Monday, July 07, 2014

Cyber Security News, Education and Vulnerability Patch Report for the Week of July 7, 2014

Cyber Security News of the Week

 From our friends at Citadel Information Group

Cyber Crime

Astros Say Hackers Got Inside Trade Information: The Houston Astros said Monday that they have been the victims of hackers who accessed their servers and published months of internal trade talks on the Internet. ABC News, June 30, 2014
Benjamin F. Edwards Co. Discloses Data Breach Affecting Customers: The brokerage house, Benjamin F. Edwards & Co., disclosed yesterday that they had suffered a data breach due to an unknown intruder. Forbes, June 28, 2014

Cyber Attack

Russian Hackers Targeting Oil and Gas Companies: SAN FRANCISCO — Russian hackers have been systematically targeting hundreds of Western oil and gas companies, as well as energy investment firms, according to private cybersecurity researchers. The New York Times, June 30, 2014
Hackers tweet fake World Cup bomb threat on federal police page: Hackers infiltrated the Brazilian federal police’s Twitter account on Saturday and posted a tweet about a bomb threat at the Mineirao Stadium hosting the Brazil-Chile World Cup game. WashingtonTimes, June 29, 2014

Financial Cyber Security

Cybercrime Scheme Uncovered in Brazil: SAN FRANCISCO — Security researchers have uncovered what they believe is a significant cybercrime operation in Brazil that took aim at $3.75 billion in transactions by Brazilians. The New York Times, July 2, 2014
United States most popular target of online banking malware attacks: The United States accounted for 23 percent of online banking malware attacks during the first quarter of 2014, according to security company Trend Micro’s “TrendLabs 1Q 2014 Security Roundup” report. It’s not a surprise to find the U.S. is the most popular target, with a growing number of malware-related bank attacks. TweakTown, June 19, 2014

Identity Theft

Identity theft rises, consumers rage: The big data breaches almost seem routine. The count is 368 breaches so far this year, according to the Identity Theft Resource Center, a cybercrime research and education group. That’s up nearly 19 percent from the same period last year. The number of personal records exposed in 2014 thus far? Over 10 million. CBS News, July 1, 2014

Cyber Warning

Infamous Banking Malware Adds Email-Sending Feature: Cridex — a.k.a. Feodo and Bugat — now has a more streamlined and automated way of infecting victims and stealing their information. Dark Reading, July 1, 2014
Serious Android crypto key theft vulnerability affects 10% of devices: Researchers have warned of a vulnerability present on an estimated 10 percent of Android phones that may allow attackers to obtain highly sensitive credentials, including cryptographic keys for some banking services and virtual private networks, and PINs or patterns used to unlock vulnerable devices. ars technica, June 26, 2014
Half of All Network Devices Are Outdated – And Vulnerable: Aging, unsupported equipment leaves devices wide open to hackers and criminals. InfoSecurity, June 26, 2014

Cyber Security Management

Information Risk Maturity Index Says We’re Aware But Not Ready: A new study from PwC and Iron Mountain shows that businesses are having trouble balancing the need for data insight and the need for data security. Dark Reading, June 12, 2014

Cyber Security Management – Cyber Defense

​Microsoft flips switch on new webmail encryption: Following a Google report about Web-based email that raised questions about Microsoft’s encryption efforts, Microsoft unveils major encryption milestones, including the use of TLS. CNet, July 1, 2014
Information Security for Journalists: The Bigger Picture: “Digital” security for journalists is intrinsically linked with information security, but the two are not necessarily the same. It’s important to understand information security to maximize digital security. Information security relates to all aspects of how you collect, manage, control, use and dispose of your data. It applies on paper as well as in digital format, but many of the principles are the same. PBS, June 27, 2014


ISSA-LA Members Winners of Los Angeles Business Journal 2014 CIO Awards: Two members of the Los Angeles Chapter of the Information Systems Security Association have won awards relating to cybersecurity at the recent annual Los Angeles Business Journal CIO Awards. PR Log, June 30, 2014

Cyber Survey

Net Losses: Estimating the Global Cost of Cybercrime: Cybercrime is a growth industry. The returns are great, and the risks are low. We estimate that the likely
annual cost to the global economy from cybercrime is more than $400 billion. McAfee, June 2014

Cyber Sunshine

Microsoft says disrupts cybercrime rings with roots in Kuwait, Algeria: (Reuters) – Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O) launched what it hopes will be the most successful private effort to date to crack down on cyber crime by moving to disrupt communications channels between hackers and infected PCs. Reuters, June 30, 2014

Cyber Calender

ISSA-LA July Lunch Meeting: Attack Trends, the Need for Intelligence. Integration and a Prevent-Based Security Posture: This presentation will review recent trends associated with malware, advanced threats and risky applications. It will also highlight security administrator views toward their ability to identify, analyze and prevent security breaches. The data points associated with these findings identify a clear need for information security intelligence that is rich in content and also actionable. Security administrators must be able to integrate intelligence into their security controls in near real-time to prevent evolving attacks. The session will also raise the need for security practitioners to consider switching their security postures from detect to prevent. ISSA-LA, Event Date: July 16, 2014

