Port Validation Passcode or Prevent SIM hijacking

Do you have a Port Validation passcode setup on your mobile/wireless account?  If not something you may want to consider…

Does AT&T support such a feature?

To reduce the risk of this happening to you if you’re a T-Mobile customer, call 611 from your cellphone or 1-800-937-8997 and tell a support staffer that you want to create a “port validation” passcode. This is also called a phone passcode or PIN, depending on your provider (most US providers offer this feature now). Motherboard confirmed that Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon and U.S. Cellular all give customers this option. 

NotPetya: Russian military or NSA ?

There’s a new WaPo article describing how Russian military hackers were behind the NotPetya malware that targeted Ukraine but also affected global companies, putting lost revenue of US companies in the high-hundreds of millions of dollars.

Considering NotPetya used the EternalBlue exploit which was hoarded by a US three letter agency….are the Russians really to blame?  Hopefully the updated Vulnerabilities Equity Program will prevent future vulnerabilities discovered by US intelligence agencies from being used against us.

SpamGourmet & Fiddler

If you don’t use SpamGourmet or a similar service I highly recommend them.  They allow you to create unlimited e-mail forwarding addresses that can be created on-the-fly — allowing you to easily detect which websites are giving out your information.  Definitely get an account if you don’t have such a tactic already!

Fiddler, a great Windows (web) proxy gave out e-mail address.  I’m sure it was in their terms of service that I didn’t bother reading.  Still disappointing.

U.S. Cyber Signaling to North Korea

Interesting article in CFR about a DDOS attack that President Trump authorized United States Cyber Command to conduct against North Korea’s Reconnaissance General Bureau (RGB).  In all likelihood, the DDOS attack against North Korea’s intelligence agency, coupled with a leak of its occurrence and a post-hoc claim of responsibility by the U.S. government, represented an attempt by the Trump administration to send a costly signal of resolve to Pyongyang……This may account for why a member of the Trump administration chose to leak information about a DDOS attack, rather than a more costly attack that would require the United States to maintain persistent access North Korean networks……..If a state is seeking to send a signal via cyber means, how can it ensure the signal is received by the adversary and properly attributed? It could couple a cyber signal with other instruments of power, especially private diplomatic channels or public statements. This may account for the Trump administration’s “leak”—it is possible that it was intentional to ensure that North Korea was able to attribute the DDOS attack, after the fact, to the United States. 

….given the covert nature of state cyber operations, there are almost certainly things the public doesn’t know, necessitating reasoned hypothesizing about this case. That said, the available evidence suggests that this was a poor attempt at cyber signaling. Even beyond the inherent difficulties associated with signaling in cyberspace, the difference between the President’s tweets and DDOS could only muddy the waters. This example only confirms that cyber is not an ideal signaling tool, and this particular signal may have done more harm than good.


HT: Lost in Cyber Translation? U.S. Cyber Signaling to North Korea


There was a great article from the Council on Foreign Relations regarding the hypocrisy surrounding Kaspersky since the U.S. government earlier this month banned federal agencies from using Kaspersky Lab software.  Best Buy is getting in on the action and will stop selling Kaspersky products because of possible(?) ties to the Russian government.  Why doesn’t Best Buy get rid of some of the other shit-for-security products on its shelves as well if it’s so concerned about security?

The U.S. House Science Committee received a classified briefing Tuesday related to Kaspersky.  I’d really wish some more details over the alleged collusion between Kaspersky and the Russian government would see the light of day.

And what would a Kaspersky post be without an RT link!?  ‘It’s crazy’: Kaspersky Lab attacked in US only for being Russian, says founder