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
SMB Insider Threat: Don't Hire A Hacker
Oldest First  |  Newest First  |  Threaded View
Jeffro Nunyas
50%
50%
Jeffro Nunyas,
User Rank: Apprentice
7/20/2013 | 4:41:52 AM
re: SMB Insider Threat: Don't Hire A Hacker
Ok Doug

I think we need to recognize one very important fact. Edward Snowden is NOT a hacker. He got a job that gave him easy access to some information. If he were a true hacker, he wouldn't have needed to get a job to get the information.

Stop glorifying that traitor just because he took a class or two for learning ethical hacking techniques. He is or was just a glorified analyst with specific tasks assigned to him per the job title he was hired as.

He stole the information, then he leaked it. He's nothing but a common thief.
edannert
50%
50%
edannert,
User Rank: Apprentice
7/22/2013 | 11:53:19 AM
re: SMB Insider Threat: Don't Hire A Hacker
I guess if you call Snowden a traitor and common thief I would call the NSA/US Government the obnoxious bully in the school yard... And yes, someone has to call out the antisocial behaviour of bullys. The question here is who violated what law, but despite that fact I agree that Snowden is definitely not a good example for an insider threat, because no ethical rules apply here anyway...
Landoll
50%
50%
Landoll,
User Rank: Apprentice
7/26/2013 | 12:15:46 AM
re: SMB Insider Threat: Don't Hire A Hacker
Agreed - Snowden is not a hacker. I did not call Snowden a hacker; I called Snowden a 'trusted insider' - we should be able to agree on that.

Regarding the use of the term 'hacker' in the headline and in the article, I realize my use of the term (e.g., skilled but untrustworthy) does not agree with the technical communities use of the term (e.g.,skilled and clever tinkerer). While I appreciate the audience, the article is written for the management of SMBs and thus I use the term as they would likely interpret it.
Ctendellceh
50%
50%
Ctendellceh,
User Rank: Apprentice
8/19/2013 | 11:44:58 PM
re: SMB Insider Threat: Don't Hire A Hacker
I am a Certified Ethical Hacker charlestendell.com and I honestly think that any organization that is going to hire a true hacker should have strong controls in place to protect against anything they may encounter. I also think that organizations who hire an actual hacker are going to be better protected from malicious hackers in the long run. You have to be a hacker to catch a hacker.

Being afraid of the trusted insider shouldn't be solely focused on the hacker. What about the accountant? The marketing manager or the under paid security guard?
Business have to do business and that means hiring employees. Screenings are irrelevant, a good measure, but no amount of screening is going to protect you from an insider threat. Lets look at Snowden, to work for the NSA in any capacity you have to go through months and several different levels of screening. Polygraph, Multi spectrum background and criminal investigation. They will go and talk to your 3rd grade teacher if necessary. The bottom line, screenings didn't help there and being a hacker should not disqualify anyone.

And personally, he is not a traitor. He may not have responsibly disclosed the information he had but it is a good thing that he released it. People should not fear their government, governments should fear its people.
BarbaraW864
50%
50%
BarbaraW864,
User Rank: Apprentice
10/2/2015 | 12:02:37 PM
Pending Review
This comment is waiting for review by our moderators.
DianeL138
50%
50%
DianeL138,
User Rank: Apprentice
1/22/2017 | 6:46:54 PM
Pending Review
This comment is waiting for review by our moderators.
MalcomW730
50%
50%
MalcomW730,
User Rank: Apprentice
6/26/2017 | 11:16:05 AM
Pending Review
This comment is waiting for review by our moderators.
James E.R573
50%
50%
James E.R573,
User Rank: Apprentice
8/31/2017 | 12:11:14 PM
Pending Review
This comment is waiting for review by our moderators.


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
Enterprise Cybersecurity Plans in a Post-Pandemic World
Download the Enterprise Cybersecurity Plans in a Post-Pandemic World report to understand how security leaders are maintaining pace with pandemic-related challenges, and where there is room for improvement.
Flash Poll
Twitter Feed
Dark Reading - Bug Report
Bug Report
Enterprise Vulnerabilities
From DHS/US-CERT's National Vulnerability Database
CVE-2021-33600
PUBLISHED: 2021-09-28
A denial-of-service (DoS) vulnerability was discovered in the web user interface of F-Secure Internet Gatekeeper. The vulnerability occurs because of an attacker can trigger assertion via malformed HTTP packet to web interface. An unauthenticated attacker could exploit this vulnerability by sending ...
CVE-2021-33601
PUBLISHED: 2021-09-28
A vulnerability was discovered in the web user interface of F-Secure Internet Gatekeeper. An authenticated user can modify settings through the web user interface in a way that could lead to an arbitrary code execution on the F-Secure Internet Gatekeeper server.
CVE-2021-36165
PUBLISHED: 2021-09-28
RICON Industrial Cellular Router S9922L 16.10.3(3794) is affected by cleartext storage of sensitive information and sends username and password as base64.
CVE-2020-20691
PUBLISHED: 2021-09-27
An issue in Monstra CMS v3.0.4 allows attackers to execute arbitrary web scripts or HTML via bypassing the file extension filter and uploading crafted HTML files.
CVE-2020-20692
PUBLISHED: 2021-09-27
GilaCMS v1.11.4 was discovered to contain a SQL injection vulnerability via the $_GET parameter in /src/core/controllers/cm.php.