The October BrandProtect Executive Threat Brief anticipates those attacks, and gives you and your family a quick primer on what you can do to stay safe during this new "phishing season".
Mon, Oct 03, 2016
Fri, Sep 23, 2016
Sad to say, but yesterday's Yahoo! news could not have been that surprising. Yahoo joins LinkedIn, Gmail, Twitter and Facebook in the pantheon of leading social networks that have suffered (very public) large-scale data breaches. Healthcare providers like Anthem, Blue Cross and many others are also members of this exclusive club. 500 million records is a lot of records, but truly, it's getting to the point where the world is awash in stolen records....
It is also not surprising that many the stories appearing today highlight the steps a company should take AFTER it has been hacked, like this one on MSNBC. But do stories like these really solve anything?
Pundits are fond of saying "it's not IF you'll get hacked, but WHEN you'll get hacked," but that doesn't mean that enterprise security teams should roll over and await their fate. There are lots of things that enterprises can do BEFORE they get hacked that should reduce their risks from a large number of external threats...
Wed, Sep 14, 2016
Wed, Jul 27, 2016
Regardless of their politics, the recent news of the DNC server hack, allegedly by Russian-government-backed hackers, should have security teams pulling their hair out. Why? Because the first phase of the attack used one of the oldest tricks in the book -- a phishing email attack, leveraging a copycat domain.
"For example, the first group, APT 28, often uses the same tactic: registering a domain whose name is similar to that of its target, to trick users into disclosing their passwords when logging into the wrong site. In this case, hackers set up misdepatrment.com — switching two letters — to target users of MIS Department, which manages networks for the Democratic committee." NY TImes, July 27, 2016
It should be no surprise to learn that almost every devastating cyber breach, from Target to the DNC, starts with the same exploit:
Fri, Jan 08, 2016
Over the past weeks there has been a lot of reporting, including these great pieces by Steve Ragan at CSOonline.com and Mathew J. Schwartz at BankInfoSecurity.com about a December 20, 2015 discovery that a database containing 191 Million voter records had been exposed online. As part of the BrandProtect 2016 Elections Project, we dug into the situation, and what it means to you.
Because of the nature of the exposure – effectively a database containing the records was left unlocked and unprotected – there is no way to know who might has downloaded the information.
Make no mistake, this is a big number. And it is an important number. Consider this: the US Census Bureau estimated that there were approximately142 Million registered voters in 2014. This means that the recent exposure of 191 million voting records is not just a large data breach. It’s a national issue -- effectively every registered voter in America has had their PII exposed... Wow...
Tue, Dec 08, 2015
That sound you hear is a bunch of the staffers at jeb2016.com (the official Jeb Bush website) trying to make it seem like they are on top of their web presence. Or is that the Trump team, laughing? We can't be sure.
The Washington Post reported yesterday that people who type "jebbush.com" into a browser found themselves redirected to Donald Trump's official site, donaldjtrump.com. You read that right -- one of the leading candidates for the Republican nomination for President of the United States has found himself on the wrong side of one of the most basic domain abuse issues. Someone else has registered a similar domain and is using it to confuse the public. Try it: jebbush.com (It's fun!)
Yes, it's funny for a moment. But in reality it is very scary. In fact, it is potentially devastating.
The massive breach at Anthem earlier this year originated from spear phishing emails that were sent from domains that impersonated Anthem. The employees who recieved the emails did not notice that the emails originated from a rogue address. They unwittingly opened attachments or clicked on links that gave the attackers inside access to Anthem networks.
When others appropriate your web presence by registering or appropriating a similar or easily mistaken domain, they put themselves in a position to confuse your message, siphon revenues or worse.
How big a problem can it be?...
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Wed, May 27, 2015
Just a month ago, I wrote about an emerging critical cyber threat trend -- attacks centered on health care providers and health insurance systems. These schemes are very lucrative for thieves because the loot, electonic health records, contains everything needed -- social security numbers, known addresses, phone numbers, relatives, payment preferences -- to create duplicate identities for individuals. Just add the photo.
Tue, May 13, 2014
One of the questions that customers ask BrandProtect most often is about social media policies and monitoring. Luckily, there are many great examples of processes and procedures in parallel areas of business that can be applied to this issue. At BrandProtect, we recommend an approach which is modelled around the “internal audit” procedures used at many companies to assess financial risks. The purpose of internal audit is to ensure that the proper "controls" (procedures and policies) are in place and are effectively being followed. They target “situations” that have a high risk score (high likelihood of happening and a high impact if they do happen). The best Internal auditing practices look not only at abstract metrics (such as incident frequency and risk exposure) but also at a company’s strategic goals – different strategic goals will change a company’s willingness to take on risk. Adding social media activity to the scope of an internal auditing practice will strengthen a company’s understanding of risk exposures that could affect its business.
Here are the main areas where social media can be greatly impacted by the internal auditing team: