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Andromeda – An attack kill chain analysis

Posted: 28 Apr 2015 04:00 PM | uwang | no comments

The Andromeda botnet, initially discovered in late 2011, is a highly modular platform for malicious activity. While it consists of key loggers, rootkits, anti-VM, anti-debugging and proxy features, it is mostly used as a method to establish a reliable backdoor to further deliver additional malware. Recently...


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Charting the Unexplored Threat Galaxy

Posted: 27 Apr 2015 10:30 AM | Ran Mosessco | no comments

We live in a world where the cyber threat landscape is very dynamic. Actionable threat intelligence is buried deep within terabytes of seemingly interesting but irrelevant data. Plausible deniability, false positives, lack of traceability and attribution, skillful attackers, adaptation of warfare techniques...


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Low volume targeted attack linked to US Government targets, uses multiple evasion tactics

Posted: 22 Apr 2015 01:00 PM | Carl Leonard | no comments

Over the last few months, Websense® Security Labs™ researchers have tracked and analyzed the attack methods of a low-volume, targeted attack linked to the US Federal government space. The attack uses a combination of evasion tactics throughout its lifecycle in order to remain elusive. In this...


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Shellshock - Not a Can of Worms if You Patch

Posted: 14 Apr 2015 08:40 AM | AToro | no comments

In information security, 2014 will undoubtedly remain infamous for at least two vulnerabilities that affected the vast majority of the Internet infrastructure and users: Heartbleed and Shellshock . While most system administrators scrambled to apply patches to mitigate these issues as soon as possible...


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Websense Security Labs Publishes 2015 Threat Report

Posted: 08 Apr 2015 05:40 AM | Carl Leonard | no comments

The Websense® Security Labs™ team has produced our annual Threat Report, the must-read analysis of what’s really happening in the cyber landscape. The human and technical aspects of cyber threats changed dramatically in 2014. We saw new techniques blended with the old, resulting in highly...


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Assertiveness is a valuable quality for the C-Level and cyber crooks alike

Posted: 30 Mar 2015 01:00 PM | Jose Barajas | no comments

Beware, spear-phishing is striking again - Websense Security Labs has become aware of recent spear-phishing attempts utilizing what appear to be forwarded legitimate email messages and a typo-squatted domain. If these targeted attempts are successful, then the combination of a trusting nature, orthographic...


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SSL - a FREAKishly long existence

Posted: 04 Mar 2015 02:00 AM | Tamas Rudnai | no comments

SSL, widely adopted and living on borrowed time, has clearly had a rough year. After Heartbleed, Poodle, and many other high-profile vulnerabilities comes FREAK (Factoring attack on RSA-EXPORT Keys), which at the time of publication of this blog breaks approximately 36% of all sites trusted by browsers as per this link including websites belonging to the NSA and FBI. About 12% of high ranked Alexa websites are also believed to be vulnerable to the flaw at this time, thereby placing visitors to these sites at high risk.


Exposure and Impact


The vulnerability, discovered by Karthikeyan Bhargavan at INRIA in Paris and the mitLS team allows an active attacker to perform a man-in-the-middle attack by downgrading the encrypted connection between a vulnerable client and a server that accepts export-grade RSA keys to 512-bits. The captured key can then be factored using the public cloud in a matter of hours and further be used for decryption of communication between the client and the server. Once the key has been compromised, all personal information including passwords, financial data, etc. is at risk.



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