: 408 Publisher: Packt Publishing ISBN: 1849512108 Back in 2004, the company behind the then-popular blogging platform Movable Type shot themselves in the foot by
Lenovo unveils ThinkPad X131e Chromebook(Fierce CIO: TechWatch) Lenovo on Thursday unveiled a new 11.6-inch Chromebook that is specially designed to meet the needs of K-12 educational institutions. The ThinkPad X131e Chromebook comes in at just below four pounds, and comes with an Intel (NASDAQ: INTC) processor and a 1366x768 resolution anti-glare display
Microsoft drives users towards subscription service with Office 2013(Fierce CIO: TechWatch) Microsoft is getting ready to launch Office 2013 within the next few weeks, says longtime Microsoft watcher Mary Jo Foley. Based on information that Microsoft shared with some of its partners this week, the stand-alone versions of Office Standard 2013 and Office Professional Plus 2013 look set to retail at $369 and $499 respectively, she writes
Technologies, Techniques, and Standards
10 Tips To Scare Away the Cyber Stalker(SymbianOne) Privacy and security is always a concern, particularly in this era of social media and excessive social sharing. Did you know that January is the tenth annual National Stalking Awareness Month dedicated to educating the public about the dangers related to the crime of stalking both online and offline? The National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) and McAfee (security software provider) have offered up some valuable tips for those of you who have been or may become victims of cyber stalkers. Indeed some useful tips here, however, it may be a mammoth effort to go back in time and correct everything so be aware, you may be in store for a huge effort if this is a concern of yours
A New Twist to Light Wave Communications(SIGNAL Magazine) Twisted beams of light may illuminate a straight path to more secure and higher capacity communications. A new type of photodetector developed at Harvard's School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) allows systems to judge these beams by their spin rate. It will allow the encoding of an infinite amount of numbers in those data streams, which offers the potential for dramatically larger data rates as well as better encryption
Google Aims To Eliminate Need For Passwords, Looks To Cryptography(Hot Hardware) Most of us have dozens of passwords to remember, including for multiple email accounts, Google, Facebook, online banking and credit card accounts, services like Dropbox and Evernote, and on and on, and it's simply a pain. It can be difficult to create
Intel envisions fiber optics at motherboard level(Fierce CIO: TechWatch) Intel is preparing for a future where fiber optics is implemented at the motherboard level and used to shuffle data at high-speeds between servers. The appeal of light has to do with it being a much faster vehicle for moving data compared to ordinary electrical wiring, as well as its lower power requirements
Canadian Student Expelled After Finding Critical Flaw in Software Used by Colleges(Softpedia) According to the National Post, Al-Khabaz identified a security hole in the Omnivox software an application used by most general and vocational colleges in Quebec while working on a mobile app designed to allow students to access their accounts more easily. He found that because of sloppy coding, anyone with basic computer skills could gain access to the personal details of over 250,000 students, including their social insurance numbers
Cyber security needs to be a board level issue(Help Net Security) As part of the much talked about Cyber Security Strategy, the UK Government is committed to helping reduce vulnerability to attack and ensure that the UK is the safest place to do business. One strand of the strategy was an executive briefing, which targeted the most senior levels in the UKs largest companies and provided them with advice on how to safeguard their most valuable assets, such as personal data, online services and intellectual property. In September 2012 the UK Government launched Cyber Security Guidance for Business at an event that was attended by FTSE 100 CEOs and Chairs
Keeping The Internet Free(Washington Post) IInternet freedom is not something to be taken lightly, as anyone who has tried to gain access to forbidden sites in China will tell you. The countries that would like to censor Internet content, including Russia, China, Iran and others, were eager to see their authority to do so etched into a United Nations treaty debated at a conference last month in Dubai. The United States and other nations committed to a free and open Internet refused to sign the treaty. It was a largely symbolic protest but the right thing to do
Dutch KLPD (Police) must disclose its information about secret botnet project(WebWereld) The Dutcgh Police must decide within two days whether to comply with the WOB (Law to Publish Government Management Information) request by Rejo Zenger, through which he demands disclouse of documentation on the Botnetfighting project Taurus. Up to now the KLPD refuses for months to make a decision on the request by Rejo Zenger, an intenret freedom fighter. In the project Taurus the High Tech Crimne Unit of the KLPD works together with Fox-IT, a privately owned Dutch Cyber Security company, the FBI and the SIDN, in the monitoring and fighting of botnets
Polish CERT acts against Virut malware with domain takedowns(Naked Security) CERT Polska, a computer emergency response team in Poland that is run under the aegis of the country's Research and Academic Network (NASK), has announced takedown action against a raft of web servers associated with the Virut family of malware. Most zombies rely on connecting to so-called C&C (command-and-control) servers to find out what to do next. So taking over some or all of those servers can make a big difference, at least temporarily, to the crooks' ability to operate their botnets
How M.I.T. Ensnared a Hacker, Bucking a Freewheeling Culture(New York Times) In the early days of 2011, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology learned that it had an intruder. Worse, it believed the intruder had been there before. Months earlier, the mysterious visitor had used the school's computer network to begin copying millions of research articles belonging to Jstor, the nonprofit organization that sells subscription access to universities
Aaron Swartz and the Two Faces of Power(Wired Threat Level) Power isn't just an abstraction: It has possessors, supplicants, and hand servants. And it's not good to be on Power's bad side if what you do falls into the gray area of enforcing the letter as opposed to the principles
For a complete running list of events, please visit the Event Tracker on the CyberWire website.
