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WatchGuard Security Week in Review: Episode 39 – RDP Hostages

Hostage RDP Servers, Pin Pad Hacks, and PS3 Key Leak

Are you ready for some Friday water-cooler security gossip? Did you hear about a bunch RDP servers at Fortune 500 companies getting hacked? How about the story about Dutch law enforcement legally hijacking suspect computers? If not, you’ve come to the right place. I cover those stories and more in today’s WatchGuard Security Week in Review video.

This week’s video comes to you from the road. During the week, I attended Gartner’s Symposium ITxpo, where Gartner analysts covered the trends driving IT innovation. The four main topics included the Cloud, Mobile, Social, and Big Data; many of which match our security predictions themes from this year. In any case, today’s episode is slightly abbreviated due to my travels.

If you are interested in this week’s big RDP hack, a Barnes and Noble pin pad breach, and even a “pwned” gaming console, check out the video below. You can also find links to all the stories I cover in the Reference section of this post.

Thanks for watching, and have a great weekend.

(Episode Runtime: 7:50)

Direct YouTube Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DTLlJVhDbIg

Episode References:

— Corey Nachreiner, CISSP (@SecAdept)

WatchGuard Security Week in Review: Episode 38 – miniFlame

Oracle Updates, miniFlame, and Steam Hack

There was once a time when I had to subscribe to many obscure mailing lists, lurk on underground forums and channels, and visit a ton of buried pages at vendor sites to learn about the latest vulnerabilities, exploits, and breaches. That’s no longer the case.

Today, mainstream media reports on more information and network security news every week than most IT administrators can keep up with. Thus, this weekly security news round-up video. We consolidate and concentrate all the most important security stories into one digestible video each week—throwing in some practical security tips along the way.

This week’s episode includes security updates from Oracle and Apple, a new advanced nation-state threat called miniFlame, and a few fun security stories involving popular gaming platforms and zombie apocalypses. Watch the video below for quick highlights, and check out the Reference section for more details.

Thanks for watching, and keep frosty out there.

(Episode Runtime: 11:11)

Direct YouTube Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hCYaXy5oUnY

Episode References:

— Corey Nachreiner, CISSP (@SecAdept)

WatchGuard Security Week in Review: Episode 37 – Cyber Espionage

Nation State Cyber Espionage, WoW Death Hack, and Lots of Patches

Another week has blown by, and if you had a week like mine, you’ve barely gotten a chance to catch your breath between each new task. If that’s the case, you probably also missed this week’s security news. Fear not! WatchGuard Security Center is coming to the rescue. Grab a cup of joe, settle into your seat, and let the security news video below brief you on the latest in about ten minutes.

By far, the biggest story this week concerns cyber espionage accusations between nation states. Today’s episode covers that fiasco, as well as a bunch of security updates, some interesting game and social network hacks, and even a quick mobile security tool tip. Click play (or follow the YouTube link) for all the details.

Too embarrassed to watch a video at work? No problem. Just check the Reference section below for links to these stories’ sources. And if you have any suggestions, leave a comment. Until next time, stay safe out there.

(Episode Runtime: 12:05)

Direct YouTube Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p1fh5kHuOnY

Episode References:

— Corey Nachreiner, CISSP (@SecAdept)

Radio Free Security Returns: January 2012 Episode

2011 Security Predictions in Review

Radio Free Security is back!

For the new listeners out there, Radio Free Security (RFS) is a monthly podcast, dedicated to spreading knowledge about network and information security, and to keeping busy IT administrators apprised of the latest security threats they face online. WatchGuard’s LiveSecurity team started RFS back in January, 2007.  However, we’ve been off the air since 2009 — but that all changes today, with our first return episode!

In this return episode, we look back at WatchGuard’s 2011 security predictions. Every year, the WatchGuard security team and I pull out our magic tarot cards to try and predict the security threats and trends you can expect for the upcoming year. In this episode, Tim Helming, Ben Brobak, and I revisit these predictions, which include a wide range of topics (Cyberwar, APTs, and Facebook attacks to name a few). Did we call 2011 correctly, and what did we learn from the results? Listen below to find out.

In the future, I will post Radio Free Security’s monthly podcast to its original RSS feed, which also links to an iTunes version. However, right now we are dusting off those old mechanisms, to get them up again. For now, you can listen to this month’s episode with the SoundCloud link below. If you are new to RFS, I also recommend you check out our archive (iTunes archive) of old shows. Though some of the Security Stories of the Month are old, the general security content and advice is still quite relevant.

