Archive | June, 2006

Kevin Mitnick Interview on Social Engineering

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There’s a good interview with Kevin Mitnick on Social Engineering.

Well afterall, that is where his skill lies, not in technical hacking.

Arrested by the FBI in 1995 and convicted of breaking into the systems of Fujitsu Siemens, Nokia and Sun Microsystems, Mitnick served five years in prison–eight months of it in solitary confinement.

In his days on the wrong side of the law, Mitnick used so-called social-engineering techniques to fool users into handing over sensitive information. Rather than overt technical hacks, he was able to convince employees to hand over information that enabled him to hack systems, while redirecting telephone signals to avoid detection by the authorities.

As always the answer to social engineering is education!

Are you seeing any new attack methods?
Mitnick: They use the same methods they always have–using a ruse to deceive, influence or trick people into revealing information that benefits the attackers. These attacks are initiated, and in a lot of cases, the victim doesn’t realize. Social engineering plays a large part in the propagation of spyware. Usually, attacks are blended, exploiting technological vulnerabilities and social engineering.

What can businesses do to safeguard themselves?
Mitnick: Businesses should train people to try to recognize possible attacks.

The interview is a good read anyway, do check it out. You can also check out Mitnicks book on Social Engineering, The Art of Deception:

Source: News.com

Posted in: Social Engineering

Topic: Social Engineering


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British Workers Love to Snoop Salary Info, Personal Notes & Colleagues Data

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Well I would say this was true for office workers everywhere, not particularly just Brits.

But well the British are an inquisitive nation, so this doesn’t surprise me at all.

Nearly a quarter (22 per cent) of UK employees admit to having illegally accessed sensitive data such as salary details from their firms employer’s IT systems. More than half (54 per cent) of 2,200 adults polled during a YouGov survey said they’d forgo any scruples to do the same, given half a chance, according to a Microsoft sponsored survey that points to a culture of internal snooping and casual identity theft in offices across Britain.

Survey respondents said that HR and payroll information was the most popular target (36 per cent), followed by their manager’s personal notes (28 per cent) and their colleagues’ data (25 per cent). Given the chance, six per cent said they would pinch a colleague’s password.

Unsuprisingly also, guys are the bigger portion of the snoopers.

Blokes expressed a greater willingness than their female counterparts to risk dismissal by stealing confidential data. More than a quarter (27 per cent) of blokes said they’d swiped confidential information compared to 16 per cent of women. Workers in London and Scotland (25 per cent) were the most likely to offend, with the most honest workers living in the Midlands (18 per cent).

People would also be willing to access files from previous employers, if they still could.

A third (33 per cent) of respondents said they’d be prepared to access confidential files from previous employers if they still had access. Microsoft, which sponsored the research, said the YouGov survey illustrated the importance of controlling users accounts on IT systems while ensuring that there is a process in place to disable accounts once workers move onto other jobs

What is the moral here?

Make sure proper privelege segregation is in place, file share access controls, granual ACLs..

And have a proper hire and fire process for adding/disabling/deleting accounts.

The last thing you want is rogue accounts hanging around that give ex-employees (especially disgruntled ones) access to anything on your network.

Source: The Register

Posted in: Privacy

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New MSN Worm Hitting Users – BlackAngel.B

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Well this week there was a Yahoo! Email worm, now also follows a vindictive new worm targetting MSN called BlackAngel.B. The reports come from the anti-virus software company Panda Software.

When activated the worm delivers a fateful terror message and then attempts to disable any protection software such as anti-virus, firewall or Windows system applications like Task Manager and Regedit.

It distributes itself to your whole contact list by trying to send them a video called Fantasma, so be wary.

A new worm that carries a message reminiscent of movies such as “The Ring” or “FearDotCom” is currently making rounds in the MSN Messenger community according to antivirus specialist Panda Security.

