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Trend Micro published a report last week on a spear-phishing emails campaign that contain a malicious attachment exploiting a Microsoft Office vulnerability (CVE-2012-0158).
This paper identified specific targets:
According to the report, "While we have yet to determine the campaign’s total number of victims, it appears that nearly 12,000 unique IP addresses spread over more than 100 countries were connected to two sets of command-and-control (C&C) infrastructures related to Safe." Another fact of interest is the author of the malware is probably a professional software developer that reused legitimate source code from an Internet services company. Based on the information collected, they found "One key indicator that can be used to detect this network communication is the user-agent, Fantasia." Additional information is available in the report.
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Guy Bruneau IPSS Inc. gbruneau at isc dot sans dot edu(c) SANS Internet Storm Center. http://isc.sans.edu Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 3.0 United States License.
The Chinese hackers who breached Google's corporate servers 41 months ago gained access to a database containing classified information about suspected spies, agents, and terrorists under surveillance by the US government, according to a published report.
The revelation came in an article published Monday by The Washington Post, and it heightens concerns about the December, 2009 hack. When Google disclosed it a few weeks later, the company said only that the operatives accessed Google "intellectual property"—which most people took to mean software source code—and Gmail accounts of human rights activists.
Citing officials who agreed to speak on the condition that they not be named, Washington Post reporter Ellen Nakashima said the assets compromised in the attack also included a database storing years' worth of information about US surveillance targets. The goal, according to Monday's report, appears to be unearthing the identities of Chinese intelligence operatives in the US who were being tracked by American law enforcement agencies.
I put together a simple .deb package to install our DShield iptables client on Ubuntu. The package is our standard perl client to submit iptables logs, but it is pre-configured for Ubuntu 12.04 LTS. It will submit IPv4 as well as IPv6 logs. Please give it a try and let me know if you run into any issues. For details, see
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The client will install the perl script in /opt/dshield, and all configuration files in /etc/dshield. It will also add an hourly cron job to check /var/log/ufw.log for new logs and mail them to DShield. All parameters can still be further configured via /etc/dshield/dshield.cnf.
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If you think the private messages you send over Skype are protected by end-to-end encryption, think again. The Microsoft-owned service regularly scans message contents for signs of fraud, and company managers may log the results indefinitely, Ars has confirmed. And this can only happen if Microsoft can convert the messages into human-readable form at will.
With the help of independent privacy and security researcher Ashkan Soltani, Ars used Skype to send four Web links that were created solely for purposes of this article. Two of them were never clicked on, but the other two—one beginning in HTTP link and the other HTTPS—were accessed by a machine at 18.104.22.168, an IP address belonging to Microsoft. For those interested in the technical details, the log line looked like this:
'22.214.171.124 - - [16/May/2013 11:30:10] "HEAD /index.html?test_never_clicked HTTP/1.1" 200 -'
The results—which were similar but not identical to those reported last week by The H Security—prove conclusively that Microsoft not only has ability to peer at the plaintext sent from one Skype user to another, but that the company regularly flexes that monitoring muscle.
----------- Guy Bruneau IPSS Inc. gbruneau at isc dot sans dot edu(c) SANS Internet Storm Center. http://isc.sans.edu Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 3.0 United States License.
by Sean Gallagher
After being publicly exposed in February as the source of a long list of cyberattacks on US companies and media organizations, the Chinese People's Liberation Army's (PLA) Unit 61396 largely pulled back from the networks the unit had infiltrated. But now, the New York Times reports, the hackers are back in action using new techniques to go after many of the same corporate and government targets they had infiltrated before.
The revived attacks come despite (or perhaps because of) the direct accusations leveled against China's military in a Pentagon report to Congress earlier this month. The White House approved "naming and shaming" the PLA unit in hopes that it would cause the Chinese government to take action. The move was part of an escalation of diplomatic pressure that began in March, when White House National Security Advisor Tom Donilon first publicly mentioned the Obama Administration's appeal to the Chinese government to "engage with us in a constructive dialogue" on cyber security.
"In 2012, numerous computer systems around the world, including those owned by the US government, continued to be targeted for intrusions, some of which appear to be attributable directly to the Chinese government and military," the Pentagon report stated. "These intrusions were focused on exfiltrating information. China is using its computer network exploitation (CNE) capability to support intelligence collection against the U.S. diplomatic, economic, and defense industrial base sectors that support US national defense programs."
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