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Archive: May 2014

Spy-jacking the Booters 2: Swatting as a Retaliation

Delving further into the subject, Brian Krebs depicts a situation from his personal experience telling what bad things can happen if you screw with hacktivists. So, how did I get interested in the ‘noob persistent threat’, these DDoS services? Well, it started with a story that I wrote last fall...

Spy-jacking the Booters

Investigative reporter Brian Krebs and cybersecurity expert Lance James taking the floor at Black Hat to dissect the infrastructure of DDoS-for-hire industry. Brian Krebs: Hey everyone! My name is Brian Krebs, I’m an independent investigative reporter at Krebsonsecurity.com. I think this is my fifth or...

Forensic Fails 5: Wrongfully Accused

This part covers the presentation’s final forensic case where charges against a person got dropped in the long run owing to examiners’ scrupulous analysis. Eric: Alright, the last story is a little bit different than the others. This is the “Epic Porno Fail”. The difference in this one is...

Forensic Fails 4: The RDP Bounce Story

The forensic examiners share another real-world exposure story where the Remote Desktop Protocol was used to get hold of a company’s confidential documents. Michael: This next case (see right-hand image) was probably one of the most fun cases that I have worked on. Right from the start I could tell that...

Forensic Fails 3: Smoking Gun.txt and Hiding in the Cloud

Michael Perklin and Eric Robi recall two more non-trivial cases about fails due to no or little effort hiding insider activities, including IE history. Michael: I call the next one “Smoking Gun.txt” (see right-hand image). If you work in the forensic arena, you’ve probably heard the term...

Forensic Fails 2: “The Nickelback Guy” and “Just Bill Me Later” Cases

This part covers two stories where an insufficiently vigilant ill-minded ex-employee and an overinflated billing scam got exposed via forensic analysis. Michael: Alright, this case (see right-hand image) was a lot of fun. I didn’t expect it to be fun when I started out but it ended up being a lot of fun....

Forensic Fails: Shift + Delete Won’t Help You Here

While presenting at Defcon, forensic examiners Eric Robi and Michael Perklin tell some hilarious stories about data destruction fails they’ve come across. Eric Robi: Our talk is about forensic fails. I’m this guy over here (see right-hand image). I founded Elluma Discovery Company about 11 years...

The Rise of Hacktivism and Insiders 4: Mitigating the Risks

Security software, appropriate corporate policies and staff education are highlighted by Andrew Horbury as mitigations for insider and hacktivist risks. What can you do about it? Well, you can never entirely eliminate the risks from hacktivists and insiders, but you can certainly mitigate them by enhancing...