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.

Comments
121 Pieces of Malware Flagged on NSA Employee's Home Computer
Threaded  |  Newest First  |  Oldest First
Dan Euritt
50%
50%
Dan Euritt,
User Rank: Apprentice
11/17/2017 | 1:09:18 PM
Human error?
"...after he installed what appeared to be a pirated Office 2013 application"

The latest version of MS Office is $9.95, for federal imployees? MS HUP

Why pirate the program, when he could get the latest version for next to nothing.

 
Kelly Jackson Higgins
100%
0%
Kelly Jackson Higgins,
User Rank: Strategist
11/17/2017 | 1:11:38 PM
Re: Human error?
I know, right? This really makes no sense from an NSA employee perspective. So many more questions about what really went down here.
Joe Stanganelli
100%
0%
Joe Stanganelli,
User Rank: Ninja
11/19/2017 | 5:19:41 PM
Re: Human error?
Even so, I don't expect the scapegoating of the Russians -- all Russians -- to stop anytime soon. Good on Kaspersky, though, for vigilantly defending its brand.
REISEN1955
100%
0%
REISEN1955,
User Rank: Ninja
11/21/2017 | 8:57:07 AM
Re: Human error?
Let's dig that logic deeper - a pirate version of most anything is a risk one takes.  Let alone a major applicatoin like Office.  I would imagine the policy quoted for usage by NSA staff is valid - I have used specific keys purchased by organizations for Office and run a subscript Office 2016 at home - legit.   So for an NSA staffer to run and use ANYTHING PIRATE BASED is or should be means for termination of employment.  Pure and simple.   Secondly, flagged in 2014 and NOBODY DID ANYTHING ABOUT IT?  For this should have stomped on THE NEXT DAY.   In the malware forensics group I work for, we have had many employees terminated for code of conduct violation.  

Kudos for Kapersky for finding the threats and bad NSA on everything else.   Do hope the staffer is no longer at the NSA and serving ice cream at Dairy Queen.

Money making opportunity here - remember those outfits to report unauthorized, stolen, pirate software too?  Now what about the entire NSA itself using stolen software.  Reward per seat?????
JackDilon
100%
0%
JackDilon,
User Rank: Apprentice
11/21/2017 | 6:00:26 PM
Re: Human error?
Maybe too greedy ? Joke aside, can't understand.
DavidLycope
50%
50%
DavidLycope,
User Rank: Apprentice
11/21/2017 | 6:37:45 PM
Re: Human error?
Is this a joke ? how can you be so greedy ? 9.95$ huh


Edge-DRsplash-10-edge-articles
I Smell a RAT! New Cybersecurity Threats for the Crypto Industry
David Trepp, Partner, IT Assurance with accounting and advisory firm BPM LLP,  7/9/2021
News
Attacks on Kaseya Servers Led to Ransomware in Less Than 2 Hours
Robert Lemos, Contributing Writer,  7/7/2021
Commentary
It's in the Game (but It Shouldn't Be)
Tal Memran, Cybersecurity Expert, CYE,  7/9/2021
Register for Dark Reading Newsletters
White Papers
Video
Cartoon
Current Issue
How Data Breaches Affect the Enterprise
Data breaches continue to cause negative outcomes for companies worldwide. However, many organizations report that major impacts have declined significantly compared with a year ago, suggesting that many have gotten better at containing breach fallout. Download Dark Reading's Report "How Data Breaches Affect the Enterprise" to delve more into this timely topic.
Flash Poll
Twitter Feed
Dark Reading - Bug Report
Bug Report
Enterprise Vulnerabilities
From DHS/US-CERT's National Vulnerability Database
CVE-2021-20859
PUBLISHED: 2021-12-01
ELECOM LAN routers (WRC-1167GST2 firmware v1.25 and prior, WRC-1167GST2A firmware v1.25 and prior, WRC-1167GST2H firmware v1.25 and prior, WRC-2533GS2-B firmware v1.52 and prior, WRC-2533GS2-W firmware v1.52 and prior, WRC-1750GS firmware v1.03 and prior, WRC-1750GSV firmware v2.11 and prior, WRC-19...
CVE-2021-20860
PUBLISHED: 2021-12-01
Cross-site request forgery (CSRF) vulnerability in ELECOM LAN routers (WRC-1167GST2 firmware v1.25 and prior, WRC-1167GST2A firmware v1.25 and prior, WRC-1167GST2H firmware v1.25 and prior, WRC-2533GS2-B firmware v1.52 and prior, WRC-2533GS2-W firmware v1.52 and prior, WRC-1750GS firmware v1.03 and ...
CVE-2021-20861
PUBLISHED: 2021-12-01
Improper access control vulnerability in ELECOM LAN routers (WRC-1167GST2 firmware v1.25 and prior, WRC-1167GST2A firmware v1.25 and prior, WRC-1167GST2H firmware v1.25 and prior, WRC-2533GS2-B firmware v1.52 and prior, WRC-2533GS2-W firmware v1.52 and prior, WRC-1750GS firmware v1.03 and prior, WRC...
CVE-2021-20862
PUBLISHED: 2021-12-01
Improper access control vulnerability in ELECOM routers (WRC-1167GST2 firmware v1.25 and prior, WRC-1167GST2A firmware v1.25 and prior, WRC-1167GST2H firmware v1.25 and prior, WRC-2533GS2-B firmware v1.52 and prior, WRC-2533GS2-W firmware v1.52 and prior, WRC-1750GS firmware v1.03 and prior, WRC-175...
CVE-2021-20863
PUBLISHED: 2021-12-01
OS command injection vulnerability in ELECOM routers (WRC-1167GST2 firmware v1.25 and prior, WRC-1167GST2A firmware v1.25 and prior, WRC-1167GST2H firmware v1.25 and prior, WRC-2533GS2-B firmware v1.52 and prior, WRC-2533GS2-W firmware v1.52 and prior, WRC-1750GS firmware v1.03 and prior, WRC-1750GS...