Alien Eye In The Sky 31st March 2017

March 31, 2017 | Javvad Malik
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Backdoor The Encryption

The British government is making fresh calls to ban end-to-end encryption, claiming how apps like WhatsApp provide a safe haven for terrorists.

The home secretary Amber Rudd said it was “completely unacceptable” that the government could not read messages protected by end-to-end encryption

If all of this sounds familiar, it’s because it is. It's echoing what David Cameron said should happen after the Charlie Hebdo shooting.

US ISP’S Can Sell Browsing History

Is this the final nail in the coffin for privacy? Has it been taken around the back and double-tapped? Or was it never alive to begin with?

These are interesting questions, ones that future generations will probably be too scared to ask. From a business perspective, it does put ISPs at odds with VPN’s, or indeed any form of protection that makes it difficult to track user activities.

My Video Of The Week

It’s all well and good getting aggravated at the fact that that governments and service providers don’t appear to be overly concerned about preserving individual privacy. But that doesn’t mean individuals can’t restrict the information about them that can be accessed.

Where possible individuals should take control, and pass on good habits to friends and family around them.

Troppers 2017 Wrap Up

It was the 10th anniversary of the TROPPER conference in Germany.

Xavier Mertens (xme), attended and wrote a wonderful four-part series highlighting the key elements from the talks he attended. If you’re not familiar with Xavier’s work, he consistently provides some of the best written wrap-ups from conferences.

As more conferences tend to record their talks, it appears as if fewer people take notes beyond tweeting out a few lines. Which makes Xavier's recaps a welcome change of pace, especially for those who don’t have time to sit and watch hours of talks.

Day 1 wrap-up

Day 2 wrap-up

Day 3 wrap-up

Day 4 wrap-up

Cloud and IoT Study

We undertook a survey at RSA 2017 to better understand how companies understand, use and deploy both cloud and IoT.

The results probably raised more questions than they answered. But makes for an interesting read.

Read the report directly here

A Red Teamer's Guide To Pivoting

Penetration testers often traverse logical network boundaries in order to gain access to client’s critical infrastracture. Common scenarios include developing the attack into the internal network after successful perimeter breach or gaining access to initially unrouteable network segments after compromising hosts inside the organization. Pivoting is a set of techniques used during red team/pentest engagements which make use of attacker-controlled hosts as logical network hops with the aim of amplifying network visibility.

The “Five Stages” Of Being Breached

This is an insightful post into the human side of breaches and the impact it has.

This one got me thinking that one of the things we are not trained for as incident responders is dealing with customers in this situation. As a counsellor, my partner worked part time for a few years to complete a Masters Degree (another one) to learn how to deal with people going through this cycle. It's important for us as IR professionals to know how to deal with people going through the breach grief cycle. The average InfoSec type has no training on how to deal with customers going through this grieving process.

Read the full post

Dishwasher Has Directory Traversal Bug

Is it sad that we are seeing more and more headlines like this when it comes to the internet of things. Or is it worse that we are getting used to seeing such headlines?

The dishwasher in question isn’t a household product, rather a commercial offering. Which probably makes it worse in some ways? Preventing a restaurant from washing dishes may have more impact than an average household.

The Register has the details.

ENISA Reports Are Free

The European Union Agency for Network and Information Security (ENISA) has been around for over a decade and seeks to deliver security advice. It has a number of reports that are free and are worth taking some time out to read.

The NCSC also has a wealth of free information

Real-Life Investigation

Mike and I spent a week pouring over forensic artifacts and soon identified the perp as a Russian-speaking hacker called “M4g”.

A really good write-up into an investigation with good insights into techniques used by criminals and defensive controls that can be used.

Javvad Malik

About the Author: Javvad Malik
The man, the myth, the blogger; Javvad Malik is a London-based IT Security professional. Better known as an active blogger, event speaker and industry commentator who is possibly best known as one of the industry’s most prolific video bloggers with his signature fresh and light-hearted perspective on security. Prior to joining AlienVault, Javvad was a senior analyst with 451 Research providing technology vendors, investors and end users with strategic advisory services, including competitive research and go-to-market positioning.
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