Appin Security multiple sites hacked and databases uploaded online

Appin Knowledge Solutions is a part of Appin Group of Companies and the premier provider of hi- technology certification, courseware as well as online, computer based and instructor led training across the world. Appin is primarily an IIT Alumni company. Appin has come up with the way of innovative learning concept using Computer Based Training Software (CBTS) in a highly interactive environment.

We need a community of ethical hackers, says IT minister Kapil Sibal

NEW DELHI: IT minister Kapil Sibal will table a bill in the Winter Session of Parliament that will mandate all states to automate all services delivered by government. Speaking at the curtain raiser of Third Global Cyber Security Summit in the capital, Sibal said that framing the rules for cyber security in the world will be imperative, as India looks to automate all public services.

India is hosting the third global cyber security summit in October next year. Companies such as ZTE, which are facing problems selling their telecom equipments in various markets, say aligning of cyber security rules will help them. “We need a legal framework as we are dealing with one of the best minds. We also need a community of ethical hackers, as the resource pool of them is very limited in the world,” said Sibal. Read more…

EC-Council’s CISO Executive Summit 2011 Features a Unique Format that Encourages Knowledge Sharing Among the Diverse Range of Participants

The CISO Executive Summit included over 40 prominent speakers from across industries in the government, private and public sectors who were surprised and pleased by the interactive format of the event.

December 14, 2011 Albuquerque, NM- EC-Council hosted the 1st in its Global CISO (Chief Information Security Officer) Executive Summit Series in Las Vegas, NV December 5-6th at the M Resort.

The CISO Executive Summit 2011 was the first of its kind to be fully comprised of panel-based discussions. Panel chairs and speakers consisted of the world’s most successful thought leaders in the Information Security (IS) industry, including executive representation from top corporations and agencies such as IBM, Motorola, Transunion, Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange (ADX), Sallie Mae, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Deloitte & Touche, SecureNet Payment Systems, U.S. Department of Treasury, U.S. Army Reserve and Department of Defense.

The mission of the CISO Executive Summit was to unite the top information security leaders across the world in the fight against cyber crime and information security threats. Today’s rapidly evolving threat landscape is posing new risks to security professionals and the organizations they protect. The panel discussions were centered on the topics most relevant to high-level Information Security leaders including managing insider threats, cloud compliancy, and structuring and managing an infosec workforce. Some of the questions addressed were:

The CISO Executive Summit 2011 successfully accomplished its mission by providing a unique platform of 13 interactive panel discussions. This setup provoked in depth and intimate discussions about issues that are of global concern to high-level Information Security leaders. Panel speakers from the private, public, and government sectors brought an element of diversity and variety to the discussions. To view the full list of speakers, panel discussion topics and abstracts, please visit:

Jay Bavisi, President and Co-Founder of EC-Council, stated “The success of the CISO Summit is evident from the fact that so many senior executives from a vast array of organizations travelled to the EC-Council CISO Summit in the first week of December in Las Vegas. The intense industry representation and their engagement in active dialogue over today’s most pressing issues was beneficial to the industry. It was wonderful to witness the commitment shown by these individuals in seeking continuous learning and sharing.”

Tony Meholic, Chief Information Security Officer at Republic Bank, added, “The extensive knowledge and experience the speakers and audience displayed in the Information Security space was superb. I found the format to be informative and very lively. The opportunity to network with peers from various industries, government and academia was also very welcomed. These connections will provide valuable resources for discussions, questions and recommendations on current and future topics.”



“It was great to be a part of the 1st series of Global CISO Summit. I enjoyed the great panel discussions, fellowship and networking. I look forward to attending and speaking at future summits.” Said Jeffrey Vinson, CISO at SecureNet LLC., of the networking and knowledge sharing opportunities presented at the CISO Executive Summit.

