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A geographic break down of computers infected by Pony.
Spider Labs

Criminals have pilfered about $220,000 worth of bitcoins and other digital currencies in a sustained, global attack that uses malware to steal the digital wallets stored on infected computers, researchers said Monday.

The malicious application known as Pony stole the digital loot from 85 wallets from September through January, researchers from security firm Trustwave's Spider Labs division wrote in a blog post. In all, the malware stole coins from at least four different digital currencies, including 355 bitcoins, 280 Litecoins, 33 Primecoins, and 45 Feathercoins. The coins were only a small part of the assets seized by Pony. During the same four-month span, Pony lifted credentials for more than 725,000 accounts. Those user names and passwords controlled access to accounts for websites, e-mail, FTP, secure shell, and remote desktops.

"This instance of Pony compromised 85 wallets, a fairly low number compared to the number of compromised credentials," Spider Labs researcher Daniel Chechik wrote. "Despite the small number of wallets compromised, this is one of the larger caches of Bitcoin wallets stolen from end-users. It is likely that this low number simply reflects the percentage of people actually using bitcoins and storing their wallets on their local machine, which explains why this number seems to grow as Bitcoin becomes more popular."

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PerspecSys Wins First Annual Cyber Defense Magazine InfoSec Technologies ...
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ISC Handler Rob sent the team a draft RFC currently under review by the IETF that seemingly fits quite nicely in the "What could possibly go wrong?" category.

Take a second and read Explicit Trusted Proxy in HTTP/2.0 then come back for further discussion.

Collect jaw from floor, and recognize that what's being proposed "buggers the CA concept and browser implementation enough to allow ISP’s to stand up “trusted proxies” to MITM and cache SSL content in the name of "increasing performance." Following are highlights of my favorite content from this poorly oddly written draft, as well as some initial comments:

  • "This document addresses proxies that act as intermediary for HTTP2 traffic and therefore the security and privacy implications of having those proxies in the path need to be considered."
    • We agree. :-)
  • "Users should be made aware that, different than end-to-end HTTPS, the achievable security level is now also dependent on the security features/capabilities of the proxy as to what cipher suites it supports, which root CA certificates it trusts, how it checks certificate revocation status, etc.  Users should also be made aware that the proxy has visibility to the actual content they exchange with Web servers, including personal and sensitive information."
    • All I have is "wow".
  • There are opt-out options, sure, but no one's every disguised or abused such options, right?
    • Opt out 1 (proxy certificate): "If the user does not give consent, or decides to opt out from the proxy for a specific connection, the user-agent will negotiate HTTP2 connection using "h2" value in the Application Layer Protocol    Negotiation (ALPN) extension field.  The proxy will then notice that the TLS connection is to be used for a https resource or for a http resource for which the user wants to opt out from the proxy."    
    • Opt out 2 (captive proxy): "Specifies how an user can opt out (i.e. refuse) the presence of a Proxy for all the subsequent requests toward "http" URI resources while it stays in that network."
  • Section 7's title is Privacy Considerations. None are listed.
    • Er? Here, I'll write the section for you. Opt in and you have no privacy.
  • The draft states that the Via general-header field MUST be used by the user-agent to indicate the presence of the secure proxy between the User-Agent and the server on requests, and between the origin server and the User-Agent on responses in order to signal the presence of a Proxy in between, or loosely translated into MITM. 
    • And if it's not used? Session disallowed? Appears not:
      • The draft has said MUST re: the Via header but then says...
        • "If any of the following checks fails the User-Agent should immediately exit this Proxy mode:
          1.  the server's certificate is issued by a trusted CA and the certificate is valid;
          2.  the Extended Key Usage extension is present in the certificate and indicates the owner of this certificate is a proxy;
          3.  the server possesses the private key corresponding to the certificate."
      • ...but says nothing about what happens if the headers are wrong or Via is not used.
  • Love this one: "To further increase the security, the validation by the CA could also include technical details and processes relevant for the security.  The owner could for example be obliged to apply security patches in a timely fashion."
    • Right...because everyone patches in a timely fashion. And the Patch Police agency to enforce this control will be...?

Maybe I'm reading this wrong and don't know what I'm talking about (common), but we think this draft leaves much to be desired.

What do readers think? Imagine this as industry standard in the context of recent NSA allegations or other similar concerns. Feedback and comments invited and welcome.

Russ McRee | @holisticinfosec
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Bromium Labs

Researchers have developed attack code that completely bypasses Microsoft's zero-day prevention software, an impressive feat that suggests criminal hackers are able to do the same thing when exploiting vulnerabilities that allow them to surreptitiously install malware.

The exploit code, which was developed by researchers from security firm Bromium Labs, bypasses each of the many protections included in the freely available EMET, which is short for Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit, according to a whitepaper published Monday. Microsoft has long held out EMET as an important tool for extending the security of Windows computers. The proof-of-concept exploit shows the limitations of those protections. The Bromium exploit included an example of a real-world attack that was able to circumvent techniques designed to mitigate the damage malicious code can do when targeting security bugs included in third-party applications.

"The impact of this study shows that technologies that operate on the same plane of execution as potentially malicious code offer little lasting protection," Bromium Labs researchers wrote in a blog post. "This is true of EMET and other similar userland protections. That’s because a defense that is running in the same space as potentially malicious code can typically be bypassed, since there's no 'higher' ground advantage as there would be from a kernel or hypervisor protection. We hope this study helps the broader community understand the facts when making a decision about which protections to use."

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