Archive for October, 2009

Obama: $3.4B Toward ‘Smart’ Power Grid – What About Smart Security and Privacy for The Grid?

Posted in criminal forensics, ediscovery, Legislation, Vulnerabilities, web server security with tags , , , on October 27, 2009 by datasecurityblog

President Obama is annoucing $3.4b in stimulus monies for the “Smart” Power Grid today (see story here).

But, here is part of the story that is not getting much, if any, coverage: What are the security and privacy issues in deploying the Smart Grid and Smart Meters?

While I am not an expert on energy, I am knowledgable on the data security and privacy issues on this topic. This is an issue that could literally impact every citizen and business in the US, and impact the very foundation of the economy.

There are advanced technologies that could truly help secure the delivery of power. There are rules that can be put into place to help protect privacy. But, these items do not appear to be on the agenda today, and get little attention in day-to-day coverage.

Early deployments of the Smart Grid and Smart Meters have not made security and privacy a priority, much beyond lip service.

There will be some very negative outcomes for this program if  security and privacy are not truly “baked in” at the beginning of this next wave of deployments.

Written By: Ira Victor, GIAC G17799 GCFA GPCI GSEC   ISACA CGEIT

Data Security Podcast Episode 75, Oct 25 2009

Posted in Breach, Court Cases, criminal forensics, darkweb, ediscovery, Exclusive, Legislation, Podcast, Report Security Flaws, Vulnerabilities, web server security with tags , , , , , , , , , , on October 25, 2009 by datasecurityblog

30 minutes every week on data security, privacy, and the law…..(plus or minus ten)

On this week’s program:

* Everyone loves retail gift cards…they are quick and easy for consumers, and for web application “hackers.”

* Some Time Warner cable internet users are vulnerable to serious attacks — when will Time Warner release a fix?

* Our take on this week’s news.

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Show Notes for Episode 75 of the Data Security Podcast

Time Warner-supplied SMC cable modem: open for exploit?

Time Warner-supplied SMC cable modems: Open for Exploit?

* Conversation:  Ira talks with David Chen of Pip.io with an update on the critical vulnerabilities he discovered in a batch of Time Warner cable modems (made by SMC). TW now acknowledges the flaw, and they have made statements elsewhere that a fix is being deployed. David Chen tells us that as of this past weekend the vulnerabilities remain.  Both David Chen and The Data Security Podcast have attempted to get an update on a fix. Time Warner cable has not replied to written requests from David Chen, or from this program.  David Chen is blogging with recommendation on how he thinks Time Warner Cable could mitigate these flaws… see his latest blog here.

* Tales From The Dark Web: Retail gift cards are potentially vulnerable to attacks. One that jumps out: web application attacks. Read the entire report by Corsaire.

* From Our Take on The News: Jurors are using smartphone from the jury box and the deliberation room – potentially putting trial outcomes into jeopardy.

* From Our Take on The News: Treasury Strategies Sees Possible Bank Failures Due to Fraud Losses

* The Kicker: Long Island Teen Uses Hidden Video to Catch a Thief

Modern Bank Robbers Could Shutter As Many As 10 Financial Institutions

Data Security Podcast Episode 74, Oct 18 2009

Posted in Breach, Business Continuity, Court Cases, darkweb, Vulnerabilities with tags , , , , , , , on October 19, 2009 by datasecurityblog

30 minutes every week on data security, privacy, and the law…..(plus or minus ten)

On this week’s program:

* Now the bad guys are holding computer files for ransom if you don’t buy their phony anti-virus software. We have a workaround.

* Midyear elections are coming up, and the last thing the campaigns seem to think about is data security.

* Our take on this week’s news.

