Happy Birth(day) CYBERCOM

Today marked several historic events for the Department of Defense.  In the course of a couple of hours, three big events happened. 

Boss of the SOC

Splunk

Back in November I had the chance to attend the Splunk .conf conference here in DC.  One of the big after hours events of the conference is the Boss of the SOC (BOTS) competition that puts teams against each other to try and analyze a set of data to identify a variety of indicators of compromise from an incident. After a little bit of talking, Splunk decided to release the BOTS app as an open-source project.

Mandiant 2018 Trends Report

TACLANE Encrypted Tunnel

For anyone who doesn’t know, Mandiant is large cyber security company that was bought by Fireeye. They grabbed a lot of attention by the cyber security community when in 2013, they publicly released a report that linked the Chinese military to attacks dating back to at least 2006 on over 141 organizations. Each year they release a report on cyber security trends that they observed during the previous year. Granted, the results are screwed because they are based only on incidents that they responded to, but they at least give a good overall picture of what is going on around the world.

US and Russia Partner for Secure Elections

US and Russian Flags

In what many analysts are calling a surprising move, Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen on Friday announced that the department had completed a mutual assistance agreement with Russia to help ensure that each countries voting systems were secure.

Slow Mover

network forensics

Another problem from the 5th annual Army Cyber Skills Challenge.  The problem is called slow_mover and can be found here.

Problem
Your boss just handed you this PCAP that one of your network sensors captured. He’s positive that there is something fishy going on here but has no clue what it is.

find_the_flag

Protocol Hierarchy

Another quick walk-through from ACSC5.  This problem is called find_the_flag. Problem: Someone thought that using telnet was a good idea. Guess this should make your job a lot easier…..Find the flag

Congress Blames the Wrong Guy

A couple of days ago, I posted an article about some some possibly non-public military locations being discovered after fitness tracker company Strava put up a heat map of their users activity.  In the 48 hours or so that has passed 9 Democratic members of congress wrote a letter to Strava asking for information.  The letter makes a number of statements and asks questions that I think look to shift the blame of all of this on Strava instead of the military and the individuals who were wearing fitness trackers and publicly broadcasting their location information.  I will go through a number of points and include my own response.

whats_my_password

Another quick walk-through from ACSC5.  This problem is called whats_my_password.

Problem
What is that administrator’s password? Note: enter the flag in the format acsc2017{}

find_the_stack2

The is a follow-on to the first find_the_stack problem from ACSC5.  This was originally supposed to be the third one in a series of challenges based on this problem but I had some problems with number two so this became number two.