TED X Baltimore: Baltimore Rewired(Baltimore, Maryland, USA, January 25, 2013) At our TEDxBaltimore event, TEDTalks video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but...
Data Privacy Day(Various locations, January 28, 2013) The National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA), a non-profit public-private partnership focused on helping all digital citizens stay safer and more secure online, and official coordinator of Data Privacy...
tmforum Big Data Analytics Summit(Amsterdam, Netherlands, January 29 - 30, 2012) Bringing together leading service providers, market analysts and all of the big names in Big Data, this forward-looking, education-packed two-day Summit combines keynote perspectives, case studies, debates,...
North American ICS & SCADA Summit(Lake Buena Vista, Florida, USA, February 6 - 15, 2013) The Summit brings together the program managers, control systems engineers, IT security professionals and critical infrastructure protection specialists from asset owning and operating organizations along...
ATMiA US Conference 2013(Scottsdale, Arizona, US, February 19 - 21, 2013) A conference devoted to the design of ATMs, and the future of the ATM industry.
#BSidesBOS(Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA, February 23, 2013) Each BSides is a community-driven framework for building events for and by information security community members. The goal is to expand the spectrum of conversation beyond the traditional confines of...
RSA USA 2013(San Francisco, California, USA, February 25 - March 1, 2013) RSA Conference continually evolves program offerings to meet the ever-changing needs of our delegates in the dynamic infosec industry.
Nullcon Goa 2013(Bogmallo Beach Resort, Goa, India, February 26 - March 2, 2013) An international information security conference that will feature speakers and training. Topics include security and politics, vulnerability elimination, Android hacking, SCADA and smart grid penetration...
TechMentor Orlando 2013(Orland, Florida, USA, March 4 - 8, 2013) Celebrating 15 years of educational events for the IT community, TechMentor is returning to Orlando, Florida, March 4-8, for 5 days of information-packed sessions and workshops. Surrounded by your fellow...
Business Insurance Risk Management Summit(New York City, New York, USA, March 5 - 6, 2013) The annual Risk Management Summit, now in it its fourth year, provides attendees with focused insight via specific, timely general sessions and strategic, thought-provoking discussions with peers and industry...
CanSecWest 2013(Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, March 6 - 8, 2013) CanSecWest, the world's most advanced conference focusing on applied digital security, is about bringing the industry luminaries together in a relaxed environment which promotes collaboration and social...
e-Crime Congress 2013(London, England, March 12 - 13, 2013) The e-Crime Congress is designed to meet the needs of key stakeholders and decision makers who are responsible for designing and coordinating information security and risk management strategy, safeguarding...
CTIN Digital Forensics Conference(Seattle, Washington, USA, March 13 - 15, 2013) Speakers include experts and published authors in the field of digital forensics and cybersecurity. Topics include; Mobile Device Forensics, Internet Forensics, Physical Memory Analysis, Open Source Tools,...
IT Security Entrepreneurs' Forum (ITSEF 2013)(Palo Alto, California, USA, March 19 - 20, 2013) Supported by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Office of Science and Technology, ITSEF 2013 aims to connect the ecosystem of the entrepreneur: industry, government, and academia. The conference...
The Future of Cyber Security 2013(London, England, UK, March 21, 2013) Cyber Security and the Citizen 2013 is a one-day conference and exhibition for senior decision-makers of central and local government organisations, NGOs and major private sector enterprises.
Cloud Connect Silicon Valley(Santa Clara, California, USA, April 2 - 5, 2013) Cloud Connect returns to Silicon Valley, April 2-5, 2013, for four days of lectures, panels, tutorials and roundtable discussions on a comprehensive selection of cloud topics taught by leading industry...
Cyber 1.3(, January 1, 1970) Maj. Gen. Suzanne Vautrinot, USAF, commander, 24th Air Force, and commander, Air Force Network Operations, will discuss the global strategic implications that relate to the cyber domain at the Space Foundation...
INFILTRATE 2013(Miami, Florida, USA, April 11 - 12, 2013) INFILTRATE is a deep technical conference that focuses entirely on offensive security issues. Researchers focused on the latest technical issues will demonstrate techniques that you cannot find elsewhere.
InfoSec World Conference & Expo 2013(Orlando, Florida, USA, April 15 - 17, 2013) With the primary objective of providing top-notch education to all levels of information security and IT auditing professionals, InfoSec World delivers practical sessions that give you the tools to strengthen...
Infosec Southwest 2013(Austin, Texas, USA, April 19 - 21, 2013) InfoSec Southwest is intended to be a general security and hacking conference with no specific industry or topical focus. As such, nearly all topics (other than vendor pitches) are fair game and the attending...
25th Annual FIRST Conference(Bangkok, Thailand, June 16 - 21, 2013) The annual FIRST conference provides a setting for conference participants to attend a wide range of presentations delivered by leading experts in both the CSIRT field and from the global security community.
SECRYPT 2013(Reykjavik, Iceland, July 29 - 31, 2013) The 10th International Conference on Security and Cryptography (SECRYPT 2013) will take place from 29 to 31 July 2013 in Reykjavik, Iceland…The conference will focus on information systems and network...
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