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One of my favorite OSINT resources internet-haganah have opened up a new thread on their forums that are dedicated to Iran, called Ashiyane. This is basically the hacker forum that I was researching a couple of years ago (see my DefCon18 talk, and here, and here). The forum thread is here: http://forum.internet-haganah.com/showthread.php?440-Ashiyane And an interesting intelligence profile for the group actually quotes my past research (which unlike what it may seem was NOT done as part of my reserve duty tasks in the Israeli AriForce…) Keep up the great work guys! Truly humbled to have my work mentioned on your site. ... (more)

[Offtopic] AirPlay on the home network

Just a quick share on something that made me very happy this week (that’s what happens when the wife is not around): Enabling AirPlay on a non-apple device to stream both music as well as video to my Boxee (on an Xtreamer Ultra Linux box). Pascal Widdershoven has published a really simple and quick to install script here: Airplayer Albert Zeyer has the equivalent one for playing audio: Shairport Installation of both is fairly straightforward (just read the readme/install files) and worked flawlessly on my rig. Have fun! ... (more)

Advanced Data Exfilration

This paper has been published in several security conferences during 2011, and is now being made fully available (as well as a PDF version for downloading) Abstract Penetration testing and red-team exercises have been running for years using the same methodology and techniques. Nevertheless, modern attacks do not conform to what the industry has been preparing for, and do not utilize the same tools and techniques employed by such tests. This paper discusses the different ways that attacks should be emulated, and focuses mainly on data exfiltration. The ability to “break into” a... (more)

Identity Crisis

Here’s a common question I get asked a lot: “What technology should I use to secure my server/network/[some technology]?” The question is usually presented by someone who’s in charge of “Security” in an organization. Now, I wouldn’t have had a problem with this if this was a technician, or a pen-tester of sorts, but I get really nervous when the CISO/CIO/Security manager is the one asking. I think that this question is highly inappropriate for two reasons: You should not be looking for “technology”. Buying a product is not going to make you more secure or less secure. You should n... (more)

The China/Google thing, accountants and other miscreants

Aha! Can’t believe I managed to avoid the unbelievable hype flood that swept across the interwebs in the last month. And to think that the last post (long overdue, I know… had REALLY good reasons for not being able to post anything) was somewhat oracleish in predicting that this would be the focus of this year. Just to set the stage right – we are at a point where I just saw a USA Today “Money” section front page article on how Google’s engagement with the NSA post the breach will affect the security vendor market, and a few VCs were also quoted to the fact that we will be seein... (more)