The NSA is undergoing a major reorganization , combining its attack and defense sides into a single organization: In place of the Signals Intelligence and Information Assurance directorates the organizations that historically have spied on foreign targets and defended classified networks against spying, respectively the NSA is creating a Directorate of Operations that combines the operational elements of each. It’s going to be difficult, since their missions and culture are so different. The Information Assurance Directorate (IAD) seeks to build relationships with private-sector companies and help find vulnerabilities in software most of which officials say wind up being disclosed
Introduction Since late November 2015, malicious spam (malspam) distributing TelsaCrypt ransomware has surged in a recent attack offensive [ 1 ]. This offensive is on-going. Criminal groups are sending out massive amounts of emails containing attachments with zipped .js files
Introduction Any email filtering worth its cost should block numerous messages every day. however, Im always interested to see what exactly is being blocked
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Original release date: August 01, 2015 Systems Affected Microsoft Windows Systems, Adobe Flash Player, and Linux Overview Between June and July 2015, the United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) received reports of multiple, ongoing and likely evolving, email-based phishing campaigns targeting U.S. Government agencies and private sector organizations.
Introduction Last weekend, I did a 10 minute fireside chat during lunch at BSidesSATX 2015 [ 1 ]. It was an informal presentation, where I discussed some of the issues facing security analysts working at an organizations Security Operations Center (SOC). With only 10 minutes, the largest part of that presentation covered a SOC analyst pyramid of activity any organization will encounter
If youve been following recent diaries from my fellow handlers Brad and Manuel, they peel the covers back on a couple current malicious emails campaigns. Many of the readers of the Storm Center diaries will be use to the ebb and flow of these stories. Here in Australiatheres a speeding fine scam email  thats been running for the last few weeks, and theres no indication it will drop off any time soon.