Know Your Enemy: Botnet Command and Control Architectures

Know Your Enemy: Botnet Command and Control Architectures

Hannah Atmer
What would you do if your company’s IT devices were discovered to be part of a botnet? In October 2018, dozens of companies’ Hadoop servers were found to be compromised and participating in a self-replicating botnet. The botnet’s malware was able to install itself via a vulnerability in Hadoop that had been publicly known for over two years [1]. Botnets are a significant threat to U.S. online infrastructure. According to Kaspersky Labs, the majority of cyber attacks originating from botnets in 2018 targeted financial services and online stores [2].
SCYTHE Goes Atomic

SCYTHE Goes Atomic

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The SCYTHE team is excited to announce that our latest release gives you the power of Atomic Red Team with all the automation and ease of use of the SCYTHE platform. Plus, you can now create and share your own SCYTHE threats allowing the ecosystem of adversary simulation to expand via the community!

Modern Authentication Bypasses

Modern Authentication Bypasses

Michael Cosmadelis
Introduction *hacker voice* “I’m in” is a Hollywood-esque phrase you’ve probably heard before. But how does someone actually do that? Do you wear a hoodie and change your terminal text to bright green? You could, but that won’t be of much help. Bypassing authentication is when an attacker gains access to an application, service, or device with the privileges of an authorized user by evading the checks of an authentication mechanism [1].
The Purple Team - Organization or Exercise

The Purple Team - Organization or Exercise

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As the cybersecurity industry continues to evolve, the use of certain terminology is changing and becoming more prevalent; such as the increased mention of Red Teams and Blue Teams inside boardrooms and IT departments. With the use of these terms, it is also means their definitions can be broad or confusing, sometimes becoming interchangeable with other terms which may or may not be applicable. For example, a staff member may use the term “Red Team” however this could refer to either an internal team within that organization or an external Penetration Testing Firm.
Fileless Malware and the Threat of Convenience

Fileless Malware and the Threat of Convenience

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Many of the conveniences brought via modern tools, operating systems, and applications also bring means for an adversary to execute actions while under the guise of a valid service. This is seen distinctly in the increased use of Fileless Malware.

Paintball at the WMCAT Hub Debut

Paintball at the WMCAT Hub Debut

Abraham Jones
Paintball with a purpose. That was the theme for the 6th Annual Purple Event, hosted by the West Michigan Cyber Security Consortium (WMCSC) on October 10th at the West Michigan Center for Arts and Technology (WMCAT) facility. A purple-team cyber competition is unique in that it consists of teams made up of five offensive (red) and five defensive (blue) security professionals. They work together and share skills and knowledge in order to exploit, control, and secure assets within the live fire virtual cyber city, Alphaville.
Don’t Get Comfortable Yet - The Declining Fear of Ransomware

Don’t Get Comfortable Yet - The Declining Fear of Ransomware

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With the news that ransomware attacks are on the decline, in favor of crypto-mining (aka “crypto-jacking”), it is tempting to now reshuffle your enterprise’s defensive priorities based on the adversary trends. But before you retask your Blue Team to focus on researching cryptocurrency miners, let’s take a moment and remember a few key fundamental facts about ransomware, and how it is still different, and more dangerous, from its money-mining “successor”.
What is SCYTHE's origin story?

What is SCYTHE's origin story?

Bryson Bort
When I started GRIMM, I had a vision to tackle the greatest cybersecurity challenges that face our clients, industry and the greater business and government communities. Two and a half years ago, one of those challenges was brought to the company because of our reputation. A Fortune 50 company had been breached and suffered significant damages. As a result, the IT Security team was given a significantly increased budget which they used to hire incredible talent and have their choice of any assessment/penetration testing software available.
SCYTHE Announces $3 Million in Initial Financing Round Led by Gula Tech Adventures

SCYTHE Announces $3 Million in Initial Financing Round Led by Gula Tech Adventures

Bryson Bort
Earlier today we announced that we raised $3 million in an initial funding round led by the co-founder of Tenable, Ron Gula of Gula Tech Adventures. This investment will help accelerate our ability to deliver our attack simulation platform and drive new product development. We’ve planned a roadmap of new features and innovations that will disrupt the cybersecurity industry. We’re providing organizations the ability to get ahead of threats with real metrics and tangible examples of attacks and compromises.