Mon, 13 May 2013
In this episode...
- Kevin, James and I discuss why penetration testing reports are often so worthless
- Kevin and I disagree. Then we agree, sort of.
- We discuss the major differences between the 'builder' and 'breaker' mindset, and whether they're actually different people
- Kevin gives some fantastic examples of how context and experience is critical in penetration testing
- We provide guidance no how someone can 'break into' (no pun intended) penetration testing and be effective
- Kevin gives an example of how someone can be a great penetration tester, but be of little value beyond that
- We wrap by disussing how enterprises can gain value from penetration testing- and Kevin provides an interesting strategy
- Kevin Johnson ( @SecureIdeas ) - Kevin Johnson is the Chief Executive Officer of Secure Ideas. Kevin has a long history in the IT field including system administration, network architecture and application development. He has been involved in building incident response and forensic teams, architecting security solutions for large enterprises and penetration testing everything from government agencies to Fortune 100 companies. In addition, Kevin is an instructor and author for the SANS Institute and a faculty member at IANS. He is also a contributing blogger at TheMobilityHub. Kevin is also very involved in the open source community. He runs a number of open source projects. These include SamuraiWTF; a web pen-testing environment, Laudanum; a collection of injectable web payloads, Yokoso; an infrastructure fingerprinting project and a number of others. Kevin is also involved in MobiSec and SH5ARK. Kevin was the founder and lead of the BASE project for Snort before transitioning that to another developer.
Mon, 6 May 2013
It's another beautiful Monday (somewhere) and we've got the news of the last 2 weeks covered, and we're breaking it down for you. The news this week is, well, quite frankly kind of dark. Everything tells us we're in for a rough ride for the rest of the year, and it's only getting worse.
If I sound a little funny, it's because I'm talking through a massive sinus infection and it's making me talk funny and stuffy. Also the recording you hear is take 2 ... I had a major technology fail so we had to re-record, with less sadness.
- We are happy to report that Justin Beiber is in fact, not coming out of the closet and E! Online was only hacked by those wacky military hackers from the Syrian Electronic Army. Apparently they've been on quite the hacking spree of media outlets and even put a major - albeit brief - dent in the stock market! - http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/e-online-twitter-account-hacked-article-1.1335214
- The US Department of Labor was hacked, in what appears to be a very targeted 'watering hole' attack aimed at Nuclear employees. The attackers, if the stories are true, burned an IE8 0-day on this one, and of course they are Chinese - http://www.eweek.com/security/zero-day-exploit-enabled-cyber-attack-on-us-labor-department/
- Anonymous is threatening a massive attack against the White House (the political entity not the ...nevermind), Bank of America, Citibank and other targets on May 7th. Are these folks just becoming part of the 'background noise' of the Internet? Are security professionals just starting to become numb to the DDoS attacks? - http://pastebin.com/TyvAK20F
- Chinese hackers have apparently ransacked QinetiQ, a defense contractor with ties to global cyber intelligence operations, spooks,and other interesting things. Bloomberg's write-up was not kind to these guys - http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-05-01/china-cyberspies-outwit-u-s-stealing-military-secrets.html
- In the perfect illustration of the fact that insider threats are real a systems manager returned to the company he was no longer employed at and wreaked havok. Folks, there is no magic 1U box that will stop this sort of attack, be vigiland and have good auditing and processes! - http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9238874/Systems_manager_arrested_for_hacking_former_employer_39_s_network
Mon, 29 April 2013
In this episode...
Live (live-to-tape) from 44Con, London, England.
It's amazing, listening to this episode recorded at 44Con last fall, how little the landscape of enterprise security has changed. I took some time during the busy conference to sit down with Ian Amit and Dennis Groves to discuss Ian and my talks (which were perfectly aligned, and completely unplanned!) on the state of security in the enterprise. It's always interesting to get the perspective from 2 industry-well-known speakers and thinkers.
We discuss the topics of #SecBiz including the role of security in the enterprise, the challenges business security professionals face, metrics and why we have some of the crazy change management failures in security. We laugh, we almost start to cry - but ultimately come to the realization that we need change. Ian and Dennis and I are working on driving that change!
