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FROM THE COMODO LABS: DHL Customers Being Targeted in New Phishing Email Scam

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With the holiday season fast approaching, the shipping of packages and gifts will reach a fever pitch over the next two months. This is the time when cyber criminals are looking to strike, not only stealing critical financial information, but looking for ways to steal personal information.

phishing scams

The Comodo Antispam Labs (CASL) team has identified a new global phishing threat, targeted specifically at the 2.5* million global businesses and consumers who use DHL shipping.

The fake DHL phishing emails are sent from ‘DHL Worldwide’ containing the subject line “DHL Shipping Delivery Tracking Number.’ Trying to represent colors and logos of DHL, the “fake DHL” phishing email is designed to capture logins and passwords to DHL accounts and package tracking information. The phishing email asks recipients to verify the tracking process for their impending packages, deliveries and shipments.

The Comodo Antispam Labs team identified the DHL phishing email through IP, domain, URL analysis, and image analysis.

“Through specific IP and URL analysis – as well as the Comodo Antispam Labs’ continuous monitoring and scanning of data from the users of Comodo’s Internet security systems, our team was able to identify this specific phishing email scam and alert the public to it,” said Fatih Orhan, Director of Technology for Comodo and the Comodo Antispam Labs. “As a company, we work diligently in creating innovative technology solutions that stay a step ahead of the cyber criminals, and keep enterprises and IT environments safe.”

Image screen shots and more information on the DHL phishing scam can be found below.

The Comodo Antispam Labs team is made up of more than 35 IT security professionals, ethical hackers, computer scientists and engineers, all full time Comodo employees, analyzing and filtering spam, phishing and malware from across the globe. With offices in the US, Turkey, Ukraine, the Philippines and India, the CASL team analyzes more than 1,000,000 potential pieces of phishing, spam or other malicious/unwanted emails per day, using the insights and findings to secure and protect its current customer base and the at-large public, enterprise and Internet community.

If you feel your company’s IT environment is under attack from phishing, malware, spyware or cyberattacks, contact the security consultants at the Comodo Antispam Labs: https://enterprise.comodo.com/contact-us.php

*data pulled from DHL web site; the facts and figures section
http://www.dhl.com/en/about_us/company_portrait/our_organization.html

Phishing Email and Screengrabs
In the email screen grab below, the recipient of the email is to verify tracking numbers of a DHL shipment, and encouraged to log into the site www.DHL.com/tracking.

Although the email appears to be from “DHL Worldwide,” the recipient needs to be aware that the actual email address itself is not a DHL email.

From: DHL WORLDWIDE <dalida.elali@werrtonholdings.com.au>
Subject: DHL Shipment Delivery Tracking Number

DHL Shipment Delivery Tracking Number
When the potential phishing victim clicks on the DHL.com/tracking link in the email (above), it takes the user to a new landing page – also trying to represent DHL (below) .  In just one click, the cyber thieves are now trying to steal password and log in information.  After the phishing victim simply verifies their email address and enters the password, a page opens with the text appearing “Your email has been updated” – making the victim feel as if all was an authentic transaction.   In actuality, the log in and password have now been sent to the cyber criminals and they can immediately begin using that to access account and data information, or selling that information on the black market.

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NOTE FROM COMODO ANTISPAM LABS: because this was an actual intercepted email, the actual email address it was sent to has been removed to protect the original recipient and has been replaced in this screen shot to “thisis@fakeemail.com”
For the System IT Administrators who think their IT may be susceptible to the fake DHL phishing email, the address, malicious URL, domain and IP address to be aware of is below.

The domain that the phishing site is hosted on is conceptsolutionind.com

The IP address is 192.185.56.51 which resides in United States, in Texas

Registrant Country: India

The From domain is werrtonholdings.com.au

The mail is sent from IP: 216.151.170.2 and it belongs to:

Shared-hosting.webminders.com which is a hosting site and not a private IP

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TEST YOUR EMAIL SECURITY GET YOUR INSTANT SECURITY SCORECARD FOR FREE Source: https://blog.comodo.com/comodo-news/dhl-phishing/

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Newly Launched Cybersecurity Company Stairwell

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A $4.5 million seed funding round was closed by the recently launched cybersecurity firm Stairwell, which seeks to provide defence teams with more tools to detect adversaries.

Mike Wiacek, who previously formed Google’s Threat Research Division and co-founded Chronicle, Alphabet ‘s corporate security company, founded and led the new agency. As COO and general counsel, Jan Kang, former Chief Legal Officer at Chronicle, enters Stairwell.

Stairwell shared very little information about its devices, but identified them as user-centered tools designed to help security teams “understand the core relationships between their external and internal data sources,” thus helping them battle cyber attacks proactively.

Security teams today are exposed to siloed resources that are unable to detect environmental ties between their external and internal data sources to offer defence against generic risks at the baseline level only. “We began Stairwell so that security teams have a coherent view of what is good, what is evil, and why, so that they can actively protect themselves against the most advanced threats,” said Wiacek.

Accel led the funding round, but Sequoia Funds, Gradient Ventures, and Allen & Company LLC, as well as other angel investors, also participated.

Source: https://cybersguards.com/newly-launched-cybersecurity-company-stairwell/

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StackRox Announced the Release of KubeLinter to Identify Misconfigurations in Kubernetes

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Kubernetes Misconfigurations

On Wednesday, Container and Kubernetes security firm StackRox announced the introduction of KubeLinter, an open source platform designed to help users find misconfigurations in implementations of Kubernetes.

KubeLinter is a tool for static inspection that tests YAML files that store configuration data for Kubernetes apps to ensure that best practises are followed for protection.

