http://krebsonsecurity.com/2015/04/fbi-warns-of-fake-govt-sites-isis-defacements/ By Brian Krebs Krebs on Security April 7, 2015 The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is warning that individuals sympathetic to the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Shams (ISIS) are mass-defacing Websites using known vulnerabilities in WordPress. The FBI also issued an alert advising that criminals are hosting fraudulent government Web sites in a bid to collect personal and financial information from unwitting Web searchers. According to the FBI, ISIS sympathizers are targeting WordPress Web sites and the communication platforms of news organizations, commercial entities, religious institutions, federal/state/local governments, foreign governments, and a variety of other domestic and international sites. The agency said the attackers are mainly exploiting known flaws in WordPress plug-ins for which security updates are already available. The public service announcement (PSA) coincides with a less public alert that the FBI released to its InfraGard members, a partnership between the FBI and private industry partners. That alert noted that several extremist hacking groups indicated they would participate in an operation dubbed #OpIsrael, which will target Israeli and Jewish Web sites to coincide with Holocaust Remembrance Day (Apr .15-16). “The FBI assesses members of at least two extremist hacking groups are currently recruiting participants for the second anniversary of the operation, which started on 7 April 2013, and coincides with Holocaust Remembrance Day,” the InfraGard alert notes. “These groups, typically located in the Middle East and North Africa, routinely conduct pro-extremist, anti-Israeli, and anti-Western cyber operations.” […]
http://freebeacon.com/national-security/fbi-warns-of-anti-israel-cyber-attacks/ By Bill Gertz The Washington Free Beacon April 2, 2015 The FBI is warning U.S. companies that cyber terrorists from the Middle East and North Africa are planning to conduct cyber attacks against Israeli and Jewish interests next week. The Bureau stated in a security notice to U.S. industry on Sunday that, as of early March, “several extremist hacking groups indicated they would participate in a forthcoming operation, #OpIsrael, which will target Israeli and Jewish Web sites.” “Given the perceived connections between the government of Israel and Israeli financial institutions, and those of the United States, #OpIsrael participants may also shift their operations to target vulnerable U.S.-based financial targets or Jewish-oriented organizations within the United States,” the FBI warning said. “Based on historical attacks, the FBI assesses that attacks which may spawn from #OpIsrael to target U.S.-based systems will likely constitute only a small percentage of overall activity.” The FBI said members of at least two extremist hacking groups it did not identify are currently working to recruit hackers for the attacks next week, which will coincide with the second anniversary of the first #OpIsrael cyber attacks. Those were launched on April 7, 2013, and timed to coincide with Israel’s Holocaust Remembrance Day, which begins the evening of April 15. […]
http://www.globenewswire.com/newsarchive/noc/press/pages/news_releases.html?d=10116947 FALLS CHURCH, Va. – Jan. 26, 2015 – The Northrop Grumman Foundation, presenting sponsor for CyberPatriot VII, is proud to congratulate the top 25 high school and three middle school teams advancing to the national finals competition on March 13 in Washington, D.C. CyberPatriot, established by the Air Force Association, is the National Youth Cyber Education Program that’s inspiring students toward careers in cybersecurity and other science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines critical to our nation’s future. The program features the National Youth Cyber Defense Competition, cyber camps, and an elementary school education program. This year’s finalists represent schools and other organizations from Alabama, California, Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, Virginia, and Manitoba, Canada. Click here for a complete listing of finalists. “We are so proud of all the students who participated this year and we wish the top 28 finalists all the best as they prepare for the big showdown,” said Sandra Evers-Manly, president of the Northrop Grumman Foundation and vice president of Northrop Grumman Global Corporate Responsibility. “CyberPatriot has proven to be an innovative way to inspire young people to pursue a career in cybersecurity. It is filling the much-needed pipeline of qualified cyber talent and we couldn’t be more pleased with its success. CyberPatriot is a true example of how a hands-on, STEM initiative can make an impact by addressing a national imperative.” A record 2,175 teams, up 40 percent from the previous year, competed this year in a series of online rounds where students were given a set of virtual images that represent operating systems and were tasked with finding vulnerabilities and hardening the system while maintaining critical services. Students competed from across the U.S. and in other parts of the world to be among the top finalists that receive an all-expenses-paid trip to the CyberPatriot National Finals in Washington, D.C. “The need for cyber defenders has never been more relevant, or urgent,” said Diane Miller, director, CyberPatriot Programs, Northrop Grumman. “To address the increasingly complex threat requires diversity of education, experience, and approach to problem solving. CyberPatriot is inspiring our youth at every level and from every pocket of the country to cultivate a cyber workforce with a strong ethical foundation, the requisite technical skills and life skills in communications, leadership and teamwork so important to potential employers. These students are career-ready and poised to take on this national and global challenge.” In its fifth year as presenting sponsor, the Northrop Grumman Foundation and Northrop Grumman Corporation continue to devote time, talent and resources to support CyberPatriot. In addition to the foundation’s financial support, Northrop Grumman awards annual scholarship funds to the top winning teams and contributes employee volunteers and mentors. The company also provides internships to CyberPatriot competitors, as do other industry and government organizations. Northrop Grumman also partnered this year with Cyber Security Challenge UK to bring CyberPatriot to the U.K.. Known as CyberCenturion, this youth cyber defense competition will hold its finals competition on April 17 at Bletchley Park in London. The CyberPatriot VII Teams will compete face-to-face in a one-day event to defend virtual networks and mobile devices from a professional aggressor team. The National Finalists will also face-off in four additional competition components: the Digital Cyber Crime Scene Challenge from the Digital Forensic Consortium, the Cisco Networking Challenge, the Leidos Digital Forensics Challenge, and a Mobile Application Challenge hosted by AT&T. These extra challenges expose teams to new elements and skillsets of the many career opportunities available to them. As a global provider of cybersecurity solutions, Northrop Grumman is committed to grooming tomorrow’s cyber workforce and is engaged in supporting numerous cybersecurity education, training and technology initiatives. For more information on Northrop Grumman in cyber, go to www.northropgrumman.com/cyber. The Northrop Grumman Foundation supports diverse and sustainable programs for students and teachers. These programs create innovative education experiences in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. For more information please visit www.northropgrumman.com/foundation. CONTACT: Marynoele Benson Northrop Grumman Corporation 703-556-1651 firstname.lastname@example.org
Please accept with no obligation, implied or implicit, my best wishes for an environmentally conscious, socially responsible, low-stress, non-addictive, gender-neutral celebration of the winter or in some locations summer solstice holiday, practiced within the most enjoyable traditions of the religious persuasion of your choice, or secular practices of your choice, with respect for the religious/secular persuasion and/or traditions of others, or their choice not to practice religious or secular traditions at all. I also wish you a fiscally successful, personally fulfilling and medically uncomplicated recognition of the onset of the generally accepted calendar year 2015, but not without due respect for the calendars of choice of other cultures whose contributions to society have helped make America great. Not to imply that America is necessarily greater than any other country nor the only America in the Western Hemisphere. Also, this wish is made without regard to the race, creed, color, age, physical ability, religious faith or sexual preference of the wishee.