- Iftach Ian Amit ( @iiamit ) - Seasoned manager in the security and software industry with vast experience in a myriad areas of software (from enterprise security, through retail oriented, to end user software and large back-end systems). Highly experienced in leading marketing opportunities, and translating technical innovation into marketable concepts that increase sales and exposure. Information Security expert with vast experience ranging from low level technical expertise and up to corporate security policy, regulatory compliance and strategy. BlackHat and DefCon speaker, with vast experience in public speaking and private customer focused seminars. Founding member of the PTES (Penetration Testing Execution Standard), IL-CERT, and the Tel-Aviv DefCon group (DC9723).
- Dennis Groves - Dennis's work focuses on a multidisciplinary approach to risk management. He is particularly interested in risk, randomness, and uncertainty. He holds an MSc in Information Security from the University of Royal Holloway where his thesis received a distinction. He is currently a UK expert for the UK mirror of ISO subcommittee 27, IT Security Techniques, working group 4, Security Controls and Services at the British Standards Institute. He is most well known for co-founding OWASP.
Mon, 22 April 2013
It's Monday April 22nd, 2013, and here are the topics from the last 2 weeks James ( @jardinesoftware ) and I ( @Wh1t3Rabbit ) will be talking about as we Monday-morning-quarterback the last 2 weeks in Information Security... Fair warning, we have way too many topics to fit into 20 minutes... so went a little bit longer but both feel it's well worth your time. Laugh, cry, and be informed.
- Microsoft rolls out 2-factor authentication - James points out that Microsoft has rolled out authenticator-agnostic, robust 2-factor authentication... if only I could figure out how to use it? If you have any experiences with this, please share with us on Twitter, using the #DtR hashtag - http://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2013/04/11/microsoft-look-like-being-next-with-2fa/
- Oracle dumps a 42-patch bundle - Oracle has dropped a massive patch bundle, many of these are remotely exploitable Java issues, and it's not a walk in the part for Enterprise Security folks. Also ... we chuckle a little bit about the absolutely mindless new 'shape-coded' warnings - http://krebsonsecurity.com/2013/04/java-update-plugs-42-security-holes/
- US and China to work on cyber security? - In what James and I both thought was a botched April Fools' joke, it appears as though China & US have come together to decide who the real vicim in this 'cyber hacking' problem is, and what they're going to do about it going forward. Are we absolutely sure this isn't a farse? - http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/04/13/us-china-us-cyber-idUSBRE93C05T20130413?irpc=932
- Hacking a plane with an Android app? - A hacker has demonstrated (at the HitB Conference) that it is possible to remotely control a plane, in the setting of a lab. James and I talk about what the implications of this are... more to come - http://www.theatlanticwire.com/technology/2013/04/no-german-hacker-probably-cant-hijack-airplane-software/64158/
- Louisville Credit card processor HACKED - Another credit card processor hacked...and the notification comes from, you guessed it, a 3rd party - http://www.wave3.com/story/21911646/louisville-credit-card-processor-hacked-card-numbers-stolen
- Hacking ring targeting...video games? - A hacking ring was uncovered by Kaspersky that has, for a number of years, been targeting video games, their source code, and other components. To What end? we discuss - http://www.gamepolitics.com/2013/04/12/kaspersky-chinese-hacking-ring-has-hacked-multiple-mmo-game-servers
- US President Obama seeks a slight increase in technology spending - Does a 2% increase (which is actually a decrease) mean anything without context? Nope... - http://www.nextgov.com/cio-briefing/2013/04/tech-spending-projected-rise-fiscal-2014/62405/?oref=ng-HPtopstory
- FCC issues fines to 2 enterprises employing cell jammers - Apparently, importing, using cell phone jammes is actually against federal law, but we already know that. The FCC came down relatively easy on these two companies... - http://transition.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/2013/db0409/FCC-13-47A1.pdf
Mon, 15 April 2013
In this episode...
- A critical discussion on the available 'cyber intelligence' reports from various vendors
- How hard is attribution in cyber space, really?
- "Alternative analysis" - why isn't it being used enough in cyber intelligence reporting?
