MAC users take note, there's evil malware in the wild - and - according to Checkpoint's Ofer Caspi of the highly competent Checkpoint Malware Research Team, the bits in question are not just pernicous, but tenacious as well, and, interestingly, specifically targeting Mac users. Dubbed OSX/Dok it's time to update your virus prophylaxis on your MAC, forthwith.
The OSX/Dok malware is distributed via a phishing campaign, which is usually not a new or surprising attack vector, however this time it targets specifically macOS users, who are mostly perceived as malware-proof. This phishing campaign is combined with a MiTM attack, allowing complete access to all victim communication, even if it’s SSL encrypted. - via Checkpoint's Ofer Caspi - Checkpoint Malware Research Team
In which, the new malware-focused development framework for malware research and mitigation is introduced. Enjoy.
News, brought to my attention by Steve Hailey, CEO of the Cybersecurity Institute, is todays MustRead, focusing on Anti-Forensics. Examine, if you will, the affect anti-forensics has on investigatory professionals when performing examinations targeting computational systems. If you read anything today regarding forensics, read Steve's posting on LinkedIn, and the paper published by the three University of Washington researchers responsible for this superlative effort. Namely, Justin Brecese MSIM , Aaron Alva MISM and Casey Rodgers MISM. You may also download the documents from the CyberSecurity Insitute here in a compressed file, or from UW's Capstone Archives.
News' has reached the New World, of a fascinating endeavor - led by researchers at Moscow State University - to locate, gather, categorize and store all Deoxyribonucleic Acid on Earth. A new form of Russian Hegemony, or a commendable and valid scientific effort to preserve the genetic code of nearly all living things in a veritable snap-shot of life? You be the judge...
"I call the project ‘Noah’s Ark.’ It will involve the creation of a depository – a databank for the storing of every living thing on Earth, including not only living, but disappearing and extinct organisms. This is the challenge we have set for ourselves,” MSU rector Viktor Sadivnichy told journalists. " - via RT News
via the SCADASEC mail list, comes this well crafted paper entitled, appropriately enough: Green Lights Forever: Analyzing the Security of Traffic Infrastructure, authored by Branden Ghena, William Beyer, Allen Hillaker, Jonathan Pevarnek, and J. Alex Halderman [all members of the University of Michigan's Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department]. Detailing the both the obvious, and necessarily, the not so obvious nature of the movable feast we have created on our nations, and the world' streets. Today's' Must Read.
Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more.* Apparently all the makings [crypto flaws] of an extraordinary breach of sensitive data, this time contained within an enormous number of Android devices, has been discovered. Astonishingly, upwards of eighty-six percentile of all Android devices may be vulnerable.
*[Cry God for Harry, England, and Saint George!' speech of Shakespeare's Henry V, Act III, 1598., evidently all the more relevant today...]