Key points: decline in attacks, challenges in securing the retail industry, and an apparent increase in nation state-sponsored cyberattacks
During Q4 ’16, NTT Security researchers observed a noticeable shift in the types of attacks from previous quarters – particularly exhibited by a much narrower scope of attack vectors. Several vulnerabilities such as Oracle Server Backup in the retail industry and Linux password files in the finance industry were specifically targeted – likely indicative of criminals identifying specific flaws and crafting attacks to fit, a sign of more sophisticated and directed efforts.
This shift was also evident in an overall 35 percent decrease in total security-related events across client networks from Q3 ’16 to Q4 ’16, including continued declines of 25 percent in... read more >
Google Pixel and Apple iPhone security
As we begin the New Year, many of us are still enjoying the new toys received during the holiday season — toys such as a new iPhone 7 or maybe even the new Google Pixel. Cell phones, like anything else, come with a variety of choices based on size, OS, manufacturer, storage space, screen clarity, etc. But do most people consider which devices are the most secure?
In our industry, people tend to make this the focal point of research before purchasing a new phone. But most of the time, others outside IT security do not. In this blog, I’m going to review some of the security features that the iPhone7 and Google Pixel offer, as well as a few of the areas where they are lacking in security or have vulnerabilities.Google Pixel Security Features
First, let’s take a look at the Google Pixel and some of its security features. Unlike other smartphones, the Pixel uses file-based encryption rather than full disk encryption. This allows files... read more >
Recently, I read an article in SANS News Bytes about the Stegano malvertising campaign that was discovered by ESET Research. Instead of discussing this campaign in great detail, which ESET has already done, I am going to focus this blog on what you can do when information about a new malicious campaign becomes public.
One of the SANS News Bytes editors, Gal Shpantzer, recommended looking for the attack’s domain names in DNS logs. Most organizations do not retain their DNS traffic, but these can be a valuable source of information. In a corporate environment, having a historical record of traffic that traversed your network can aid in threat hunting, especially as new intelligence is made public. A SIEM is a... read more >
#WarStoryWednesday: Quick and Dirty Social Engineering
Every now and then, I work on the assessments that normally Brent White and Tim Roberts blog about. When I’m privileged to get such an assignment, I typically create unnecessary pressure on myself in an effort to compete with the likes of my aforementioned teammates and their overwhelming success on Social Engineering Assessments. I find myself feeding off the pressure and nervous energy, turning it into excitement and focus. By drawing on my past experiences in the Broadcast Television industry, I convince myself that this will only help me succeed on such a project. Then, when I get word of the increased challenge level, whether due to the small size of the company being assessed, a shared work environment or building, or armed guards present, I actually find myself... read more >
How a Russian spammer registered ɢoogle.com
A friend recently brought to my attention that the Google Analytics report for his website was showing that 18% of his visitors had the below message showing up under the language field. Typically, this field shows language abbreviations depicting the native language of the visitor to the site such as: “en”, “es”, “fr”.
“Secret.ɢoogle.com You are invited! Enter only with this ticket URL. Copy it. Vote for Trump!”
Looking beyond the political aspect of this message, there are two issues here. The second being the most unsettling:
- First of all, it is not uncommon for spammers to target Google Analytics with messages that incite the website owner to follow the link. This specific spammer has been active with this campaign for several months now. Google...
As 2016 comes to a close, instead of discussing the past breaches and security issues of 2016, it’s time to start thinking about what challenges we will face in 2017. Monitoring major security trends and predictions can help your security program stay ahead of any potential threats, and anticipate where the cyber industry is going.
We asked several of our top leadership at NTT Security about 2017, and what security trends or predictions they may have. Below we list several trends to watch out for in the next several months:
Jon Heimerl, Manager, Threat Intelligence Communication Team, NTT Security
- Resurgence in Hacktivism
As 2016 closes, political unrest has increased in several parts of the world for a variety of reasons. For example, the U.S. presidential election highlighted partisan disagreements, the European Union is struggling with...
‘Twas 12 Days Before Theft Season
‘Twas 12 days before Theft Season, when all through the smart house,
Not a device was active, not even an IoT mouse.
The device that you bought from a random seller online,
That shipped from far-far away, had arrived in due time.
It was the gift that she begged for, pleaded and wined,
The one that she pined for, for six months’ time.
Not finding the original, this knock-off will do,
She must be happy, she is my princess; what would you do?
Being the perfect Dad, and wanting things right,
You plugged it in and charged it forthright.
Manuals read, it was ready to go,
But little did you know, this was only the beginning of the show.
As visions of your princess’ happiness lead you to a sound slumber,
The process was the first day of 12 days of havoc, 12 days of plunder.
The fiendish, deceitful, treacherous crew,
Of malicious actors, cleverly deceived you.
Their... read more >