KALYPTO (IN)SECURITY

Research, demonstrations, and popcorn

Do your MongoDB admins know what they are doing?

Note:  This was originally posted to LinkedIn, but I have moved it over here to go along with the update I posted about the explosion of malicious ransom demands. MongoDB by default does not have very good security configured out of the box. Unfortunately, the technology is new enough and different enough that people tend…

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MongoDB Ransomware Explosion

Recently I posted an article on LinkedIn about MongoDB security… well, it turns out that this has exploded into a big issue.  Over the last two weeks malicious hackers have been going crazy with extortion schemes.  Hackers are connecting to unsecured MongoDB instances, encrypting the data and then demanding payment before they will release the…

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Have a Happy New Year and Don’t Drive Drunk

I would like to wish everyone a happy and safe New Year’s Eve.  I hope you all get to go out and spend time with family and friends to ring in the new year with cheer.  After the year we have had, we can all only hope that 2017 turns out better than 2016.  I have…

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Bricking the Apple Message App

There are three reasons an exploit may exist in code:  poorly written code, logic failure on the part of the developer, or in the case of this exploit, using something in a way that was never intended or tested.  Arguably, this last one may be considered part of the logic failure area, but I tend to keep it…

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NetGear Vulnerability Expanded

A vulnerability was discovered in some NetGear routers that allows remote command execution by visiting a malicious site or a legitimate site that has malicious ads served to it via AdSense or any number of other ad services. The vulnerability allows execution of Linux commands by simply appending the command to a URL.  The commands execute with…

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Help Save a Veteran’s Life

This week we lost another brave soul who stood up for his country.  Justin was a man that served his country with honor and always had the backs of his friends and family.  Unfortunately, the demons won.  Justin left behind a wife and daughter and I am sick of this happening.  There is more we can do. …

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Security and Voting

The issues around voting are enormous.  I couldn’t even pretend to know them all or understand the full impact.  Especially without being able to examine the voting machines being utilized for this election.  That being said, there are some very minor changes that could be made in order to further secure the voting process and…

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NSA CyberSprint Results

So, I put off writing this for personal reasons, but figure why not finally post it now.  I regularly try my hand at competitions related to hacking and Information Security in general.  I find they are a good way to see how you stack up against others and get an idea of where your weak…

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The NSA and The Shadow Brokers

As most everyone is well aware, there has been a breach at the National Security Agency.  At some point, data and tools from some of the most protected areas of the NSA were stolen.  On Monday (2016-08-15), a sample of the data stolen, as well as details on an auction for the full data set, was…

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Protesting Pro Tip

Pro Tip: If you are “protesting” by blocking traffic… you’re not protesting. You’re being an asshole and inconveniencing people. Protesting is done against the group you want to change. If you are protesting and inconveniencing people unrelated to the grievance you have, you are not protesting… you are trying to get on TV. You want…

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