Archive for November, 2009

Data Security Podcast Episode 83, Nov 30 2009

Posted in Breach, Court Cases, criminal forensics, darkweb, ediscovery, Legislation, Podcast, Vulnerabilities with tags , , , , , , on November 29, 2009 by datasecurityblog

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

On this week’s program:

* New highly damaging attack plays on the very fear of being attacked

* Stopping insider attacks with the right internal controls

* 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 83 of the Data Security Podcast

* Ira has a conversation with Cheryl Traverse President/ Chief Executive Officer with Xceedium, a company that provides centralized, secure IT operations management.  Ira and Cheryl talk about the controls that protect against insider threats, and help put organizations in compliance with data security and privacy mandates.

* Tales From The Dark Web:  Bank attacks hides in ‘software update’ links. This attack combines the fear of not properly patching with attacks that empty business bank accounts. Hat tip to the story in Darkreading.com .

* From Out Take on The News: Reuters news story on the under-reporting of cyber attacks.

What Happens In Vegas...Goes Where??

* From Our Take on The News: Las Vegas Metro Police admits to large databreach of background check data.  Hat tip to excellent work by The Las Vegas Sun newspaper.

*  From The Wrap: We comment on the news that the Ikee worm author gets job at iPhone app firm, as posted by Graham Cluley.

Data Security Podcast Episode 82, Nov 24 2009

Posted in Breach, Court Cases, criminal forensics, darkweb, ediscovery, eMail Security, Podcast, Vulnerabilities, web server security with tags , , , , , , on November 23, 2009 by datasecurityblog

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

On this week’s program:

* FBI Report: Latest target for the cybercriminal? Law Firms and PR Firms

* Adobe Speaks: special segment with their senior security officers

* 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 82 of the Data Security Podcast

Adobe Flash Logo* Ira has a conversation with two security officers at Adobe Systems about the allegations made by web security researcher Mike Bailey of unpatchable “Same Origin Flaws” in Adobe Flash.  Brad Arkin, Director of Product Security and Privacy, and Peleus Uhley, Senior Security Researcher give their take on Mike Bailey’s claims. Here are the links mentioned in the segment:

- Adobe Flash Player security white paper

- Browser Security Handbook, Part 2—Information on the Same-Origin Policy.

Peleus Uhley’s article on creating more secure Flash applications / “Understanding that SWFs are Code”

* Tales From The Dark Web: FBI WARNING: U.S. LAW FIRMS AND PUBLIC RELATIONS FIRMS.  That link is a copy of the FBI posting. The FBI does not contain a permanent link, so it may become hard to find as new stories are posted above this law firm alert.

* From Our Take on The News:  FBI looking at UMC records leak: Agent says ‘multiple federal laws’ might have been violated. Hat tip to the Las Vegas Sun newspaper for the investigative reporting on this story.

* From Our Take on The News:  Symantec exposed passwords, serials numbers;  SQL Injection, full database access, from Romanian security researcher, Unu. Apologies for mis-spelling Unu’s name on the show.

*  From The Wrap:  Read the SANS Internet Storm Center’s reports on IE6 and IE7 web browser 0-Day Flaw, and an Update. No patch available (yet?), but Microsoft has some mitigation suggestions, linked through the Update.

Program Note – Data Security Podcast 82

Posted in Annoucements with tags on November 22, 2009 by datasecurityblog

Episode 82 of the Data Security Podcast is scheduled to post Monday over night/Tuesday early morning, Greenwich Mean Time.  In the meantime listen to Ira Victor’s two-part infosec special interviews on fighting web drive-by downloads. We posted a two part special edition last Thursday and Friday, Episode #80 and #81.

Data Security Podcast Episode 81, Nov 20 2009

Posted in Annoucements, darkweb, Exclusive, Interview Only Edition, Podcast, web server security with tags , , , on November 20, 2009 by datasecurityblog

EXCLUSIVE – For Friday November 20th, we depart from our regular format for those with an advanced understanding of information security technologies.

This is part two of two special editions featuring technical conversations with newsmakers on new counter measures to fight web drive-by downloads. Part two features Louis Hughes, Chairman and CEO of InZero Systems; and Yura Socolov, Director, IT Security of InZero Systems. InZero Systems has created a new hardware sandbox approach to this vexing security issue.

We will return to our regular format of the latest news on data security, privacy, and the law with Episode 82.  Episode 82 is scheduled to post Sunday night /Monday morning, November 23rd, 2009 at ~12.01am Greenwich Mean Time. That is our regularly scheduled show posting time.

On Episode 81:  InfoSec Conversation with InZero Systems on countering web drive-by downloads with a new hardware sandbox.

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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 forFREE! 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 81 of the Data Security Podcast

Ira has an extended, technical conversation with Louis Hughes, Chairman and CEO of InZero Systems; and Yura Socolov, Director, IT security of InZero Systems. InZero Systems has an interested approach to fighting web drive-by downloads.

Data Security Podcast Episode 80, Nov 19 2009

Posted in darkweb, Interview Only Edition, Podcast, Vulnerabilities, web server security with tags , , , , , , on November 19, 2009 by datasecurityblog

For Thursday November 19th, and Friday November 20th, we depart from our regular format for those with an advanced understanding of information security technologies.

These two special editions feature technical conversations with newsmakers on new counter measures to fight web drive-by downloads. Part one (this episode) features Pedro Bustamante, Senior Security Researcher with PandaSecurity. Part two will post tomorrow, with an EXCLUSIVE interview with the creators of a new hardware sandbox approach to this vexing security issue.

We will return to our regular format of the latest news on data security, privacy, and the law with Episode 82.  Episode 82 is scheduled to post Sunday night /Monday morning, November 23rd, 2009 at ~12.01am Greenwich Mean Time. That is our regularly scheduled show posting time.

