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August 2017 Part 4
Anatomy of a Cyber Attack
Cyber criminals are as diverse as their real-world counterparts. In the last five years, there have been cyber attacks targeted at all sorts of organisations. These criminal activities include breaking into private networks, stealing data and installing ransomware, etc. Every individual is responsible for an organisation’s cyber security and it is vital that you know your enemies and implement effective cyber security measures.
3 Types of Cyber Attackers
- White Hats
- White hats are security researchers or hackers who work for organisations such as the government or cyber security firms, etc. E.g. they work to discover vulnerabilities in software and networks to recommend ways to address these gaps.
2. Black Hats
- Black Hats are criminals, who use their ability to plunder individuals or organisations. They explore or develop software deficiencies and attack methods or other malicious tools to break into machines and steal data, such as passwords, email, intellectual property, credit card numbers or bank account credentials.
3. Grey Hats
- Grey Hats fall into the middle ground between the White and Black Hat categories. Often, Grey Hat hackers look to expose vulnerabilities in a system to inform an organisation of the defect or share it with a group of people. Although, these hackers are not usually motivated by personal gain, their actions may be considered illegal or unethical.
Two factors that determine the type of hacker:
- What are their intentions?
- Are their intentions law-breaking?
Four primary motivators:
- Financial Gain
- Ideology or Politics
- Cyber Protection
Not all hackers have malicious intent. Hacking can be used for good and evil, it boils down to the hacker’s intent. In mainstream media, the term “hacker” is usually related to cyber criminals. A hacker could be anyone regardless of intentions or methods. Hacking is not an illegal activity unless their actions compromises a system without an owner’s permission.
Cross Domain Solutions. Types of Cyber Crimes. Retrieved from Cross Domain Solutions: http://www.crossdomainsolutions.com/cyber-crime/
The Guardian. (2017, August 23). Identity fraud reaching epidemic levels, new figures show. Retrieved from The Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/money/2017/aug/23/identity-fraud-figures-cifas-theft
Channel News Asia. (2017, 19 March). Ethical hackers on the frontline, keeping your home safe from cyber-attacks. Retrieved from Channel News Asia: http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/ethical-hackers-on-the-frontline-keeping-your-home-safe-from-cyb-8577866
Make Use Of. (2012, July 13). 5 of the World’s Most Famous And Most Influential White Hat Hackers. Retrieved from Make Use Of: http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/5-worlds-famous-influential-white-hat-hackers/
Express. (2015, September 1). Lizard Squad: The notorious hacking group who brought down UK government website. Retrieved from Express: http://www.express.co.uk/life-style/science-technology/602157/Lizard-Squad-Hacking-Group-Ddos-Attack-PS4-Xbox-NCA
Technotification.com (2014, December 30). Top 10 Black-Hat Hackers in the World. Retrieved from Technotification.com: https://www.technotification.com/2014/12/top-10-best-black-hat-hackers-in-the-world.html
The Guardian. (2016, August 8). The state of cyber security: we’re all screwed. Retrieved from The Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2016/aug/08/cyber-security-black-hat-defcon-hacking
The Mental Club. (2015, April 5). Top 5 Black Hat Hackers of the World. Retrieved from The Mental Club: http://thementalclub.com/top-5-black-hat-hackers-world-572
Toptenz.net. (2010, May 24). Top 10 Infamous Hackers. Retrieved from Toptenz.net: http://www.toptenz.net/top-10-infamous-hackers.php
IT World Canada. (2012, January 3). Experts divided om ‘grey hat’ hackers. Retrieved from IT World Canada: http://www.itworldcanada.com/article/experts-divided-on-grey-hat-hackers/45669
Techopedia. Hactivism. Retrieved from Techopedia: https://www.techopedia.com/definition/2410/hacktivism
Express. (2016, May 11). ‘This is just the beginning’ Anonymous hackers take down nine banks in 30-day cyber attack. Retrieved from Express: http://www.express.co.uk/news/world/669346/Anonymous-hackers-take-down-nine-banks-in-30-day-cyber-attack
Entrepreneur.com. (2017, March 2). 4 Easy Ways to Protect Your Company From a Cyber Attack. Retrieved from Entrepreneur.com: https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/289680
July 2017 Part 3
Anatomy of a Cyber Attack
One of the most important knowledge that a cyber security professional would have to know is the Cyber Kill Chain. The Cyber Kill Chain is a seven-stage model that illustrates how cyber criminals get to their victims and target on the system’s vulnerabilities.
7-Stages of Cyber Kill Chain
- Attacker gathers information on the target before launching attack. They usually look for publicly available information on the Internet.
- The attacker uses an exploit and create a malicious payload to send the victim without actual contact with them.
- Attacker sends malicious payload to the victim by email or through other means, which is only one of the numerous intrusion methods the attacker can use.
- The actual exploitation only takes place when the attacker uses an exploit.
