Three Security People You Should Be Following on Twitter

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There are a lot of security people on Twitter. There are a lot of people people on Twitter. That said, finding great people to follow on Twitter is often a difficult task, especially around something as noisy as Information Security.

That said, I wanted to take a quick moment and post three people I think you should be following on Twitter in the Infosec space and might not be.

Here they are, in no particular order:

@sempf – A great person (and a personal friend), his posts rock the mic with content ranging from locksport (lock picking as a sport/hobby), deep coding tips, application security and even parenting advice. It’s fun! 

@abedra – Deep knowledge, deep code advice (ask him about Clojure…we’ll wait…). The inventor of RepSheet and whole bunch of other cool tools. His day gig is pretty fun and he is widely known for embracing the idea of tampering with attackers and their expectations. Check him out for a unique view. Do remind him to change hats occasionally, he often forgets… 🙂

@NocturnalCM – Hidden deep in the brain of the person behind this account is an incredible wealth of knowledge about cellular infrastructures, mobile code, security, devops and whole lot more. Don’t let the “Code Monkey” name fool you, there’s a LOT of grey matter behind the keyboard. If nothing else, the occasional humor, comic strips and geek culture references make them a worthwhile follow!

So, there you go. 3 amazing people to follow on Twitter. PS – they also know some stuff about infosec. Of course, you can always follow me (@lbhuston) and our team (@microsolved) on Twitter as well. As always, thanks for reading and get back to keeping the inter-tubes safe for all mankind!

CMHSecLunch Announcement

We wanted to take a moment and send out a special announcement to our Columbus, Ohio area readers. Brent Huston is pulling together a monthly casual event for IT and InfoSec focused folks in our area. He posted this a few days ago to Twitter (@lbhuston):

#CMHSecLunch 1st attempt – Monday, Nov 12, 11:30 -1pm at Tuttle Mall food court. Informal lunch gathering of infosec geeks. Be There!

We invite all of our local readers to attend. Just have a casual lunch with infosec friends and great conversations. No sign up, no membership fees, no hassle, no fuss. If you can make it, cool, if not, also cool. So, if you have time, drop in and break bread. We hope to see you there.

Let us know on Twitter or in the comments if you have feedback. 

InfoSec Insights: Getting Indexed Via Twitter – Good & Bad

Earlier this week, I did a quick experiment in the MSI Threat Lab. I wanted to see what happened when someone mentioned a URL on Twitter. I took a HoneyPoint Agent and stood it up exposed it to the Internet on port 80.

I then mapped the HoneyPoint to a URL using a dynamic IP service and tweeted the URL via a test account.

Interestingly, for the good, within about 30 seconds, the HoneyPoint had been touched by 9 different source IP addresses. The search engines, it seems, quickly picked the URL out of the stream, did some basic traffic and I assume queued the site for crawling and indexing in the near future. A few actually indexed the sites immediately. The HoneyPoint cataloged touches from 4 different Amazon hosts, Yahoo, Twitter itself, Google, PSINet/Cogent and NTT America. It took less than an hour for the site to be searchable in many of the engines. It seems that this might be an easier approach to getting a site indexed then the old visit each engine and register approach, or even using a basic register tool. Simply tweet the URL and get the ball rolling for the major engines. 🙂

On the bummer side, it only took about 10 minutes for the HoneyPoint to be probed by attacker scanning tools. We can’t tie cause to the tweeting, but it did target that specific URL and did not touch other HoneyPoints deployed in the range which certainly seems correlative. Clearly, search engines aren’t the only types of automated applications watching the Twitter stream. My guess is that scanning engines watch it too, to some extent, and queue up hosts in a similar manner. Just like all things, there are good and bad nuances to the tweet to get indexed approach.

Further research is needed in what happens when a URL is tweeted, but I thought this was an interesting enough topic to share. Perhaps you’ll find it useful, or perhaps it will explain where some of that index traffic (and scanner probes) come from. As always, your mileage and paranoia may vary. Thanks for reading!

Welcome, Twitter Folk

If you’re reading this, it’s most likely because you’re curious if it’s worth following Brent or Mary Rose. Brent is the CEO and Chief Security Evangelist of MicroSolved, Inc., an information security company, and he’s an all-around great guy. He is passionate about safeguarding companies from all those nasty intruders out there like bots and phishing scams – not to mention all the inventive social engineering that is going on. (Please. No matter how much someone whines to you about having a terribly, bad, rotten day and giving your password to them will make it all go away – don’t do it!) Brent is always up to something interesting like creating Apple apps or battling evil in cyberspace. Definitely somebody you want to know.

Mary Rose had a posse of Italian uncles who made it very “desirable” for Brent to hire her as his MarComm girl or be pummeled into submission by a truckload of cannoli. He made a wise choice. Meanwhile, she’s busy figuring out the whole social media dealio when not working on updating the website design (Yes. Change is Coming), blog, marketing slicks, podcasts, videos and an unwieldy “customer relationship management” system. 

To follow Brent, go here.

To follow Mary Rose, go here.

I’m keeping count. So far, I’m beating Brent in followers. My Italian uncles are pretty effective.