CISA

CISA: The Risk of MFA Without Improving Password Security

The recent CISA Alert AA22-074A describes how Russian state-sponsored cyber actors gained access to a US NGO using compromised credentials and a flaw in default MFA protocols. This alert may help cybersecurity professionals understand that MFA alone is insufficient and the importance of securing each authentication layer. What happened, exactly?As early as May 2021, the FBI observed Russian state-sponsored cyber …

password based security myths

Busting the Myths Surrounding Password-Based Security

People have been relying on password-based security for millennia. The Roman military reportedly used what they called “watchwords” to identify soldiers on patrol. Exclusive groups and guilds used secret passwords to prove membership. The phrase “open sesame” protected hidden treasure in the story of Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves. In more recent times, the world’s first computer passwords were installed …

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Hacking MFA the Technical Way and How to Guard Against These Attacks

Multi-factor authentication (MFA) requires several elements in order to function as real security for your data systems. Each factor in a multi-factor system must be appropriately protected because malicious actors can take advantage of a weak link to dismantle your protection. In part one of our series on the vulnerabilities of multi-factor authentication, we talked about the social engineering tactics …

The Skinny on Password Attacks

The Skinny on Password Attacks

Thousands of Canadian citizens are at risk of identity fraud after cybercriminals used stolen credentials to access government services including COVID-19 relief funds. The source of the breach was a credential stuffing attack utilizing logins exposed in a prior breach. This is the latest example in a steady stream of data breaches driven by poor password practices. The Verizon DBIR …