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August 2017: ComputerWorld Speaks To AKATI Consulting on the HBO Hack

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (3 August 2017) -  US media reports, the HBO hack at the beginning of this month is turning out to be more than the initially suggested leaks of a few unaired TV show episodes.  

One Variety report said that a "security company [IP Echelon] hired by HBO to scrub search results for the hacked files from search engines has told Google that the hackers stole thousands of Home Box Office (HBO) internal company documents."  A total of 1.5 terabytes of data may have been stolen.

Another aspect - that the hackers see to have also leaked personal information of a senior HBO executive - brings back shades of the Sony attack in 2014. Experts suggest that access to the executive's work information may have been made possible by the hackers gaining access to at least one of some subscription or personal login accounts.

While HBO is working with law enforcement and private companies and that there's "an ongoing investigation," local digital security experts told Computerworld Malaysia that this latest attack already presents a mix of old and new lessons for Malaysian IT and business leaders.

During the interview with ComputerWorld, AKATI Consulting Group CEO, Krishna Rajagopal states that " The fact that the HBO incident indicates multiple points of entry and with specific content in target, indicates a complicated attack. And it seems that the perpetrators were after fame rather than money in this case. Generally hackers these days have different things that 'tick' them; Some are after money, and some are after fame.

"Interestingly, at about  the same time that HBO got attacked Mandiant (a subsidiary of FireEye Inc) was also allegedly attacked and confidential data including joint exercises with the Israeli Defence Forces were leaked," he explained. "Confidential details of their security analysts were released and one could see that he/she used simple passwords to protect his/her online accounts."

What should be in place? Rajagopal answered that when an organisation gets hacked, there are three options:

  •   First and probably the most popular way is to pretend the hack never happened, and cry wolf about it.
  •   Secondly you could post a half-baked lack-lustre security statement about the incident
  •   Thirdly, openly admitting you got attacked and that you are on top of the entire incident, keeping your interested parties informed of the entire investigation and journey of the incident."


"Fundamentally, I'm a strong believer of two things:

i.   Cybersecurity hygiene is equally as important as Toilet hygiene
ii.  Implement multiple layers of control through Defence in Depth Strategy"

READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE - https://computerworld.com.my/t...


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