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Archive for April 25th, 2012


Finmeccanica chief in bribery probe

“Finmeccanica has suffered a new setback after it emerged that the chairman and chief executive of Italy's lossmaking defence group is being probed on suspicion of money laundering and paying bribes involving the sale of helicopters to India….”

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Continuous monitoring bill would cost $710M to implement says CBO

“A bill set for consideration on the House floor this week that would amend the Federal Information Security Management Act to explicitly include continuous monitoring would cost $710 million over a 5 year period to implement, says the Congressional Budget Office. The CBO cost estimate (.

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CISPA sponsors say they'll further amend bill to address privacy concerns

“Co-sponsors of Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act said April 24 they'll propose a series of amendments on the House floor to address privacy concerns provoked by their bill, which watchdogs have criticized for allowing excessive Internet use data to flow to the government. Among the amendments Reps. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) and Dutch Ruppersberger (D-Md.) said they'll support is one (.

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Big data and cyber-physical systems could become federal priorities

“Legislation set for consideration on the floor of the House this week would make big data and “cyber-physical” systems priorities of federal networking and information technology research funding.

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Lewis: Cybersecurity legislation must address critical infrastructure

“Four cybersecurity bills are being considered on the Hill this week, but one cybersecurity expert warns that if passed, they wouldn't go far enough. There has been much contention around whether agencies can or should regulate critical infrastructure, but if it doesn't happen “Congress will have failed,” said James Lewis, director of the Center for Strategic and International Studies' technology and public policy program….”

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Blacole’s shell code, (Wed, Apr 25th)

Let’s assume you finished the analysis of Blacole’s obfuscated Javascript (see my earlier diary today), and you are still left with a code block like this and you wonder what it does. The first step in Shell Code analysis is to clean it up, in the case at hand here, we have to remove those spurious script tags because they would trip us up in any of the following steps.

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UK Govt. Investigating London Marathon Data Breach That Spilled Info On 38,000

“The UK Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) said it is looking into a possible data breach of the Website used by organizers of the London Marathon – major, international sporting event that attracted more than 37,000 runners for the 37th running on April 22nd. According to a BBC report, the home addresses and e-mail addresses of individuals who ran the race were accessible from the organizers' Web site on Monday, April 23rd, the day after the race. The field of the prestigious race included a number of celebrities and government officials, including celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay and model Nell McAndrew in addition a field of elite runners and tens of thousands of amateur running enthusiasts….”

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DNSChanger – Cleaning Up 4 Million Infected Hosts

“The FBI's “Operation Ghost Click” announcement in Nov 2011, involving the Rove Digital botnet delayed cleanup efforts that we previously discussed, continues to haunt both the internet networks and the mass media. A Forbes article and a Times article yesterday brought the apparition back to the front, with some claiming that the site offered by the DNSChanger Working Group is a new one, which it is not. The 2011 Operation being described, and the temporarily outsourced DNS server replacements and delayed cleanup, is the same….”

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Microsoft Security Essentials 4.0 ready for download

“Microsoft today made available for download a new release of its free anti-virus/anti-malware program for Windows PCs, Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE). The MSE 4

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Microsoft Security Intelligence Report (SIR) Volume #12: http://www.microsoft.com/sir, (Wed, Apr 25th)

(c) SANS Internet Storm Center. http://isc.sans.edu Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 3.0 United States License.

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