Once it has infected a computer BlackAngel.B uses the instant messenger to send messages to all the contacts in a user’s list, disguising itself as a video called “Fantasma” (Ghost). If opened, an image carrying the caption “En el 1er día te espantas, en el 2° te desesperas, en el 3° buscas ayuda y en el 4° mueres” – “on the 1st day you get scared, on the 2nd you get desperate, on the 3rd you look for help and on the 4th you die” appears on the screen, Panda said.

So just be careful on MSN and Yahoo!

Source: TG Daily

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Trojan Compromises 2,200 Oregon Tax Payers

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Aha! Trojans strike again. Really, I still think it all comes down to education, it doesn’t seem to be a targeted attack though.

Just a random infection from your average porn site Trojan.

Electronic files containing personal data of up to 2,200 Oregon taxpayers may have been compromised by an ex-employee’s unauthorized use of a computer, the Oregon Department of Revenue said Tuesday.

Amy McLaughlin, an information technology security officer with the state, said the incident apparently occurred when an employee downloaded a contaminated file from a porn site.

There was no apparent pattern on the data taken.

Hardin said the released data likely involved names or addresses or Social Security numbers, or possibly in some cases all three.

It’s unclear if it was damaging but said some of the data may have gotten back to the porn site.

Ed O’Meara, head of the department’s information processing division, said about 1,600 files had been identified so far and that the total likely will not surpass 2,200.

He said 1,300 letters were sent out to the affected taxpayers as of Monday night and the rest are being contacted as they are identified.

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CLR and SQL Server 2005

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Microsoft has taken a bit of a leap with the integration of .net into SQL Server, and a lot of developers(Myself included) are worrying about what security implications this could have. DevX.com have taken an in-depth look into the guts of it, and spilled them onto a page for us all to look at.

CAS provides a code-based rather than user-based authorization scheme to prevent various kinds of luring and other code attacks. But how does that security scheme coexist with SQL Server 2005’s own, newly enhanced security features? By default your .NET code is reasonably secure, but it’s all too easy for the two security schemes to butt heads and cause you grief. In this article I’ll look briefly at the concept behind CAS and a few new security features in SQL Server 2005, then explore how to make the two systems work for you instead of against you as you take advantage of these advanced programming features in SQL Server.

They seem suitably impressed, but sensibly wary at the same time.

The good news is that Microsoft did a great job bringing together the security systems of SQL Server and the Common Language Runtime, with tools to control code. But there are some interesting features’ both to watch for and to take advantage of!

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SQL Power Injector v1.1 Released

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SQL Power Injector is a graphical application created in .Net 1.1 that helps the penetrating tester to inject SQL commands on a web page.

For now it is SQL Server, Oracle and MySQL compliant, but it is possible to use it with any existing DBMS when using the inline injection (Normal Mode).

Moreover this application will get all the parameters you need to test the SQL injection, either by GET or POST method, avoiding thus the need to use several applications or a proxy to intercept the data.

Features

  • Supported on Windows, Unix and Linux operating systems
  • SQL Server, Oracle, MySQL and Sybase/Adaptive Server compliant
  • SSL support
  • Load automatically the parameters from a form or a IFrame on a web
    page (GET or POST)
  • Detect and browse the framesets
  • Option that auto detects the language of the web site
  • Find automatically the submit page(s) with its method (GET or POST)
    displayed in a different color
  • Single SQL injection
  • Blind SQL injection
  • Comparison of true and false response of the page or results in
    the cookie
  • Time delay
  • Response of the SQL injection in a customized browser
  • Fine tuning parameters injection
  • Can parameterize the size of the length and count of the expected
    result to optimize the time taken by the application to execute the SQL
    injection
  • Multithreading
  • Option to replace space by empty comments /**/ against IDS or filter
    detection
  • Automatically encode special characters before sending them
  • Automatically detect predefined SQL errors in the response page
  • Automatically detect a predefined word or sentence in the response page
  • Real time result
  • Possibility to inject an authentication cookie
  • Can view the HTML code source of the returned page
  • Save and load sessions in a XML file

You can find out more here:

SQL Power Injector

Download the latest version now.

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