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A Critical Internet Safeguard Is Running Out of Time

Wired, March 16, 2020

Keeping the internet safe may sometimes feel like a game of Whac-A-Mole, reacting to attacks as they arise, then moving on to the next. In reality, though, it’s an ongoing process that involves not just identifying threats but grabbing and retaining control of the infrastructure behind them. For years a small nonprofit called Shadowserver has quietly carried out a surprisingly large portion of that work. But now the organization faces permanent extinction in a matter of weeks.

There’s a pivotal scene in Ghostbusters in which Environmental Protection Agency inspector Walter Peck marches into the group’s headquarters, armed with a cease and desist order. “Shut this off,” Peck tells the utility worker accompanying him. “Shut this all off.” They cut power to the Ghostbusters’ protection grid, and all the ghosts are released. Think of Shadowserver as the internet’s protection grid.

Magecart and British Airways GDPR fine

Janet CSIRT, February 12, 2020

Janet CSIRT: “The largest UK GDPR fine was £183M in 2018 when the British Airways booking website was hit by Magecart credit card skimming code. @RiskIQ worked with and Shadowserver to take down the malicious domains”. “Listen to DarknetDiaries Episode 52: Magecart. Credit card skimming on your online purchases? Ya it’s happening. With the amazing and fearless @ydklijnsma from @RiskIQ.”

OWASP Amass: in-depth attack surface mapping and asset discovery

Andrea Fortuna, February 11, 2020

The OWASP Amass Project is tool developed to help information security professionals during the mapping process of attack perimeter. It allows DNS enumeration, attack surface mapping & external assets discovery, using open source information gathering and active reconnaissance techniques.

OWASP Amass tries to collect useful information including the following techniques: DNS, Scraping, Certificates, Web Archives and APIs.

  • APIs: AlienVault, BinaryEdge, BufferOver, CIRCL, CommonCrawl, DNSDB, GitHub, HackerTarget, IPToASN, Mnemonic, NetworksDB, PassiveTotal, Pastebin, RADb, Robtex, SecurityTrails, ShadowServer, Shodan, Spyse (CertDB & FindSubdomains), Sublist3rAPI, TeamCymru, ThreatCrowd, Twitter, Umbrella, URLScan, VirusTotal, WhoisXML

Ransomware Attacks Factor Honeypot

Duo Security, January 21, 2020

Me-Tech —a small prototyping company—was attacked several times over the space of seven months. The network was actually a honeypot consisting of real industrial control systems (ICS) hardware and a mix of physical hosts and virtual machines, set up by Trend Micro Research to mimic the operations of a small factory. The researchers monitored the attacks against the honeypot to determine how “knowledgeable and imaginative” attackers had to be to compromise a manufacturing operation, and to monitor firsthand what kind of attacks manufacturing companies dealt with on a regular basis. The threats didn’t come from sophisticated state-sponsored groups, but rather cybercriminals intent on fraud and financial gain. The researchers identified scanning traffic from 9,452 unique IP addresses, of which 610 were linked to scanners such as ip-ip, Rapid 7, Shadow Server, Shodan, and ZoomEye

CAIDA Spoofer

CAIDA, January 14, 2020

Seeking to minimize Internet’s susceptibility to spoofed DDoS attacks, we are developing and supporting open-source software tools to assess and report on the deployment of source address validation (SAV) best anti-spoofing practices. This project includes applied research, software development, new data analytics, systems integration, operations and maintenance, and an interactive analysis and reporting service.

We generate a summary report on the current “state” of Internet IP source address spoofing/filtering using data from an active measurement tool. Since 2015 when UCSD/CAIDA took over development and support of the spoofer infrastructure, we’ve collected data from 7468 autonomous systems in 207 countries. More details and published results from our research are also available. The CAIDA IP Spoofer report is highlighted by ShadowServer.

ProgrammableWeb's Most Clicked, Shared and Talked About APIs of 2019: Security and Privacy

ProgrammableWeb, January 3, 2020

ProgrammableWeb present the full list of the Most Clicked, Shared and Talked About APIs of 2019 in Security and Privacy, that piqued the interest of our readers, followers, and editors. Shadowserver is a non-profit, watchdog group of security professionals that gather, track, and report on malware, botnet activity, and e-fraud. The Shadowserver API provides a lookup mechanism to test an executable file against a list of known software applications. The details are serialized in JSON for integration with your application.

IntelMQ – Framework to Collect and Process Security Feeds

SecTechno, January 3, 2020

IntelMQ is a solution for IT security teams (CERTs & CSIRTs, SOCs, abuse departments, etc.) for collecting and processing security feeds (such as log files) using a message queuing protocol. It’s a community driven initiative called IHAP (Incident Handling Automation Project) which was conceptually designed by European CERTs/CSIRTs during several InfoSec events. Its main goal is to give to incident responders an easy way to collect & process threat intelligence thus improving the incident handling processes of CERTs. Current supported feeds include: ShadowServer.

NASK institute gets EU grant for IoT security development

Telecompaper, December 23, 2019
Polish R&D institute NASK has received almost EUR 1.5 million in co-funding from the EU’s Connecting Europe Facility for the VARIoT (Vulnerability and Attack Repository for IoT) project. The project totals almost EUR 2 million, and the work is planned to last for three years, until June 2022. Shadowserver is a non-profit, watchdog group of security professionals that gather, track, and report on malware, botnet activity, and e-fraud.

US sanctions Russian cybercriminal group 'Evil Corp' over $100 million hack

CNN, December 5, 2019

The US Treasury Department announced new sanctions Thursday on a Russian-based cybercriminal organization called “Evil Corp” for using malware to steal more than $100 million from hundreds of banks and financial institutions. Specifically, Evil Corp used the malware known as Dridex to “infect computers and harvest login credentials from hundreds of banks and financial institutions in over 40 countries, causing more than $100 million in theft,” according to the Treasury Department.

US charges Russian 'Evil Corp' hackers with $100m banking scheme

The Guardian, December 5, 2019

US prosecutors have charged two members of a Russia-based hacking group that calls itself Evil Corp with masterminding a global banking fraud scheme that netted the unsubtly named gang more than $100m. In a statement, US treasury officials called Evil Corp “one of the biggest hacking groups ever”.