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PaulDotCom Security Weekly - Episode 331 for Thursday May 9th, 2013

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Interview: Rob Cheyne


Rob Cheyne is a highly regarded technologist, trainer, security expert and serial entrepreneur.

He was the co-founder and CEO of Safelight Security, a leading provider of information security education programs. He has taught information security training classes to tens of thousands of developers, architects, and managers for industry-leading organizations. He has over 20 years of experience in the information technology field and has been working in information security since 1998.

Rob regularly speaks at security and training conferences, and frequently presents to the local chapters of various security organizations.

  1. Tell us about your time at @stake
  2. How do companies squander their security budgets?
  3. How do you deliver an effective training program that works?
  4. What have you been working on lately?
  5. Five questions

Tech Segment: Kurt Baumgartner talks Red October


  1. Why is Kaspersky going public with this information?
  2. How is this report different from what we learned in Mandiant's "APT" report?
  3. Is Kaspersky working with the US or Russian governments with this information?
  4. There were no 0days being used? It was all known exploits that could be patched?
  5. What types of people did you see targeted in the spear phishing emails?
  6. What type of data were the attacks looking for?
  7. Could the three connections to Microsoft be used as a detection technique for this kind of infection?
  8. Did you scan the entire internet on port 40080?
  9. When is the second part of the report being released?

Red October Whitepaper (PDF)


  • Larry teaching SANS SEC617 all over and coming to a city near you in 2013. It isn't too Late to sign up for my class in San Diego this May! (actually, it is)
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Paul's Stories

  1. The Economist on Guantanamo - I thought it was interesting how the recommendation was to give up and release the bad guys. That politically we can deter threats by being nice to them. I wonder if this would work for hackers? I think not...
  2. Security Lessons From Star Wars: Breach Response - Great little story about finding and fixing weaknesses: There are a number of things that might have been done had the Empire known about the weakly shielded exhaust port. For example, they might have welded some steel beams across that trench. They might put some steel plating up near the exhaust port. They might land a Tie Fighter in the trench. The could deploy some storm troopers with those tripod mounted guns that never quite seem to hit the Millenium Falcon. When you find a problem, you need to inform the right people or rebels may blow up your death star.
  3. The Onion and Breach Disclosure
  4. Use These Secret NSA Google Search Tips to Become Your Own Spy Agency | Threat Level | Wired.com - Want to find all spreadsheets with login information in Russia? How about "filetype:xls site:ru login"
  5. Bang With Friends on iPhone - Technology and hookups = Bang, a new app that allows you to find people to, well Bang in your Facebook friends list. Just use caution though they accidentally select the "Down to Bang" option when just trying to swipe through friends' Facebook photos. Damn technology...
  6. BBC News - Working gun made with 3D printer
  7. Twitter hack on the Onion makes for comedy gold - The Frontline - a blog from V3.co.uk
  8. National Republican Congressional Committee Website Hacked With Viagra Ads
  9. Use of 'honeywords' can expose password crackers

Larry’s Stories

Jack’s Stories

  1. "What's needed is more secure software NOT more security software" at least according to this report from White Hat Security. (Note, this link is to a 39MB PDF, the irony is not lost on me).
  2. Finger-Pointing on Cyberespionage Does Little Good Without Plan An interesting read from Dennis Fisher over at ThreatPost.
  3. Everyone has read the Verizon DBIR by now right? Right? But did you know that the data behind the charts is available, too? 25KB .zip full of .csv files of data

Allison's Stories

Patrick's Stories

  1. Someone actually fired a 3D Printer gun
  2. Honeywords - Adding dummy passwords to the system to create a tripwire that indicates if someone may have breached your password protections. Research Paper from MIT
  3. How strong is your password? - Maybe we can trust Intel...
  4. Foreign companies happy about internet sales tax
  5. Mainstream Apache/nginx/lighttp hack This replaces the entire web server with one that serves up malware. Who checks the hash of their web server to make sure it's the same one they had yesterday?
  6. The Onion on How To Not Get Hacked