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.

Analytics

1/26/2007
06:10 AM
Connect Directly
Twitter
RSS
E-Mail
50%
50%

Microsoft's 'Secret' Security Summit

Microsoft hosts meeting of security experts, who are plotting to wrest control of the Internet back from the bad guys

It was the best- and worst-kept secret in the security industry this week: A closed-door summit held today and yesterday at Microsoft's headquarters that brought together representatives from antivirus and other security vendors, CERT organizations, the military, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, FBI, SANS, ISPs, Cisco, academia -- and Microsoft, of course.

The objective: finding a way for the good guys to win the Internet security battle. Gadi Evron, a botnet expert with Beyond Security and coordinator of the Internet Security Operations and Intelligence II Workshop, says the bad guys have control of the Internet today. "And if they want to take someone out of the game, they can do it," he says, via botnets and other means of attack.

"We've already lost the war, in my opinion," he says. "This is a good start for us to start winning some battles... We can do this."

Evron says it's not just about botnets and zero-day attacks, which were sprinkled among the presentations at the workshop -- his brainchild, with Microsoft acting as host. "We want people to be safer on the Net," he says. He points to a story about a security buddy's mother, who got duped into purchasing Mozilla's free Firefox browser on the Internet for $50.

Organized crime has abused the Internet such that its future is in jeopardy, Evron says. "Right now, what scares me more is not banks in an attack wave every day, but making sure the bad guys don't call all the shots" on the Internet to the point where it's no longer a safe place to be, he says. "When they will do whatever it takes to take you out, online or in real life, it's a whole different ballgame."

The ISOI DA Workshop is all about getting people working across company and country borders to stem this problem, he says. "What we are doing is based on goodwill," he adds. "We decided to meet and see how we can cooperate... Once we meet face-to-face, you can take it to the next level."

It's possible new groups could officially form out of the workshop, he says, but the main goal is to share knowledge and experience and try to figure out ways to coordinate a more unified defense.

"The only real hope we have is to bring together the entire gamut of security and share information," says Randy Abrams, director of technical education for Eset, who was scheduled to speak on a zero-day attack coordination panel at the workshop today. "Despite the progress in online communications, significant trust is still a function of getting to know people personally."

"The second barrier has been knowing who can help," Abrams says. "This includes knowing who has relevant information, and also knowing that relevant information even exists. There have traditionally been two significant barriers to this necessary joining of forces. One of the issues has to do with trust. Who do I trust to share information with? Who does Cisco, Microsoft, the FBI, or any of the other players trust?"

The participants were careful not to divulge many details on the sessions, even though the names and speakers were available on the Web. The idea was to provide a safe haven to share information privately and to hash out solutions to Internet problems like zero-days, targeted attacks, botnets and zombies, worms, phishing, online banking security holes, and law enforcement and prosecution of cybercriminals.

"As interesting as the presentations are, the real value of this conference is networking," Eset's Abrams says.

— Kelly Jackson Higgins, Senior Editor, Dark Reading

  • Beyond Security Ltd.
  • ESET Kelly Jackson Higgins is the Executive Editor of Dark Reading. She is an award-winning veteran technology and business journalist with more than two decades of experience in reporting and editing for various publications, including Network Computing, Secure Enterprise ... View Full Bio

    Comment  | 
    Print  | 
    More Insights
  • Comments
    Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
    News
    Inside the Ransomware Campaigns Targeting Exchange Servers
    Kelly Sheridan, Staff Editor, Dark Reading,  4/2/2021
    Commentary
    Beyond MITRE ATT&CK: The Case for a New Cyber Kill Chain
    Rik Turner, Principal Analyst, Infrastructure Solutions, Omdia,  3/30/2021
    Register for Dark Reading Newsletters
    White Papers
    Video
    Cartoon
    Current Issue
    2021 Top Enterprise IT Trends
    We've identified the key trends that are poised to impact the IT landscape in 2021. Find out why they're important and how they will affect you today!
    Flash Poll
    How Enterprises are Developing Secure Applications
    How Enterprises are Developing Secure Applications
    Recent breaches of third-party apps are driving many organizations to think harder about the security of their off-the-shelf software as they continue to move left in secure software development practices.
    Twitter Feed
    Dark Reading - Bug Report
    Bug Report
    Enterprise Vulnerabilities
    From DHS/US-CERT's National Vulnerability Database
    CVE-2021-3493
    PUBLISHED: 2021-04-17
    The overlayfs implementation in the linux kernel did not properly validate with respect to user namespaces the setting of file capabilities on files in an underlying file system. Due to the combination of unprivileged user namespaces along with a patch carried in the Ubuntu kernel to allow unprivile...
    CVE-2021-3492
    PUBLISHED: 2021-04-17
    Shiftfs, an out-of-tree stacking file system included in Ubuntu Linux kernels, did not properly handle faults occurring during copy_from_user() correctly. These could lead to either a double-free situation or memory not being freed at all. An attacker could use this to cause a denial of service (ker...
    CVE-2020-2509
    PUBLISHED: 2021-04-17
    A command injection vulnerability has been reported to affect QTS and QuTS hero. If exploited, this vulnerability allows attackers to execute arbitrary commands in a compromised application. We have already fixed this vulnerability in the following versions: QTS 4.5.2.1566 Build 20210202 and later Q...
    CVE-2020-36195
    PUBLISHED: 2021-04-17
    An SQL injection vulnerability has been reported to affect QNAP NAS running Multimedia Console or the Media Streaming add-on. If exploited, the vulnerability allows remote attackers to obtain application information. QNAP has already fixed this vulnerability in the following versions of Multimedia C...
    CVE-2021-29445
    PUBLISHED: 2021-04-16
    jose-node-esm-runtime is an npm package which provides a number of cryptographic functions. In versions prior to 3.11.4 the AES_CBC_HMAC_SHA2 Algorithm (A128CBC-HS256, A192CBC-HS384, A256CBC-HS512) decryption would always execute both HMAC tag verification and CBC decryption, if either failed `JWEDe...