A cyber attack is an intentional exploitation of computer systems, networks, and technology-dependent enterprises. These attacks use malicious code to modify computer code, data, or logic.
Culminating into destructive consequences that can compromise your data and promulgate cybercrimes such as information and identity theft. A cyber attack is also known as a computer network attack CNA. Phishing is a type of social engineering usually employed to steal user data such as credit card numbers and login credentials.
It happens when an attacker, posing as a trusted individual, tricks the victim to open a text message, email, or instant message. The victim is then deceived to open a malicious link that can cause the freezing of a system as part of a ransomware attack, revealing sensitive information, or installation of malware. This breach can have disastrous results. For an individual, this includes identity theft, stealing of funds, or unauthorized purchases. Phishing is often used to obtain a foothold in governmental or corporate networks as part of a more significant plot such as an advanced persistent threat APT.
In such a case, employees are compromised to gain privileged access to secured datadistribute malware in a closed environment, and to bypass security parameters. Learn more about phishing attacks. Spear phishing is an email aimed at a particular individual or organization, desiring unauthorized access to crucial information.
These hacks are not executed by random attackers but are most likely done by individuals out for trade secrets, financial gain, or military intelligence.
Quite often, government-sponsored hacktivists and hackers perform these activities. Cybercriminals also carry out these attacks with the aim of reselling confidential data to private companies and governments.
These attackers employ social engineering and individually-designed approaches to effectively personalize websites and messages. Learn more about spear phishing attacks. It is aimed at stealing vital information since those holding higher positions in a company have unlimited access to sensitive information.
Most whaling instances manipulate the victim into permitting high-worth wire transfers to the attacker. The term whaling signifies the size of the attack, and whales are targeted depending on their position within the organization. Since they are highly targeted, whaling attacks are more difficult to notice compared to the standard phishing attacks. In a business, system security administrators can lessen the effectiveness of such a hack by encouraging the corporate management staff to attend security awareness training.
Malware is a code that is made to stealthily affect a compromised computer system without the consent of the user. This broad definition includes many particular types of malevolent software malware such as spyware, ransomware, command, and control.
Many well-known businesses, states, and criminal actors have been implicated of and discovered deploying malware. Malware differs from other software in that it can spread across a network, cause changes and damage, remain undetectable, and be persistent in the infected system.Understanding the Birthday Paradox - Cryptography.
By Mayur Pahwa January 11, Post a Comment. You may also like to read Identity and Access Management is an extremely vital part of information security. An access control model is a framework which helps to manage the identity and the access management in the organization.
There are 5 main types of access control models: discretionary, rule-based, role-based, attribute-based and mandatory access control model. Every model uses different methods to control how subjects access objects. While one may focus on rules, the other focus on roles of the subject.
As a security professional, we must know all about these different access control models. While one company may choose to implement one of these models depending on their culture, there is no rule book which says that you cannot implement multiple models in your organization. These models are built into the core or the kernel of the different operating systems and possibly their supporting applications. Every operating system has a security kernel that enforces a reference monitor concept, which differs….
Continue Reading By Mayur Pahwa June 22, You may read multiple posts on the various blogs and websites where you are given tips as to how to pass the exam in the first go, refer which books and solve which questions. Congratulations and all the very best to you, if you have decided to opt for the Gold Standard Certification. The exam is offered by ISC2 and contains around questions. The exam costs around USD. Phase 1: Deciding It is very important for you to finalize which certification you want to do.
Try to research the pros and cons of a certification. Do not just start preparing for a particular…. By Mayur Pahwa October 06, Imagine a system that processes information.
This information is classified in nature. When we say, its classified, it means that the information has been labeled according to the data classification scheme finalized by the organization. As a general user or a security professional, you would want that proper controls to be implemented and the system to be secure that processes such information. Imagine a scenario where such a malicious user tries to access this information. What clearance must this person have?
Hold on, I know, I had asked you to imagine the scenario above. But answers to all your questions would follow, so keep on reading further.
We need to learn and understand a few terms before we are ready to hear ….A birthday attack is a type of cryptographic attack that exploits the mathematics behind the birthday problem in probability theory. This attack can be used to abuse communication between two or more parties. The attack depends on the higher likelihood of collisions found between random attack attempts and a fixed degree of permutations pigeonholes.
Intuitively, this chance may seem small. Because of the birthday problem, this method can be rather efficient. We consider the following experiment. From a set of H values we choose n values uniformly at random thereby allowing repetitions. This probability can be approximated as.
By inverting this expression above, we find the following approximation. Let Q H be the expected number of values we have to choose before finding the first collision. This number can be approximated by. As an example, if a bit hash is used, there are approximately 1. If these are all equally probable the best casethen it would take 'only' approximately 5 billion attempts 5. It is easy to see that if the outputs of the function are distributed unevenly, then a collision could be found even faster.
