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    Hacks

    My day job is IT security. We can use this thread for hacks we all should be aware of.

    US agencies hacked in months long global cyberspying campaign
    https://apnews.com/article/us-agenci...a72f8c85209b72

    Russian Hackers Broke Into Federal Agencies, U.S. Officials Suspect
    https://www.nytimes.com/2020/12/13/u...-commerce.html

    Solar Winds, Probably Hacked by Russia, Serves White House, Pentagon, NASA
    https://www.newsweek.com/solar-winds...n-nasa-1554447

    White House acknowledges reports of cyberattack on U.S. Treasury by foreign government
    https://www.cnbc.com/2020/12/13/cybe...vernment-.html
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    Re: Hacks

    Remember when Trump wanted to start a joint cyber security effort with Russia?
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    There's the hacks one can talk about and there's the hacks one cannot.
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    Re: Hacks

    Quote Originally Posted by 757690 View Post
    Remember when Trump wanted to start a joint cyber security effort with Russia?
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    Re: Hacks

    So... this isn't the place where I learn that I can use the end of my chopsticks as a holder or use shaving cream to clean off a mirror?

    Bummer.

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    Re: Hacks

    You should just assume all of your info is out there and adjust accordingly. That means two-factor authentication and anything else you can do to personalize your login processes.

    All of your information, physical appearance, preferences, friends, financial info, etc. It's all out there on the Dark Web somewhere. Or in a Law Enforcement database. Or a million other places.

    Being old enough to have been an adult as the internet washed over us, I admit I never thought the price would be our privacy.

    But here we are.
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    Re: Hacks

    "One problem with people who have no vices is that they're pretty sure to have some annoying virtues."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Sheed View Post
    You should just assume all of your info is out there and adjust accordingly. That means two-factor authentication and anything else you can do to personalize your login processes.

    All of your information, physical appearance, preferences, friends, financial info, etc. It's all out there on the Dark Web somewhere. Or in a Law Enforcement database. Or a million other places.

    Being old enough to have been an adult as the internet washed over us, I admit I never thought the price would be our privacy.

    But here we are.
    I have fought tooth and nail from Day 1 to evade and hide from those who mean to do harm in this area. It took years for me just to convince companies to keep a second set of data off-site and not linked to their main terminals, updated weekly, so at most, you are subject to only one week of lost data. Trying to convince corporations of the need for security was difficult enough. Convince educational institutions? Public, forget about it. Private, possibly. Convince government agencies? Almost non-existent, except for maybe NASA, who understood the need for security. NASA refused to trust U.S. government systems and wouldn't link up with them. Violating Federal laws mandated in 1995, they refused to use Microsoft for anything.

    Yes. The lack of protection is mind-boggling, though so much better than it used to be only because so many had to pay a hefty price to learn the hard way.
    Last edited by Kingspoint; 12-15-2020 at 03:07 PM.
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    Re: Hacks

    I will say the sophistication and arrogance of cyber attacks has ratcheted up in the last quarter. We’ve had our hands full.
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    Pretty good article that goes into a fair amount of detail about Cozy Bear and how they did what they did.

    https://arstechnica.com/information-...hackers/?amp=1
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    Re: Hacks

    Another good read on the Solarwinds hack.

    https://krebsonsecurity.com/2020/12/...ds-compromise/

    It also has a partial listing of customer companies and organizations. All I can say is yikes.

    - more than 425 of the U.S. Fortune 500
    -all ten of the top ten US telecommunications companies
    -all five branches of the U.S. military
    -all five of the top five U.S. accounting firms
    -the Pentagon
    -the State Department
    -the National Security Agency
    -the Department of Justice
    -The White House.
    Last edited by Roy Tucker; 12-17-2020 at 10:51 AM.
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    U.S. Cyber Agency: Computer Hack Poses 'Grave Risk'

    The U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency on Thursday delivered an ominous warning about a major computer intrusion, saying it "poses a grave risk" to federal, state and local governments as well as private companies and organizations.

    The Trump administration had said relatively little since the hack on government computers at multiple agencies was first announced last weekend.

    But the CISA, which is part of the Department of Homeland Security, offered a broad overview in its latest comments. The agency noted the attack began around March and is still ongoing — meaning the malware that's been placed on computers may still be capturing valuable information.

    In addition, CISA said that removing the malware will be "highly complex and challenging for organizations."
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    So far, the list of U.S. government entities affected by the massive hack includes:

    • the Commerce Department
    • Department of Homeland Security
    • the Pentagon
    • the Treasury Department
    • the Postal Service
    • the National Institutes of Health
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    Re: Hacks

    Quote Originally Posted by Roy Tucker View Post
    Another good read on the Solarwinds hack.

    https://krebsonsecurity.com/2020/12/...ds-compromise/

    It also has a partial listing of customer companies and organizations. All I can say is yikes.

    - more than 425 of the U.S. Fortune 500
    -all ten of the top ten US telecommunications companies
    -all five branches of the U.S. military
    -all five of the top five U.S. accounting firms
    -the Pentagon
    -the State Department
    -the National Security Agency
    -the Department of Justice
    -The White House.


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