http://seclists.org/fulldisclosure/2014/Dec/37 From: Kenneth Buckler
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/179572 By Ari Soffer Israel National News 4/13/2014 Israeli hackers have gone on the offensive against their anti-Israel opponents in revenge for the #OpIsrael hacking attack against Israeli sites and servers. After the failed “operation” by members of the “Anonymous” hacker network, Israeli hackers from Israel Elite Force took the fight to them – robbing them of their anonymity by posting details and even photos of some of the hackers on their website. The hacker behind the counterattack, an Israeli known as “Buddhax”, said that he did it to make anti-Israel hackers “think twice” before attacking Israeli sites, and to expose them as amateurs. Israeli hackers had already responded to attempts last week to infiltrate Israeli and Jewish sites by taking down or defacing anti-Zionist and Muslim sites. But Buddhax has gone a step further. […]
Recently, a whole host of companies have been rapidly implementing SSL across their entire websites in response to the NSA scandal. I for one don’t buy into the paranoia to the extent that the media and everyone else does. As an american citizen, my expectation is that my government is doing what it can to protect me and as a technologist I am constantly advising organizations globally on what they need to do to protect themselves. In the process, it is very common for the technologies to be deployed to peer into user network traffic. The main goal of this inspection is to protect users, not spy and snoop on their activities. I realize that organizations are a bit different than that of a government agency but honestly folks, when have you seen court cases involving NSA data? Its very far and few between. Intelligence is about gathering information. Information is used as context in decision making, we all do this and seek information for all decisions we make.
Now I am not defending the NSA’s tromping through the US constitution, I agree that our government should be tightly controlled and held to the constitutional standards set forth by our forefathers. I only want to shed some light on what “we” already do as organizations globally. We as organizations go way beyond tracking “metadata” about the users that use our networks, and this is largely in order to protect ourselves from the evil presented by the hackers and nation states that wish to get into our information or steal our intellectual property.
Now we come to the use of SSL, although I do believe that all folks that are concerned with government monitoring or the transport of sensitive information over the internet should be encrypted, one thing that organizations need to consider are the impacts to the user experience and their own infrastructure. Leveraging SSL for absolutely all content can have a dramatic performance disadvantage. Although SSL encryption is now much easier to implement due to hardware performance enhancements. Implementing SSl can have huge impacts and must be considered by all that are involved. I urge the community at large and the IETF to push for mixed-mode web content encryption and new standards in browsers that would provide encryption that can be specified only for sensitive things like the transport of cookies, forms, specific called out elements and other such information without the need to transport absolutely everything over an encrypted channel. I realize that HTML does provide for this but many browsers prompts users with warnings making it difficult for web content providers to selectively encrypt content that “must” be secured, while other content can remain unencrypted. There could be a concerted effort that eliminates the need for browser warnings while also improving security of “sensitive” content.
One major disadvantage here is that for organizations that wish to dramatically reduce network load and leverage caching proxies, SSL must be terminated at the proxy in order for these proxy caches to be effective. This actually diminishes security quite extensively and could introduce potential liability (not a lawyer so this isn’t legal advice). The reason I bring up this topic is that I leverage a network proxy cache myself and I really don’t want to pierce my SSL sessions en-mass to properly cache my network resources.
My two cents. What are yours?
http://www.infosecnews.org/the-open-enigma-project-kickstarter/ By William Knowles Senior Editor InfoSec News March 5, 2014 Imagine having this iconic device on your desk: You can use it to simply display a scrolling marquee of any text message on its unique LED screen or encrypt/decrypt any information you wish to use (still today) a very secure key. This is an ideal device to teach or learn about encryption, history & math. Because of its open software & the community of developers, the possibilities are endless & your reward is bound to increase in value over time as new applications (like e-mail encryption, secure router, etc) are written. The original (pre-war) Enigma code was initially broken in Poland and subsequently by a team of Bletchley Park cryptologists under the leadership of U.K.’s own Alan Turing who is one of the fathers of computer science. Bletchley Park’s ability to break the Enigma code is believed to have shortened World War II by about 2 years. Enigma machines are an extremely rare and important part of computing history. A real Enigma machine sold for $200,000 in 2011. Transforming a prototype into a production unit takes a lot of effort, time & MONEY. This is where you come in! Whether you are brand new to the world of Encryption or a seasoned Cryptologist, whether you know every detail of the German Enigma’s story or it’s news to you, YOU can help us write it’s future. Not only will your pledge let you enjoy this phenomenal product, but it will also help us continue to develop it’s feature set. […]