an interesting situation with an email provider and the issues they are facing with the hijacking of customer mailboxes:
“I am sorry to hear that you were experiencing issues with email latency. We are working on making changes to resolve the issues with latency. In the meantime you may see peaks of latency. We are monitoring the servers and will clear blocked queues as they arise. These traffic jams are caused by hackers hijacking our customers mailboxes that have weak passwords. We have setup automatic suspensions to stop these mailboxes faster. We are recommending to all of our customers to make passwords as secure as possible to help prevent this issue.”
With the negative effects on their customers you have to wonder if they are supporting encrypted communications to their POP3 and SMTP servers. It seems with this provider they were still using clear-text ports 110 and 25 respectively. What they think is protecting their servers are strong passwords…but what good is a “strong password” if it’s being sent to their mail servers in the clear? When checking their password complexity rules:
“Passwords must be 8-14 characters, with at least one letter, plus one number or special character [!@#$%^&*]”
It is amazing to think that a password such as “Password1″ would be enough to be considered strong. With email being a very weak link in many organizations it is alarming to see that this is considered secure. Many providers are operating with a false sense of security which is not disclosed to their customers. What is your email provider using?
Wed, Sep 17th 2014 7:12a Liana Lichtenwalner “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.”
This famous quote from Charles Dickens’ classic novel, A Tale of Two Cities, gives insight into how two forces, like good and evil, are equal rivals contending for survival. The same goes for the world of cyber security. We have a world of information, convenience, and entertainment at our fingertips, and yet, in that world, there are dangers and possibilities to have valuable information stolen.
In Alex Roger’s time.com article, [read] Keywords: applications
The IT Professional vs. The Deadly Data Breach
Mon, Sep 15th 2014 8:12a Liana Lichtenwalner The Deadly Data Breach
We know it well, the Deadly Data Breach! So many people have felt the effects of a data breach, and so many companies are scrambling to protect the personal information they have on file. I am sure data breaches are on the minds of every IT professional that has kept up with the most recent breaches. No one goes unscathed by The Deadly Breach: P.F. Changs, Goodwill, Home Depot, and numerous schools.
Home Depot’s recent data breach reaches all the way back to April first [read] Keywords: application
You Have a Case of Identity Theft!
Mon, Aug 25th 2014 10:11a Liana Lichtenwalner It’s the hot topic in the news, blogs, books, and more, identity theft and security! We are all susceptible to identity theft from the individual user to the largest corporation.
Author Steve Weisman has been speaking on Identity Security for years, including his blog Scamicide and in his books The Truth About Avoiding Scams and Identity Theft Alert: 10 Rules You Must Follow. The most recent breach, the Community Heath System, is one that Weisman covers in his blog entry Community Health Sys [read] Keywords: community
PayPal for Mobile: How Secure is Your PayPal Account?
Mon, Jul 21st 2014 4:12p Liana Lichtenwalner How secure is PayPal? Secure until you start using your mobile device. According to Kelly Higgin’s article, PayPal Two-Factor Authentication Broken, Dan Saltman, an independent researcher, “reported to PayPal that he had discovered a way to bypass two-factor authentication in Apple iOS, but after getting no response from PayPal, Saltman in April went to friends at mobile security firm Duo Security.” From there, Duo Security confirmed Saltman’s finding and helped him reach PayPal. Duo Sec [read] Keywords: apple
More Compromised Students and Faculty
Thu, Jul 17th 2014 7:12a Liana Lichtenwalner Recently, there was yet another security breach at a college campus. This time the victim was Butler University, where a hacker accessed over 160,000 records for current, past students and faculty. The information stolen was the typical pertinent information that is stolen in this type of breach.
Names, Social Security numbers, date of birth, and bank account information.
The announcement of this breach comes due to an identity theft investigation that came from California law enforcement. The p [read] Keywords: database
Violated Database: Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services
Wed, Jul 16th 2014 2:11p Liana Lichtenwalner Your car has been broken into, yet nothing was stolen. Nothing was stolen, so no big deal, right? WRONG! You would still feel violated, creeped out, and concerned about it happening again. The Montana Health Department has experienced a similar data breach.
On May 15th, Montana’s Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) officials noticed out of the ordinary activity. After further investigation, DPHHS confirmed that a server had been breached by hackers, and according to Alison [read] Keywords: database
Young Hacker Infiltrates High School Database
Wed, Jul 2nd 2014 11:12a Liana Lichtenwalner We live in a world with multiple cyber threats, many coming from alias names from countries we have never been to. Within the United States, we have our fair share of hackers that cause major problems and confiscate sensitive data. It is sad and eye opening when it happens on the high school level.
Recently, a 16-year-old boy gained access to a school database that held personal information like grades and attendance. By gaining access to this database, the student was able to change multiple [read] Keywords: database
From Hacktivist to Cybersleuth
Fri, Jun 20th 2014 8:11a Liana Lichtenwalner It’s just like something from out of the movies: criminal mastermind gets caught, turns from his wicked ways, and eventual unveils a piece of the criminal mastermind world to help out the good guys. There is something intriguing in being able to see into the criminal mastermind and get a behind the scenes look at the secret life of these hacktivist. In the hacktivists’ world, there is a network of secret groups and ominous aliases that threaten to breach and expose a multitude of private and [read] Keywords: network
Press Release: Strengthening Web Authentication, Without Overcorrecting
Thu, Jun 5th 2014 3:11p Liana Lichtenwalner CLICK to View Video
BEDFORD, NH–(Marketwired – Jun 3, 2014) – Today, PistolStar, Inc. announced immediate availability of PortalGuard’s newest solution, PassiveKey. PortalGuard’s PassiveKey is a customer driven response to deliver the latest in innovative identity solutions. PassiveKey transparently enables two-factor authentication while allowing the user to login with the familiar username/password approach. This simultaneously strengthens authentication and elimi [read] Keywords: password