Monthly Archives: November 2013

Healthcare.gov Gets Fuzzed Amid General Condemnation by Security Professionals

As the flagship effort of President Obama’s terms in office, and a massive new repository of personal financial and medical information, Healthcare.gov was already a huge cyber attack target before the site even went live. The technical difficulties many users … Continue reading

Cyber Threats to the Global Oil Supply Chain

The Federation of American Scientists has published a paper detailing threats to the global oil supply chain. Rounding out a list of major regional and geopolitical threats to the global oil infrastructure, the risks of SCADA and other attacks on … Continue reading

Additional Activities – 22 November 2013

22 November 2013: Dr. Itamara Lochard, Director of MIIS CySec received the Order of Thor for her outreach on cyber efforts overseas with NATO and other partners from the Military Cyber Professionals Association. Two MIIS Cyber Security Working Group officers … Continue reading

Additional Activities – 21 November 2013

21 November 2013: Dr. Itamara Lochard, Director of MIIS CySec, was invited by founder CPT (US) Joe Billingsley to become a permanent member of the Military Cyber Professionals Association (MCPA) to include their STEP efforts to increase cyber security awareness … Continue reading

Key-Leader Engagement – 15 November 2013

15 November 2013: Dr. Itamara Lochard, Director of MIIS CySec, spoke on “Non-State Actors in A Digital World” at the Macedonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) in Skopje, Macedonia. The closed-audience included the multilateral division, intelligence agency institute for diplomacy, … Continue reading

Speaker Series – Special Agent John Chesson: 15 November 2013

15 November 2013: Special Agent John Chesson of the FBI’s San Francisco Office spoke on “Countering Cybercrime.” This event was closed to the public.

Additional Activities – 15 November 2013

15 November 2013: MIIS CySec and the Military Academy General Mihailo Apostolski of Macedonia signed an MOU. This is the first regional cyber security effort in Southeast Europe which is a follow-on to the October NATO ESCD Science for Peace-sponsored … Continue reading

Adobe’s Credential Security Failure is Impacting Other Web Services, Becoming Password Cracker’s Dream Come True

The breaches in Adobe’s databases, which were exposed by Hold Security and publicized by security journalist Brian Krebs have continued to have significant impacts beyond the company itself. In addition to the public release of extensive amounts of source code … Continue reading

The Sunshop Digital Quartermaster – a State Cyber-Espionage Armory?

Cyber-security research firm FireEye has published a new report alleging that there may be a single actor providing important code development resources to as many as 11 separate APT campaigns. All of the tools have been written using a Chinese … Continue reading

Executive Education- 3-9 November 2013

3-9 November 2013: Director of MIIS CySec Dr. Itamara Lochard conducted an executive education course on “Terrorists’ Use of Cyber for Istanbul Cooperation Initiative and Gulf States” at the NATO Center of Excellence – Defense Against Terrorism (CoE-DAT) in Ankara, … Continue reading

Speaker Series – Dr. Dorothy Denning: 8 November 2013

8 November 2013: Dr. Dorothy Denning, Distinguished Professor of Defense Analysis Department at the Naval Postgraduate School and a leading authority in cybersecurity matters presented a talk entitled, “Active Cyber Defense.”

Terrorism, War, and Cyber (in)Security

José de Arimatéia da Cruz has published an article in the Small Wars Journal regarding Cyberterrorism.

Speaker Series – Mikhail Yakushev : 7 November 2013

7 November 2013: Mikhail Yakushev, Chairman of the Executive Board of the Center for Political Studies in Moscow, presented on “The Challenge of Cybersecurity: Prospects for Global Governance on the Internet.” The event was jointly sponsored by MIIS’ Center for … Continue reading

Additional Activities – 5-6 November 2013

5-6 November 2013: MIIS CySec Research Assistant and Website Manager Dan Gifford attended the East-West Institute’s Fourth Annual Cyberspace Cooperation Summit in Palo Alto California. Events centered on building cooperation, capability and and strengthening conceptions of Cybersecurity issues on an … Continue reading

Red October(?) Evolves, Hits Finnish Foreign Ministry

The Red October RAT (Remote Access Tool) which has been extensively analyzed by Kaspersky appears to have continued its development. The Finnish Foreign Ministry has disclosed that they were the victims of a penetration attack going on over four years. … Continue reading