On Episode 80:  InfoSec Conversation with Pedro Bustamante on countering web drive-by downloads.

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–>Tune into the show directly on iTunes, you can also subscribe to the program on iTunes.

–> A simple way to listen to the show from with stricter firewalls: Listen from Odeo. This site works better if you are behind a more restrictive enterprise firewall.

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 forFREE! 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 80 of the Data Security Podcast

Ira has an extended, technical conversation with Pedro Bustamante, Senior Security Researcher with PandaSecurity. Ira and Pedro will discuss web drive-by downloads. Here is the link that Pedro mentions in the segment.

Data Security Podcast Episode 79, Nov 16 2009

Posted in Breach, Court Cases, criminal forensics, darkweb, ediscovery, Podcast, Vulnerabilities with tags , , , , , , , , , , on November 16, 2009 by datasecurityblog

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

On this week’s program:

* The odds of unknowingly logging onto an ‘evil twin’ of your online banking site is increasing due to new broadband hazards.

* A revised Google Book Settlement was submitted to the courts . It doesn’t address privacy at all.

* Our take on this week’s news.

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–> A simple way to listen to the show from with stricter firewalls: Listen from Odeo. This site works better if you are behind a more restrictive enterprise firewall.

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 79 of the Data Security Podcast

* Program note about this week’s Conversation:  Ira will have an extended, technical conversation with Pedro Bustamante, Senior Security Researcher with PandaSecurity.  Ira and Pedro will discuss web drive-by downloads and other security issues in a special interview segment that will appear in a separate posting later this week. You can listen to the segment by streaming on this site, on iTunes, or other RSS feeds you use to listen to the Data Security Podcast.

* Tales From The Dark Web: What if you typed in your bank’s web address, but unknown to you, you were taken to an evil twin of your bank, controlled by cyber criminals? Well, the odds of that happening is increasing, due to Domain Name System (DNS)  issues in a significant number of broadband modems and routers.  Many other attacks can use these DNS flaws. Hat tip to the coverage by Robert McMillan of the IDG News Service.

* From Our Take on The News:  Airport security in Saint Louis hassled one guy for half an hour, because he was carrying $4,700 in a cash box, which he placed on the x-ray conveyor belt and subjected to TSA scrutiny, as is required for all carry-on cargo. The money was connected with his (legal) job with Campaign for Liberty. The guy recorded the abusive inquisition on his iPhone. The ACLU sued the TSA. Now the airport security rules have changed. Read the coverage in The Washington Times.

* From Our Take on The News:  A flaw in Adobe Flash has a huge impact on web usage, especially those businesses that use Google Gmail/Google Apps/PHP Discussions, and sites the scores of sites that allow the upload of information to the site.  Mike Bailey, an expert on web application security, has an excellent infosec write up at the Foreground Security blog.  Faster read in Computerworld.

*  From The Wrap:  Revised Google Book Settlement was submitted to the court late Friday night. It doesn’t address privacy at all, even after EFF and other parties submitted a legal brief outlining legitimate fears that Google can track, and is likely to share individual book search information with law enforcement and anyone else who issues a subpoena. Google will retain book-search details, right down to page number and how long you lingered there, for every book you search. Read this account of the revised settlement.

Data Security Podcast Episode 78, Nov 09 2009

Posted in Breach, Conference Coverage, Court Cases, criminal forensics, darkweb, ediscovery, Podcast, Report Security Flaws, Vulnerabilities, web server security with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 8, 2009 by datasecurityblog

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

On this week’s program:

* Why are web drive-by downloads proliferating like cockroaches?

* Sixty Minutes just covered a data security story. We rate the coverage.

* 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 78 of the Data Security Podcast

* Conversation:  Ira talks with Georg Hess, CEO and Co-Founder, Art of Defence, about network scans versus web application scans. OWASP AppSec DC 2009 takes place this week,  November 10-13th, in Washington, DC. The Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP) is a worldwide free and open community focused on improving the security of application software. Their mission is to make application security visible,  so that people and organizations can make informed decisions about true application security risks.

OWASP Conf 2009 Wash DC

* Tales From The Dark Web:  Our take on the 60 Minutes segment Sabotaging The System:  Could hackers get into the computer systems that run crucial elements of the world’s infrastructure, such as the power grids, water works or even a nation’s military arsenal? Be sure to watch this video segment with the highest level non-technical boss in your organization. Also, make sure you, and your non-technical boss watch the “Web Extras” from this segment.  One of the stunning parts of the segment was the claim that private companies are more vulnerable because the companies only care about profit. Unlike government networks, which are more secure (uh?).  If that was the case, how can that be squared against the portion of the segment that revealed that the Feds lost 12TB of data from the DOD, DOE, DOC and possible NASA, in 2007? Where was the profit motive that stopped good security in those organizations? Security expert Robert Graham explores this, and other issues, in this posting: Brazil outage NOT caused by hackers.

* From Our Take on The News:  New open-source voting technology – the developer is looking for jurisdictions to try it for free.  Read the Wired account.

* From Our Take on The News:  A technical overview of the newly discovered SSL vulnerabilities and possible mitigation. Ben Laurie has excellent, technical blog postings about the SSL protocol flaw.

* From Our Take on The News:  Voters hate traffic surveillance cameras — proven in three U. S. cities in last week’s elections. (As if we still need proof.) Great coverage of traffic surveillance and related matters in Maryland. (But the topic is universal).

* From The Wrap:  First iPhone worm found, details at F-Secure.  A how-to for changing the SSH default password in your jailbroken iPhone; one uses a computer connected to your iPhone to change the SSH settings.  Note: If you are not using a jailbroken iPhone, you don’t need to make changes to be protected from this particular attack.

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