I do not know if being happy or not, but it looks like the second half of June (the first timeline covering 1-15 June is here) has seen a sharp inversion of the decreasing trend recorded on the last few months. I have registered an increase of the number of attacks with particular focus on targeted attacks.
As I told yesterday, I was not very satisfied with the updated NSS remediation guide concerning the TCP Split Handshake issue, published after the second round of testing on Cisco and Fortinet devices.
In particular, in case of Cisco, in my opinion the report was poor on details, considering Cisco’s ACL approach suboptimal and definitively coming to the discouraging conclusion that:
During these days I enjoyed speaking with many colleagues about the results of the tests and definitively, I must confess that firewalls were not the only entities unaware the TCP Split Handshake, as a matter of fact, none of the professionals I discussed with (of course including me the first time I read about it) were familiar with this method of establishing TCP connections.
In the same hours in which I was writing the original article concerning the growing attention of utilities and security vendors versus SCADA security holes; an anonymous hacker put in practice the lesson and broke into wind turbine systems. He was able to break a 200 megawat wind turbine system owned by NextEra Energy Resources, a subsidiary of Florida Power & Light, claiming revenge for an “illegitimate firing”. Having said that it is not yet known whether or not it is an hoax (Wind power company sees no evidence of reported hack), the data was posted to the Full Disclossure security mailing list Saturday anonymously, by someone using the name “Bgr R.” In the post, the author of the hack wrote:
Update May 12: TCP Split Handshake: Why Cisco ASA is not susceptible
Update May 11: The Never Ending Story
How many times, stuck in traffic on a hot August day, we hoped to have a pair of wings to fly through the clouds and free from the wreckage of burning metal.
Unfortunately, at least for me (even if my second name in English would sound exactly like Sparrows) no wing so far, miraculously, popped up to save me, nevertheless I am quite confident that, in a quite near future, I will be saved by the clouds even if I will not be able to fly, or better said, I will be saved by cloud technologies that will help me, and the other poor drivers bottled between the asphalt and the hot metal, under the ruthless August sun to avoid unnecessary endless traffic jams on Friday afternoons.
In the wake of the infamous LizaMoon which has flooded an impressive number of databases all over the world with SQL Injection, infecting more than 1,500,000 URLs according to Google Search, the next frontier of Information Security to which security vendors are likely to move, is the branch of application security. The last vendor in order of time to make an acquisition (just a couple of days before LizaMoon was detected) was
Intel McAfee, which decided to enter the database security market (estimated more than $ 600 million in 2012) acquiring Sentrigo, a Santa Clara based company focused on database security, former member of the SIA Technology Partnership Program (McAfee Security Innovation Alliance) and currently linked to McAfee by an OEM partnerships.
Il titolo dell’articolo apparentemente richiama la romantica Cloud City, città tra le nuvole che contraddistingue le gesta di Han Solo e Lando Calrissian nell’Episodio V di Guerre Stellari. In realtà alla Cloud City basta aggiungere un aggettivo ecologico per creare il termine Green Cloud City che identifica il progetto su cui stanno lavorando, su tre filoni paralleli, altrettanti colossi del settore, Cisco, IBM e Microsoft (in rigoroso ordine alfabetico) con l’intenzione di realizzare la Città del futuro, dove Mobility, Green ICT e Tecnologie Cloud si sposano per garantire servizi avanzati ai cittadini.
E’ stato appena pubblicato un interessante articolo di Georgia Weidman relativo al concept di una botnet di smartphone controllati tramite SMS. Il lavoro, annunciato alla fine del mese di gennaio 2011 e presentato alla Shmoocon di Washington, aveva da subito attirato la mia attenzione poiché, in tempi non sospetti, avevo ipotizzato che la concomitanza di fattori quali la crescente potenza di calcolo dei dispositivi mobili e la loro diffusione esponenziale, avrebbe presto portato alla nascita di possibili eserciti di Androidi (o Mele) controllate da remoto in grado di eseguire la volontà del proprio padrone.