- Discussion on 'degrees of certainty' and its apparent lack of application to cyber intelligence
- Extensive discussion on avoiding confirmation bias, critically reviewing intelligence work, and peer reviewing processes
- Kinetic responses to cyber threats and other outrageous rhetoric
- Hacking back? but hacking whom?
- Jeffrey Carr ( @JeffreyCarr ) - Jeffrey Carr is a cybersecurity analyst and expert.He lives in Seattle Washington. He is founder and CEO of Taia Global inc. He is also the founder and principal investigator of Project Grey Goose, an open source investigation into cyber conflicts including the Russian cyber attacks on Georgia, the Indian Eastern Railway Website defacement and the Israeli-Palestinian war in 2008 to 2009. He is also a government contractor who is consulted on Russian and Chinese cyber warfare strategy and tactics. [ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jeffrey_Carr ]
Mon, 8 April 2013
In this second episode of our Monday morning InfoSec quarterbacking, James and I actually got through the news items we had lined up in just about 20 minutes. I count this as a win.
- Choice Escrow & Land Title, LLC vs. BancorpSouth, Inc. | At issue is the Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) as it applies to commercial entities taking "commericially reasonable methods" to secure their transactions. This one is going to have a major ripple effect, keep an eye out for further developments - http://krebsonsecurity.com/2013/03/missouri-court-rules-against-440000-cyberheist-victim/
- "The biggest cyber attack ever" | Or really, a DDoS feud between a known spammer (CyberBunker) and a spam fighter (SpamHaus) which actually did impact Internet traffic in Europe, but was effectively a tempest in a teapot for most everyone else - http://www.cnn.com/2013/03/27/tech/massive-internet-attack/index.html?hpt=hp_t2
- Schnuck's gets hacker by "computer code", but it's OK now | Short version of this story, be careful how hard you play up the 'reputation' angle with your business ...turns out people may not care so much - http://www.stltoday.com/business/local/schnucks-says-credit-card-fraud-source-found-and-contained/article_605469bd-db5d-5a1b-94cf-100f4eabc58f.html
- Darkleech affects huge amount of Apache servers, silently installs iFrame-based malware selectively | People who name these things come up with some of the coolest names ...seriously! Interesting story. - http://www.h-online.com/security/news/item/Darkleech-infects-scores-of-Apache-servers-1834311.html
- BitCoin wallet service InstaWallet hacked, shuts down "indefinitely" | Oh, another BitCoin tragedy as the currency suffers yet another blow to its viability as hackers target a wallet service, value bounces. - http://venturebeat.com/2013/04/03/bitcoin-wallet-instawallet-hacked/
Mon, 1 April 2013
First ...a milestone.
I want to take this time to formally welcome Mr. James Jardine, of SecureIdeas, as my permanent co-host to the podcast. James has experience podcasting as he already co-pilots the Professionally Evil Podcast, and he's witty, knowledgeable, and awesome to work with on the microphone. I ask that you all give James a warm welcome!
In this episode...
- Overview of what cyber liability insurance is and what it isn't
- We ask "Why would we need a security program, when you can just buy insurance?"
- How do [cyber] under-writers figure out how to insure you, and how much of a liability your organization and its practices is?
- The types of costs and coverages available in some of the different policies at the various carriers
- We pull on the 'reputation' thread ... again
- We try to divine the magic formula used to calculate how to calculate a 'liability' or coverage requirement
- We try and figure out how an enterprise can drive down their cyber liability insurance premiums
- Christine touches on mobility, encryption, and some interesting tidbits for the modern enterprise
- Christine Marciano ( @DataPrivacyRisk ) - Christine Marciano is President of Cyber Data Risk Managers, an Independent Insurance Agency specializing in Cyber Risk/Data Breach insurance, Directors & Officers insurance and (IP) Intellectual Property protection. Christine has over 17 years of experience working in various roles within the Insurance and Financial Services industry. Prior to establishing Cyber Data Risk Managers, Christine has held positions at CIBC Oppenheimer, Axa Advisors and Allstate Insurance Company.
