Weekend Update

A quick Saturday digest of cybersecurity news articles from other sources.

Is Donald Trump Putin’s Revenge?

A two-part Frontline documentary on PBS titled Putin’s Revenge examines the rise to power of an obscure ex-KGB agent named Vladimir Putin and the tactics he used to influence the last U.S. Presidential Election.  Evidence would indicate that Putin prefers Republics to Democrats.  Worth a look.  Live stream them here.

[WordPress Security] Massive Cryptomining Campaign Targeting WordPress Sites – Update

Since we first published our blog post about the incredibly aggressive new brute force attack campaign earlier this week, we have been doing quite a bit of research into what the attacker is up to. We have just published a new post with our findings, including in-depth technical details and insight into how much money the attack has earned so far. We also provide an update on attack volumes for the last two days, along with some recommendations for keeping your site safe from these attacks.

[WordPress Security] Backdoor in Captcha Plugin Affects 300k Sites

The Captcha plugin was recently removed from the WordPress.org repository over what initially appeared to be a trademark issue. We dug deeper and discovered that the author had added a backdoor after having purchased the plugin from the original developer two months ago.

In today’s post we provide all of the details on the backdoor code that the author added along with a deep dive on the new author and their potential ties to similar attacks we’ve seen recently.

Fox-IT Security – Lessons Learned from a Man in the Middle Attack

Security firm Fox-IT was recently breached.  Read the story, it is both instructive and an interesting example about transparency and responsibility after an intrusion.

Five programming languages with hidden flaws vulnerable to hackers

Even if developers go above and beyond to avoid flaws that can be exploited by hackers, attackers can often still take advantage of bugs in the design of the underlying programming language.

Firefox to offer tracking protection for all in its next update

This next major update, Quantum, is expected to include an option to turn on Tracking Protection during normal browsing

74% of CISOs say cybersecurity hinders productivity & innovation

What’s wrong with this picture?  A CISO is a Chief Information SECURITY Officer, and should be in favor of more security, not against it, as the headline suggests.  This article actually goes in the direction of safe and sane (headline designed to grab eyeballs)  There are some interesting ideas at the end.  Worth a look.

Transport Layer Security (TLS) Vulnerability

12/13/2017 10:46 AM EST  Original release date: December 13, 2017

CERT Coordination Center (CERT/CC) has released information on a Transport Layer Security (TLS) vulnerability. Exploitation of this vulnerability could allow an attacker to access sensitive information.

The TLS vulnerability is also known as Return of Bleichenbacher’s Oracle Threat (ROBOT). ROBOT allows an attacker to obtain the RSA key necessary to decrypt TLS traffic under certain conditions. Mitigations include installing updates to affected products as they become available. US-CERT encourages users and administrators to review CERT/CC Vulnerability Note VU #144389.




About the Author:

Cybersecurity analyst, pen-tester, trainer, and speaker. Owner of the WyzCo Group Inc. In addition to consulting on security products and services, Bob also conducts security audits, compliance audits, vulnerability assessments and penetration tests. Bob also teaches Cybersecurity Awareness Training classes. Bob works as an instruction for CompTIA’s non-profit IT-Ready Program in the Twin Cities. IT-Ready is a tuition free 8-week program designed to teach students of all ages the fundamentals of IT support to prepare them for an entry level position in Information Technology Support. Graduates of the classes take the exams to become CompTIA A+ certified. Bob is a frequent speaker at conferences such as the Minnesota Bloggers Conference, Secure360 Security Conference2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, the (ISC)2 World Congress 2016, and the ISSA International Conference 2017, and many local community organizations, including Chambers of Commerce, SCORE, and several school districts. Bob has been blogging on cybersecurity since 2006 at http://wyzguyscybersecurity.com

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