Dark Reading is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them.Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

Attacks/Breaches

10/31/2019
02:40 PM
50%
50%

Coalfire CEO Wants Criminal Charges Against His Employees Dropped

Felony charges against two employees tasked with testing the physical security of the Dallas County, Iowa, courthouse have been lessened, but that's not enough, CEO says.

The CEO of cybersecurity services firm Coalfire on Wednesday released a statement pledging to clear two employees of all charges stemming from their arrests by the Dallas County, Iowa, sheriff during a security test at the county courthouse last month. 

Coalfire will "continue to support and aggressively pursue all avenues to ensure that all charges are dropped and their criminal records are purged of any wrongdoing," said Tom McAndrew. While charges against Coalfire employees Justin Wynn and Gary Demercurio have already been reduced from the initial felony charges to misdemeanor trespass, McAndrew said the reduction is insufficient.

Coalfire had been hired by the state of Iowa to test courthouse security. At issue is whether the state judicial system had the authority to authorize this sort of physical pen test for a building owned and operated by a county. Coalfire's employees seem caught in the middle of this jurisdictional disagreement.

The Iowa Supreme Court Chief Justice has apologized for the pen test and announced changes will be made to the contracts for any future such tests, including prohibitions on entering courthouse property after business hours.

Read more here.

This free, all-day online conference offers a look at the latest tools, strategies, and best practices for protecting your organization’s most sensitive data. Click for more information and, to register, here.

Dark Reading's Quick Hits delivers a brief synopsis and summary of the significance of breaking news events. For more information from the original source of the news item, please follow the link provided in this article. View Full Bio

Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Comments
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
DevSecOps: The Answer to the Cloud Security Skills Gap
Lamont Orange, Chief Information Security Officer at Netskope,  11/15/2019
Attackers' Costs Increasing as Businesses Focus on Security
Robert Lemos, Contributing Writer,  11/15/2019
Register for Dark Reading Newsletters
White Papers
Video
Cartoon Contest
Write a Caption, Win a Starbucks Card! Click Here
Latest Comment: -when I told you that our cyber-defense was from another age
Current Issue
Navigating the Deluge of Security Data
In this Tech Digest, Dark Reading shares the experiences of some top security practitioners as they navigate volumes of security data. We examine some examples of how enterprises can cull this data to find the clues they need.
Flash Poll
Rethinking Enterprise Data Defense
Rethinking Enterprise Data Defense
Frustrated with recurring intrusions and breaches, cybersecurity professionals are questioning some of the industrys conventional wisdom. Heres a look at what theyre thinking about.
Twitter Feed
Dark Reading - Bug Report
Bug Report
Enterprise Vulnerabilities
From DHS/US-CERT's National Vulnerability Database
CVE-2019-10766
PUBLISHED: 2019-11-19
Pixie versions 1.0.x before 1.0.3, and 2.0.x before 2.0.2 allow SQL Injection in the limit() function due to improper sanitization.
CVE-2019-11289
PUBLISHED: 2019-11-19
Cloud Foundry Routing, all versions before 0.193.0, does not properly validate nonce input. A remote unauthorized malicious user could forge a route service request using an invalid nonce that will cause the Gorouter to crash.
CVE-2011-2922
PUBLISHED: 2019-11-19
ktsuss versions 1.4 and prior spawns the GTK interface to run as root. This can allow a local attacker to escalate privileges to root and use the "GTK_MODULES" environment variable to possibly execute arbitrary code.
CVE-2019-18934
PUBLISHED: 2019-11-19
Unbound 1.6.4 through 1.9.4 contain a vulnerability in the ipsec module that can cause shell code execution after receiving a specially crafted answer. This issue can only be triggered if unbound was compiled with `--enable-ipsecmod` support, and ipsecmod is enabled and used in the configuration.
CVE-2012-6070
PUBLISHED: 2019-11-19
Falconpl before 0.9.6.9-git20120606 misuses the libcurl API which may allow remote attackers to interfere with security checks.