EC-Council will host the 2nd in the Global CISO Executive Summit Series in May 2012, the location is to be determined. A Global CISO Summit is to proceed on October 25, 2012 in Miami, FL. For upcoming EC-Council CISO Executives Summits, please go to:

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About EC-Council:
The International Council of E-Commerce Consultants (EC-Council) is a member-based organization that certifies individuals in various e-business and information security skills. It is the owner and creator of the world-famous Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH), Computer Hacking Forensics Investigator (CHFI), Certified Chief Information Security Officer (C|CISO) as well as many other programs that are offered in over 80 countries through a global training network of more than 450 training partners. For more information on CISO certification, visit

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Good Versus Evil: How to Further Protect Your Privacy on Mobile Devices and Wireless Networks”

Your bank account has just been drained and the bank says that you willingly did it and there is no chance for a reversal. Well, for all purposes, you did. Your username, password and security questions were all answered correctly just prior to the transaction, but the problem is, it wasn’t you, it was the work of a hacker who gained your information through a public forum in which you had both joined the same wireless network. Can it happen? Yes it can, and it does. One party figures out how to gain information for the benefit of the consumer and the other party figures out the information for the detriment of the consumer. It’s the ongoing battle between certified ethical hackers and malicious hackers. Read more…

XSS Vulnerabilities Can Affect Embedded Browsers in Mobile Apps

A security researcher has noted that the use of embedded browsers in mobile applications can make those applications vulnerable to cross site scripting attacks. Developers of mobile software have found it can be effective to embed a smartphone operating system’s web browser and then create their user interface using HTML, CSS and JavaScript. The user interface is then more portable to other devices and is easier to customise using CSS. But this convenience comes at a cost. Researcher Kyle Osborn, who is presenting his findings at TakedownCon, found that some developers don’t clean the data being sent to their HTML-based user interface.  Read more…

Mobile Security at TakeDownCon: Hackers Handing Out a Healthy Dose of Paranoia”

Smartphones are mini-computers packed with financial and personal info, but even though folks can use their mobile devices for everything from paying bills to GPS, it’s a bit confusing when wondering why folks don’t consider mobile security. To ignore the need for mobile security is a bit like choosing to run a computer without any regard to security precautions. Not wise at all. Even without any malicious intent by app developers, many are not concerned about security; their apps may ask for overreaching access permissions.

Mobile and wireless security news is pouring out of TakeDownCon in Las Vegas. During the keynote presentation, Moxie Marlinspike said “mobile malware detection should be done by the app stores” and “Google has done the absolute bare minimum to secure the Android platform.” Marlinspike tweeted, “Half way through my talk at TakeDownCon this morning, I realized it included some minor Android 0day we hadn’t reported.”  Read more…

New System Secures Cellphones for Web Transactions

An experimental method for two-factor authentication to websites employs mobile phones in a new way to ensure that users’ online accounts don’t get hijacked.

Called password less authentication (PLA), the scheme gathers authentication data over the Internet as well as carrier cellular networks and ties them together to positively identify the person trying to log in to an account, according to the author of PAL, Srikar Sagi, a security researcher.

PLA gets around some shortcomings of other scenarios in which cellphones are used in two-factor authentication. Some of these other methods have secure websites send SMS messages containing one-time passwords to cellphones for users to copy into the authentication page for the site they are logging into.  Read more…

Researcher demos threat of “transparent” smartphone botnets

In a presentation at TakeDownCon in Las Vegas today, security researcher Georgia Weidman demonstrated how malware on smartphones could be used to create smartphone “botnets” that could be used in the same way as PC botnets, providing hackers with a way to insert code between the operating system’s security layers and the cell network. In an interview with Ars Technica, Weidman said that the approaches used by Carrier IQ developers to create phone monitoring software could be adopted by hackers as well to create botnets that could silently steal users’ data, or send data without users’ knowledge. “From what I’ve seen in Carrier IQ, they just didn’t think about what they were going to do,” Weidman said. “But malware writers are going to take advantage of those techniques.

Google Earth, other mobile apps leave door open for scripting attacks

In the rush to create mobile apps that work across the leading smartphones and tablets, many developers have leaned heavily on web development tools and use embedded browsers as part of their packaged applications. But security researchers have shown that relying on browser technology in mobile apps—and even some desktop apps—can result in hidden vulnerabilities in those applications that can give an attacker access to local data and device features through cross-site scripting.

At today’s TakeDownCon security conference in Las Vegas, researcher Kyle Osborn will present some examples of cross-site scripting attacks that he and colleagues have discovered on mobile devices. “XSS is generally considered to be a browser attack,” Osborn said in an interview with Ars Technica. But many applications, he said, such as those built with cross-platform mobile-development tools like PhoneGap, use HTML rendering to handle display of data. If applications aren’t properly coded, it’s possible for JavaScript or other web-based attacks to be injected into them through externally-provided data. “Often, there are times when you can just make a JavaScript request and pull files from the local filesystem,” he said. Read more…