The notion of 'balance' of a hash function quantifies the resistance of the function to birthday attacks exploiting uneven key distribution. However, determining the balance of a hash function will typically require all possible inputs to be calculated and thus is infeasible for popular hash functions such as the MD and SHA families. When log1p is available as it is in C99 for example, the equivalent expression -log1p -p should be used instead.
A good rule of thumb which can be used for mental calculation is the relation. This approximation scheme is especially easy to use when working with exponents. Digital signatures can be susceptible to a birthday attack. Suppose Mallory wants to trick Bob into signing a fraudulent contract. She presents the fair version to Bob for signing.
After Bob has signed, Mallory takes the signature and attaches it to the fraudulent contract. This signature then "proves" that Bob signed the fraudulent contract. The probabilities differ slightly from the original birthday problem, as Mallory gains nothing by finding two fair or two fraudulent contracts with the same hash.
Mallory's strategy is to generate pairs of one fair and one fraudulent contract.The birthday attack is a statistical phenomenon relevant to information security that makes the brute forcing of one-way hashes easier.
This works because the matches are based on pairs. If I choose myself as one side of the pair, then I need a full people to get to the magic number of pairs. But if I am only concerned with matches and not necessarily someone matching methen we only need 23 people in the room.
Because it only takes 23 people to form pairs when cross-matched with each other. The only question is whether each person is able to link with every other person. Daniel currently works at a leading tech company in the Bay Area, leads the OWASP Internet of Things Security Projectand can be found writing about the intersection of security, technology, and humans.
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Then every Sunday I send the best of what I find to around 30, subscribers. X I spend hours a week devouring books, RSS feeds, podcasts, and articles about what's happening—and what's coming—in security and technology.The paper shows that cipher suites using bit block length ciphers are vulnerable to plaintext recovery attacks.
Short block sizes such as bits are vulnerable to birthday attacks. The birthday attack suggests that a brute force attack can be drastically reduced.
This would translate to 32 GB of data, which can easily be reached in practice. As a consequence 3DES is implemented in most TLS libraries, deployed by approximately 86 per cent of web servers and supported by all popular browsers. For a TLS connect, the cipher negotiated is chosen by the server based on its cipher suite preference and the suites supported by the browser.
All browsers appear to support Keep-Alive. From the server side, Apache and Nginx limit the number of requests in the same connection with set as the default; however IIS does not have a limitation. Follow on testing of the Alexa top 10k showed that 0.Lec 7: Birthday Paradox
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All rights reserved.In the present era, not only business but almost all the aspects of human life are driven by information. Hence, it has become imperative to protect useful information from malicious activities such as attacks. Let us consider the types of attacks to which information is typically subjected to.
Attacks are typically categorized based on the action performed by the attacker. An attack, thus, can be passive or active. The main goal of a passive attack is to obtain unauthorized access to the information.
For example, actions such as intercepting and eavesdropping on the communication channel can be regarded as passive attack. These actions are passive in nature, as they neither affect information nor disrupt the communication channel.
A passive attack is often seen as stealing information. The only difference in stealing physical goods and stealing information is that theft of data still leaves the owner in possession of that data. Passive information attack is thus more dangerous than stealing of goods, as information theft may go unnoticed by the owner. An active attack involves changing the information in some way by conducting some process on the information.
For example. Alteration of authentication data such as originator name or timestamp associated with information. Cryptography provides many tools and techniques for implementing cryptosystems capable of preventing most of the attacks described above.
While considering possible attacks on the cryptosystem, it is necessary to know the cryptosystems environment. In case of proprietary algorithms, security is ensured through obscurity. Private algorithms may not be the strongest algorithms as they are developed in-house and may not be extensively investigated for weakness. Secondly, they allow communication among closed group only. Hence they are not suitable for modern communication where people communicate with large number of known or unknown entities.
Thus, the first assumption about security environment is that the encryption algorithm is known to the attacker. We know that once the plaintext is encrypted into ciphertext, it is put on unsecure public channel say email for transmission.The 3DES cipher is not included in the top priority ciphers in the list since we consider it a weak cipher that will generally not be negotiated by the server.
However, a malicious client can offer only the affected block ciphers as part of the client hello message forcing the server to negotiate 3DES. Another aspect is the duration of the encrypted session that allows for a successful attack. The underlying assumption is that the same set of keys are used for the entirety of the connection. PAN-OS allows for cipher control on decrypted data traffic flowing through the firewall. The following steps can be used to prevent a potential Sweet32 attack on decrypted data traffic:.
Below is a screen capture of the decryption profile that can be applied to Outbound and Inbound decryption policies:. An administrator can periodically reset the SSH keys for the management access via a simple expect or tcl script.
Such a traffic will not be affected by a potential Sweet32 attack. An administrator has to explicitly select encryption ciphers that need to be negotiated with the peer IKE gateway and IPSec tunnel end point. Here is CLI command that can be used to achieve this:. Threat Intelligence Threat Prevention.