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Data Mining the Undiscovered Country

Using Internet-scale Research Data to Quantify and Reduce Exposure It’s been a busy 2017 at Rapid7 Labs. Internet calamity struck swift and often, keeping us all on our toes and giving us a chance to fully test out the capabilities of our internet-scale research…

SMBLoris: What You Need To Know

What's Up?Astute readers may have been following the recent news around "SMBLoris" — a proof-of-concept exploit that takes advantage of a vulnerability in the implementation of SMB services on both Windows and Linux, enabling attackers to "kill you softly" with a clever, low-profile application-level…

(Server) Ransomware in the Cisco 2017 Midyear Cybersecurity Report: Rapid7's Readout

It's summer in the northern hemisphere and many folks are working their way through carefully crafted reading lists, rounding out each evening exploring fictional lands or investigating engrossing biographies. I'm hoping that by the end of this post, you'll be adding another item to your…

Wanna Decryptor (WNCRY) Ransomware Explained

Mark the date: May 12, 2017. This is the day the “ransomworm” dubbed “WannaCry” / “Wannacrypt” burst — literally — onto the scene with one of the initial targets being the British National Health Service. According to The Guardian: the “unprecedented attack… affected 12 countries and at least…

2017 Verizon Data Breach Report (DBIR): Key Takeaways

The much-anticipated, tenth-anniversary edition of the Verizon DBIR has been released (http://www.verizonenterprise.com/verizon-insights-lab/dbir/2017/), once again providing a data-driven snapshot into what topped the cybercrime charts in 2016. There are just under seventy-five information-rich pages to go through, with topics ranging…

ON-AIR: Broadcasting Insecurity

Note: Rebekah Brown was the astute catalyst for the search for insecure broadcast equipment and the major contributor to this post. Reports have surfaced recently of local radio station broadcasts being hijacked and used to play anti-Donald Trump songs (https://www.rt.com/viral/375935-trump-song-hacked-radio/…

The Ransomware Chronicles: A DevOps Survival Guide

NOTE: Tom Sellers, Jon Hart, Derek Abdine and (really) the entire Rapid7 Labs team made this post possible. On the internet, no one may know if you're of the canine persuasion, but with a little time and just a few resources they can easily determine…

12 Days of HaXmas: A HaxMas Carol

(A Story by Rapid7 Labs) Merry HaXmas to you! Each year we mark the 12 Days of HaXmas with 12 blog posts on hacking-related topics and roundups from the year. This year, we're highlighting some of the “gifts” we want to give back to the…

Election Day: Tracking the Mirai Botnet

by Bob Rudis, Tod Beardsley, Derek Abdine & Rapid7 Labs Team What do I need to know? Over the last several days, the traffic generated by the Mirai family of botnets has changed. We've been tracking the ramp-up and draw-down patterns of Mirai botnet members…

Bringing Home The EXTRABACON [Exploit]

by Derek Abdine & Bob Rudis (photo CC-BY-SA Kalle Gustafsson) Astute readers will no doubt remember the Shadow Brokers leak of the Equation Group exploit kits and hacking tools back in mid-August. More recently, security researchers at SilentSignal noted that it was possible to modify…

Digging for Clam[AV]s with Project Sonar

A little over a week ago some keen-eyed folks discovered a feature/configuration weakness in the popular ClamAV malware scanner that makes it possible to issue administrative commands such as SCAN or SHUTDOWN remotely—and without authentication—if the daemon happens to be running on…

Rapid7's Data Science team, Live! from SOURCE Boston!

Suchin Gururangan and I (I'm pretty much there for looks, which is an indicator that Jen Ellis might need prescription lenses) will be speaking at SOURCE Boston this week talking about "doing data science" at "internet scale" and also on how…

The 2016 Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR) Summary - The Defender's Perspective

Verizon has released the 2016 edition of their annual Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR). Their crack team of researchers have, once again, produced one of the most respected, data-driven reports in cyber security, sifting through submissions from 67 contributors and taking a deep dive into…

The Topology of Malicious Activity on IPv4

by Suchin Gururangan & Bob Rudis At Rapid7, we are committed to engaging in research to help defenders understand, detect and defeat attackers. We conduct internet-scale research to gain insight into the volatile threat landscape and share data with the community via initiatives like Project…

12 Days of HaXmas: Applying Machine Learning to Security Problems

This post is the eleventh in the series, "12 Days of HaXmas." by Suchin Gururangan, Bob Rudis and the Rapid7 Data Science Team Anomaly detection (i.e. identifying “badness”) and remediation is a hard and expensive process, fraught with false alarms and rabbit…

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National Exposure Index 2018

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