Friday, August 28, 2015

Cyber Privateering, Mossad Style

According to InfoWorld's 2015 Cyberthreat Defense Report (read it here),  fully 25% of all companies have no plans to invest in a "Threat intelligence Service" (see p. 12). My guess is that 100% of the market would make such an investment if approached with the following communication:

Attached is our documentation of a ZERO-DAY security hole in your computer infrastructure. Also included is a patch we generated to nullify this vulnerability, including source code. A certified hard copy of this information has been delivered to your IT department, along with an offer to license the use of this patch as well as the opportunity for site licensing our automated Threat Intelligence and Patching A.I. technology. Sincerely yours, Israeli Mossad Threat Remediation Services.

So what do you think? Would your company take more than 24 hours to commit to this kind of threat intelligency service?

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Want A Built-in Virus? Then Buy a Lenovo PC!

I've been harping on this subject since 2011. Just type "supply chain" into the search box on the left and you'll get the picture.

Yesterday's U.K. Register verified why the U.S. Government (and several others around the world) prohibit their departments from buying computers made in China (read the story here). Turns out, they hide their "crapware" in Windos laptops' BIOS. This is called "roaching the supply chain," a subject on which I waxed poetic in February (see the story here).

Ahem. Is it true that Cisco routers are built and provisioned with software in China?

Taman Shud.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

My Bet on Which Foreign Government Will Release Hillary's Emails: China, Russia, Israel, or North Korea?

Get your popcorn ready, folks. This is going to be a most entertaining election season. I've written extensively about Hillary's email server. Check out:

The first foreign government to release them in their entirety wins a massive PR prize. So who will it be. Or, playing on my "Hu's on first" routine (see it here), Hu will be it.


Friday, August 7, 2015

Predictive Analytics From Data Exhaust: Et Tu Russia!

Sharing is caring: How the enterprise can keep pace with the hackersWho would have thought that just one day after I predicted Russia was up to something, based upon simple data exhaust on my blog viewership, that those pesky scamps would make headlines for their attack on the Joint Chiefs of Staff emails (see the Computerworld story here)?

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Data Exhaust: Is Russia Up To Something Soon?

With all the news about China getting Worldwide Überhacker Status, I'm looking at the top readers of my blog for the last week and note two terribly interesting things:

  1. Russia is the most frequent visitor to my site; and
  2. China seems to have dropped completely off the list (they're in the #3 all-time top position, just behind Ukraine and, of course, USA which is #1).
So the question is, just what is Crazy Ivan up to? For that matter, Hu's on first in China?

Watson, there's a game afoot.