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A report by Imperva shows how an attacker could easily get their grubby hands on cloud storage and synchronization accounts, without even needing the user's password, and use them in their illicit activities.
The research paper details a new technique called MITC (Man in the Cloud), which allows attackers to intrude popular cloud storage services like Box, Dropbox, Google Drive, and OneDrive.
MITC attacks don't rely on vulnerabilities in the syncing applications themselves, nor on security holes in the cloud storage server, but act on a design flaw.
Because of the way these services were built, not requiring a password every time a file is synced, a token is used instead to authorize these operations without constantly hampering the user.
This token is stored on each of the devices a user connects to their cloud storage device, and even if encrypted, it can be broken into and stolen by attackers.
With new tokens added to their arsenal, an attacker could then add them to their own PC or automated scripts, and have access to compromised accounts, which they can utilize in various ways.
An attacker would have nothing standing in their way from stealing files from corrupted accounts, altering existing files, and infecting the user with malware or ransomware, effectively locking the user out of their own files.
According to Imperva researchers, more worrying is the fact that these tokens will work in some cases even after a password change (Dropbox and Box), and to remove an attacker's entry point, a user needs to remove connected devices, or in some extreme cases, cancel their cloud storage account altogether and open a new one.
The Imperva team concludes that "while testing our concepts in the lab, we found some evidence that these types of attacks are already occurring in the wild (for example, as mentioned in 'The Inception Framework')."
For those interested, the same paper will be presented at the Black Hat USA 2015 conference that's going on these days.
August 2, 2015: A previously unknown hacker group, the YCA (Yemen Cyber Army) took credit for the hacks that obtained the trove of Saudi Arabian government emails the group recently released. The main thing the emails revealed was that Saudi Arabia and other oil-rich Arab countries use their money as a tool to influence political and diplomatic decisions in the Middle East and worldwide. These revelation were not surprising, but some of the details were.
It appears that Iran and Russia is behind this hack because the Iran backed Shia rebels in Yemen do not have the technical resources to crack the formidable network defenses the Saudis are known to have built. In fact, not all departments of the Saudi government appear to have been hacked. This is indicative of the high-end defenses the Saudis have bought, which isolates different bureaucracies networks so hacking one does not get you into all the others.
The YCA is still in the midst of releasing the million or more emails they obtained, so more details of the hack will become evident as more emails appear. The ones released so far confirm a lot of suspicions and hurt the Saudis by naming the people they have bribed and detailing the size (some over $200 million) of the bribes and other favors. This will make it more difficult to use bribes as those known to have already benefitted suffered embarrassment and loss of political influence and power because details became public. The Saudi bribes were often to weaken Israel and play down the popularity for Islamic terrorism among many Arabs. The bribes also sought to suppress discussion of Arab government support of Islamic terrorist groups. Because of the terrorism angle some people, in Western countries, could be prosecuted for being secretly in service to the Saudis.
All this Saudi dollar diplomacy goes back to the early 1970s, when OPEC (the Arab dominated oil cartel) was formed and the price of oil more than doubled. Most of the new cash went to Saudi Arabia and a lot of it was donated to Islamic charities. These groups, and the Saudi government, then sent money (to build mosques and religious schools) and missionaries to Moslem countries to spread the very conservative brand of Saudi Sunni Islam. This and the Iranian revolution of 1979 (that created a Shia Moslem religious dictatorship in Iran during the 1980s) are the cause of most of the subsequent increase in Islamic terrorism. The Islamic radicals were inspired, and able to network, in Pakistan during the 1980s, where the Saudis supplied billions of dollars for weapons and other supplies to support Afghan tribesmen fighting Russians in Afghanistan. Thousands of Islamic radicals from all over the world went to Pakistan to help out. Moslems pitched this as a jihad and a victory, despite the fact that the Russians left more because of economic collapse in the Soviet Union than anything else. But Islam has always thrived on fictional victories and that continues.
The Saudis continue to support Islamic terror groups, even though many of these same groups want to seize control of Saudi Arabia and establish a religious dictatorship (and execute every member of the House of Saud they can grab along the way). The Saudis are looking at the big pressure and the perceived greater danger posed by Shia Iran, which wants an Iranian Shia clergy controlling the holy places in Saudi Arabia. In this scenario Iran would also control the Saudi oil as well. This is the ultimate Saudi nightmare and they are trying to buy and bribe their way out of it. That, however, won't make their past activity disappear.
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By Edwin Walker, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Aging
Today marks the 17th anniversary of a landmark Supreme Court decision. In Olmstead v. L.C. the Court ruled that people who need assistance with activities of daily living such as eating, bathing, dressing and walking cannot be unnecessarily segregated. They must receive services in the most integrated setting possible.
