Security Newsletter
6 Sep 2021
SolarWinds and the Holiday Bear Campaign: A Case Study for the Classroom
Southwest Parkway is a wide and winding road that leads away from Austin towards the Texas Hill Country. Along its length are neighborhoods, schools, and long stretches of open landscape. It is not where one might expect to find the epicenter of a major cybersecurity episode. But Southwest Parkways also is where one can find the unassuming headquarters of SolarWinds, a name that burst into the headlines in December 2020.
SolarWinds specializes in network-management tools—that is, software that large enterprises use to monitor and control conditions throughout their information technology environment. Its products are in widespread use around the world, including a wide array of prominent private sector entities and government agencies.
What follows is a detailed account of the complex sequence of operations SVR conducted as part of the Holiday Bear campaign. As we shall see, exploiting SolarWinds was a central part of the campaign, but there is far more to the story than that
Read More on Lawfare blog
Gift Card Gang Extracts Cash From 100k Inboxes Daily
Some of the most successful and lucrative online scams employ a “low-and-slow” approach — avoiding detection or interference from researchers and law enforcement agencies by stealing small bits of cash from many people over an extended period.
Here’s the story of a cybercrime group that compromises up to 100,000 email inboxes per day, and apparently does little else with this access except siphon gift card and customer loyalty program data that can be resold online.
The data in this story come from a trusted source in the security industry who has visibility into a network of hacked machines that fraudsters in just about every corner of the Internet are using to anonymize their malicious Web traffic. For the past three years, the source — we’ll call him “Bill” to preserve his requested anonymity — has been watching one group of threat actors that is mass-testing millions of usernames and passwords against the world’s major email providers each day.
Read More on Krebs on Security
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