Weekly Security Sprint EP 16. QHSR, the state of homeland security, a Faith-Based intervention, protests, Cannabis cybersecurity, more!

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Main Topics


See Something, Say Something – Possible Faith-Based Attack Averted FB-ISAO Turns Five!

  • Man Arrested at Church Service After Members Believe he was Testing Security of Church. Tuesday morning, April 18th, the police department received a phone call from a member of the security team at Faith Assembly of God…in reference to a man who had been acting suspiciously while attending revival services. Police were informed of several incidents on different nights that made church members believe the man was testing the security of the church while also asking personal questions about the members and staff. At the request of the church, officers arrived at the beginning of last night’s service to make the church members feel safer. The man arrived at 7:00 p.m. and entered the church. Officers on scene walked by the man’s vehicle and observed in plain view an AR-style rifle, multiple 30 round magazines, a shotgun, a belt loaded with shotgun shells, knives, tourniquets, and other survival gear. Officers shared this information with church staff and they requested the man be removed from the property… (The suspect) was transported to the Miller County Jail and charged with obstructing governmental operations, resisting arrest, fleeing on foot, and possession of a controlled substance-marijuana.
  • FB-ISAO: Five Years Strong. “Happy Anniversary to the Faith-Based Information Sharing and Analysis Organization. 18 April 2023, marks five years of serving the community of faith with information, analysis, and capabilities to help reduce risk while enhancing preparedness, security, and resilience across all-faiths and all-hazards. Our members include Houses of Worship, Charities, Faith-Based Schools, and their affiliated organizations. We are five years strong!”

4-20! Cannabis ISAO Shares Cybersecurity Best Practices for the Cannabis Industry

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Ransomware – March Was a Record Setting Month & Dragos Ransomware Report

  • Dragos Industrial Ransomware Attack Analysis: Q1 2023. In the first quarter of 2023, Dragos observed two new and significant trends, the use of zero-day vulnerabilities and the exploitation of recently discovered vulnerabilities. For example, the Clop ransomware group claimed use of the GoAnywhere zero-day vulnerability (CVE-2023-0669) to impact 130 organizations in February 2023. Dragos is aware of 14 industrial organizations that the Clop ransomware group impacted in the past quarter. It is unclear if the group used the GoAnywhere vulnerability to impact these organizations. Other ransomware groups, such as Cuba and Play, used a zero-day exploit dubbed OWASSRF to target CVE-2022-41080 and compromise unpatched Microsoft Exchange servers in January 2023. Dragos detected 214 ransomware incidents in the first quarter of 2023, a 13 percent increase from the previous quarter

Blended Threats – Critical Infrastructure Space Asset Disruption Impacts Farming Operations 

  • Farmers ‘crippled’ by satellite failure as GPS-guided tractors grind to a halt. Tractors have ground to a halt in paddocks across Australia and New Zealand because of a signal failure in the satellite farmers use to guide their GPS-enabled machinery, stopping them from planting their winter crop. The satellite failure on Monday was a bolt from the blue for farmers in NSW and Victoria, who were busy taking advantage of optimal planting conditions for crops including wheat, canola, oats, barley and legumes.

New FBI Elder Fraud Report

3CX – Attack x Within x Attack

SBOM, SBOM, You’re my SBOM!

  • CISA Releases Two SBOM Documents. On Friday, CISA released two community-drafted documents around Software Bill of Materials (SBOM)Types of SBOM documents and Minimum Requirements for Vulnerability Exploitability eXchange (VEX).
    • The Types of SBOM document summarizes common types of SBOMs that tools may create in the industry today, along with the data typically presented for each type of SBOM. As software goes from planning to source to build to deployed and used, tools may be able to detect subtle differences in the underlying components. These types will allow for better differentiation of tools and in the broader marketplace.
    • The Minimum Requirements for VEX document specifies the minimum elements to create a VEX document. This will allow interoperability between different implementations and data formats of VEX. It will also help promote integration of VEX into novel and existing security tools. This document also specifies some optional VEX elements.
  • Led by CISA, both publications were debated and drafted by a community of industry and government experts with the goal to offer some common guidance and structure for the large and growing global SBOM community.

Chinese Police Outposts

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