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August 8, 2010 – Episode 160 and 161 from DefCon 18

Posted in Conference Coverage, criminal forensics, darkweb, ediscovery, Show Notes, The CyberJungle, Vulnerabilities, web server security with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on August 7, 2010 by datasecurityblog

Episode 161 is the this week’s full episode of The CyberJungle, posted immediately below.  Episode 160 is the su root edition for advanced listeners – material that’s too technical for the radio.  The advanced material consists of three conversations  from DefCon 18.  Scroll down to the end of this batch of shownotes to find it.

Episode 161:

This week’s regular episode of  The Cyberjungle  is 1 hour and 12 minutes long. You can hear it by clicking on the flash player below, or you can go to the listening options page and browse for other ways to hear the show.

To listen to Episode 161 via the flash player:

Interview:

Security Researcher Craig Hefner offers an alarming discovery about the consumer grade routers you buy at the big box store.  He’s found major flaws in these router/firewalls.  This interview is about 8 minutes long, and it begins at 59 minutes into Episode 161.  Or you can just listen to the interview by going to our conference notes page.  Also, here are some links to more information about Craig’s work:

Craigs Hefner’s White Paper on this attack

Craigs Hefner’s DefCon18 presentation slides

Craigs Hefner’s Proof-of-Concept code

Tales from the Dark Web:

Our dramatic audio taken at a DefCon 18 press conference, in which the host of the press conference begins (quite out of the blue) to describe his personal relationship with Adrian Lamo, one of the central characters in the Wikileaks incident.  We posted this story, and six minutes of audio featuring cybersecurity researcher and self-described white-hat hacker Chet Uber on the last day of DefCon. In it, Uber discusses how he persuaded Lamo to turn in accused leaker Pfc Bradley Manning.  There is a disputed fact in Uber’s account. Uber said he helped Lamo determine that documents in his possession were classified.  Lamo now denies that he ever had possession of top secret documents.  The facts will come out at Bradley Manning’s trial. No matter who is correct, the sound file offers some interesting insight into how a high-level meeting with federal law enforcement is arranged, and what top secret documents look like. The file is at the bottom of this story, if you want to hear it.

Our Take on This Week’s News:

The National Science Foundation has a porn problem according to Senator Chuck Grassley.  Seems the science guys are passing around porn despite technical measures taken by the agency to block it.  Oh, and there’s one guy who reportedly spends 20 percent of his time looking at porn, at an estimated cost to the taxpayer of $58,000.  So do the math.  This guy makes $290k per year???  WTF!!!

BlackBerry Ban – RIM Coming To Agreement With Middle-Eastern and Asian Nations on Eavesdropping. The question that we are still researching: What about a foreigner that uses BES in one of the nations? Is the traffic routed to one of these local RIM servers, or back to Canada?

Apple remote jailbreak flaw. Major Flaw Uncovered in Apple iPhone/iPad/iPod

Salute to the Wall Street Journal for its series this week on web tracking, cell tracking and other privacy issues.

We stumbled over the Social Engineering contest at DefCon18.   A super fun event to watch, as contestants placed phone calls to major U.S. corporations, and charmed employees into revealing a wide range of information about company operations — everything from the name of the dumpster service to the details of the IT architecture. (We posted a story about it here, describing a call to Apple that yielded a whole lotta info.  Boy, Steve’s gonna be mad. There’s also an audio file with a three-minute explanation of the contest by its organizers, an group called Social-Engineer.  The audio file is located about half-way through the story.)  Read about the Social Engineering organization here.

The annual session on physical lock security is always a hit. (This year there was more than one.)  We attended the presentation by Marc Weber Tobias.  His team demonstrated flaws in five different locks, from the plain-vanilla pin tumbler lock on your back door, to the $200  fingerprint biometric, the electronic RFID military lock and even a personal safe.  You can see the videos here, demonstrating how the locks were breached.

Speaking of physical security — a state agency head in California sent an email message to 175 employees announcing that the lock at the south end of their office building was malfunctioning, and there was no budget to fix it. This column in the Sacramento Bee offers an unintentionally comical account of the way this broken lock was broadly communicated to the world when one of the employees faxed a copy of the email to a state worker newsletter. The info apparently ended up — we’re not sure how — on the desk of the SacBee reporter who wrote the column.  The major point of the story is that California has no money, and even getting approval to fix a broken lock on a state building in a bad neighborhood is a tough uphill climb. But the funny part is how nobody ever stopped to consider that inside this building, where unemployment benefit checks are written, there is a whopping amount of personal information about the citizens of the State Formerly Known as Golden.  Wow… If we were bad guys we’d probably keep an eye on this place even after the lock is fixed, because it might be a really easy target.