[UPDATE] The original SoundCloud link for this episode had a repeated segment (from 00:49:49 to 01:13:49). We have uploaded a fixed version of the episode. I’d like to thank @pdbrown811 for letting us know. If you downloaded the episode before, I recommend you download it again from the new link below. — Corey Nachreiner, CISSP (@SecAdept)

WatchGuard Security Week in Review: Episode 2

Railway Hacks, VideoConferencing Espionage, and Security Professionals Gone Bad

Another week, another WatchGuard Security Week in Review. While this week wasn’t quite as action packed as last, there’s plenty of security stories to cover in this episode. I summarize them in the  brisk video below (runtime: 6:03 minutes).

If you prefer text to moving pictures, you can also find a quick descriptions of these stories, as well as reference links, underneath the video. Let us know what you think in the comments.

Episode References:

— Corey Nachreiner, CISSP (@SecAdept)

WatchGuard Security Week in Review: Episode 1

Zappos Breach, Middle Eastern Cyberwar, Anonymous Returns, & More

Welcome to my first ever episode of WatchGuard Security Week in Review. This vlog — which I hope to bring you weekly — is dedicated to quickly summarizing the biggest network and information security stories from each week. When appropriate, I’ll also share quick tips on how you can protect yourself from some of the threats I talk about.

Normally, I plan to post this weekly vlog late Friday. However, I posted last week’s episode a bit late, due to unexpected production issues with my first attempt at making this. I believe I have my production wrinkles ironed out for next time. So expect the next episode this Friday.

You’ll find the first episode below. Let me know what you think by leaving a comment.

Episode References:

.  — Corey Nachreiner, CISSP (@SecAdept)

Security Stories You May Have Missed Over the Holidays

If your office gets quiet around the week leading up to Christmas and New Years, as many seem to, you may have missed a few interesting security stories during this lull. Let me catch you up in one fell swoop.

Below, I quickly highlight a menagerie of interesting security stories, which you may have missed over the past two weeks:

  • Unpatched Vulnerability in Windows Win32k.sys Component – According to reports, a “researcher” calling himself webDEViL found a memory corruption flaw in Windows’ win32k.sys component. By enticing you to a web site containing malicious code, an attacker could exploit this flaw to execute malicious code on your computer, with your privileges. So far, webDEViL has only been able to exploit the flaw via Safari, which isn’t a very popular web browser for Windows systems. That said, it does affect fully patched Windows 7 64-bit systems, thus poses a fairly severe risk to Windows-based Safari users. Microsoft has not released a patch yet, but I will  follow up when they do. For more information, see Secunia’s advisory.
  • Siemens Accused of Security Cover-up – Siemens has received a lot of attention from the security industry lately. It first started with the infamous Stuxnet malware, which owned Siemens-based software and equipment, and opened many peoples eyes to the possibility of digital SCADA and ICS attacks. Since then, many researchers have focused on SCADA system vulnerabilities, including a recent example where a researcher found a SCADA system exposed on the internet with only a three character password. The latest drama comes from a security researcher’s blog, where he accuses Siemens of lying about a security flaw in one of their products. In short, Billy Rios (the researcher) is unhappy that a Siemens PR person claimed there are no open issues regarding authentication bypass bugs in Siemens products. As a result, Rios decided to publicly disclose just such an issue.
  • Free iPad 2 Offer Lures Gaga Fans – As they say on the Internet (and Star Wars), “It’s a trap!” According to PC Advisor, many users following Lady Gaga on Twitter and Facebook almost had their credentials stolen by following links about a free iPad 2 promotion.
  • Anonymous Still Up to No Good - During the holiday, Anonymous breached Stratfor, a “global intelligence” company in Texas. They reportedly stole 200GB of email, and a client list of 4000, including credit cards info. In the last week, Anonymous has also threatened to attack Sony and Nintendo due to their support of SOPA. As I predicted for 2012, I expect to continue to see these sort of Anonymous-related hacktivism incidents throughout the year.
That’s a small taste of some of the security stories that surfaced over the last few weeks. In general, we’re seeing more security stories a week than we have in years past. I expect 2012 to busy year for security professionals and the unprotected. — Corey Nachreiner, CISSP (@SecAdept)

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