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  • Vipre Anti-Virus, the complete Antimalware solution by Sunbelt Software. If you TRY the enterprise version, you get the home version for FREE! Go to: http://www.testdrivevipre.com .
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  • SonicWall;  Get the super fast UTM firewall that’s rated Five Stars (the Best rating) by Secure Computing MagazineData Clone Labs is the premier SonicWall Medallion Partner for all your security needs.
  • DeviceLock; Software that controls, manages and helps encrypt USB drives and other removable media. Get a free trial on their site, and be sure to let them know you heard about them on The Data Security Podcast.

Show Notes for Episode 74 of the Data Security Podcast

* Conversation:  Ira talks with Gretchen Hellman, VP of Marketing for Vormetric about information security, the security issues with the new GOP web site, and election campaign security.

* Tales From The Dark Web:  Watch the video by PandaSecurity that demonstrates a damaging new fake anti-virus that denies access to files and applications on victim systems unless a ransom is paid. The link below takes you to a video of the attack, and we have posted the keys to defeat the current variant of lock out.  If you work in IT/InfoSec please write an email to users with a warning, include the keys to unlock the software, and have the end user re-image their hard drive.

Rogueware with new Ransomware Technology

Rogueware with new Ransomware Technology

Click here to view the Rogueware with new Ransomware Technology™ video. The video comes to us from Panda Security.  Take note that the malware icon disappears from the computer, and when it does, the attack is in place.  If you have a system that is infected with this attack, Panda has cracked the malware and has provided a list of working keys, which give access to the current variants of the TotalSecurity2009 attack:

WNDS-TGN15-RFF29-AASDJ-ASD65
WNDS-U94KO-LF4G4-1V8S1-2CRFE
WNDS-6W954-FX65B-41VDF-8G4JI
WNDS-G84H6-S854F-79ZA8-W4ERS
WNDS-TTUYJ-7UO54-G561H-J1D6F
WNDS-A1SDF-6AS4D-RF5RE-79G84
WNDS-A1SDF-RY4E8-7U98D-F1GB2
WNDS-5SRTS-AEHUF-YA54S-D6F35
WNDS-P9685-4H41A-DSW3A-2R64T
WNDS-2AE32-1VFC2-B6894-G67YU
WNDS-4TS8R-D6F5D-4JH8T-U4JK5
WNDS-FGS5D-649RG-4S53D-412SF
WNDS-452S3-ER00F-TSE35-S8FSD
WNDS-SERFH-2642S-F04SD-64FG1
WNDS-F40SA-1ER5H-4FG5D-F8412
WNDS-5D1V2-XB0D5-JT1TY-97DS3
WNDS-4BGY2-JY4KO-IT98Y-7HJ43
WNDS-G8FB6-1V87S-DRT1S-63SRG
WNDS-HFVDR-9844O-U54DA-5TBSC
WNDS-89OF7-7324R-5SAD4-TG68U
WNDS-JUYH3-24GHJ-HGKSH-FKLSD

* From Our Take on The News:  Danger Will Robinson! Danger! Additional insiders have stepped forward to shed more light into Microsoft’s troubled acquisition of Danger, its beleaguered Pink Project, and what has become one of the most high profile Information Technology disasters in recent memory. 

Data Security Podcast Episode 73, Oct 11 2009

Posted in Breach, Business Continuity, Conference Coverage, Court Cases, criminal forensics, darkweb, ediscovery, eMail Security, Legislation, Podcast, Vulnerabilities, web server security with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on October 11, 2009 by datasecurityblog

30 minutes every week on data security, privacy, and the law…..(plus or minus ten)

On this week’s program:

* Major patching in store this week, due in part to flaws revealed this summer in Las Vegas?

* A fresh look at a Zeus banking attack counter-measure

* Our take on this week’s news.

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Please visit our sponsors, and be sure to let them know you heard about them on The Data Security Podcast:

  • Vipre Anti-Virus, the complete Antimalware solution by Sunbelt Software. If you TRY the enterprise version, you get the home version for FREE! Go to: http://www.testdrivevipre.com .
  • GamaSec Web App Scans: Spots cyber-hazards on your web site, and has advanced zero-day protection. GET YOUR FREE BASIC WEB APP SCAN, plus a special offer just for listeners to The Data Security Podcast. Go here to sign up, and add the offer code: Podcast.
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  • DeviceLock; Software that controls, manages and helps encrypt USB drives and other removable media. Get a free trial on their site, and be sure to let them know you heard about them on The Data Security Podcast.