This decision, based on the Americans with Disabilities Act, has great implications for older adults.
All people should have the opportunity to live, work, retire, and contribute to diverse neighborhoods and communities, regardless of age or disability. The Olmstead decision has helped make that vision a reality for older adults and people with disabilities alike by shaping policy that ultimately provides services. For example, in the 2006 and again in 2016 Congress reauthorized the Older Americans Act, each time helping reshape the systems that provide long-term services and supports to include more home-and-community-based services. As a result, more older adults now get help with dressing, grocery shopping, and other routine tasks, making it possible for them to continue living in their homes.
This is just one example of a shift in funding, policy, and attitudes toward community living that reflects the spirit of the Olmstead decision. As a result, more and more Americans are living in the settings they choose and are engaging in their communities throughout all stages of their lives.
Olmstead is for all of us, and with an estimated 10,000 Americans turning 65 each day, it has never been more important to the aging community. I hope you will join me in adding the anniversary of the Olmstead decision to your calendars of dates to celebrate.
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By Guest Blogger John D. Kemp, President & CEO, The Viscardi Center
Who do you aspire to be? When asked, no matter what your age, it's likely an individual you can relate to in some sense. All too often this question, seemingly simple in nature, becomes difficult for people with disabilities to answer. Why… because many with disabilities have few aspirational role models, leaders and mentors they can liken themselves to in their midst.
For this reason, the Henry Viscardi Achievement Awards were established in honor of our organization's founder, Dr. Henry Viscardi, Jr. Dr. Viscardi, who used prosthetic legs, transformed the lives of countless individuals with disabilities around the world. In fact, he served as disability advisor to eight presidents, wrote eight books, was the inspiration for countless disability-related organizations, led the first U.S. business to be staffed primarily by employees with disabilities, and opened an accredited, private school giving children with severe physical disabilities the opportunity for an education in a more traditional setting.
Most importantly, Dr. Viscardi was one to admire. A shining example and living proof for thousands of children and adults with disabilities, including myself, that we should aim high and that we could accomplish anything we put our minds to academically, vocationally and socially. I now have the privilege of leading the organization he founded over 60 years ago. The Viscardi Center continues to educate, employ and empower people with disabilities, guide employers on the benefits of an inclusive workforce, and shape policy changes that will benefit the people it serves.
The Henry Viscardi Achievement Awards are an opportunity to spotlight influential individuals with disabilities who are today's leaders, mentors and role models for our peers and our next generations of people with disabilities. Every day, people with disabilities are leaving their mark all over the world, with their work often transcending the geographical boundaries of where they live. Since inception, the Viscardi Award recipients have been a dedicated, diverse, and trendsetting group that reminds us all how a single person can spur change on a global scale.
The 2016 Viscardi Awards Selection Committee is being co-chaired for the fourth consecutive year by Robert Dole, former U.S. Senator, along with Sherwood "Woody" Goldberg, Esq., retired U.S. Army Colonel and current Senior Advisor for Asian Affairs at the Center for Naval Analysis.
Each year, the global nomination pool has included business and healthcare professionals, wounded warriors, advocates, governmental leaders, to name a few. Read about past Henry Viscardi Achievement Awards recipients.
I encourage you to nominate an exemplary leader in the disability community who has had a profound impact on changing attitudes, raising awareness and making the lives of people with disabilities great so we have more men and women to emulate and we can all answer the question: who do you aspire to be?
Nominations are being accepted until September 30, 2016 and more information may be found at http://www.viscardicenter.org/about/hvaa/hvaa.html.
About the Guest Blogger
John D. Kemp is president and CEO of The Viscardi Center and School in Albertson, NY, a national disability employment and education organization. He is widely respected for his many achievements in the corporate and non-profit worlds.
From 2002 to 2011, Mr. Kemp was a partner in Washington, DC's Powers Law Firm. He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Law from Washburn University School of Law in May 2003.
In 2006, Mr. Kemp received the Henry B. Betts Award, America's most prestigious award within the national disability community. In 2014, he received the Dole Leadership Prize from Senator Robert J. Dole's Institute of Politics at the University of Kansas. In 2015, Mr. Kemp was one of twenty-five inaugural inductees into the National Disability Mentoring Coalition's Disability Mentoring Hall of Fame, in honor of Susan B. Daniels, for demonstrated commitment to mentoring and the impact of their contributions to improving the lives of people with disabilities. In addition, he has received top awards from the U.S. Departments of Labor and Health and Human Services.
Mr. Kemp served as CEO of UCPA, VSA Arts, ACCSES, and USBLN, and as General Counsel for the National Easter Seal Society, and managed law and consulting firms that advised companies on state/federal civil rights, employment and education laws and policies regarding persons with disabilities.
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