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Botz Security Bytes Newsletter — March 2016



Solving information security problems                               March 2016

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How to NOT Screw Up Security

on an IBM i

securityMarch 22, 2016 — Verizon’s "Data breach digest. Scenarios from the field." document includes a description of a successful attack on a water utility running on an “AS/400” (a.k.a. IBM i.)


It describes how a suspected Syrian “hacktivist” group broke into an IBM i system and attacked the Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) software.


Through this attack they were able manipulate the amount of chemicals used to treat the water.


Surprised? I’m not......




Can an Apple a Day Keep the

FBI Away?


Lately I’ve found myself wondering…. does the FBI really need Apple’s help to decrypt a bad guy’s iPhone?


Something seems fishy about the dust up between the FBI and Apple over the encrypted iPhone previously used by one of the San Bernardino terrorists, so I amused myself by teasing out the loose threads.....




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IBM Patches Security Flaws That Impact IBM i
IBM issued fixes for a couple of relatively serious flaws in OpenSSH on February 1. If you are using OpenSSH on IBM i, you should install the fixes as soon as possible.


Snowden: FBI's claim it can't unlock the San Bernardino iPhone is 'bullshit'
I ran into this after I wrote my "Can an Apple a Day Keep the FBI Away" blog post. I'm certain that Mr. Snowden knows more about FBI capabilities than I do. More evidence for conspiracy theorists!


Home Depot To Pay $19.5 Million In Data Breach Settlement
Most management will understand $19.5 million as a reason to focus on security! Of course, this doesn't include the cost of Home Depot's legal team. Home Depot also agreed to hire a CISO.


Security Lessons From My Stockbroker – Or, How to Lie With Metrics.
I love this article. It compares a stockbroker telling you why a stock meets your needs to how most security ISVs do the same. I can't wait for part two!


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