Show Notes for Episode 73 of the Data Security Podcast

* Conversation:  Ira takes a new look at a counter-measure for the latest wave of Zeus banking attacks in his conversation with Steven Dispensa, CTO of PhoneFactor.

* Tales From The Dark Web: It’s like clockwork…two months after security events BlackHat and Defcon every summer in Las Vegas, we see a surge in patches for attacks that were highlighted at these events.  Microsoft Security Bulletin Advance Notification for October 13th 2009. Security Advisory for Adobe Reader and Acrobat for October 13th 2009, including the CVE number.

* From Our Take on The News:  Danger Will Robinson! Danger!  Update on Danger’s Sidekick Massive Data Loss.  Read the FAQ for tips on trying to salvage your data.

* From Our Take on The News:  Computer Network Denial Of Service Denial

* From Our Take on The News: Twitter shuts down legit security researcher, Mikko Hypponen.  Reports from his blog here, and an update here.

Twitter Shuts Legit Down Security Researchers Account

Twitter Shuts Legit Down Security Researcher's Account

Data Security Podcast Episode 72, Oct 04 2009

Posted in Breach, Business Continuity, Conference Coverage, Court Cases, darkweb, Podcast, Vulnerabilities, web server security with tags , , , , , on October 4, 2009 by datasecurityblog

30 minutes every week on data security, privacy, and the law…..(plus or minus ten)

On this week’s program:

* Polymorphic malware – every time it attacks it has a new signature.

* The balance on your bank account looks find, too bad all your money’s gone.

* Our take on this week’s news.

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Please visit our sponsors, and be sure to let them know you heard about them on The Data Security Podcast:

  • Vipre Anti-Virus, the complete Antimalware solution by Sunbelt Software. If you TRY the enterprise version, you get the home version for FREE! Go to: http://www.testdrivevipre.com .
  • GamaSec Web App Scans: Spots cyber-hazards on your web site, and has advanced zero-day protection. GET YOUR FREE BASIC WEB APP SCAN, plus a special offer just for listeners to The Data Security Podcast. Go here to sign up, and add the offer code: Podcast.
  • SonicWall;  Get the super fast UTM firewall that’s rated Five Stars (the Best rating) by Secure Computing MagazineData Clone Labs is the premier SonicWall Medallion Partner for all your security needs.
  • DeviceLock; Software that controls, manages and helps encrypt USB drives and other removable media. Get a free trial on their site, and be sure to let them know you heard about them on The Data Security Podcast.

Show Notes for Episode 72 of the Data Security Podcast

* Conversation:  Ira talks about a dangerous new twist to the banking attacks Yuval Ben-Izhak the CTO of security company Finjan. Here is the link to the Finjan Report on the new Zeus bank Trojan mentioned in the segment.

* Tales From The Dark Web: Polymorphic malware – every time it attacks it has a different signature.  That means you anti-virus won’t recognize it.  Ira talked about the presentation at ISACA Security and Risk Conference by Stuart Staniford, the Chief Scientist at FireEye.  Read the related Anti-Phishing Working Group paper on the topic.

* From Our Take on The News:  From Wired.com – Probe Targets Archives’ Handling of Data on 70 Million Vets

* From Our Take on The News:  Secure Flight Program by the TSA. EPIC (The Electronic Privacy Information Center) follows the surveillance and profiling of airline passengers. Their most recent post on the TSA “Secure Flight” program was in 2007, when the organization recommended that “secure flight should be grounded” due to privacy concerns. The program is now being expanded to require airline passengers to provide their date of birth when they purchase an airline ticket.  See: http://epic.org/privacy/airtravel/secureflight.html

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