Tag: Black Hat

General Keith Alexander

PRISM Watch: US Cyber Command Chief Addresses Black Hat

I’m here at the Black Hat Briefings in Las Vegas, the U.S.’s most prominent “hacker con.” I’ll be bringing you news and updates from the show and (a bit) from DEFCON for the remainder of the week.   As for the Briefings – the long and short of things is that all the buzz right now is about General Keith Alexander’s keynote speech this morning. Of course, keynotes are always a big deal, but its not even 8:00 AM and there’s a bit of a crush in the press room, with TV crews from major media outlets setting up in the Augustus ballroom, where Alexander will speak. Why? This speech is big because its one of the first – if not the first – post-PRISM public address by Gen. Alexander, who is the Commander of U.S. Cyber Command (USCYBERCOM) since the leaks by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden burst into the […]

Could Ad Networks Power Massive, Browser-Based Botnets?

When it comes to security, the web is insecure-by-design. We’ve known that for a long time – what with “man in the middle” attacks like FireSheep, drive-by download attacks and more. The problem has always been how to scale web based attacks. At the end of the day, having an attack web page is great but, like every other website owner, you still have to figure out how to get people to visit your site! Now researchers at WhiteHat security say they’ve found an easy way around the “scale” problem: ad networks. In a presentation at Black Hat this week, Jeremiah Grossman, the CTO of WhiteHat Security, and Matt Johansen, the Manager of Threat Research there, will show how would-be attackers can parlay a small cash outlay into a sizeable browser-based botnet that could be used to send out spam, spread malicious code or launch denial of service attacks on other web […]

Nicholas Percoco

Podcast: Black Hat Preview With Trustwave’s Nick Percoco

Podcast: Play in new window | Download ()Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Email | Google Podcasts | Stitcher | TuneIn | RSS | https://www.securityledger.com/subscribeNext week, the world’s attention will shift to Las Vegas for the annual Black Hat and DEFCON hacking conferences. What will be the big trends this year? We sat down last week with Nicholas Percoco of Trustwave’s Spider Labs to get his thoughts on the show. Nick is a regular at Black Hat and other events – both in the audience and on the stage. He said one of the big themes this year will be hacks on consumer electronics and home automation systems. As we reported, two Trustwave researchers have delved into the security of a wide range of “smart home” technologies, including home automation gateways and even a bluetooth enabled “smart toilet.” Percoco said that manufacturers of these devices need to pay more attention […]

Painting of Flowers

One Reason Security Is So Hard? Really Bad Reports.

Security is hard. Everyone knows that. The question is: why? After all, our understanding of cyber threats improves with each day. The tools we use to secure our systems have also improved over time – antivirus software, firewalls, application firewalls, intrusion detection, data leak prevention, and so on. And yet, when we look at the data, there’s not much evidence that better understanding and better tools are leading to better security. According to Jonathan Grier, an independent security consultant, the answer to the question ‘Why aren’t we getting better at stopping attacks and protecting data?’ is that we’re not doing a good job of learning from the data we have. In a conversation with The Security Ledger, Grier, the founder of Grier Forensics,  said that, despite a wealth of security data, the security industry’s approach to analyzing it is immature. Grier likes working on the cutting edge of computer forensics and application security. […]