Things I Hearted this Week – 19th Jan 2018

January 19, 2018 | Javvad Malik
January 19, 2018 | Javvad Malik

Things I Hearted this Week – 19th Jan 2018

Happy Friday wonderful people. It’s been a busy week in infosec with a flurry of activity, so let’s jump right in.The 100 Billion Dollar Infosec QuestionIf someone gave you 100 billion dollars to improve information security, how would you spend it?No, seriously, please. Give it some thought.This question spurred Dan Klinedist to pen his…

January 18, 2018 | Laureen Hudson

Shakespeare’s Netymology

One of the coolest things about editing in the tech space, for a word nerd like me, is that the language is brand-new, ad-hoc, and usually made up on the fly by an engineer or security researcher frantically trying to communicate a new idea without saying something like, “and then the thing happens…”The technical term for…

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January 16, 2018 | Chris Doman

OTX Trends Part 1- Exploits

By Javvad Malik and Christopher DomanIntroductionEvery year, AlienVault records billions of anonymised security events from our customers. This telemetry can be aggregated to establish macro trends. And for many years, we have also been comprehensively recording other vendors' threat reports in our Open Threat Exchange (OTX) platform.We have combined these two data-sets to help…

January 12, 2018 | Javvad Malik

Things I hearted this week: 12th Jan 2018

Carphone Warehouse Fined £400,000The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has fined Carphone Warehouse an eye-watering £400,00 for what it referred to as distinct and significant inadequacies in the phone company’s security controls.The full report by the ICO (PDF) is worth reading. It goes into a lot of detail around the vulnerabilities such as the…

January 11, 2018 | Sacha Dawes

Improve Your Readiness To Defeat Meltdown & Spectre

You were just getting back into the swing of things after bringing in the New Year, and it happened. Like a huge firework exploding with a thump that you can feel through your body, the news of Meltdown and Spectre hit the media on January 3, 2018.Since the official disclosure of Meltdown and Spectre, there has been a flurry of news…

January 11, 2018 | Laureen Hudson

Cryptocurrency Isn’t Crypto

For the love of all things glittery, you guys, here I am with this lovely platform from which to rant about language development around developing technology and what happens? Bruce freaking Schneier blogs about inappropriate language use around developing technology; specifically, that “Crypto” Is Being Redefined as Cryptocurrencies.I am all aswoon; I’ve been a serious…

January 9, 2018 | Kate Brew

Top 17 Blogs from ‘17

It was a great year in blogs for AlienVault! Here are the top blogs from 2017, selected by number of views from all sources. Drumroll please.Explain Bitcoin to Me by Tristan Johns. It’s an approachable but technical explanation of how Bitcoin works. MacSpy: OS X RAT as a Service by Peter Ewane. It’s about one…

January 8, 2018 | Chris Doman

A North Korean Monero Cryptocurrency Miner

AlienVault labs recently analysed an application compiled on Christmas Eve 2017. It is an Installer for software to mine the Monero crypto-currency. Any mined currency is sent to Kim Il Sung University in Pyongyang, North Korea.The Installer copies a file named intelservice.exe to the system. The filename intelservice.exe is often associated with…

January 5, 2018 | Javvad Malik

Things I Hearted this Week 5th Jan 2018

The opening of movies sets the tone for the rest of the film. Within the first few minutes you usually get an idea of the characters, whether it's a slow suspense, a drama, or action flick.If the first few days of 2018 are any indication, the IT Security world has kicked off with a dizzying Michael Bay-esque opening action…

January 4, 2018 | Kate Brew

What’s More Important, the Red Team or the Blue Team

I ran a poll before the holidays, to understand the InfoSec community's thoughts and attitudes on Red Teaming versus Blue Teaming a bit better. As you likely know, Red Teamers are those who non-maliciously "attack" a company, and Blue Teamers are the defenders. We've had some interesting blogs on this topic, and for a very positive…

January 3, 2018 | Mike Duffy

Fileless Attacks are Driving Up Security Complexity & Costs

If you feel like it’s getting harder and more expensive to protect your company from cyber attacks, you’re not alone. From streamlined startups to global enterprises, organizations in every industry are feeling the crunch as the threats they’re facing rapidly evolve.The Ponemon Institute’s 2017 State of Endpoint Security Risk report provides a…

January 2, 2018 | Javvad Malik

I Am Dave

This cartoon has been making the rounds on the internet for a long time. It depicts how all security technologies and efforts can be undone by “Dave” the ‘stupid user’. I can’t think of many (well no) real industries that treat their users, peers, and customers with the same level of disdain.Imagine…

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