November 11, 2013 | Lauren Barraco

Log Analysis 101

The challenge for any security practitioner is the same: how to get adequate security visibility for your organization. Securing your environment requires an understanding of the current and evolving threat landscape as well as knowledge of network technology and system design. The traditional approach to event log analysis says “collect logs from everything connected to the network and let…

November 6, 2013 | Sandy Hawke

Top Five Myths About Log Management

Event logs provide all the information you need to troubleshoot operational errors, and investigate potential security exposures. They are literally the bread crumbs of the IT world. But as you're likely aware, finding the insight you need inside those scattered bread crumbs, isn't all that straightforward. Thankfully, there are some useful technologies that can assist with bringing together…

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November 6, 2013 | Jaime Blasco

Microsoft Office Zeroday used to attack Pakistani targets

Earlier today Microsoft released a security advisory alerting about a new Microsoft Office vulnerability being exploited in the wild. The vulnerability affects Office 2003/2007 and Office 2010 only running on Windows XP/2003. The vulnerability is related to the parsing of TIFF images and Microsoft released a FixIt that basically block the rendering of TIFF images on the system. The exploit we…

November 4, 2013 | Sandy Hawke

Five Common Security Mistakes and How to Detect Them

We’ve all made mistakes. And the best we can hope for is that we learn from them. Unfortunately, IT security mistakes can often have much more wide-ranging consequences than your standard mistake like a missed typo in a press release or a forgotten name of a new colleague. That’s why it’s so critical to…

November 4, 2013 | Sandy Hawke

Welcome to Security Essentials

"Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication." --Leonardo Da Vinci For the past few decades, I've had a hard time in cocktail party conversations. When someone asks what you do for a living, it's far simpler to say, "I'm a teacher" or "I work on Wall Street" than "I help companies secure their networks and data against bad people…

October 24, 2013 | Jaime Blasco

PHP.net potentially compromised and redirecting to an exploit kit

This morning we woke up with news indicating that Google was flagging the php.net website as potentialy harmful.    You can read more information on: - http://news.netcraft.com/archives/2013/10/24/php-net-blocked-by-google-false-positive-or-not.html - http://barracudalabs.com/2013/10/php-net-compromise/ We couldn't replicate the behavior as it seem the webmaster modified the files that were producing the…

October 17, 2013 | Alberto Ortega

Ransomware now accepts bitcoin as a payment method

Looking at the evolution of ransomware, accepting bitcoin as a payment method is probably taking too long for most common ransomware families. Not long ago, we have seen a ransomware family that accepts MoneyPak, Ukash, cashU and Bitcoin as payment methods. Its name is CryptoLocker and is detected by Microsoft as Crilock.A. Just one month after Microsoft released the…

October 16, 2013 | Jaime Blasco

OTX Snapshot: Top Malware Detected

This month, AlienVault launched a new Threat Update Newsletter with the goal of sharing recent threat data from our Open Threat Exchange™ (OTX), as well as recaps of some of the most interesting (or troubling) research and industry news. You can subscribe via e-mail to the Threat Update Newsletter, or subscribe to this blog to get additional information and…

October 10, 2013 | Alberto Ortega

Yara rules for leaked KINS toolkit

Just a few days ago, the source code of the famous KINS banking trojan was leaked. KINS is a professional-grade banking trojan, destinated to infect as much computers as possible in order to steal credit cards, bank account credentials and related information from victims. Seen as a replacement to Citadel, it was identified in the wild not long ago. Now,…

October 4, 2013 | Alberto Ortega

How public tools are used by malware developers, the antivm tale

Malware authors are aware of new technologies and research made by the security community. This is palpable when they implement new vulnerability exploitation on their tools or even reuse source code that belongs to public projects. We have discussed antivm and antisandbox analysis tricks seen in malware samples several times. Not long ago we came across a malware sample that…

October 2, 2013 | Jaime Blasco

Identifying suspicious domains using DNS records

Very often when cybercriminals are migrating to new infrastructure or when the previous has been taken down, they point their domain names (sleep) to temporary specific adresses including but not limited to: 127.0.0.1 127.0.0.2 255.255.255.254 255.255.255.255 0.0.0.0 1.1.1.1 Besides these, other common addresses where they point their domains are DNS servers and other infrastructure of big internet companies such as Google. We are going to describe…

September 26, 2013 | Jaime Blasco

Latest Internet Explorer 0day used against Taiwan targets

Last week, Microsoft published some details regarding a new zero-day vulnerability affecting Internet Explorer that was being used in targeted attacks against Japanese targets as Fireeye published last week. We have identified a version of the exploit hosted on a subdomain of Taiwan's Government e-Procurement System. When users visit the main webpage a Javascript code will redirect them to the…

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