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Have you ever wondered about getting into Cybersecurity or Information Technology? Have you wondered about the latest developments in Industrial Control Systems and Security? If you are open to learning and getting familiar with Information Security and like to get the most unique stories that matter, then Security Bits is the Podcast for you. This Podcast is also available on Video Format on YouTube. Go to https://icsbits.com/simplified for more details.

Security Bits Durgesh Kalya

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Have you ever wondered about getting into Cybersecurity or Information Technology? Have you wondered about the latest developments in Industrial Control Systems and Security? If you are open to learning and getting familiar with Information Security and like to get the most unique stories that matter, then Security Bits is the Podcast for you. This Podcast is also available on Video Format on YouTube. Go to https://icsbits.com/simplified for more details.

    InfoSec Word of The Day 02 P.A.S.T.A

    InfoSec Word of The Day 02 P.A.S.T.A

    InfoSec WOTD is a daily dose of Cybersecurity Terms, Acronyms and Concepts. 
    This PASTA is for a different kind of appetite, the one associated with threats aka #Riskappetite.
    PASTA is a threat modelling methodology to identify threats in a very systematic way. It stands for Process for Attack Simulation and Threat Analysis , a 7 step risk centric method to identify threats.
    #INFOSECWOTD

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    InfoSec Word of The Day 01 Sneakernet

    InfoSec Word of The Day 01 Sneakernet

    InfoSec WOTD is a daily dose of Cybersecurity Terms, Acronyms and Concepts.

    Sneakernet, is an informal term for the transfer of information (data) by use of a physical media such as USB flash drives, optical discs, or external hard drives between computers, rather than transmitting it over a computer network.

    #INFOSECWOTD

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    Florida Water Treatment Plant Hacked, Chrome Browser Vulnerability, Security Researchers were targeted, Social Media Etiquette, CISCO’s VPN Flaws, Happy Safe Internet Day and more!

    Florida Water Treatment Plant Hacked, Chrome Browser Vulnerability, Security Researchers were targeted, Social Media Etiquette, CISCO’s VPN Flaws, Happy Safe Internet Day and more!

    Hello and welcome to Simplified Security bits Episode Number 7. I am your host, Durgesh and today is Feb 9th 2021, coming to you straight from Houston Texas. 

    Today is Safe Internet Day. Celebrated around the world. In the US, you can find more information for more information on how you can get involved and spread the word by going to https://saferinternetday.us/

    Tags: Podcast, Cybersecurity Podcast, Durgesh Kalya, Simplified Security, 


    The Florida Water Treatment Plant was hacked and the attacker managed to increase the amount of Sodium Hydroxide levels from 100 parts per million to 11,100 parts per million. The attacker was able to compromise the remote access system and managed to change parameters for the lye component. This is the worst case scenario for Industrial Control Systems which could have led to a dangerous situation. An operator was able to spot the increase in levels and was able to turn it down. 

    https://www.nbcnews.com/tech/security/florida-near-miss-cybersecurity-worst-case-scenario-n1257091

    Project Zero Team at Google have found a zero day bug on Chrome, Which is being actively exploited and you need to update your browser now. Both Chrome and Edge browsers use the Chromium Engine. So patch now. Simply go to your browser, and click About to initiate the update. 
    https://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2021/02/05/chrome-zero-day-browser-bug-found-patch-now/ 


    Cisco reported several vulnerabilities which are tracked in various CVEs. The vulnerabilities allow an unauthenticated, remote attacker to execute arbitrary code as the root user on an affected device. Patch them Routers Now!
     
    https://thehackernews.com/2021/02/critical-flaws-reported-in-cisco-vpn.html 



    Google bans the Spanish Certificate Authority (CA) -Camerfirma. CAs In cryptography are certification authority is an entity that issues digital certificates. While this is nothing new, in the past major browsers have issued warnings and requested CAs to fix issues with verification and validation of certificates. The result is that the websites and services that use certificates that were issued by Camerfirma will start to get flagged on Chrome browsers and will start showing a Certificate Error with the release of the new browser version Chrome 90 which will be available in April of 2021.
    https://www.zdnet.com/article/google-bans-another-misbehaving-ca-from-chrome/


    Google and Microsoft have reported various instances of ongoing attacks on security researchers. Microsoft has outlined the threat actors behind this targeted attack in their security blog. They attribute the attacks to a group called ZINC. More information is in the show notes. 

    https://www.microsoft.com/security/blog/2021/01/28/zinc-attacks-against-security-researchers/

    Facebook etiquette:

