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June 12, 2010 – Episode 145

Posted in Breach, Conference Coverage, Court Cases, criminal forensics, darkweb, ediscovery, eMail Security, Legislation, The CyberJungle, Vulnerabilities, web server security with tags , , , , , , , , on June 14, 2010 by datasecurityblog

You can hear episode 145 of The CyberJungle by clicking on the Flash player below, or go to our listening options page for other ways to listen. Episode 145 is 69 minutes long.

To listen to Episode 145 via the flash player:

Interview Segments:

We talked with Jason Miller from Shavlik about why some businesses are still playing catch-up from the big Patch Tuesday… and about the Adobe Flash flaw that affects just about everyone on the planet.  Check the patch management site for help. The interview starts about 21 minutes into Episode 145.

We also played an interview from earlier this year with David Shroyer from Bank of America.  This is a short excerpt from a longer conversation about the reaction of the financial services industry to the Zeus banking attacks.  The 7-minute segment we aired today  is about the “money mules” who launder cash for cybercriminals.  The mules are generally suckers who fall for the “work at home in your pajamas and make thousands of dollars with your computer” schemes. This interview starts about 56 minutes into Episode 145.

Tales from the Dark Web:

Visitors to adult sites might encounter some naughtiness that has nothing to do with sex. See the BBC story: ‘Shady’ porn site practices put visitors at risk

Show notes:

AT&T web application flaw combines with Apple business model flaw to allow a major hack of iPad user email addresses.  The story was widely told this week. Here’s one version.  There are a lot more angles to this story than the mainstream press has covered.

British Petroleum is in for an e-discovery gusher once the Gulf oil spill litigation begins.  Court orders for documents will follow, and cost of discovery could top $100 million, according to this post.

Adobe Flash and Adobe PDF attack surge.

FIFA 2010 World Cup is inspiring a wave of malicious spam tailored to soccer fans.  Symantec has a good overview of “Crimes Against Football Fans” here.

Google has hired an independent firm to investigate its Street View “snafu,” in which its photographer’s vehicles snarfed up information from thousands of private wifi networks, violating privacy and perhaps breaking the law.  The report from the company’s own investigators suggests criminal intent.

Prepaid cell phones are the last available communication device that offers privacy and anonymity.  But two U.S. Senators would like to put an end to it.  Schumer (NY) and Cornyn (TX) want to register the ID of phone purchasers and require the carriers to keep the data for 18 months after deactivation.

Google expands location tags – and other popular location services are riddled with bugs, according to this report.

Beverly High School students in Boston will be required to have a laptop next fall. But not just any laptop.  Parents will have to shell out $900 for a MacBook.  School administrators say PCs will be incompatible with the school’s network. What?

Our Tether contest – win wireless access for your BlackBerry

Thanks to Tether for providing a generous number of full-value licenses to award as prizes for listeners of The CyberJungle. We love the product, and have given away 10 licenses each in episodes 141 and 143.   You can still enter by sending an email to comments@thecyberjungle.com, and telling us which version of the BlackBerry software you’re running. (Find this by going to “settings ->options->about” on your BB.)  We award the prize to the first ten requests of the week.  Our week runs Saturday-through-Friday. If you win, we ask that you send an acknowledgment once you’ve received your key, so we know you got it. Then we will delete your email, as a gesture of respect for your privacy.

BTW — there is a :60 second Tether commercial in these shows.  We are running them as a thank-you to Tether for the software keys.  We want to acknowledge the people who created some of the components in the spot.  The Free Sound Project is an awesome organization for people like us, whose ears are bigger than our budgets when it comes to production.  The audio effects in the Tether spot cam from the site, and we thank the creative producers who post their work. Especially — someone with the handle kkz who created a file called “t-weak bass” … someone with the handle dland who created a file called “to hell with vinyl”… and someone with the handle Halleck, who created “crash reverse.”  All can be heard in the Tether spot, which airs at approximately 29:50 in episode 143.

June 6, 2010 – Episode 143

Posted in Court Cases, darkweb, Legislation, The CyberJungle, Vulnerabilities, web server security with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 6, 2010 by datasecurityblog

Episode 143 is 71 minutes long. You can listen by clicking the flash player below, or you can click here for more listening options.

To listen to Episode 143 via the flash player:

Interview segment

We talk with Gary Biller, Executive Director of the National Motorists Association, about an Ohio Supreme Court decision that says law enforcement officers do not need to back up their vehicle speed estimate with reports from a radar reading; eyeballing it is good enough. The Ohio press reports. The interview starts about 20 minutes into Episode 143.

Tales From The Dark Web

Mac Attack: Spyware trojan hitching ride on third-party screensavers for the Mac.

