The Tiberium blog

Recent events, threats, and all things cyber

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How soon is now?

There has been much in the news this week about the world’s largest meat producer (by sales), a Brazilian company called JBS, which has admitted to paying the bitcoin equivalent of $11 meelion to a ransomware gang believed to be REvil, who hail from, you will never guess, Russia.

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Sign O’ The Times

Bet you all know that Sino is a word that means Chinese, our ‘of China’. If not, you do now.

Recently, there has been the usual flurry of announcements of breaches, attempted, successful and otherwise, which fall into the following broad categories:

Ransomware

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Party like a Russian

A pretty unusual and disturbing couple of weeks in the ransomware department to even try and summarise, even through interpretive, presumably Cossack style, dance.

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The Farmer In The Dell

Way back in the midsts of time (December 2020), numerous, very severe issues in some Dell Windows drivers were reported proactively by the good people at Sentinel labs and perhaps other parties, so far nameless. On what is cheesily called ‘Star Wars Day’ (04/05 or May the fourth, be yawningly with you), Sentinel disclosed these … Read more

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Don’t Pay The Ransom

Ransom has been a thing since, probably, the invention of rope. It is certainly referred to in The Holy Bible. In the Old Testament, it referred to as payment of some sort to release someone, and in the New Testament, it refers to “Christ’s gift of Himself as a ransom for many”.

No such thing as an original sin. A notion that is continuously being challenged in the cyberspace.

To get some perspective, the largest ransom ever paid for the release of a person (according to the Guinness Book Of Records) was $1.5 Billion in 1533 for Atahualpa, Emperor Of The Incas.

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Cool for Cats

Dig if you will the picture. Way way back in October 2016, the British Signal Intelligence (and much more besides) operation GCHQ gave birth to an industry facing computer security advisory outfit; The National Cyber Security Centre, NCSC.

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Back in the USSR

Well, at least ten Russian diplomats will be expelled by the Biden administration in retaliation for interference in American elections and cyber attacks, including the SolarWinds hack that both the USA and #UsToo soon to be ‘England’ currently known as The United Kingdom. The SolarWinds gig has now been firmly placed in the paws of … Read more

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Name and Number

The Third Geneva Convention is relative to prisoners of war; we have all seen the films. Unsurprisingly modified in 1949, it defines humanitarian protections for prisoners. According to the convention, a prisoner must give the following: surname, first names and rank, date of birth, and army, regimental, personal or serial number. The convention precludes the use … Read more

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Return To Sender

It is looking more and more likely that a significant proportion of the workforce may be returning to some kind of office (at least in the UK) soon.

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