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Details on the RSA Attack

From: andrew cooke <andrew@...>

Date: Sat, 2 Apr 2011 08:49:07 -0300

On 17 March 2011 RSA dissclosed that it had detected an APT (Advanced
Persistent Threat - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Advanced_Persistent_Threat)
to it's SecureID tokens - http://www.rsa.com/node.aspx?id=3872

SecureID tokens are small devices that display "random" numbers that you use
to connect to secure networks (the kind of thing that many banks here in Chile
use to secure online banking).  These are used by securityand political
agencies, amongst others, and an "APT" typically means "some foreign
government", so this could be a big deal.

More information on the attack has now been released -
http://blogs.rsa.com/rivner/anatomy-of-an-attack/ .  It seems that it was
started by using a zero-day attack agains Flash embedded in a mail attachment
sent to several workers.  Once the attackers could enter the system they used
privilege escalation attacks to gain access to secure servers and then
transferred data out.

No details, that I can see, on who was responsible.

Andrew

RSA Attackers Got (and Used) SecureID Data

From: andrew cooke <andrew@...>

Date: Sat, 28 May 2011 09:45:34 -0400

http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/05/27/us-usa-defense-hackers-idUSTRE74Q6VY20110527

Andrew

Secure ID Hack Confirmed

From: andrew cooke <andrew@...>

Date: Mon, 6 Jun 2011 23:19:26 -0400

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702304906004576369990616694366.html

"The Lockheed attack showed that it was technologically feasible to hack a
third-party using data taken from RSA, and the defense contractor may not be
the last example."

Andrew

The RSA Email

From: andrew cooke <andrew@...>

Date: Fri, 26 Aug 2011 08:12:52 -0300

http://www.f-secure.com/weblog/archives/00002226.html

Andrew

Over 760 RSA Attack Victims

From: andrew cooke <andrew@...>

Date: Fri, 28 Oct 2011 08:45:44 -0300

https://krebsonsecurity.com/2011/10/who-else-was-hit-by-the-rsa-attackers/

"a list of companies whose networks were shown to have been phoning home to
some of the same control infrastructure that was used in the attack on RSA"

Andrew

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