Advice to those sent their questions to the CyberJungle mailbox

Site for alternative PDF readers:  http://pdfreaders.org

Site for scrubbing hard drive before you give your computer away: Darik’s Boot And Nuke

Our take on this week’s news

Researchers from the mobile industry and academia are analyzing the detailed call and text record databases from mobile phones, along with users’ geographic movement.  Information about how and when people move about promises a handsome revenue stream for cell phone carriers.

Wall Street Journal report on smartphone attacks. MasterCard launches iPhone, iPad payment app

Fake software sales on criagslist draw attention.  Pirated software can also find its way into retail stores occasionally, too. Microsoft provides a site that helps you figure out whether your software is legit.

Federal Trade Commission settles with CyberSpy Software, LLC.  Settlement requires the company to stop instructing its customers how to send its keylogging product in a stealth email attachment. Also must notify the receiving computer that the software is about to download, and receive consent.  This will put a chill on the spying.

Hackers like the Facebook “Like” button. Only six weeks after its introduction, the Like button is being used for mischief.

Legal intrigue after Digital River  management was alerted that a big batch of the company’s data was circulating , and offered for sale on the black market. Civil and criminal law in play.

Our Tether contest – win wireless access for your BlackBerry

Thanks to Tether for providing a generous number of full-value licenses to award as prizes for listeners of The CyberJungle. We love the product, and have given away 10 licenses each in episodes 141 and 143.   You can still enter by sending an email to comments@thecyberjungle.com, and telling us which version of the BlackBerry software you’re running. (Find this by going to “settings ->options->about” on your BB.)  We award the prize to the first ten requests of the week.  Our week runs Saturday-through-Friday. If you win, we ask that you send an acknowledgment once you’ve received your key, so we know you got it. Then we will delete your email, as a gesture of respect for your privacy.

BTW — there is a :60 second Tether commercial in these shows.  We are running them as a thank-you to Tether for the software keys.  We want to acknowledge the people who created some of the components in the spot.  The Free Sound Project is an awesome organization for people like us, whose ears are bigger than our budgets when it comes to production.  The audio effects in the Tether spot cam from the site, and we thank the creative producers who post their work. Especially — someone with the handle kkz who created a file called “t-weak bass” … someone with the handle dland who created a file called “to hell with vinyl”… and someone with the handle Halleck, who created “crash reverse.”  All can be heard in the Tether spot, which airs at approximately 29:50 in episode 143.

Episode 125 – April 3, 2010

Posted in Breach, Court Cases, darkweb, Legislation, Show Notes, The CyberJungle, Vulnerabilities, web server security with tags , , , , , , , , , on April 3, 2010 by datasecurityblog

Interviews, Episode 125:  Big Batches of Patches! Following huge releases on Patch Tuesday from Microsoft, Apple, Sun/Java, Mozilla Firefox, and Mozilla Thunderbird, we talk with patch management expert Jason Miller. He’s Data and Security Team Manager from Shavlik Technologies. Jason’s interview starts about 22 minutes into the program.

We also talked with Randy Sarafan, the Author of 62 Projects to Make With a Dead Computer.  Fun stuff.  Interview starts about 53 minutes into the show. You can download the file from our XML feed, from iTunes, and other sites. See the Listening Options page, or use the flash player below:

Our Take on This Week’s News

CNN presents a glowing story about the success of airport whole body scanners, which have found drugs and other junk in people’s pockets. The TSA plans to roll out 1000 more of the machines.  Meanwhile, the Electronic Privacy Information Center posted this doc, in which the TSA contradicts itself to congress regarding the ability of the machines to store and transmit images. See item # 8, where they claim that the airport scanning machines are not capable of transmitting images, BUT, the images they transmit to remote viewing facilities are encrypted.

A new web service allows businesses to monitor the social networking communications of their employees. Facebook and Twitter users, you should probably just assume that what you post publicly is being monitored by your employer. Employers, you should probably assume that your employees post a lot of stuff that shouldn’t be shared.

Quip app security hole shares private photos. People who used a free service to send naked photos of themselves were exposed. Hey wait a minute… doesn’t the Apple app store performed extensive reviews before they accept a product?

iPad is coming to the office, and we found some security applications for it.  iTeleport: Jaadu VNC is encrypted remote access allows a secure connection between the iPad and a desktop comupter.  ALSO — in PC World, Tom Bradly Reports another option from Array Networks: “One app that is not yet available, but has significant promise for leveraging the iPad to connect with Microsoft Windows systems is Array Networks Desktop Direct.

Report: 64% of all Microsoft vulnerabilities for 2009 mitigated by Least Privilege accounts.

