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Tuesday, December 09, 2014

DeathRing: Non-removable Pre-installed Malware@Androids

The smart-phones penetration in our country and for that matter any country has been seeing explosion like never before...from cheap mobiles with luring specs to high end smart-phones by Apple,Samsung,Sony etc.The growing and already a subject matter of concern in IT ie SECURITY is majoring as a serious threat in the mobile world too...like the Microsoft b70 case few years back(click here for details)....As evidenced by the latest pre-loaded malware identified called DeathRing that’s  a Chinese Trojan that is pre-installed on a number of smart-phones most popular in Asian and African countries.
as evidenced by the latest pre-loaded malware Lookout identified called DeathRing.

Read more: DeathRing: Pre-loaded malware hits smartphones for the second time in 2014 (https://blog.lookout.com/?p=15835)
as evidenced by the latest pre-loaded malware Lookout identified called DeathRing.

Read more: DeathRing: Pre-loaded malware hits smartphones for the second time in 2014 (https://blog.lookout.com/?p=15835)
as evidenced by the latest pre-loaded malware Lookout identified called DeathRing.

Read more: DeathRing: Pre-loaded malware hits smartphones for the second time in 2014 (https://blog.lookout.com/?p=15835)

Friday, December 05, 2014

Operation Cleaver : IRAN a greater Cyber Threat then US/China????

1.    There has been a series of decisive and significant reveals in past few weeks in the field of Cyber Security. REGIN, APT28, Wirelurker and now comes another important report by the name of Operation Cleaver. The report is available here.Some time about a year back in September 2013,the ping pong blame of cyber attacks between Iran-US were made public vide US carrying out proven credentials of IRAN being part of attack in their Navy room. A screen shot of a report then is seen below :
 2.    Now, a US cyber security firm Cylance says it has evidence to prove that the same team has infiltrated not just the Navy, but also various top companies across the globe within the past two years. This report sheds light on the efforts of a coordinated and determined group working to undermine the security of at least 50 companies across 15 industries in 16 countries.


3.  Iran till date has never been considered quite as much of a serious cyber threat to the US as China and Russia have been in recent years. This could prove to be a mistake vide proofs given in this report.The report indicates that state sponsored cyber groups in Iran can be just as severe or even way ahead in terms of offered danger to few countries. Few key points of interest are mentioned below :
Victims include companies in the oil and gas sector, the energy industry, airports and the transportation sector, government and defence, and the telecommunications and technology industries.

-   Report believes all the revelations are just the tip of the ice berg and damage extends much ahead of contours identified.

-   About 10 of the victims are based in the US and include a major airline, an energy company, a medical university, and an automobile manufacturer.

-   Many of the other firms targeted by the group are based in Middle Eastern countries like Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar. Cylance also found a significant number of victims in Canada, Germany, England, France, India, Israel, Pakistan, and Turkey.

-  Unlike their Russian and Chinese counterparts, which tend to grab IP and financial data where they can, the Iranian group has mostly avoided stealing such data.

-  The group is scoping networks and conducting reconnaissance as if in preparation for a major assault at some point in the future.

-   Technical capabilities of the Operation Cleaver team rapidly evolve faster than any previously observed Iranian effort.

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Harden your LinkedIn Settings : A Necessity Now

Most of us are part of various Social Engineering Sites and keep updating ourselves via status updates, pictures and tweeting small life updates. Related Privacy and Security issues in respect of these social engineering sites available is already a serious concern among users. Additionally for these all social engineering sites/applications whether accessible on a desktop or a mobile, we all are not so serious responding and interacting but that’s the difference when we see viz-a-viz LinkedIn. When it is LinkedIn…we are mostly serious…no jokes, no clips, no tagging, no personal comments, no WOWs…it’s all professional. And when most of us take it seriously, we also feed serious inputs on it. But do we take necessary precautions too?...I have mostly seen a negated curve amongst my friend circle….hardly anyone has spared time to configure LinkedIn Privacy and Security settings. In this post I bring you out basic and necessary configuration steps involved to harden your LinkedIn interface to the world.

Monday, December 01, 2014

Configuring and using OPENVPN in UBUNTU@14.04 LTS

1.  VPN as discussed recently in my post here is on-way becoming a routine necessity for each one of us.In this post I bring you a screen shot and command terminal step by step procedure to configure and use OPENVPN,an open source application vide which a Ubuntu user can tunnel any IP subnetwork or virtual ethernet adapter over a single UDP or TCP port and additionally configure a scalable, load-balanced VPN server farm using one or more machines which can handle thousands of dynamic connections from incoming VPN clients.OpenVPN is the best and most recommended open-source VPN software world-wide. It is the most secure VPN option. You need to download the open-source OpenVPN Client and our configuration and certificate bundle from the links on site shown below (use TCP if you cannot connect to UDP due to network restriction).

Steps involved : 

- Open a sudo terminal

- Install openvpn by typing

sudo apt-get install openvpn

Goto http://www.vpnbook.com/freevpn and Download one of the VPNBook OpenVPN certificate bundles as seen available in the screenshot below :

After downloading either of the above certificates as seen....do extract the contents in one folder and these should look like as seen below :

If there is any issue with the installation part,install the openvpn client by synaptics as shown below :



Once done ...go to the sudo terminal and type the following :

openvpn --config vpnbook-euro1-tcp443.ovpn



As you see the message INITIALIZATION SEQUENCE COMPLETED...u r on with the VPN..