May 6, 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!
- 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