Way cool! Open PDF Links Directly In Google Docs Viewer

Whole Foods Scam on Facebook. Free gift cards worth $500 for the first 12,000 users. Uh-huh.

Cleveland Plain Dealer exposes identity of community leader who posts anonymous comments. Starts debate about privacy versus the public’s right to know. We wonder why just anyone at the newspaper can look at the email registry.

March 20, 2010 – Episode 121

Posted in Breach, Conference Coverage, Court Cases, criminal forensics, eMail Security, Exclusive, Show Notes, web server security with tags , , , , , , , , on March 20, 2010 by datasecurityblog

Episode 121 is 70 minutes long. Our interview segment is a major highlight- not to be missed! Patrick Peterson, Cisco Fellow, explains how modern web attacks work, amd why anti-virus and firewalls are failing. The interview is about ten minutes long, and it starts about 22 minutes into the show. You may go to listening options to download the program or find other options to hear the program; or you may stream the program using the flash player below:

Our Take on This Week’s News:

MySpace user data is offered for sale on InfoChimps.org. This lengthy blog post on ReadWriteWeb contemplates the state of “big data.”  PC world reports it, too.

Annual report from the internet crime complaint center (IC3) was released this week. The FBI’s cybercrime investigation unit – which was launched in 2000 — reports that complaints were up 22 percent in 2009 over 2008… and that the loss from all cases referred was more than half a billion dollars… descriptions of top scams start on page 13 of the report.

Madoff’s computer programmers indicted.

Ponemon Institute study on the level of trust in the banks by commercial customesr. A wakeup call to the banking industry: Get serious about Zeus or you customers will walk.

CanSecWest (Canadian Security conference) starts Wednesday: Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 8 will be easily penetrated in the Pwn2Own hacking challenge.

Plus Chmapion hacker Charlie Miller says he has 20 vulnerabilites to bring down Apple Safari browser on Mac OS X.

Hancock Fabrics – Bad guys swap PIN pads at cashier desks. Here’s a letter from the President and CEO of the stores:

Vodafone distributes Mariposa botnet attack.

Remember the former auto dealership employee who hacked the remote communication system and started disabling customer vehicles?   We interview executives from the company that makes the system,  Pay Technologies.  Jim Kreuger and David Ronisky are the co-founders.

Teen hacks code for Walmart public address system, makes racially charged announcement to customers.

Episodes 113A, 113B, and 112 su root editon: February 21, 2010

Posted in Breach, Conference Coverage, Court Cases, criminal forensics, Legislation, Podcast, Show Notes, The CyberJungle, web server security with tags , , , , , , on February 21, 2010 by datasecurityblog

Three episodes, one low price. (Free). We posted the show in three parts this week. Episode 113 A is a 35-minute interview on cell phone tracking, posted separately, so that anyone who wants the cybercrime news can skip straight to Episode 113 B.

The other post is the su root edition for the technically proficient. This week it’s an interview with Ben Jun from Cryptography Research, on developing applications that adapt to sweeping changes in technology. A preview of his RSA presentation. It’s 20 minutes long.

Episode 113 A – cell phone tracking interview

This is an interview segment on the legal and technical issues under review by the federal Third Circuit Court of Appeals regarding tracking of cell phone users. Our guests are Rebecca Gasca of the Nevada ACLU and Dr. Nirmala Shinoy of the Rochester Institute of Technology. This segment is 35 minutes long.

The most informative of the documents is the 2008 court order now being appealed, in which a Western Pennsylvania magistrate denied the government’s request for tracking data without a warrant. It’s 56 pages long, but offers a very comprehensive statutory history of the laws that apply to phone tapping and tracking. Newsweek recaps the issue and covers the appeal. http://www.newsweek.com/id/233916

Episode 113B Cybercrime and Security News

A spike in power grid attacks is predicted in the next 12 months. The Project Grey Goose report claims the number and severity of attacks on the existing grid has been underreported.

Coincidentally, Zues and its variants are more severe and widespread than previously reported. The attack is not just stealing money from commercial bank accounts. It’s settled into more than two thousand entities and 74 thousand computers, stealing intellectual property, credit card numbers email and network credentials, and a wide variety of other information. The good news is, it’s finally hitting the mainstream press. Reported this week in the following publications.

CNET: Zeus on 74k PCs in global botnet. “…Compromises of enterprise networks have reached epidemic levels”

NY Times: Malicious Software Infects Corporate Computers. Attack goes well beyond just bank account info stealing.

