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Mondays With Miranda: July 16, 2018

Jul 16, 2018

Good morning and happy Monday, once again! I’ve got some interesting news for you this week, but first, I want to discuss a few of the upcoming cybersecurity events and conferences that are happening in the United States. CyberGym NYC is happening this Wednesday, July 18th, in NYC, New York. The focus of this event is to discuss the cyber attacks that companies around the world are facing today, and why NATO, Hitachi, Millenium BCP Bank, and Microsoft are now training their people in CyberGym arenas. The second event is the Data Connectors Hartford Tech-Security. This is taking place on July 19th in Hartford, Connecticut, and will discuss the current tech-security issues. There will also be many IT Security educational speakers, as well as several vendor exhibits.

Former Engineer Stealing Navy Secrets

A former engineer at a Navy contractor was just found guilty of stealing Navy trade secrets by uploading the files to his personal Dropbox. He worked for LBI, Inc., which was a company that built underwater drones for the US Navy’s Office of Naval Research. It was found that in the one year that he worked for LBI, Inc., he had uploaded over 5,000 files to his personal Dropbox. He had also sent some files to himself via email. These files contained data involving engineering, accounting, and designs of the drones that the Navy did not want publicized.

More Spilled Military Secrets

On June 1st, an average-skilled hacker attempted to sell stolen U.S. Air Force and Army documents on the dark web. Fortunately, the hacker had no idea how or where to sell them, or even how much to sell them for. Undercover analysts discovered the documents while monitoring criminal activities on the deep and dark web, before the hacker could find a buyer. The hacker claimed to have access to manuals for the MQ-9 Reaper (an advanced drone), along with training manuals on the subjects of IED defeat tactics, and more. It was discovered that the documents were leaked via a previously disclosed FTP vulnerability in Netgear routers back in 2016. It’s frightening to think that these sensitive documents were stolen by a mediocre hacker… who knows what an advanced hacker could potentially be capable of.

Thank you for tuning in to this week’s segment of “Mondays With Miranda!” Keep up to date with current news by following NeQter Labs on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn. As always, if anyone has any questions, feel free to email info@neqterlabs.com. Have a great week everyone!

 

References

http://www.thedrive.com/tech/22095/engineer-found-guilty-after-saving-navy-drone-info-in-dropbox-account

https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/legal/engineer-found-guilty-of-stealing-navy-secrets-via-dropbox-account/

https://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2018/07/12/default-router-password-leads-to-spilled-military-secrets/

About the Author: Miranda Simpson

Miranda Simpson is a Technical Writer & Support Representative at NeQter Labs, in Middletown, RI. She is extremely passionate about technology and cybersecurity. She enjoys long walks on the beach while listening to punk rock with her mobile walkman.

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