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One of my wordles was used…

One of my Wordles was used here.

Information Security Wordle: PCI Data Security Standard


My Home Windows PC Security…

…culled from tweets.


I meant to write this for sometime. I just never got around to it. I felt moved to tweet the bare bones notes earlier today.


I will replicate those here.


– Avast for AV http://bit.ly/8bcLxX

– I try to separate out my on-line life as Purpleslog from my real life as XXXX. http://bit.ly/oE15sU

– I have an use a cross-cut paper shredder http://amzn.to/rhzXeM

– I don’t use my own email client. I use GMAIL for Purpleslog and Yahoo Email for XXXXX for their anti-malware

– Secunia Personal Software Inspector for Application patches and updates http://bit.ly/DW9u

– I have MS Updates set to auto-download. I require it to wait for me to install. http://bit.ly/LncO

– I have the MS Firewall turned on. http://bit.ly/9MArC

OpenDNS for some further AV and Mal-ware screening – http://bit.ly/lYju1o http://bit.ly/a66DUI

– Browser extension WOT – to give warnings of malicious web sites http://bit.ly/dHANri

– Browser extension Adblock Plus to reduce ads and ad-based malware http://bit.ly/fKVAIL

– Browser extension Flashblock to curtail unexpected Flash http://bit.ly/eJtzuo

– Browser extension HTTPS-Everywhere to force more SSL/TLS/HTTPS usage http://bit.ly/aZvj4e

– I use Foxit as my PDF reader. I don’t uses Adobe’s.  http://bit.ly/oAycMG

– Choose good passwords. Don’t re-use across systems. I use Password Safe to contain them. http://bit.ly/aqnaeB

– For my home WiFi, I use good and long passwords. http://bit.ly/cNpJoJ http://bit.ly/lqJSlJ

– Secure Zip http://www.pkware.com/software/securezip/windows

I ‘ll add Mac OS/X stuff in the future TBD.


Anti-Spam Lawfare

It sounds like some Computer Scientists…

A team of computer scientists at two University of California campuses has been looking deeply into the nature of spam, and they think found a ‘choke point’ [PDF] that could greatly reduce the flow of spam…If a handful of companies like these refused to authorize online credit card payments to the merchants, ‘you’d cut off the money that supports the entire spam enterprise,’ said one of the scientists. [Link]

…has caught up to my thinking…

Often much of the cost of an information security incident falls not onto the party that is responsible for providing the Security but onto third parties. While the enterprise/individual that has the incident may incur costs, much of the cost of this InfoSec externality is put onto others (organizations/individuals/taxpayers).

What is lacking is proper incentives. By incentives I do not mean government regulations or criminal statutes.

I mean money. Getting money is a good incentive. Avoiding loosing money is a good incentive. Not having your Balance Sheet, Income Statement, and Cash Flow Statement be effected by information security loss is a good incentive.

What is needed is Information Security Lawfare.

If an organization or individual deploys information technology in such a way that normal best practices are not followed (read: Duty of Care) and is subsequently used as part of an information security incident, those effected by that information Security incident should sue for a Tort Remedy.[link]

Why leave Lawfare just to the bad guys?

My Purpleslog identity is safe…

….from http://www.peekyou.com.


I found this via Slash Dot.

Cyber Security – APT – Advanced Persistant Threats – Capture Phrase…

…from here [The bolding is mine]:

Unlike traditional malicious attacks that occur over a number of minutes (days to weeks at most) and result in a demonstrable system payload, APTs are far more subtle. There is no single event to indicate compromise; the threat is made up of a number of small activities occurring over a long period of time, often up to 18 months.

The challenge facing security experts is that many of these small activities will not raise any alerts. APTs often include a degree of social engineering, with malicious individuals getting information from phone calls or looking up web addresses as a starting point for finding creative ways to gain access to systems, or they use people within the organisation to plant malware components within the system.

These small actions will not stand out from the millions of events occurring on an IT infrastructure every day– they get lost in the crowd. Even if they are noticed, they may be viewed as low risk when compared with traditional security threats, but in the era of APT these low-key events need to be considered differently.

Is there a trend in activity? Could this action actually provide a route into other company assets, such as financial information or intellectual property? Is this small event part of a larger scheme?

What does that sound like sort of? Hmm…

(old found draft post)CyberWar – Ref Links

Apr 26, 2009 @ 12:05

I will return to the topic of CyberWar sometime in the near future.

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Remember: China is at best a Frenemy

From Forbes:

Last weekend, a report by researchers at the Munk Center of the University of Toronto revealed “GhostNet,” a computer espionage virus that had infected around 1,300 computers worldwide–including many “high value” targets where diplomatic and national security information was stored. The attack focused on computers in Southern Asia and offices belonging to the Dalai Lama, exiled leader of China-occupied Tibet. GhostNet-infected machines were controlled by computers located in the People’s Republic. Experts disagree on whether the evidence proves China’s guilt or merely suggests it overwhelmingly.
After the Dalai Lama’s office sent an e-mail invitation to a foreign diplomat, Beijing diplomats happened to phone the same diplomat and discourage the visit. A China-bound traveler who had used the Internet to help put Tibetan exiles in contact with Chinese dissidents was stopped at the Chinese border, shown transcripts of the online exchanges, and warned to cut it out.

The US and China may have have shared interests, but we are not friends, we are not allies. China will use this and all other means at there disposal to further their interests (political and economic).