- Installing malware on the infected computer is only relevant if the attacker used malware as part of the attack.
6. Command and Control
- The attacker creates a command and control channel to continue operating his internal assets remotely.
- Attacker performs these steps to achieve his actual goals inside the victim’s network.
Knowing and understanding the “7 Steps of The Cyber Kill Chain” enable organisations to trace the movements of an attacker and take the necessary security precautions to prevent such attack from happening.
However, over-focus on this area can also be detrimental to network security. A persistent, highly determined and skilled attacker will always find a way into the network. Thus, instead of analysing old malware, organisation should also focus on detecting ongoing attacks before the damage is done.
Deloitte.com. Responding to cyber threats in the new reality.
Retrieved from Deloitte.com: https://www2.deloitte.com/content/dam/Deloitte/sg/Documents/risk/sea-risk-cyber-thought-leadership-noexp.pdf
Alien Vault. Defend like an attacker: Applying the cyber kill chain
Retrieved from Alien Vault: https://www.alienvault.com/blogs/security-essentials/defend-like-an-attacker-applying-the-cyber-kill-chain
Telelink. Access Networking Threats, Corporate WAN Threats, IT Threats
Retrieved from Telelink: http://itsecurity.telelink.com/reconnaissance/
Techopedia. Active Reconnaissance.
Retrieved from Techopedia: https://www.techopedia.com/definition/3650/active-reconnaissance
The Guardian. (2016, October 22). Cyber attack: hackers ‘weaponised’ everyday devices
with malware. Retrieved from The Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2016/oct/22/cyber-attack-hackers-weaponised-everyday-devices-with-malware-to-mount-assault
University of Pennsylvania. Cyber Weapons. Retrieved from University of Pennsylvania: https://sites.google.com/site/uscyberwar/cyber-weapons
Alert Logic. (2016, December 30). The Cyber Kill Chain: Understanding Advanced Persistent Threats. Retrieved from Alert Logic: https://www.alertlogic.com/blog/the-cyber-kill-chain-understanding-advanced-persistent-threats/
CNN. (2017, June 28). Another big malware attach ripples across the world. Retrieved from CNN: http://money.cnn.com/2017/06/27/technology/hacking-petya-europe-ukraine-wpp-rosneft/index.html
Bleeping Computer (2017, July 20). Valve Patches Security Flaw That Allows Installation of Malware via Steam Games. Retrieved from Bleeping Computer: https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/valve-patches-security-flaw-that-allows-installation-of-malware-via-steam-games/
RSA. (2012, August 16). Stalking The Kill Chain: The Attacker’s Chain. Retrieved from RSA: https://blogs.rsa.com/stalking-the-kill-chain-the-attackers-chain-2/
News. (2017, May 15). Ransomware cyberattack hits Australia as EU warns victims worldwide may grow. Retrieved from News: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-05-14/ransomware-cyberattack-threat-lingers-as-people-return-to-work/8525554
Infosec Institute. (2013, May 21). Cyber Kill Chain is a Great Idea, But Is It Something Your Company Can Implement. Retrieved from Infosec Institute: http://resources.infosecinstitute.com/cyber-kill-chain-is-a-great-idea-but-is-it-something-your-company-can-implement/#gref
June 2017 Part 2
What are your risks?
- Online payment systems may not guarantee the safety of your money – $81M stolen from central bank of Bangladesh in 2016 cyber heist
- Drugs, information and your credit card data – Take your pick in the online black markets
- Is your child’s identity at risk? – Young mum experiences ‘digital kidnapping’
- Cyber bullying can kill - How it can lead to suicide
- Your data and devices could be held hostage – Find out the anatomy of a ransomware
How is your data retrieved?
Social Engineering Attacks
- Baiting – Watch what happens when you plug a foreign device into your computer
- Phishing – Personal details targeted in phishing emails that appears as Google Docs
- Pretexting – Your board director can be an impersonator to get your phone records (Hewlett-Packard incident)
- Read more on social engineering fraud
- Social media alone can help cyber criminals know you better– 30% of internet users vulnerable to attacks
- Google tracks you by what you share – Here’s how to stop it
- Think before you post – When it can cost you your job
What can you do?
- Be discreet about your privacy settings and ‘check-in’s.