- Christine's Blog - http://databreachinsurancequote.com/blog/
- My 2013 Data Privacy, InfoSec & Cyber Insurance Trends report - http://databreachinsurancequote.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/2013-Data-Privacy-Information-Security-and-Cyber-Insurance-Trends-Report.pdf
- Christine's free weekly newsletter signup page - http://databreachinsurancequote.com/subscribe-data-breach-weekly-newsletter/
Mon, 25 March 2013
Welcome to the Down the Rabbithole NewsCast!
Join me in welcoming James Jardine ( @JardineSoftware) of Secure Ideas to the show as a permanent co-host! The NewsCast is a bi-weekly (2nd and 4th Monday of the month) release where we'll discuss the news and events of the past 2 weeks, and attempt to analyze, break down, and generally make sense of the madness of the Security industry and real world at large.
Also a big thanks to Todd Haverkos, the voice behind the hilarious intro you'll hear on this podcast, and all the others ...
Topics We Covered
- Apple's new 2-Factor Authentication went live
- Cisco made passwords weaker (whoops!) in their IOS
- The US Government struck out twice (SAM security issue, and a contractor "buys" warez)
- Celebrities get their credit info jacked
- S. Korea gets whacked with a nasty bug, wipes out 32,000 machines in one swoop
Mon, 18 March 2013
In this episode...
- We discuss "big data", what the heck it really is, and whether it's something new, something old, or something marketing made up
- Marcus does interpretive dance, and makes up new words
- Alex (shockingly) disagrees with Marcus, and actually describes 'data science'
- We hear Marcus talk about "NBS - never before seen" detection and why it's so critical
- We collectively agree (it's OK to be shocked) that "big data" is not a product
- Marcus discusses why you should be defending against the sniper
- The guests disagree on whether we have too little data, or whether we just don't know how to make it work for us
- Alex puts on a tinfoil hat ...
- Marcus Ranum ( @mjranum ) - Marcus J. Ranum is a world-renowned expert on security system design and implementation. He is a pioneer in security technology who was one of the early innovators in firewall, VPN, and intrusion detection systems. Since the late 1980s, Marcus designed a number of groundbreaking security products including the DEC SEAL, the TIS firewall toolkit, the Gauntlet firewall, and NFR's Network Flight Recorder intrusion detection system. He has been involved in every level of operations of a security product business, from developer to founder and CEO of NFR. In SC Magazine's 20th Anniversary Edition, Marcus was named as one of the top industry pioneers over the last 20 years. Marcus is currently the CSO at Tenable.
- Alex Hutton ( @alexhutton ) - Alex is the Director of Operations Risk & Governance for a very, very large financial, so he has to stay incognito. Frankly, it doesn't matter much whether he says where he works, the dude's one of the smartest people I know, and lives, breathes, and often excretes 'risk' knowledge.
Sun, 10 March 2013
This timely podcast is right on the heels of the US vs. Cotterman decision from the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. One of the watershed decisions on privacy and digital law, this is an extremely important case that touches on whether government agents can take and search your digital property while crossing the border with or without cause or suspicion. Michael and Shawn give their analysis, and we get some critical information for international business travelers, as well as those of us in the security community who regularly cross the US border with sensitive, potentially encrypted or password-protected information.
Link to the original 9th Circuit Court of Appeals decision: http://cdn.ca9.uscourts.gov/datastore/opinions/2013/03/08/09-10139.pdf
You're not going to want to miss this podcast.
- Michael Schearer ( @theprez98 ) - Security consultant and penetration tester by day, law student and hacker by night, proud Navy veteran, writer, promoter of civility in political discourse, Philadelphia and Penn State sports fanatic, practicing philomath, and last but certainly not least, Dad and Husband. Michael maintains a fantastic blog at http://theprez98.blogspot.com.
- Shawn E. Tuma ( @shawnetuma ) - Partner at the law firm BrittonTuma and an attorney with a broad based business, litigation, and intellectual property litigation experience combined with his unique expertise with cutting-edge legal issues such as computer fraud, data security, privacy, and social media law. Shawn is a member of the Information Security Committee of the Section of Science & Technology Law for the American Bar Association and the Privacy, Data Security, and e-Commerce Committee of the State Bar of Texas. Shawn maintains a great resource for analysis on legal decisions http://www.shawnetuma.com.