A research recently performed by StackRox found that most events linked to Kubernetes are caused by human error, with two-thirds of cases claiming misconfigurations.

Usually, checking settings is performed manually, but the company claims it’s not an easy task and it sometimes results in mistakes. The aim of KubeLinter, which is a command-line tool, is to automate the process of testing YAML files and Helm charts (used for configuration management) before they are deployed in a Kubernetes cluster.

The tool has built-in tests for typical misconfigurations, such as ensuring that the maxim of least rights is enforced, following proper hygiene of the mark, ensuring that it does not run as core, the availability of preparation probes, and the use of criteria for resources. Users will also build custom tests.

On developer computers, KubeLinter can be run, but it can also be built into the continuous integration (CI) frameworks of an enterprise.

We built KubeLinter to provide a safer, more automated way for the Kubernetes group to detect misconfigurations and deviations from best practises that restrict organisations from understanding the full potential of cloud-native applications, “said Ali Golshan, co-founder and CTO of StackRox.” Ultimately, the release of KubeLinter as an open source tool would help users of Kubernetes build hardened environments that are increasingly immune to the inherent risks created by regular changes in configuration typical in development practices.’

On GitHub, the source code for KubeLinter is available and the Kubernetes community has been encouraged to contribute to the tool, which is currently defined as being in a very early development stage.

A short video has also been published by StackRox describing why it built KubeLinter and how users can contribute to the project.

StackRox recently received financing of $26.5 million, taking the company’s overall funding secured to $61 million.

Source: https://cybersguards.com/stackrox-announced-kubelinter-misconfigurations-in-kubernetes/

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How Was 2020 Cyber Security Awareness Month?

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Global corporate enterprise and indeed global society is aware of the concept of cyber security. Personally Identifyable Information (PII) data leaks, continued personal phishing expeditions and state-based adversary hacking have all brought cyber security into focus for the average person.

The average Board member is certainly more aware of the value of cyber security than in years past due in part to ransomware payments. And front-lines employees are certainly more aware of the value of cyber security due to an increased understanding of what not to do.

The state of cyber security is indeed strong. As the Cyber Security Hub Year End Report will elucidate, nearly 80% of the community feels that the overall state of cyber security, meaning operations, resiliency, compliance, awareness, etc., is improving.

But that is of course through the end of the day today. As cyber security professionals know, it’s all about tomorrow. And tomorrow is going to be a bear.

Awareness

A few years of the Mid-Year and Year End reports has shown a sustained focus and expense on Security Awareness. Cyber security executives seem comfortable with the returns to date. But we are now in a whole new world and the pre-pandemic security awareness quotient does not cut it.

Key Questions:

  • How often are you in front of the organization regarding security awareness?
  • Are you expediting security awareness the same way that you’ve always done it?
  • Is each person in the organization aware of all of the new threat vectors?

Automation

The Cyber Security Hub Automation Report is fresh out with some key takeaways. More needs to be done than there is dollars to do. Automated attacks are on the rise and the global pandemic has not been kind to budgets. That means that organizations must make choices on if they can handle any amount of cyber security automation investment.

The luckier ones are making choices on what to automate with a better understanding of the fact that while automation might eventually reduce overhead, the human resources needed to make automation work have to be found and added first.

Key Questions:

  • Do you have budget for automation?
  • If yes, do you have the talent you need for automation?
  • If no, what technical debt do you have that you could lose?

Cloud-First

We just started the Zero Trust conversation and we have to also start the SASE conversation. Our friends at Okta have a handy chart that shows four levels of a Zero Trust organization. The first level is level zero (no-relation). Common wisdom has most of global corporate enterprise at either level zero or level one. Most folks think that less than 10% are at level 3 (that’s the highest level).

The Cyber Security Hub Year End Report will showcase the fact that 75% of the community is telling us how they stopped worrying and learned to love the VPN. (That’s a reference to the title of Dr. Strangelove if you’re keeping score at home). The point being- a significant portion of the community is on the just at the front end of figuring out IAM & PAM for their organizations.

So we’ve got a long way to go on establishing a Zero Trust Network Architecture (ZTNA). And a ZTNA is only one piece of a Secure Access Service Edge (SASE). SASE is not brand new. Gartner released their first analysis of the concept at the end of last year. Solution providers do have offerings and the top of the market is buying.

Key Questions:

  • Where are you on the IAM/PAM continuum?
  • Where are you on the Zero Trust continuum?
  • Where are you on the SASE continuum?

Business Enablement

As you might know, we’ve consistently shared that cyber security has gone from the Department of No to the Department of Know ensuring that cyber security isn’t in the way of business enablement.

We’ve also covered the fact that the cyber security budget conversation with the board must no longer be based on fear but on risk. The budget conversation as we understand it is best presented by choices.

“If we implement X, spending Y, we’ll reduce risk by Z. If we don’t implement X, risk will increase by Alpha by Year End 2021.”

A significant portion of budgets for 2020 and maybe even some of 2021 were spent in March and April of 2020. The cyber crime rate is going up. To thwart the threats, cyber security executives must be tough. You’ve got threat vectors on all sides. And your budget has been shattered. (That’s a reference to Shattered by the Rolling Stones if you’re keeping score at home).

Key Questions:

  • How are you going into the budget conversation for 2021?
  • Are you able to educate the board and CEO using a risk paradigm?

Happy Cyber Security Month from Cyber Security Hub. You’ve got to be a CISO to know how much mental and intestinal fortitude is needed to get the job done. We have awareness and appreciation of how hard the job is- and the fact that it just keeps getting tougher. So take a breath, focus as you do, get back out there and keep us safe. Thank you for doing the job.

Source: https://www.cshub.com/executive-decisions/articles/how-was-2020-cyber-security-awareness-month

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