Adobe plans emergency patch for critical Reader bug

If we don’t laugh, we’ll probably cry.  For laughs – a national association of perverts has offered an endorsement of body scanning machines in airports.  Now read this and weep – The feds love these machines so much that they’ve decided to deploy them at federal courthouses as well as airports. Where next, the public library?  And yes, they do store images, the feds now admit, after repeated denials that the machines had such capabilities.  Duh.  Did we think they would perform a visual inspection for contraband, and then fail to store the image for evidence during prosecution?

Episode 160 – su root edition:

This is our unedited edition, featuring three interviews straight from DefCon 18.  The audio file is 34 minutes long. This is a special DefCon18 edition featuring interviews with David Bryan on building a network to withstand thousands of hackers, and using low-cost equipment and volunteers. He has lessons for anyone building a network today. Then we have an interview with Chris Drake of Firehost web hosting on web application security. Finally the third interview is with Suhil Ahmed of Airwave Security about his discovery of a flaw in the WPA WiFi security protocol that can reveal confidential information, and has no patch. But, there is a workaround.

You can hear it by clicking on the flash player below, or you can go to the listening options page and browse for other ways to hear the show.

To listen to su root edition (episode 160)  via the flash player:

July 31, 2010 – Episode 159

Posted in Breach, Court Cases, criminal forensics, darkweb, ediscovery, Show Notes, The CyberJungle with tags , , , , , , , , on August 2, 2010 by datasecurityblog

You can hear episode 159 by clicking on the Flash player below, or if your device does not support Flash, you can visit our  listening options page for other ways to receive the show. Episode 159 is one hour and 9 minutes long.

Interviews

Interview #1 – Jeremiah Grossman, CEO of White Hat Security,  discovered an odd security flaw in the Apple Safari Browser. Alas, he tried to notify Apple, only to be rebuffed. He posted the story on his blog, and he decided to go public at Black Hat, and just about the time we finished this interview with him, Apple acknowledged the problem.  Fix pending.  Hear an overview of Jeremiah’s presentation in Episode 159. It’s 11 minutes long, starting about 12 minutes into the show.

Interview #2 – Mickey Boodaei, CEO of security firm Trusteer, has been hard at work on the banking trojan problem, and they’ve got a problem that may help. We discuss it with him in Episode 159. It’s 10 minutes long, starting at 55:00.

Tales from the dark web

Mariposa Botnet facilitator arrested. (You may remember that Panda Security was on top of Mariposa months ago, as we reported in this interview from the RSA Security Conference2010.)

Our take on this week’s news:

Virulent Microsoft link attack affects just about everyone. The prediction is that this one will be big. UPDATE: MICROSOFT ISSUES EMERGENCY PATCH

A really insulting  psychological profile of iPad users. The only thing they left out is that iPad users pull the whiskers off kittens.

Krebs on security writes about the victims of scareware – they end up buying the stuff, and then they’re embarrassed to go to the police. Good piece

Banks have long since stopped moving paper checks from one location to another, preferring the economy of scanning. What if someone broke into the digital repository where they store all those pictures of checks?… Someone did.

Think Different: Citibank iPhone Risks Banking Data

Posted in Annoucements, Breach, eMail Security with tags , , , on July 26, 2010 by datasecurityblog

Citibank announced today a major flaw in its iPhone/iPad banking app. The app leaves account information on the device. What is this bad? Well, iPhone/iPad/iOS  does not support whole disc encryption.

At last month’s Gartner Security and Risk Conference in DC, I sat next to a Senior Executive with one of the larger anti-virus companies. According to this executive, the company wants to make and sell a whole disc crypto product, but Apple will not open its API (application program interface) to support whole disc encryption.

Citi iPhone App

Citi iPhone App

Today’s announcement by Citibank about a flaw in their app, comes as little surprise. While this particular flaw can be fixed with an update, the fact remains: The foundation is sitting on shifting sands.  The iOS is first and foremost a consumer media platform. It has a great bright interface, and plays music and videos really well. It has a great eBook reader. But, these devices were not and are not built with security and privacy at their foundation.

