Phishing

Phishing Lives On with New Bait

The saying “Gone Fishing” on the once prosaic signs hanging from rural-based gas stations or car repair shops has evolved to mean something completely different in 2016. While phishing attacks are not growing by leaps and bounds like other types of cyber threats, it is certainly showing no signs of slowing down. Last year, RSA…

Operationalizing Monitoring and Response

There are constant attacks against every network, and security practitioners need to be prepared to defend their organization’s assets. However, while many organizations have technology to detect at least some of these threats, they do not have the resources to effectively follow up or act on what they may find. Over the past few years,…

E4 – Storms on the Horizon – Technical Dialogue

On the surface, the Kingdom appears generally calm and safe in Episode #4 of Defend the Kingdom “Storms on the Horizon”.  The massive siege from Episode #3 “Hordes at the Gate” has been survived, the alliance with the new trade partner is showing real promise and the Hunter is focused on the mundane task of…

Taxpayers Beware: Phishing and Other Scams Coming to an Inbox Near You

The phone rang. My first mistake? Answering it. My second? Listening to the well-scripted gentlemen relay the following information: “Hello Ma’am” announced a voice with a distinct, almost halting South African accent, “I am calling from the IRS in Washington D.C. and you owe us money. If you do not send me a wire transfer…

The Dark Web: Coming to a Retailer Near You

As retailers, financial institutions and payment processors around the globe prepare for the upcoming year, it should come as no surprise that cybercriminals in the Dark Web are doing the same. From the POS terminal to the mobile device, fraudsters are building their arsenal of cyber weapons to strike at every point along the way.…

E4 – Storms on the Horizon – First Winds

The Siren sat demurely in her corner booth at the café watching the patrons with an air of casual indifference.  A closer inspection of her after a few minutes though would reveal the intensity of a predator as her eyes smoothly moved from one customer to the next.  She surveyed every table for a few…

E3 – Hordes at the Gate – Technical Dialogue

In Episode 3 “Hordes at the Gate,” the Kingdom endures the full force of the Brute’s power. A devastating and impeccably planned siege and assault on the Kingdom’s defenses leaves the empire bruised and battered but not defeated.  Through valiant efforts, the fortifications hold and the hordes are repelled. However, it is revealed that the…

David vs. Goliath

Yes. Yes. You are very good at what you do (even the best!). You have skills, techniques, speed and strength. But is that enough? Just being the best at what you do doesn’t mean you will win against any opponent. Have you ever thought what will happen to a boxer entering the Octagon with an MMA fighter? If…

E3 – Hordes at the Gate – The Battle

The Hunter arrived on the wall of the fortress on the frontier out of breath. He had ridden through the night to get to the most active and dangerous part of the assault on the Kingdom’s walls. He leaned over the parapet and quickly surveyed the chaos below him. Within seconds an arrow whizzed past…

Summer’s Over: Spies go Back to School – Part I

As college and university students prepare to begin another school year, we see them as future entrepreneurs, computer scientists, engineers, politicians and civic leaders.  To add a twist, some of these students will also be our future digital hacktivists and cyber criminals. Take for example Carnegie Mellon sophomore Morgan Culbertson who was recently linked with…