KEMP Technologies positioned as the Sole visiona... » KEMP Technologies today announced that it has been included in the Gartner 2015 Magic Quadrant for A... Cyber security leader invests in PassiveTotal Co... » SAN FRANCISCO, US / LONDON, UK: RiskIQ has announced that it has acquired PassiveTotal to expand its... Research pole created » Lyon: Seven industrial groups and two research laboratories have come together to create a research ... Summoning Mr President, VP and SGF to the People's... » Series: Buharism and the Fierce Urgency of Now ...Let's have it put in the public domain the break... Digital Guardian now delivers next generation da... » London, United Kingdom: Digital Guardian, the only endpoint security platform purpose-built to stop ... £78,000 GUN FINDS IN SCOTLAND – INCLUDING SAS ST... » Patrick Hawes, Director of Bonhams Sporting Guns Department in London will be on hand next week at t... POLICE ABUSE » Series: Buharism and the Fierce Urgency of Now So you wanna hire police for your next party? Go ... The Co-operative Group selects Eckoh to strengthen... » Eckoh has announced it has been selected by The Co-operative Group to provide its secure payment sol... Indyme gets ready for its first UK award » Customer engagement and loss prevention specialist nominated for two Retail Fraud awards Indyme, a ... ESET joins European Cyber Security Month to rais... » London, UK: ESET is once again helping to raise awareness about cyber threats during the annual Euro...


Advertise with Vigilance

Got News?

Got news for Vigilance?

Have you got news/articles for us? We welcome news stories and articles from security experts, intelligence analysts, industry players, security correspondents in the main stream media and our numerous readers across the globe.


Subscribe to Vigilance Weekly

Information Security Header

London: Venafi, the Enterprise Key and Certificate Management (EKCM) solutions specialist, says that a digital certificate-spoofing trojan – spotted by fellow security vendor Malwarebytes and capable of spoofing legitimate digital certificates – is a worrying development.

The problem, says Calum MacLeod, Venafi EMEA Director, is that the cybercriminals behind this malware appear to have set up a bogus company to obtain legitimate digital trust certificates from Digicert, the privately held US certificate authority (CA).

“This allows the cybercriminals to slide an infected PDF file into a large number of organisations, since the certificate is the equivalent of the `baggage checked’ tag on luggage as it is carried by an airline to its destination. In this case, everyone in the electronic chain takes the certificate - as they should – at its face value and the legitimate certificate authenticates the trojan” he said.

“The fact that the certificate is accepted at face value - while correct in the CA schema – indicates not that the schema itself is structurally flawed, but rather that the management of that trust instrument is flawed.

“It is management and control flaws like this that undermine confidence in the structural status quo of Internet security – and this is not good for anyone, or any user, of the World Wide Web, email and other forms of IP communications.”

These attacks expose that third-party trust providers are high-value targets for cybercriminals. Organisations know that Certificate Authorities (CAs) can be compromised or spoofed, and that these compromises can lead to devastating cyber attacks.

The risk of certificate and CA compromise is no longer hypothetical, and these events highlight the inability of businesses and governments to control trust. Increased dependence on encryption and digital certificates—critical trust instruments—requires effective controls. Yet most organisations have little idea how many keys and certificates exist within their networks, on mobile devices and in the cloud, where they are deployed, who has access to them or how they are managed.

Organisations that fail to deploy and manage these trust instruments subject themselves to data breaches, audit failures and unplanned outages, with increasing frequency and cost.