When you mistype a word, iOS saves, it, unencrypted. When you use a map, iOS saves it, unencrypted. When info is “erased.” the platform saves it, unencrypted.  As a forensic analysis, the iOS is a boon to uncovering information that the owner of the device would be shocked to learn can be discovered.

Some will say, “all devices are like this.” Well, that is just not so. The Blackberry platform was built with security in mind, rather than an after thought. That’s why the UAE government views the Blackberry as a security threat. Not the iPhone.

I am realistic. Many people are gaga for every device Apple makes. To borrow a phrase: “If Apple took a brick and called it an iPhone you would still want it.” For these people, buying a smartdevice is all about being trendy and the purchase is almost all based upon emotions. I doubt that anything they read about poor security on the iOS will change their behavior.

For others, I suggest  “Think Different.” Resist the temptation to use an unprotected consumer device for business. Use your iPhone/iPad as a media device, and use Blackberries (with the Blackberry Enterprise Server), for business use. It looks like the industry will release business-oriented slate devices to compete with iPad. That may turn out to be smarter for business use.

Until Apple addresses the underlying security issues in the platform, it’s a safe prediction that we will hear other stories about security flaws hurting iOS users.

June 26, 2010 – Episode 149

Posted in Breach, Conference Coverage, Court Cases, criminal forensics, darkweb, ediscovery, eMail Security, Exclusive, Legislation, Report Security Flaws, The CyberJungle, Vulnerabilities, web server security with tags , , , , , , , , on June 26, 2010 by datasecurityblog

You can listen to Episode 149 by clicking on the flash player below, or go to our listening options page for a list of other ways to receive the show.  Episode 149 is one hour and 15 minutes long.

To listen to Episode 149 via the flash player:

Interviews:

Your employees will use social media whether you like it or not… and our expert says fully20 percent of current business communication is done via social media. So why not take control of the situation, and create ground rules and guidelines, so you’re in charge of how it’s used?  Our interview with Gartner Research Director Andrew Walls is 8 minutes long and starts about 24 minutes into the show. This is an excerpt. We also posted the entire 25-minute interview on our conference notes page, if you’d like to hear it.

In our interview with Ed Rowley of M86 Security, we discuss a new iPhone scam……… The interview starts 61 minutes into the show.

Tales from the Dark Web

Polymorphic attacks are making the lastest drive-by infected web sites mostly invisible to signature-based anti-virus.

Our Take on This Week’s News

iPhone 4 and Motorola Droid X released in the same week.  Guess which phone won the hype war?  The press coverage of the iPhone release centered on the ecstatic throngs of Apple heads waiting all night on the sidewalk outside the stores.  The Android roundup consisted of dry product reviews and analysis of the platform’s future prospects.

Meanwhile smart phone security is a hot topic, and Ira just returned from the Gartner Security and Risk Management Summit, where there was a comprehensive session on the subject.

Speaking of phones… congress is holding hearings on cellphone tracking of citizens by government.

Employers are in denial about the sensitive information that lives on the laptops and smart phones of their employees. Listen to our interview with Kevin Beaver of Principle Logic, who found an interesting gap between perception and reality while he was conducting security audits.  The interview is just over 4 minutes long, taped at the Gartner conference. Look for it on our conference notes page.

Scotland Yard cuffs teens alleged to be participants in the largest English-speaking cybercrime forum in the world.

Lawyers breach medical records during discovery. Anthem spokesperson says, not to worry, the data was only accessible for a short period of time.  Thank goodness!

FBI released information about a new approach to banking attacks with a simultaneous denial of service attack on the account holdder’s phone lines.  Very complicated.

Happy Birthday to George Orwell.  His influence cannot be understated.  He would have been 107 years old on June 25, 201o.

June 20, 2010 – Episodes 147 and 146

Posted in Breach, Court Cases, criminal forensics, darkweb, eMail Security, Legislation, Show Notes, The CyberJungle, Vulnerabilities, web server security with tags , , , , , , , on June 19, 2010 by datasecurityblog

Episode 147 is the this week’s full episode of The CyberJungle.  Episode 146 is the su root edition for advanced listeners – too technical for the radio.

