Suggested Blog Reading – Monday May 14th, 2007

ReadI’m quite happy that the golf courses are starting to open up. In fact I think I’ll go tonight for 9 holes 🙂

Here’s the list for today:

Social Engineering & the Need for Awareness & Training: Fraudsters Are Calling Businesses Pretending to Be SEC Staff Members – Good angle of attack.

On May 10th the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued a press release warning that imposters were calling companies, claiming to be SEC examiners, and demanding “immediate access to confidential records.”

New Release of Libewf – Will have to give it a whirl…

The program library libewf supports the SMART and EnCase data formats which are widely used in disk imaging. The library compiles under Linux, *BSD, OS-X and Microsoft Windows. The latest version was released on May 12, 2007 by its authors Robert-Jan Mora and Joachim Metz.

Filipino Cybersleuth Named World’s Best For 2007 – That’s quite the honor. I wonder if he’ll be talked into leaving for a position in North America?

A Filipino cybersleuth was awarded the world’s best computer investigator for 2007 by an international organization of computer forensics experts.

Alexander Ramos, a computer forensics analyst with the Philippine National Police, was awarded the 2007 Timothy Fidel Memorial Award by organizers of the Computer Enterprise Investigations Conference for his work in cracking down a hacking group that preyed on telecommunications networks worldwide.

VoIP Security Testing Tools List from VoIPSA – I find it funny how big VoIP testing is these days. I wonder if consultants are starting to see an influx of requests for VoIP related security engagements.

This list was developed to address the current void of VoIP security testing resources and sites, for vendors and VoIP users alike. It is separated into the following seven broad categories:

* VoIP Sniffing Tools
* VoIP Scanning and Enumeration Tools
* VoIP Packet Creation and Flooding Tools
* VoIP Fuzzing Tools
* VoIP Signaling Manipulation Tools
* VoIP Media Manipulation Tools
* Miscellaneous Tools
The key objectives of the list are as follows:
1. Provide links to tools that help test the efficacy of implemented best practices outlined by VOIPSA’s Best Practices Project.
2. Facilitate the open discussion of VoIP security tool information to help users better audit and defend their VoIP devices and deployments.
3. Provide vendors the information needed to proactively test their VoIP devices’ ability to function and withstand real-world attacks.

Forensic Laws – Quite a few comments materialized from this post.

I mentioned a concept or idea in my book, but I wanted to follow up on it a bit…I believe to be a theorem. Okay, maybe not a theorem (there’s no math involved), so how about a law. Let’s call it the First Law of Computer Forensics. Yeah, yeah…that’s the ticket! Kind of like “Murphy’s Law”.

Using Rootkits to Defeat Digital Rights Management – Well written article.

The Sony rootkit debacle highlighted the use of rootkits to prevent pirates and authors of CD burning, ripping, and emulation utilities from circumventing Digital Rights Management (DRM) restrictions on access to copyrighted content. It’s therefore ironic, though not surprising, that several CD burning and disc emulation utilities are also using rootkits, though the technology is being used in the opposite way: to prevent DRM software from enforcing copy restrictions.

Because PC game CDs and DVDs do not need to be compatible with set-top players software vendors can store data on media in unorthodox ways that require software support to read it. Attempts to make a copy of such media without the aid of the software results in a scrambled version and the software has DRM measures to detect and foil unauthorized copying.

Introduction to Identity Management – Part III – The third, and final part, in the Identity Management series.

Mergers and acquisitions tend to grow IT organizations horizontally. Companies such as Johnson and Johnson or Proctor and Gamble may have dozens of divisions that developed as the result of such activity. The challenge of integrating processes and personnel is big enough without trying to force a common directory environment. In these cases, the Meta Directory shines. As we mentioned early, today’s LDAP products are incredibly flexible in their ability to synchronize with AD, Novell, and other LDAP directories. By leveraging this capability, an organization can maintain a common Meta Directory that contains information from every business unit, without ever changing the way that business unit operates. Something as simple as a company Whitepages can scale very easily to include new divisions using this method.

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