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Detection Reflection: Analyzing 9 Months of Rapid7 Penetration Testing Engagements

In this post, we’ll review results and trends from Under the Hoodie 2018 as they relate to incident detection, including where our red team found success.…

The Dynamic Duo: How to Use Projects Heisenberg and Sonar to Investigate Attacker Behavior

Cracking a cybersecurity case often requires more than one viewpoint—just look at Starsky and Hutch. For internet-related cases in particular, Rapid7 Labs' Project Sonar and Project Heisenberg each offer unique strengths.…

Under the Hoodie 2018: Lessons from a Season of Penetration Testing

Today, I’m excited to announce the release of our 2018 edition of Under the Hoodie: Lessons from a Season of Penetration Testing by the Rapid7 Global Services team, along with me, Tod Beardsley and Kwan Lin.…

Password Tips from a Pen Tester: What is Your Company’s Default Password?

Welcome back to Password Tips From a Pen Tester. Last time, I exposed common password patterns we see when we perform penetration testing service engagements for our clients at Rapid7. This month, let’s dig into the amazingly weak default passwords that so many companies…

Blockchain Blunders: Exposing Digital Pickpockets in the Ethereum Ecosystem

(Many thanks to Jon Hart and Bob Rudis for their contributions to this post.) Port 8545 appeared on our radar as one of the top 20 most talkative ports of June 2018. Intrigued by its popularity, we began to examine data related to connections to…

A Behind the Scenes Look at Attacker Behavior Analytics with our MDR Team

Just a handful of years ago, drive-by exploit kits were how attackers attempted to attack companies and individuals. Today, it’s through the delivery of malicious documents and malware that can quickly contort and disguise where it’s coming from. Attack vectors are constantly evolving—…

Analyzing Activity on Kubernetes Ports: Potential Backdooring Through the Kubelet API

Recently at Rapid7 Labs, we’ve noticed an increase in activity on ports related to the management of a Kubernetes cluster. In this post, we provide background context to Kubernetes and how it relates to the issues we see, as well as offer some guidance…

Security Impact of Easily Accessible UART on IoT Technology

When it comes to securing IoT devices, it’s important to know that Universal Asynchronous Receiver Transmitter (UART) ports are often the keys to the kingdom for device analysis when you have physical access. For example, as part of ongoing security research and testing projects…

Password Tips From a Pen Tester: Common Patterns Exposed

Welcome back to Password Tips From a Pen Tester. Last time, I talked about what you can expect to learn from these posts and I also explained the three most common passwords that we see on penetration tests. This month, let’s take a look…

R7-2018-15 | CVE-2018-5553: Crestron DGE-100 Console Command Injection (FIXED)

This post describes CVE-2018-5553, a vulnerability in the Crestron Console service that is preinstalled on the DGE-100. Due to a lack of input sanitization, this service is vulnerable to command injection that can be used to gain root-level access. DGE-100 devices running firmware versions 1.…

2018 National Exposure Index Research Report: Internet Security Posture by Country

Today, I’m happy to announce that Rapid7 has released our third annual National Exposure Index (NEI), a state of the internet report focusing on where in the world the most exposure is presented on the internet. I’m pretty pleased with how this year’…

Whiteboard Wednesday: Your 6-Minute Recap of Q1 2018’s Threat Landscape

Gotten a chance to read Rapid7’s Quarterly Threat Report for 2018 Q1? If not (or if you’re more of an auditory learner), we’ve put together a 6-minute recap video of the major findings. In our Quarterly Threat Reports, our security researchers provide…

Rapid7 Quarterly Threat Report: 2018 Q1

Spring is here, and along with the flowers and the birds, the pollen and the never-ending allergies, we bring you 2018’s first Quarterly Threat Report! For the year’s inaugural report, we pulled an additional data set: significant events. While we like to look…

Password Tips From a Pen Tester: 3 Passwords to Eliminate

Every week, Rapid7 conducts penetration testing services for organizations that cracks hundreds—and sometimes thousands—of passwords. Our current password trove has more than 500,000 unique passwords that have been collected over the past two years. Where do these come from? Some of them…

Off the Chain! A Research Paper Observing Bitcoin Nodes on the Public Internet

Over the last several years, blockchain-based technologies have exploded in growth. Lately it seems like blockchains are turning up everywhere, from chicken management systems to the next hot cryptocurrency. Waves of new companies, products and applications exist, often in the form of just wedging a…