Episode 147-

This week’s show is 1 hour and 14 minutes long. You can hear it by clicking on the flash player below, or you can go to the listening options page and browse for other ways to hear the show.

To listen to Episode 147 via the flash player:

Interviews:

David Perry, Global Director of Education for TrendMicro. David just flew back from the international Anti-Phishing Working Group Conference in Sao Palo Brazil. David became really animated when I asked him about details regarding a huge cybercrime armies in China.  David recommends the Counter-Measures Blog by TrendMicro. This conversation is about 9 minutes long, and starts about 21 minutes into the show.  For the full 36-minute interview, which was too long and technical to air on the radio, scroll down to Episode 146.

ALSO – Security Software entrepreneur Phil Lieberman President of Lieberman Software, who has been serving as an adviser to members of the U.S, Senate on the cybersecurity bill…. sweeping new legislation that could impact every department in the Federal Government, and data security at the Ssate level.  That interview begins about 58 minutes into the show.

Tales from the Dark Web:

A 21-year-old cybercriminal parlayed his talent into  a Porsche, expensive watches and £30,000 in gold bullion. He’s been arrested.

Our Take on This Week’s News:

The rush to deploy smart meters:  Federal stimulus money can get you high, and it makes decision-makers really stupid.  The smart meters are among several advanced systems being deployed before they’re really ready, in terms of their vulnerability to cybercrime. BTW — Kudos to cnet’s Elinor Mills who wrote the article above. Well researched and thorough.

Buy a Chevy Volt – Get a Free Government Surveillance Device! Yes, if you’re one of the first to purchase, you’ll receive a super-fast charger for your garage… and it reports back to big brother on the details of your daily driving.

And if you like reporting to big brother about your driving habits, maybe you should move to the UK, where the cops have stored 7.6 billion images of cars moving through the streets.  HMP Britain is an interesting blog that’s posted the response to its FOIA request about the use of the data taken from CCTV —  a surveillance method ubiquitous in Britain.  HMP stands for “Her Majesty’s Prison” and it’s a prefix in the name of the slammer in every jurisdiction.  HMP Nottingham, etc…. The name of the website suggests the entire nation is a prison, according to its proprietor.

Sorry, wrong number:  Another week, AT&T and Apple team up for another giant blunder. Customers who logged onto their AT&T accounts to order the new iPhone 4 were greeted with someone else’s account information. Has anyone at these companies heard of web application security?

Goatse Security published a serious security flaw in Safari browser that impacts on the iPhone/iPad back in March. Apple has still not patched that flaw, and the code is available on the internet for any attacker to see.

The Disgruntled Employee Chronicles, Chapter 359:  How many times does this story have to play out before managers begin to realize that when you fire someone,  you have to terminate their user name and password.  This former employee was creating havoc inside the hospital’s network after he no longer worked there.

A serious flaw in Windows XP – No patch available. Bad guys taking advantage of the situation. Time to upgrade to Win 7 already? (Come on, Tommy Turtle… do it.)  Go here for information about some other measures you can take.

At last! A data breach story with a happy ending!  Department of the Interior lost a CD containing personal data for 7500 federal employees… but wait a minute…. The data was encrypted and password protected.  And the department reviewed its procedures to make sure it doesn’t happen again.  And they disclosed the loss of the disk within 10 days.  And then pigs started flying out the windows of the Department of the Interior building.  (Just kidding.  We salute the Department of the Interior. If only other federal agencies would implement and follow best practices.)

The good folks at EFF offer yet another great privacy and security idea!   HTTPS everywhere. It’s a Firefox plug-in that encrypts popular search engine and social media sites.  Also allows you to customize sites you visit frequently. Check it out.

More about the Google StreetView debacle.  The roaming hacker cars grabbled user names and passwords, including for email accounts.

Everything Old is New Again. The USB typewriter, for instance.  Cute, but can you imagine hauling it onto an airplane?

Episode 146- su root Edition:

This is our unedited interview wth David Perry, Global Director of Education for TrendMicro. We had a long conversation about iPhone security, web application security, and malware attacks. ALSO — David discusses an army of 300,000 Chinese cybercriminals.  The interview is 36 minutes long. Click on the flash player below, or go to our listening options page and browse for other was to hear the show.

To listen to Episode 146 via the flash player:

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.

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