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[Netsec] SANS NewsBites Vol. 13 Num. 40 : Smartphone and Cloud Privacy, SCADA Brief Cancellation; Who Will Replace Reitinger at DHS
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SANS NewsBites May 20, 2011 Vol. 13, Num. 040
TOP OF THE NEWS
Senators Want Laws to Address Smartphone Data Privacy
Researchers Cancel Presentation on SCADA Vulnerabilities
Proposed Update to Electronic Surveillance Law Addresses Cloud Privacy Concerns
Reitinger Confident His Team Will Successfully Implement Cybersecurity
Plans at DHS
THE REST OF THE WEEK'S NEWS
Sony Treading Carefully After PSN Relaunch
Google Rolling out Fix for Android Vulnerability
P2P Monitoring Company Leaks Data
Terry Childs Completes Prison Sentence, Now Must Pay US $1.5 Million
Suspended Sentence for Stealing Log-in Credentials
SpyEye Targets Verizon Customers
South Korean Financial Authority Will Penalize Hyundai Capital Over Breach
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TOP OF THE NEWS
--Senators Want Laws to Address Smartphone Data Privacy
(May 19, 2011)
US legislators are calling for laws that protect smartphone users from
having their location tracked. Senators Jay Rockefeller (D-WVa.) and
John Kerry (D-Mass.) told the Senate Commerce, Science and
Transportation Committee Subcommittee on Consumer Protection that there
needs to be legislation that gives consumers control of their location
information on smartphones and personal data on the Internet. They also
said that the smartphone app market needs to be regulated; because this
particular sector of the market is expanding so rapidly, "many consumers
do not understand the privacy implications of their actions."
[Editor's Note (Pescatore): I really don't think new laws are needed,
the FTC is doing a good job chasing this kind of stuff down. Increase
the FTC funding to enforce existing regulations would be much better
than more laws at the same time enforcement budgets are being cut.]
--Researchers Cancel Presentation on SCADA Vulnerabilities
(May 18 & 19, 2011)
A scheduled presentation about vulnerabilities in certain supervisory
control and data acquisition (SCADA) products has been cancelled. The
presentation on flaws in the programmable logic controllers in certain
Siemens products was to have been made on Wednesday, May 18 at the
Takedown Security conference in Texas. However, Siemens and the US
Department of Homeland Security (DHS) contacted the presenters and asked
them to postpone presenting the information until Siemens has time to
issue a fix.
--Proposed Update to Electronic Surveillance Law Addresses Cloud
(May 17 & 18, 2011)
US Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont) has introduced legislation that
would reform electronic surveillance law. The Electronic Communications
Privacy Act Amendments Act would require US law enforcement agencies to
obtain probable cause warrants prior to accessing data stored with
third-party providers, an increasingly timely issue with the growing
popularity of cloud services. The ECPA, enacted in 1986, allows law
enforcement agencies to access certain email and files stored in the
cloud for more than 180 days with a subpoena. The proposed legislation
would also require warrants when law enforcement agencies want to obtain
geolocation information of mobile phone users.
[Editor's Note (Honan): The US government's ability to access data held
on US providers' systems raises a lot of concerns with CISOs outside of
the US. Despite setting up regional only clouds, such as European
clouds to meet with EU Data Protection requirements, many European
companies are looking at non-US providers over fears their data could
be accessed under the US Patriot Act. The following article from "ZDNET
USA PATRIOT Act: The myth of a secure European cloud?" gives a good
overview of the issues
(Schultz): Law enforcement access to data in the cloud is yet another
of many very serious issues concerning data confidentiality in the
cloud. Data security issues comprise the number one security risk in
connection with cloud services.]
--Reitinger Confident His Team Will Successfully Implement
Cybersecurity Plans at DHS
(May 19, 2011)
Top DHS cyber security official Philip Reitinger will step down from his
position as Deputy Undersecretary of the National Protection and
Programs Directorate and Director of the National Cyber Security Center
on June 3, 2011. In his time at DHS, Reitinger has been instrumental in
nearly tripling agency cyber security staff. He is also responsible for
helping create cyber security legislation that would give DHS increased
authority, including oversight of cyber security at civilian federal
agencies. Reitinger will testify at three hearings regarding the
proposed legislation before his departure. He is confident that his team
will implement plans. One name that has been cited as a potential
successor to Reitinger is former Air Force CIO John Gilligan.
