I originally posted this at http://www.318.com/TechJournal
While attending DefCon, a hacking conference in Las Vegas, Three18 staff members learned of Ciscogate. Ciscogate revolves around the plight of Mike Lynn. He was a researcher for Internet Security Systems Inc (ISS) until he resigned last week after giving a speech at Black Hat, an Information Technology security conference in Las Vegas. Due to the presentation and the speech Lynn gave a suit was filed against him by ISS and Cisco.
Cisco hired people to go through the CDs given out by Black Hat containing all of the presentations and replace them with CDs absent the presentation. The first appearances of the case in the media were taken down, reportedly by Cisco. Cisco began to cover up the flaws Lynn exposed in their operating system, claiming that they were not as serious as Lynn had reported. In a bold move, Cisco also had Lynn slapped with a gag order and settled the case out of court with the stipulation that Lynn never talk of the vulnerabilities again.
The presentation exposes serious security vulnerabilities to the Cisco operating system. Theoretically it is possible to exploit this flaw in order to bring entire legs of the Internet dark. Due to the scale of the exploit and the anti-trust issues surrounding the case, the FBI and Justice Department are now investigating Lynn for criminal charges. If the flaws to Ciscoâ€™s operating system were not as serious as Lynn reported then why is the federal government involved?
We were amazed at the solidarity of the Hacker community around Lynn. A defense fund was started for him, copies of his speech were plastered across the Internet and shirts were printed overnight that read Ciscogate, the name given for the reported cover-up.
After returning home, Three18 worked hard at ensuring all of our clientsâ€™ routers were fully patched, which reportedly fixed the flaw Lynn uncovered. The point of Lynnâ€™s disclosure of the seriousness of the vulnerabilities is to get System Administrators to patch their routers, which many of them might not have done otherwise.
krypted September 14th, 2005
Posted In: personal
318, defcon, On the Road, vegas
Where are all the damn religious nuts? I expected them but they aren’t here. The first time I was in Waco was in college when we passed through on a road trip. But this is different. I’m here for business this time. The last time there was no cold water (although there was more than enough hot water). This time there’s air conditioning, cold and hot water and even little mini-bar that’s way overpriced. Funny how your travel changes over time.
krypted September 13th, 2005
Posted In: On the Road
On the Road, Waco
The Bronco’s look pretty good. Watched this one from Portland. 48-13 win over the Bronco’s although the score doesn’t represent how well they played really…
krypted September 4th, 2005
Posted In: Football
Boise State, Broncos, Football, Georgia