Entries by Fredrik Svantes

Should you build your own SOC or use one as a service?

You’ve done your homework and decided your company needs a Security Operations Center (SOC) to keep yourself protected and your customers’ data secure. You have a few options available: should you build your own SOC or find a provider for SOC as a service? The benefit of having your own SOC is having your own […]

What is a Security Operations Center and why do you need it?

Your company has digital assets that need to be protected. GDPR requires that a company detect any security incident involving personal data and report them within 72 hours, so you also have a legal obligation to be secure. You have responsibly defended yourself with cyber security tools like firewalls, antivirus and intrusion detection. So you’re […]

Time for a new take on IT security

The digital transformation is speeding up and the world is increasingly running on data. In its wake cyber criminals are getting a whole lot smarter and over the past year we’ve seen massive ransom- and malware attacks resulting in global headlines, and cybersecurity is now a priority for everyone. But building huge walls in order […]

Russian State-Sponsored Cyber Actors Targeting Network Infrastructure

Yesterday, US-CERT posted a bulletin about Russian State-Sponsored Cyber Actors Targeting Network Infrastructure Devices ( https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/alerts/TA18-106A ). Our take on this is that this is something one must always assume to be happening, and if the bulletin is accurate then it’s not something Russia is alone in doing: https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2014/05/photos-of-an-nsa-upgrade-factory-show-cisco-router-getting-implant/ https://www.engadget.com/2016/08/21/nsa-technique-for-cisco-spying/ It is vital to have critical controls […]

BF-SIRT Newsletter 2018-15

Facebook On Tuesday and Wednesday this week, Mark Zuckerberg took part of congressional hearings regarding Cambridge Analytica and privacy concerns regarding Facebook. There are multiple news outlets covering the story, and KrebsonSecurity also wrote an article about how one should not trust these type of quizzes and such may receive data about you and your […]

BF-SIRT Newsletter 2018-11

AMD Vulnerabilities This week, CTS-Labs sent out an advisory regarding AMD Vulnerabilities. What’s worth noting about this is that the vulnerabilities all require local administrator access to exploit, and if an attacker already got that access it means that it’s basically game over in either case. There are also concerns that this was done in […]

BF-SIRT Newsletter 2018-07

NCCGroup rebuilt NotPetya, replacing its destructive payload with telemetry and safeguards to see what the impact could have been. They found the following: The customer ran it on one machine in their engineering network with no privileges. It found three machines unpatched. It exploited those three machines to obtain kernel level access. It infected those […]

BF-SIRT Newsletter 2018-03

Researchers have uncovered a government-sponsored mobile hacking group operating since 2012. OnePlus had its store compromised, leaving 40 000 credit cards compromised. Hackers have started exploiting three Microsoft Office flaws to spread Zyklon malware. Top 5 Security Links OnePlus minus 40,000 credit cards: Smartmobe store hacked to siphon payment info to crooks Transmission users beware: […]

BF-SIRT Newsletter 2018-02

Microsoft released patches for Meltdown and Spectre, but it’s important to update ones antivirus before applying the patches. Latest WebLogic exploit caused an increase in compromised hosts being used for mining Cryptocurrencies. F-Secure finds a new Intel AMT Security Issue which gives hackers with physical access full control of laptops in 30 seconds. Top 5 […]