CyberheistNews Vol 7 #30 Scary New Social Engineering Attack Turns Off Your Power

CyberheistNews Vol 7 #30
Scary New Social Engineering Attack Turns Off Your Power

OK, better get thinking about generators and 1,000 gallon drums of fuel to keep your data center up & running (which you should have done anyway for your disaster recovery plans...)

A new attack vector that bypasses all your software defenses has been discovered by Israeli cybersecurity company Cyberint. At the moment the bad guys are targeting US and UK energy companies which could cause power cuts and even cost lives, but this tactic could be used against anyone.

Here is how it plays out. A "honey-doc" masquerades as a resume attached to a harmless email. Both email and attachment are totally clean and contain no malicious code whatsoever. That's what makes them undetectable to any kind of incoming email filter.

However, the Word doc *is* weaponized with a template reference that, when the document is loaded, connects to the attacker’s server via Server Message Block and downloads a Word template which has an extremely well-hidden malicious payload.

The connection to the SMB server also provides the attacker with the victim’s credentials, which can then be used to acquire sensitive information and/or infiltrate the network and/or control systems used by the targeted employee.

The campaign appears to have started in May, and as it is targeted at infrastructure control systems of US and UK energy companies, it's not too hard to guess who is behind it.

The problem is that once this type of attack is out there in the wild (remember StuxNet?) all kinds of bad guys get their hands on it. To protect against this type of attack, you want to step your employees through new-school security awareness training so that they do not fall for social engineering tactics like this.

Start with a no-charge Phishing Security Test and find out what percentage of your users will click an email that seems to come from Start here:
I Was at Black Hat / Def Con This Week. Wow. [VIDEO]

If you could not make it, it was fun, but a zoo, and Def Con was crowded with a rumored 30,000 attendees. It certainly felt like it! Here are some highlights, and more to come when I get back in the office:
    • Black Hat USA 2017 Attendee Survey Results. They released their third annual research report entitled, "Portrait of an Imminent Cyber Threat." The report is based on survey responses from nearly 600 Black Hat USA attendees. This year’s research explores issues on a national scale and raises concerns about potential threats to the U.S’s critical infrastructure, tools available for nation state attacks, WikiLeaks and more. You can download your copy here:
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Surprising Moves in Cybersecurity 500 List for Q2

Cybersecurity Ventures continuously looks at new companies for inclusion in the Cybersecurity 500, by soliciting feedback from CISOs, IT security practitioners and service providers, and researching hundreds of cybersecurity events and news sources, and Cybersecurity Ventures has released its Cybersecurity 500 List for Q2 2017.

root9B and Herjavec Group remained number one and two, respectively, from the Q1 cybersecurity listing, but after that, there was a lot of movement in the top 10. Raytheon, for instance, moved into the number three position thanks to a historic cybersecurity deal valued at nearly $1 billion over five years with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. IBM and Cisco both returned to the top 10 after hovering just outside that plateau in February. And KnowBe4 made a huge jump from number 38 in Q1 to six in Q2.

How do companies make significant moves, both up and down, in only a few months?

“We look at companies in a few different contexts,” explained Steve Morgan, founder and editor-in-chief at the Cybersecurity 500. “We are always evaluating revenue growth and market execution. But then we are also looking at what are the biggest challenges and which companies are doing what to help solve them.”

Take IBM as an example. “It may not be that obvious,” Morgan said, “but they are throwing a lot of weight behind supporting cybersecurity education at the high school level - which ties directly to the workforce shortage our industry is grappling with.”

Morgan emphasized the importance of security awareness training. Spending for security education is expected to reach $10 billion by 2027. “Security awareness has evolved from training employees to a discipline that is just as complicated and important as any other in our field,” he stated, and this played a role in KnowBe4’s jump in the rankings.

KnowBe4 was very surprising, moving up so much, Morgan admitted. “While the security awareness market is growing very quickly, it is an established space with dozens of companies who have been in it for years and quite a few new market entrants,” he added. “KnowBe4 keep doubling revenues and getting as big as they are - I couldn't have expected that they'd grow so much again over the past year. But, given they are in one of the biggest growth markets and have such a visible officer (Kevin Mitnick, Chief Hacking Officer), it makes sense.” More:

Let's stay safe out there.

Warm Regards,
Stu Sjouwerman
Founder and CEO
KnowBe4, Inc.

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