- Be sure you know who people are before accepting connections
- Be wary about messages from unfamiliar emails
Daily Mail. (2016, April 23). Hackers steal $81 million from a Bangladeshi bank with no firewall... and were only caught out when the illiterate fraudsters spelt 'foundation' as 'fandation'. Retrieved from Daily Mail: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3555298/Hackers-steal-81-million-Bangladeshi-bank-no-firewall-caught-illiterate-fraudsters-spelt-foundation-fandation.html#ixzz4oaAuU5g3
News. (2016, January 18). Suspicion and mistrust: Total anarchy on the dark web. Retrieved from News: http://www.news.com.au/technology/online/security/suspicion-and-mistrust-total-anarchy-on-the-dark-web/news-story/e9240f00f4a69206e811efc4086b9213
Yahoo. (2015, March 3). The Disturbing Facebook Trend of Stolen Kids Photos. Retrieved from Yahoo: https://www.yahoo.com/news/mom-my-son-was-digitally-kidnapped-what-112545291567.html
CNN. (2016, December 1). Teen who was relentlessly bullied kills herself in front of her family. Retrieved from CNN: http://edition.cnn.com/2016/12/01/health/teen-suicide-cyberbullying-trnd/index.html
Deloitte.com. Ransomware is moving to the next level. Retrieved from Deloitte.com: https://www2.deloitte.com/lu/en/pages/risk/articles/ransomware-moving-next-level.html
Deloitte.com. Cyber video: Companies like yours. Retrieved from: https://www2.deloitte.com/global/en/pages/risk/articles/cybervideo-companies-like-yours.html
NBC News. (2017, May 4). Massive Phishing Attack Targets Gmail Users. Retrieved from NBC News: http://www.nbcnews.com/tech/security/massive-phishing-attack-targets-millions-gmail-users-n754501
The New York Times. (2006, September 8). Hewlett-Packard Spied on Writers in Leaks. Retrieved from The New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2006/09/08/technology/08hp.html
Deloitte.com. Safeguarding your enterprise from social engineering fraud risks. Retrieved from Deloitte.com: https://www2.deloitte.com/in/en/pages/finance/articles/social-engineering-fraud-risks.html
ETCIO.com. (2016, January 10). Oversharing on social networking sites leaves 30% internet users vulnerable to cybercrime. Retrieved from ETCIO.com: http://cio.economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/digital-security/oversharing-on-social-networking-sites-leaves-30-internet-users-vulnerable-to-cybercrime/50517472
Wired. (2017, March 20). Google tracks everything you do: here’s how to delete it. Retrieved from Wired: http://www.wired.co.uk/article/google-history-search-tracking-data-how-to-delete
Deloitte.com. Phishing and ransomware can be your worst nightmares, how can you prevent these evolving threats. Retrieved from Deloitte.com: https://www2.deloitte.com/lu/en/pages/risk/articles/phishing-ransomware-how-to-prevent-threats.html
May 2017 Part I
Hunting in the Cyberspace
You may have read the recent news about one of the largest cyber attacks, the WannaCry Ransomware. This incident is a wake-up call to all organisations alike, requiring global responsibility and attention to prevent future episodes. We hope to shed light on the fundamentals of cyber security with this 8 part Edu-series to help you understand and protect your data.
Cyber attacks, unlike physical warfare, transcend national borders by compromising computer systems and networks. In this interconnected digital sphere, they threaten the very infrastructures that nations and corporations depend on. Data theft, manipulation of networks and disabling online platforms have amounted to considerable repercussions.
Undeniably, major cyber infringements demonstrate the vulnerability of all organizations’ systems. The growing trend of political cyber attacks has formed a new field of spying: cyber espionage – superpowers have engaged cyber software such as Stuxnet, Flame and DuQu, in an attempt to monitor, collect and control its target. Subscribe for more information!
BBC. (2010, August 25). Secret US military computers 'cyber attacked' in 2008. Retrieved from BBC: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-11088658
BBC. (2013, January 31). New York Times 'hit by hackers from China'. Retrieved from BBC: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-21271849
Broad, W. J., Markoff, J., & Sanger, D. E. (2011, January 15). Israeli Test on Worm Called Crucial in Iran Nuclear Delay. Retrieved from The New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/16/world/middleeast/16stuxnet.html
CNET. (2017, May 15). WannaCry ransomware: Everything you need to know. Retrieved from CNET: https://www.cnet.com/news/wannacry-wannacrypt-uiwix-ransomware-everything-you-need-to-know/
Fiegerman, S. (2016, December 15). Yahoo says data stolen from 1 billion accounts. Retrieved from CNN: http://money.cnn.com/2016/12/14/technology/yahoo-breach-billion-users/index.html?iid=EL
Jones, S. (2014, August 29). Ukraine: Russia’s new art of war. Retrieved from Financial Times: https://www.ft.com/content/ea5e82fa-2e0c-11e4-b760-00144feabdc0
Lee, T. B. (2013, November 1). How a grad student trying to build the first botnet brought the Internet to its knees. Retrieved from Washington Post: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-switch/wp/2013/11/01/how-a-grad-student-trying-to-build-the-first-botnet-brought-the-internet-to-its-knees/?utm_term=.7cf9a699c497
Russell, A. (2004, February 28). CIA plot led to huge blast in Siberian gas pipeline. Retrieved from Telegraph: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/1455559/CIA-plot-led-to-huge-blast-in-Siberian-gas-pipeline.html
Telegraph. (2013, January 14). Red October computer virus found. Retrieved from Telegraph: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/news/9800946/Red-October-computer-virus-found.html