Another inside threat

AT&T employees took bribes to plant malware on the company’s network

If you don’t watch what they are doing, what are your employees doing? And if it is offshore or outsourced how can you know what the vendor is doing in a far away land?

https://www.zdnet.com/article/at-t-employees-took-bribes-to-plant-malware-on-the-companys-network/



PaloAlto – The choice for secure

I started hearing about PaloAlto devices replacing the CISCO firewalls last year. I’m hearing more and more about them in 2019. Apparently they are doing it right. Keep your eyes on these guys. I’m thinking they are going to be the ones to beat in Firewall protection.

https://blog.paloaltonetworks.com/2019/07/palo-alto-networks-achieves-highest-security-effectiveness-score-recommended-rating-nss-labs-2019-ngfw-group-test/



Another day, and more info on Capital One Hack

https://www.marketwatch.com/story/guid/65F7FE4D-F04C-495D-BD24-5FCD5B3C5B11

AWS is getting a hard look by the FBI, and other companies are working on assessment. Remember the cloud is just somebody else’s computers. How well it is all secured is important.

Ask yourself is the price for that cloud service just too cheap? Often you get what you pay for as one comment says in the above article. You are getting cheap offshore H1B people who are making $20/hour. They may not take it as seriously as you think they should.
Constant reassessment of your security risk and updating security as things change is often your best defense. Apparently this is just the start, expect that we will keep seeing more come out, and other things get uncovered just because everyone is looking this direction. AWS will have people crawling all over it for a while, ask yourself if you should be looking at AZURE or Google as well, and the answer is obviously, YES.

More and different info at the link below.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/money/companies/why-the-capital-one-breach-is-unlike-any-other-major-hack/ar-AAF4qVM



More info on the Capital One Hack

A bit about the hacker herself, she wanted into these databases and knew a lot about how to get in.
Some of the issues, Mis-configured firewalls, intent to dump the data to the public, and Capital One isn’t alone in the problem of exposure.
Netflix, TD Bank, and Ford were only a few of the companies whose data was hacked. Now we do the painful wait as little drips of info start coming out and the full extent of the hack is exposed. (Truth is we may never get the full story.)

USA Today article with some of the surrounding public info here
https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/business/2019/07/30/suspect-behind-capital-one-data-breach-may-have-more/1865848001/



Capital One does loser big



Crackdown on China

Looks like the current administration is taking a look at the problem.

I think it may be long overdue.

https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2019-07-21/uc-china-trump-trade-visa



More Secure Ideas – Email and bounce back

Turn off email read receipts. Hackers will gather information from your systems and know if you read the emails. It would also alert them that the email address is valid and since you opened it, they know it is a functioning path to get to you with a click link Trojan or virus or spear fishing attack.
Turn off your email out of office notifications. Most people are connected 24/7 and can respond to urgent requests. Sending out an out of office email will give away other emails or names for the hacker to attempt to contact. This also allows the hacker to know you are not in and they can time an email attack to when you return and maybe busy so you make a mistake and click a link that you normally wouldn’t.
If any of your software bounces back a response from a device you want to disable those notifications for external senders. Often the bounce notice gives away the software or hardware that is sending the message. Microsoft Outlook or Barracuda firewalls may give out information to the hacker on their next attack.
Remember, what software the company runs, and who is in those roles in the company can be valuable information for the next round of cyber attacks. Stay alert!



Chinese Security Cameras – Not so secure to have

Apparently Chinese security cameras are probably insecure, but nearly impossible to remove from society at this point.

https://www.bloombergquint.com/business/banned-chinese-security-cameras-are-almost-impossible-to-remove



MAC and ZOOM – Bad issues

You really need to cover your webcam on your Mac Book. And uninstall doesn’t work on this app. So, be prepared for this to be an ongoing issue. Looks like the people who wrote the app seem unconcerned about the problem as well. Another ZERO day Exploit issue. More detail at the link below.

https://fortune.com/2019/07/09/zoom-zero-day-exploit-vulnerability/



Quick hit Tedx talk worth watching