Nov 8, 2017. From the Reuters article regarding former CEO of Yahoo Marissa Mayer’s testimony before Congress:
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Former Yahoo Chief Executive Marissa Mayer apologized on Wednesday for two massive data breaches at the internet company, blaming Russian agents for at least one of them, at a hearing on the growing number of cyber attacks on major U.S. companies.
Having spent the majority of the last three years doing almost exclusively InfoSec and Security on the Tendenci SaaS Cloud, not by choice but out of necessity, I do feel a bit of vindication as they confirm the facts. This is DATA people. Not opinion. I see it every day.
Tendenci has always kept logs, but never before have we had to have three (and sometimes four) sets of logs kept in different locations. Log verification, audit, cross references, searching through millions of logs DAILY. Just the expense … it’s frustrating for us in the security community for several reasons:
We can’t talk fully openly about it for confidentiality reasons
We sound kra-kra.
When we do, everyone thinks we are crazy and it’s a conspiracy theory.
It turns out reality is like an idiom, what everyone initially thought was wrong and like so many other things, people get silenced. That shit Cray . Oh, and that reference doesn’t mean what you think it means either. Because Jay-Z is smart as f*ck and he is making a damn point.
All I can say is … what he said. Because THIS shit is Cray.
At ETech. Prep for Rael, Tim and Bruce Sterling at tonight’s opening sessions. A little history seemed in order. At a time when I hire anyone under 30 and they have *never* heard of 2600 nor phreakers nor captain crunch – I needed a refresher. The irony is much of what I learned CAME from folks younger than me. People with the courage not only to share information, but to share and teach with anyone who is curious regardless of age.
Bruce is the third speaker tonight, so this snippet from Gutenberg seemed appropriate (if bad PR <grin>)
1865 U.S. Secret Service (USSS) founded. 1876 Alexander Graham Bell invents telephone. 1878 First teenage males flung off phone system by enraged authorities. 1939 "Futurian" science-fiction group raided by Secret Service. 1971 Yippie phone phreaks start YIPL/TAP magazine. 1972 RAMPARTS magazine seized in blue-box rip-off scandal. 1978 Ward Christenson and Randy Suess create first personal computer bulletin board system. 1982 William Gibson coins term "cyberspace." 1982 "414 Gang" raided. 1983-1983 AT&T dismantled in divestiture. 1984 Congress passes Comprehensive Crime Control Act giving USSS jurisdiction over credit card fraud and computer fraud. 1984 "Legion of Doom" formed. 1984. 2600: THE HACKER QUARTERLY founded. (more)