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Bandura Cyber Bytes
12-13-2018

With Bandura Cyber Bytes, we take a look back at the most interesting industry news and happenings related to cybersecurity and threat intelligence.

This week, we cover attacks on healthcare (Rhode Island’s Thundermist), hospitality (Marriott), political parties, and widely-deployed open-source cloud container Kubernetes. Plus, YouTuber PewDiePie may show up on a printer near you, and cybercrime gang “London Blue” takes on the wrong CFO.

The Cybersecurity 202: Senators call for data breach penalties, tougher privacy laws after Marriott hack

In the wake of the Marriott breach, several Democratic senators are calling for tougher data protection laws, limits on how much customer data U.S. companies can store, and harsh fines and prison terms for companies that misuse customer data. Cyber guru, Ron Gula, thinks limiting the amount of data will be tough and therefore there are only two realistic options to limit breaches: organizations increasing their cyber posture and the potential for increased fines.

Bandura’s Take: It’s too early to gauge the fallout from the Marriott breach but it’s not surprising to see calls for increased regulation. Over time, cyber regulations are becoming more prescriptive with more teeth as far as penalties. Europe’s GDPR is a good example of that though we have yet to see the “teeth” side of that in any major way.

 

House GOP Campaign Arm Targeted by ‘Unknown Entity’ in 2018

Unknown attackers steal thousands of emails from aides to the National Republican Congressional Committee during the 2018 midterm campaign. The accounts were compromised through a series of intrusions over several months.

Bandura’s Take: The midterm elections may be behind us, but election security will remain a hot topic. Check out this article for a look at why this is important and here’s information how a Threat Intelligence Gateway can help secure internet-facing election systems.

 

Backdoors Up 44%, Ransomware Up 43% from 2017

Backdoor and ransomware detections increased 44% and 43% respectively in 2018 and 30% of computers faced at least one malicious threat online, according to Kaspersky Labs. Kaspersky handled 346,000 new malicious files each day in the first 10 months of 2018 and detected 21.7 million unique malicious objects. Kaspersky sees the bulk of cybercrime focused on financial theft.

Bandura’s Take: Threat volumes continue to increase and ransomware remains a big deal. This is a key reason why it’s critical for organizations to incorporate threat intelligence into their security arsenal.

 

Kubernetes Flaw is a “Huge Deal,” Lays Open Cloud Deployments

First major flaw found in Kubernetes, which is widely-deployed open-source container that is common in much of today’s cloud infrastructure. The vulnerability could allow an attacker unfettered, remote access for stealing data or crashing production applications. The vulnerability received a CVS score of 9.8.

Bandura’s Take: Look for container security to start getting more focus. Don’t be surprised to see this become part of 2019 cyber predictions.

 

Rhode Island’s Thundermist health center struck by ransomware

Ransomware attack disrupted the systems of a health center in Rhode Island. While the attack created some disruption, it does not appear that data was compromised, and the health center responded to the incident in a rapid fashion, limiting the overall disruption to the business.

Bandura’s Take: Unless you are from Rhode Island, we doubt you’ve heard of Thundermist. But attackers sure came across them. Whether it was a targeted attack or part of a broader automated campaign isn’t relevant. What’s relevant is it illustrates how companies of all sizes are at risk and healthcare organizations continue to be attractive targets. (By the way, if you are in the health care industry and going to HIMSS ’19 in Orlando, come see us at kiosk the exhibit hall!)

 

YouTuber PewDiePie Promoted Via 50K Hacked Printers

Hacker exploits 50,000 printers globally printing pamphlets promoting YouTube star “PewDiePie.” Hacker found three vulnerable printing protocols on Shodan with up to 800,000 vulnerable printers. The hacker used the Printer Exploitation Toolkit on Github. The toolkit provides the ability to print, access files, damage the printer, or access the internal network.

Bandura’s Take: We’re more familiar with Pumpkin Pie than PewDiePie but it’s interesting to see how easily a vulnerability can be found and exploited.

 

‘London Blue’ BEC Cybercrime Gang Unmasked

Cybercrime gang targets Agari, a cybersecurity firm, and gets exposed. Group tried to pose as Agari’s CEO in an email to the CFO. Agari’s security team got involved and was able to interact to put together significant details on the group including their identity and physical location. Interestingly, the gang used two legitimate lead generation services to provide info to target C-level execs globally. The group has targeted 50,000 CFOs.

Bandura’s Take: This is great and we hope it happens more often! Interesting to see how attackers incorporate everyday business tools like lead generation solutions to assist with their campaigns.

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