[Editor's Note (Paller): Gilligan is a brilliant choice for leadership
in cyber at DHS. No one else in government has shown that security can
be radically improved while lowering costs - an absolute necessity in
the coming era of tight budgets. If the White House and DHS choose a
proven operational leader like Gilligan, they will be demonstrating that
they believe cybersecurity is important enough to take action to make
the government's internal cybersecurity a model of effectiveness for the
THE REST OF THE WEEK'S NEWS
--Sony Treading Carefully After PSN Relaunch
(May 18, 2011)
In the midst of restoring its PlayStation network (PSN), Sony had to
take part of it offline for a short while on May 18 due to an issue that
could have allowed people to take over other users' accounts. The online
sign-in feature for PSN, Qriocity and other sites remains unavailable;
users may reset their passwords on their PS3 consoles. Despite reports
to the contrary, Sony says PSN did not suffer another attack.
[Editor's Note (Pescatore): If they really want to tread carefully, they
should remove all requirements for credit cards to be used until they
have had a ground up review and can be positive they will not put
customers at risk.
(Honan): Looks like one of Sony's servers, not part of the PSN, got
hacked and is serving up a Phishing site
--Google Rolling out Fix for Android Vulnerability
(May 18 & 19, 2011)
Google is rolling out a fix for a vulnerability in the majority of
Android phones that allows attackers to access and modify users' Google
contacts and calendar when they are being accessed over unsecured Wi-Fi
networks. The flaw affects versions 2.3.3 and earlier of the Android
platform, which is running on 99.7 percent of Android devices. The fix
does not require action from users; it will be pushed out automatically.
--P2P Monitoring Company Leaks Data
(May 17, 18 & 19, 2011)
A company that helps the French government with its anti-piracy efforts
has come under cyber attack. Trident Media Guard monitors filesharing
networks for illegal activity to help the government with its
three-strikes anti-piracy policy. Hadopi, the French government agency
responsible for enforcing the filesharing policy, has temporarily
suspended its connection with TMG after the company suffered an attack
that compromised sensitive information. The leaked information
reportedly includes the IP addresses of some suspected illegal
--Terry Childs Completes Prison Sentence, Now Must Pay US $1.5 Million
(May 18 & 19, 2011)
Terry Childs, the former San Francisco Department of Technology network
engineer who used passwords to lock users out of a city government
computer network, has been ordered to pay nearly US $1.5 million to the
city for costs incurred because of the lockout. The network was
inaccessible for 12 days in July 2008. Childs has completed his prison
sentence and is now on parole.
--Suspended Sentence for Stealing Log-in Credentials
(May 18, 2011)
UK university student Paul McLouglin received an eight-month suspended
sentence for using a Trojan horse program to gain access to people's
computers. McLouglin tricked users into downloading the malware by
disguising it as a code-generation key for online gaming and making it
available on a filesharing network. The Trojan, Istealer, harvests
online account login credentials and uploads them to a remote server.
Authorities say that McLouglin accessed at least 20 accounts through
information he obtained with the malware.
--SpyEye Targets Verizon Customers
(May 18, 2011)
Users whose computers were infected with the SpyEye Trojan horse program
may have exposed their personal information to attackers. The malware
waits until users log into certain sites, in this case Verizon, then
serves up a form asking for sensitive information such as Social
security numbers (SSNs) and credit card data. Because users have
already logged in to the site on their own, they are more likely to
trust that the requests for information are legitimate. The attacks
targeting Verizon customers occurred between May 7 and 13.
--South Korean Financial Authority Will Penalize Hyundai Capital Over Breach
(May 18, 2011)
South Korea's Financial Supervisory Service (FSS) will impose a penalty
on Hyundai Capital Services Inc. for failing to take adequate
precautions with computer system maintenance. Between March 6 and April
7 of this year, attackers broke into Hyundai Capital computer systems,
stole sensitive customer information and threatened to post it to the
Internet if they were not paid 500 million won (US $462,000) cash.
According to the FSS, the breach affected 1.75 million customers. The
FSS will send the case to its disciplinary decision committee to
determine what the penalty will be.
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Eugene Schultz, Ph.D., CISM, CISSP, GLSC is CTO of Emagined Security and
the author/co-author of books on Unix security, Internet security,
Windows NT/2000 security, incident response, and intrusion detection and
prevention. He was also the co-founder and original project manager of
the Department of Energy's Computer Incident Advisory Capability (CIAC).
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