A bad day in IT…

A bad day in IT is when you discover that one of your servers has been compromised. A really bad day is when you realize:

…the compromised machine was one of the state government’s smaller servers. But it was used by the Division of Motor Vehicles for processing payments by credit or debit card. And by the state Liquor Commission as a backup system for processing sales at state-owned liquor stores. And for collecting donations to support the New Hampshire Veterans Home.”

It gets worse when you realize that:

“They knew they were stretched too thin on security, which is why they were testing an automated intrusion-detection tool. That’s how the Cain & Abel program, which can capture credit card numbers, was discovered.”

Yes, a bad day is when you find Cain & Abel installed on a server that houses credit card data for three different organizations. And I thought my week was rough :)
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Paul Asadoorian

Paul Asadoorian is currently the Principal Security Evangelist for Eclypsium, focused on firmware and supply chain security awareness. Paul’s passion for firmware security extends back many years to the WRT54G hacking days and reverse engineering firmware on IoT devices for fun. Paul and his long-time podcast co-host Larry Pesce co-authored the book “WRTG54G Ultimate Hacking” in 2007, which fueled the firmware hacking fire even more. Paul has worked in technology and information security for over 20 years, holding various security and engineering roles in a lottery company, university, ISP, independent penetration tester, and security product companies such as Tenable. In 2005 Paul founded Security Weekly, a weekly podcast dedicated to hacking and information security. In 2020 Security Weekly was acquired by the Cyberrisk Alliance. Paul is still the host of one of the longest-running security podcasts, Paul’s Security Weekly, he enjoys coding in Python & telling everyone he uses Linux.

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