Wall St Journal: Broad New Hacking Attack Detected

WaPo: Nearly 2500 companies victim of massive cyberattack

The economics of malware- a new report urges us to look at cybercrime differently. It’s not lone gunmen and geeky teens, it’s an entire economy, with mom and pop shops, street vendors, manufacturers and marketers.

A TV news story that suggests banks are using your social networking pages to glean information about your creditworthiness. A company that mines the sites for data and sells it to the banks says nope… the institutions only use it for marketing, not for lending decisions.

A Houston television station launched an investigation of retail credit card practices at the cash register in Sears and K-Mart. Employees at the store accepted credit cards without checking ID or signatures. The reporters made numerous purchases using cards that didn’t belong to them. The stores will “immediately” begin retraining their employees at more than 2,000 combined stores nationwide in techniques for preventing credit card fraud.

Show Notes: The CyberJungle Episodes 103 and 102 Jan 12 2010

Posted in Breach, Court Cases, criminal forensics, Exclusive News, Podcast, Show Notes, The CyberJungle, Vulnerabilities, Zero Day Project with tags , , , , , , , , on January 16, 2010 by datasecurityblog

Two episodes this week: Episode 103 is a podcast version of the live radio program.

Episode 102 is our ‘su root’ podcast, in-depth technical interviews for the more advanced listener.

Overview of this week’s program.  More detailed notes and links provided below under “show notes.”

*Episode 103 the broadcast- Breaking News:  Do airport checkpoint whole body scanners have logging and auditing to enforce security and privacy policies?  We’re not sure after talking with a representative of one of the companies that makes the machines.  Seems the TSA may not have included an audit function in its specifications.   And, our guest tells us what happened to the “puffer machine” that would have detected the underwear bomber’s chemical payload on Christmas Day.

We also talked with an attorney from EPIC, the organization that sought and won the TSA specification documents revealing that body scanning machines are indeed capable of retaining and transmitting the naked images of the passengers they scan. This is NOT what TSA told the American public.

*Episode 102 (the su root interiews… requires above-average technology background). Click fraud is running rampant… ripping off internet advertisers. A new, more serious attack that not only steals credit for click-through purchases, but hijack’s the end user’s computer. This is a must-listen for marketing, security, and legal personnel. Discussion on the live show, with the full interview online.

*Episode 102 (the su root interviews…requires above-average technology background.) A new user credential – your cell phone calls you for a voice print… and then lets you into your email, bank account, authorizes credit card purchases or VPN remote access. Great idea? We have an exclusive audio interview with the co-founder of the company.

–> Listen This Week’s Show through our Main Site

Show Notes for Episode 103 of the CyberJungle

*ZeroDay Flaw in some versions of Microsoft Internet Explorer (MSIE) web browser.  Microsoft’s TechNet site has posted detailed information about the flaw. If you have not checked your MSIE browser version, do it now. Launch MSIE, find the Help Icon (usually the far right menu/icon, depending on the version of MSIE you are running), and select About Internet Explorer. If you are not running MSIE verson 8, you need to update your browser. Read more here. Update your browser to MSIE 8 here.

* People around the world are searching the web for the latest updates on Haiti earthquake. Members of the Dark Web use major events like this to spread their malicious code. Read more on this attack at the WebSense Security site. Ira mentioned the Google Trends site, a site that tracks hot topics on The Web.

* Samantha had a conversation with Ginger McCall, Esq., with the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC). They talked  about the DHS airport body scanners, and a Freedom of Information lawsuit by EPIC. Read more at this EPIC-sponsored site.

* Samantha and Ira had a conversation Brook Miller, VP with Smiths Detection, the makers of “the puffer” machine, and the whole body scanners.

* Samantha had a conversation with Dr. Kerry Kerry Nemovicher, Ph.D. about “The Human Firewall” event by  InfraGard. This event takes place on Thursday, Jan 21st at Boomtown Casino, in Reno Nevada. This lunch event runs from 11.15am to 1.15pm. $15 donation when you reserve your ticket by Monday at 9:00am, $20 at the door.

Show Notes for Episode 102 of The CyberJungle, an ‘su root’ program, in-depth technical interviews and analysis

*Ira has a conversation with Dr. Ben Edelman, from the Harvard Business School, about a new type of online advertising “click fraud” that takes over customer’s computers. Read more on Dr. Edelman’s site. On the main site you can listen to the full, detailed, and technical conversation. Look for the “su root” podcast (Episode 102) on the main site, www.TheCyberJungle.com.

* Ira has a conversation with Steven Dispensa, CTO and co-founder of PhoneTrust, about voice print authentication. On the main site you can listen to the full, detailed, and technical conversation. Look for the “su root” podcast (Episode 102) on the main site, www.TheCyberJungle.com.

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