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Law firms targeted for client's information

When we first started WiKID, back in the days of Nextel J2ME phones and Mobitex Blackberries, the concept of using a software token on a wireless device faced one crucial issue:  very few companies had broad, company-wide deployments of wireless devices.  We spoke to Bellsouth and Cingular, but met a lot of resistance.  The info sec people there didn't want to risk choosing a start-up with a new two-factor authentication technology.  The other failing effort we made was targeting law firms, where each partner carried a Blackberry.  We made the argument that law firms should adopt two-factor authentication because they would be targeted for their client's information and maintaining security would help keep customers.  At the same time, lawyers needed access to information.  Did they bite? Not so much.

Fraudsters defeat poor risk management, not two-factor authentication

SC Magazine's Australian edition recently published an article entitled $45k stolen in phone porting scam. This article was then rewritten on Help Net Security as "Fraudsters beat two-factor authentication, steal $45k"

Mozilla specifies two-factor authentication for CAs

The Mozilla team is cracking down on the lax security of certificate authorities.  They have sent an email to CAs requesting information confirming security practices including two-factor authentication:

More on Wordpress Security

Two recent blog posts by Ethicalhack3r discuss authentication attacks against Wordpress sites.  The first post discusses  two vulnerabilities in Wordpress including one vulnerability from 2009.  Both leak username information.  As a follow up, Ethicalhack3r released a video (no code) of a brute-force attack tool he wrote over a weekend. 

ViTM - The Vendor in the Middle

Enterprise security architects are traditionally very wary of systems that rely on 3rd parties for access, uptime or security. Ironically, many of these same architects deployed RSA SecurID systems not considering (or heavily discounting) the fact that RSA kept copies of the seeds for licensing purposes.

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