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Important Security Updates

Adobe Shockwave Player: Adobe has released version of Shockwave Player running on Windows and Macintosh. Updates are available through the program or from Adobe’s Shockwave Web Site.
Apple iOS: Apple has released version 7.1.2 of its iOS for iPhone 4 and later, iPad and iPod touch to fix at least 35 vulnerabilities, some of which are highly critical. The update is available through the devices or through Apple’s website.
Apple OS X: Apple has released updates for its OS X to fix at least 16 vulnerabilities, some of which are highly critical. Update to version 10.9.4 or apply Security Update 2014-003.
Apple Safari: Apple has released updates for Safari to fix at least 11 vulnerabilities, some of which are highly critical, reported in previous versions. Update to Safari 7.0.5 for OS X Mavericks and Safari 6.1.5 for OS X Mountain Lion and Lion. Updates are available from Apple’s website.
Apple TV: Apple has released version 6.1.2 for Apple TV to fix at least 29 vulnerabilities, some of which are highly critical. Updates are available through the device or Apple’s website.
Avast: Avast has released version 9.0.2013. Updates are available on Avast’s website.
AVG Antivirus Free Edition: AVG has released version 2014.0.4716 (32-bit) of its Free Edition Antivirus. Updates are available through the program or from AVG’s website.
Foxit Reader / PhantomPDF: Foxit has released version to fix a vulnerability reported in Foxit Reader, Foxit Enterprise Reader, Foxit PhantomPDF. Updates are available through the program or from Foxit’s website.
RealPlayer: RealPlayer has released version to fix a highly critical vulnerability. The update is available from RealPlayer’s website.
Siber Systems RoboForm: Siber Systems has released version 7.9.8 of Roboform. Updates are available from within the program, look for the “Check for Update” button on the Help menu or download from the Roboform website.

Current Software Versions

Adobe Flash [Windows 7: IE]
Adobe Flash [Windows 7: Firefox, Mozilla]
Adobe Flash [Windows 8: IE]
Adobe Flash [Macintosh OS X: Firefox, Opera, Safari]
Adobe Reader 11.0.07
Dropbox 2.8.4 [Citadel warns against relying on Dropbox security. We recommend files containing sensitive information be independently encrypted with a program like Axcrypt; encryption keys be at least 15 characters long; and the Dropbox password be at least 15 characters long and different from other passwords.]
Firefox 30
Google Chrome 35.0.1916.153
Internet Explorer 11.0.9600.17126
Java SE 7 Update 60 [Citadel recommends removing or disabling Java from your browser. Java is a major source of cyber criminal exploits. It is not needed for most internet browsing. If you have a particular web site that requires Java, Citadel recommends using a two-browser approach to minimize risk. If you normally browse the Web with Firefox, for example, disable the Java plugin in Firefox and use an alternative browser — such as Chrome, IE9, Safari, etc — with Java enabled to browse only the sites that require it.]
QuickTime 7.7.5
Safari 5.1.7 
Safari 7.0.4 [Mac OS X]

Newly Announced Unpatched Vulnerabilities

For an updated list of previously announced Unpatched Vulnerabilities, please see the resources section of Citadel’s website.

For Your IT Department

BlackBerry Multiple Products: Secunia reports that BlackBerry has released an update for its BlackBerry Enterprise Service to fix at least 3 moderately critical vulnerabilities. Update to version 10.2.1 or later. Secunia also reports several moderately critical unpatched vulnerabilities in BlackBerry OS due to a bundled vulnerable version of OpenSSL and at least 2 moderately critical vulnerabilities in BlackBerry Link. No official solution is currently available. Secunia also reports a partial fix to address a security issue in BBM for Android versions prior to, BBM for iOS versions prior to, Secure Work Space for iOS and Android WorkConnect component. Apply update if available.
Cisco Multiple Products: Secunia reports that Cisco has released updates for its Unified Communications Domain Manager (CUCDM), Universal Small Cell 3000, 5000, 7000, and 9000 Series, and others. Apply updates.
Novell Open Enterprise Server: Secunia reports that Novell has released updates for its Open Enterprise Server and Novell Messenger to fix vulnerabilities reported in Novell Open Enterprise Server 2 (OES 2) SP3 and Novell Open Enterprise Server 11 (OES 11) SP1. Apply updates.

If you are responsible for the security of your computer, Citadel’s Weekend Vulnerability and Patch Report is for you. We strongly urge you to take action to keep your workstation patched and updated.
If someone else is responsible for the security of your computer, forward our Weekend Vulnerability and Patch Report to them and follow up to make sure your computer has been patched and updated.
Vulnerability management is a key element of cyber security management. Cyber criminals take over user computers by writing computer programs that “exploit” vulnerabilities in operating systems (Windows, Apple OS, etc) and application programs (Adobe Acrobat, Office, Flash, Java, etc). When software companies find a vulnerability, they usually issue an update patch to fix the code running in their customer’s computers.
Citadel publishes our Weekend Vulnerability and Patch Report to alert readers to some of the week’s important updates and vulnerabilities. Our focus is on software typically found in the small or home office (SOHO) or that users are likely to have on their home computer. The report is not intended to be a thorough listing of updates and vulnerabilities.
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