    I am always keen to learn more about how one can improve our interactions and behaviors that can benefit the society as a whole. When it is really at a click of a button you can send communication across the wire and increasingly with very little thought or consequence. As today is Safe Internet Day, I wanted to feature an article written by ESET security blogger Amer Owaida. He very beautifully outlines some of the strategies to apply to strengthen your privacy, security and most importantly to remember the famous Vegas Line,  what happens on the internet stays on the internet. Link is in the show notes.

    https://www.welivesecurity.com/2021/02/04/facebook-etiquette-behaviors-avoid/

    That is it for this episode.
    Please provide me your feedback by reaching out on my twitter @durgeshkalya. All the links to anything I have discussed in this episode is in the show notes of this podcast.
    Make sure you subscribe to simplified security episodes available as podcast and on YouTube. Go to icsbits.com/simplified for more details. I am your host Durgesh Kalya. Catch me on my next episode on your favorite podcast app or YouTube, until then be safe and think before you click.

    • 4 min
    Covid 19 Vaccine Info Leaks, Siemens releases multiple vulnerabilities, Ubiquiti tells its users to secure their account and more!

    Covid 19 Vaccine Info Leaks, Siemens releases multiple vulnerabilities, Ubiquiti tells its users to secure their account and more!

    Simplified Security - E6 - Covid 19 Vaccine Info Leaks, Siemens releases multiple vulnerabilities, Ubiquiti tells its users to secure their account and more!


    Headlines:
    Leaked information surfaces from the December attack on European Medicines Agency on COVID-19 Vaccine.

    EMA Original Post:
    https://www.ema.europa.eu/en/news/cyberattack-european-medicines-agency

    Bleeping Computer’s Post
    https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/hackers-leak-stolen-pfizer-covid-19-vaccine-data-online/ 

    Siemens releases multiple Vulnerabilities in Web Server for Scalance X Products and Solid Edge.

    Siemens Scalance X Advisory:
    https://cert-portal.siemens.com/productcert/pdf/ssa-139628.pdf 

    Siemens Solid Edge Advisory:
    https://cert-portal.siemens.com/productcert/txt/ssa-979834.txt 


    SEPA, Scottish Environment Protection Agency attacked on Christmas Eve.

    https://www.sepa.org.uk/about-us/cyber-attack/ 

    Ubiquiti News,  
    https://community.ui.com/questions/Account-Notification/96467115-49b5-4dd6-9517-f8cdbf6906f3 

    Naked Security article for Homeschooling and how to stay secure. https://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2021/01/13/home-schooling-how-to-stay-secure/ 

    Symantec, Threat Intelligence Blog article on Solar Winds Attack.
    https://symantec-enterprise-blogs.security.com/blogs/threat-intelligence 

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    • 5 min
    Simplified Security Bits - Ticketmaster agrees to pay $10 million to Crowdsurge, Microsoft release details on SolarWinds Hack, Veritas released a handful of CVEs and Free Boot camp for CISSP Candidates and more!

    Simplified Security Bits - Ticketmaster agrees to pay $10 million to Crowdsurge, Microsoft release details on SolarWinds Hack, Veritas released a handful of CVEs and Free Boot camp for CISSP Candidates and more!

    Public document from the court TicketMaster Lawsuit:
    https://www.justice.gov/usao-edny/pr/ticketmaster-pays-10-million-criminal-fine-intrusions-competitor-s-computer-systems-0 

    What is Egregor?
    https://www.trendmicro.com/en_us/research/20/l/egregor-ransomware-launches-string-of-high-profile-attacks-to-en.html 

    Veritas Advisory:
    https://www.veritas.com/content/support/en_US/security

    SANs institute is offering a Free Virtual Summit:
    https://www.sans.org/event/ics-security-summit-2021?utm_medium=Social&utm_source=LinkedIn&utm_content=ICS+Summit+Training+December+2020&utm_campaign=SANS+Solution+Forum+Vendor

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    • 10 min
    Expert in Security - Full Featured Interview with Marco Ayala on various ICS Cybersecurity Topics

    Expert in Security - Full Featured Interview with Marco Ayala on various ICS Cybersecurity Topics

    Very excited to share with you our cybersecurty community an interview with ICS Cybersecurity Expert Marco Ayala (Twitter: @ics_scada) 
    We discuss various topics, such as how he got started, why defense in depth is criticle in Industrial systems and my favorite, #snickernet using USB drives in ICS. 

    00:10 - Introduction to Marco Ayala
    02:45 - What is your story and how did you get into Industrial Control Systems Security?
    14:01 - What are your thoughts on Virtualization in OT Environments? 
    17:48 - What are the key elements of an OT Incident Response Plan
    22:58 - What is InfraGard?
    26:49 - FSO and Cybersecurity Awareness   
    33:12 - What is the place of USB Drives in OT Environment? 

    • 49 min

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