Cyber Attack: United Airlines, WSJ, NYSE … Oh My!!

Cyber Attack: United Airlines, WSJ, NYSE … Oh My!!

While United Airlines grounded their entire fleet and the Wall Street Journal was off-line and the New York Stock Exchange could not conduct trading yesterday for an extended period of time, they all have stated that they were not under a cyber attack.

We do not believe in coincidences!

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Apparently we are not alone with this cyber attack sentiment. The Phoenix Business Journal conducted an engaging cyber attack conversation with us about it.

Computer network problems and outages brought the New York Stock Exchange to a halt, temporarily grounded United Airlines flights and took down The Wall Street Journal’s website Wednesday.

While none of the affected businesses blamed the problems on cyber attack by Russian, North Korean, Chinese or ISIS hackers, their troubles show the vulnerability and potential minefields for U.S. computer and communications networks.

Businesses, large and small, as well as consumers are dependent on communications systems and computer networks in their day-to-day lives.
If technical glitches can halt NYSE trading on Wall Street and force United to ground and delay flights, think of what they can do to Main Street businesses, startups and personal lives.

United Airlines’ troubles adversely impacted a couple dozen flights at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport today, according to Chicago, New York, Atlanta and Los Angeles had major delays.

A cyber security expert suspects today’s problems may stem from malware contracted from a third-party vendor rather than from nefarious hackers invading U.S. business systems from a dark room in Moscow, Pyongyang or Shanghai. “If you look at all the cyber attacks in the last 12 months, 100 percent of their breaches happened due to human interaction on third party networks,” said Michael Peters, CEO of Lazarus Alliance, a cyber security company:. “Employees of a third party company will download malware and forward it to a company, allowing cyber attacks.”

United officials blamed router problems on their network problems. “An attack can certainly happen through a router,” said Peters. “A router isn’t any different from network devices, they follow all the same rules. So a cyber attack can happen when a router is hacked and traffic is rerouted.”
Peters explained that routers are like highways, controlling network traffic. When cyber attacks happen, hackers can “reroute” traffic and effectively send data to other locations where it can be forwarded to another location.

Peters said most companies who are hacked, even large organizations, don’t have proactive measures in place, leaving them vulnerable.

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The egregious revelations following this security breach is that the Office of Personnel Management did not have even entry-level cyber security controls in place as reported on June 4, 2015 by NBC affiliate KPNX 12 News and many other outlets is proof that it’s time for the U.S. to take strong action to harden its technological infrastructure with proactive measures instead of the reactive posture demonstrated today.

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KPNX went on to report that “Fundamental controls missing that facilitated this massive security breach affecting millions across the federal space were identified as a lack of data encryption, multifactor authentication and modern endpoint computing platforms all of which are critical in preventing cyber breaches and criminal misconduct.”

Michael Peters, CEO of Lazarus Alliance said “Proactive cyber security measures taken through competent IT risk, audit & compliance and governance assessments coupled with proven assessment tools like the IT Audit Machine are all known to prevent about 96% of all breach potential.”

“As long as public and private organizations remain reactive instead of proactive in their approach to cyber security, they will continue to fail the constituents they work to protect. This federal cyber data breach is a painful reminder that not enough is being done even at minimal levels.” said Peters.

Cyber-crime prevention is of paramount concern to the federal government and organizations of all sizes, all industries and in all parts of the world. Lazarus Alliance put its extensive experience in cybercrime and fraud prevention in the governance, risk and compliance (GRC) spaces to work for the federal and global business community.

“Survey after survey shows that simple and intermediate controls prevent espionage and cyber-crime and yet breach reports are escalating. These criminal acts could have been prevented through a proactive cyber security plan. Lazarus Alliance is proactive cyber security.” continued Peters.

Lazarus Alliance’s primary purpose is to help organizations attain, maintain, and demonstrate compliance and information security excellence, in any jurisdiction. Lazarus Alliance specializes in IT security, risk, privacy, governance, cyberspace law and compliance leadership solutions and is fully dedicated to global success in these disciplines.

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Millions affected in federal cyber security breach

Source: KPNX

Millions affected in federal cyber security breach

As a cyber-security expert and CEO of Lazarus Alliance, Michael Peters’ job is to find gaps in his client’s security and close them off.

It looks as though Uncle Sam could have used his help. “This is extremely valuable reconnaissance information,” said Peters.

Chinese hackers are suspected in the massive data cyber security breach affecting four million former and current federal employees.

In Arizona alone, there are 88,000 workers.

Names, birth dates and social security numbers are all part of the compromised personal information. “Identity theft, that will be part of the package. That will get sold off in darknets,” Peters said.

The real goal many people believe is to use confidential information and clearances to get inside the government.

Senator Ron Wyden, an Intelligence Committee member had this to say, “I continue to feel it is very important that we ramp up our efforts to go after foreign hackers and foreign threats.”

Still, what stuck out to several politicians and cyber experts, including Peters, was the federal government’s lack of cyber protection.

“No encryption, no multi-factor authentication,” said Peters. When asked if he was shocked by the lack of security tools he said, “At this state absolutely.”

Peters says both are common tools used to add extra layers of authentication and security.

He believes had they been in place, the breach could have been protected altogether.

“These are fundamental, you cannot go without, so why we’re talking about this still in the federal space, that’s a real problem.”

Several federal employees told 12 News, while they’re concerned about their information, they’re waiting to hear more from the government.

They all plan to keep an eye on their accounts and credit reports.