How Chinese Cyber Attacks Work

Yesterday  60 Minutes on CBS broadcast The Great Brain Robbery: Economic espionage sponsored by the Chinese government is costing U.S. corporations hundreds of billions of dollars and more than two million jobs. On the 60 Minutes website is posted extra content called "Correspondent Candid" which is embedded below. In this segment, we learn exactly how the Chinese steal our stuff.  At 47 seconds the big secret is revealed. No surprise -- spearphishing.  At Spearphishing – The Movie former FBI agent Eric Fiterman gives us a deeper dive into spearphishing technology. What we see is how bad guys use technology to access the key control element of [...]

2016-01-18T18:12:42-07:00January 18th, 2016|Cybersecurity - General, SP Guard, spear phishing|

Spearphishing Plunges 700,000 People Into Darkness

ESET is reporting that on December 23, 2015, about half of the 1.4 million residents of Ukraine's Ivano-Frankivsk region were left without power as the result of a spearphishing attack being attributed to Russia. Ukraine Utility Prykarpattya Oblenergo The attack on Prykarpattya Oblenergo was the classic spearphishing attack. The targeted individual received an email masquerading as from a trusted sender. In this case, the purported sender was the Ukrainian parliament. The email had an attachment. The attachment was crafted to induce the victim to enable scripts.  The scripts then compromised the victim's system. It is important to focus on the user to understand how this attack [...]

2017-01-07T17:35:09-07:00January 7th, 2016|Cybersecurity - General, SP Guard, spear phishing|