Certificates and Inherit Trust

By |September 23rd, 2018|Categories: Articles|Tags: , , , |

On the Octopus Blog, we’ve delved quite a bit into the vulnerabilities of contemporary encryption standards. The system of Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) which forms the basis of most of the worlds authentication platforms, while presenting a powerful, easy to use encryption model, still left several holes through which attackers can breach networks and steal identities. Perhaps the single biggest problem [...]

What a Government Security Audit Teaches us About Password Vulnerabilities

By |September 3rd, 2018|Categories: Articles|Tags: , |

Security firms and experts constantly encourage companies and organizations to enforce strong password policies to prevent the accounts of their employees and users from getting hacked. But what happens when an organization does enforce password policies? Employees knowingly find workarounds and continue to choose weak passwords that conform to those policies. At least that’s what a recent audit of 17 Western [...]

SamSam Ransomware: The Enemy of Weak Passwords

By |August 8th, 2018|Categories: Articles|Tags: , |

In recent years ransomware attacks have become a rampant threat. 2017 saw some of the most destructive waves of ransomware attacks across the world. The most notable of these attacks was the WannaCry outbreak in May, which infected hundreds of thousands of computers in more than 150 countries in the span of a few days. A month later, the NotPetya ransomware [...]

Before you Get a Physical Security Token – What you Need to Know

By |August 2nd, 2018|Categories: Articles|Tags: , , , , |

Last week Google announced that it will create its own physical universal second-factor authenticator that leverages the FIDO Alliance (Fast Identity Online). FIDO was designed to put an end to the tradeoff between fast, easy access on the one hand, and robust authentication security on the other. With the authentication scheme growing in popularity, several tech manufacturers like Yubico and Feitian [...]

What you need to know about password vulnerabilities (Pt. 2)

By |February 7th, 2018|Categories: Articles|Tags: , , , |

In our last post, we delved into how threats from the outside capitalize on common password vulnerabilities. No matter how well an enterprise is strengthened against external dangers, passwords will still present security threats that emanate from the inside. Here’s the breakdown of common password vulnerabilities: Simple passwords - Weak Passwords Risk As computing power becomes increasingly available at affordable prices, [...]

What you need to know about password vulnerabilities (Pt. 1)

By |February 1st, 2018|Categories: Articles|Tags: , |

In 2016, a hacker group going by the name of OurMine took over the Twitter and Pinterest accounts of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. However, the hackers didn’t employ any secret tricks or tools to access Zuckerberg’s account—they came right through the front door, using his poorly chosen password, “dadada.” How did OurMine gain access to Zuck’s Twitter and Pinterest passwords? In [...]

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