Chris Wysopal

Chris Wysopal, co-founder and CTO of Veracode, is recognized as an expert and a well-known speaker in the information security field. He has given keynotes at computer security events and has testified on Capitol Hill on the subjects of government computer security and how vulnerabilities are discovered in software. His opinions on Internet security are highly sought after and most major print and media outlets have featured stories on Mr. Wysopal and his work. At Veracode, Mr. Wysopal is responsible for the security analysis capabilities of Veracode technology.
Posts by Chris Wysopal

US Government Detects Attacks on Obama and McCain Computers

November 7, 2008

Now that the presidential race is over Newsweek is reporting that the US Government, through the FBI and Secret Service, notified the Obama and McCain campaigns that their computers had been compromised and sensitive documents copied. ...the FBI and the Secret Service came to the campaign with an ominous warning: "You have a problem way bigger than what you understand," an agent told Obama's team... READ MORE

We’ve Reached the Application Security Tipping Point

November 4, 2008 3

It’s been a long road since the early 90s when people first started public sharing of vulnerability information. Back then there were flat LANs, no network filters, and world writeable NFS mounts hanging out on the Internet. But with the spread of vulnerability information it all started to change. The first major shift in exploit targets was the move from network vulnerabilities to system... READ MORE

A Security Lesson From the Joe the Plumber Snooper

October 25, 2008

First we had the Gov. Palin Yahoo email break in to teach us the vulnerabilities of weak password reset schemes. Now we have a Joe the Plumber government records snooper teaching us about proper computer account management. The Columbia Dispatch is reporting that a state employee with access to a "test account" has been accessing Joe the Plumber's government records: "We're... READ MORE

Learning From Sarah Palin's Yahoo Mail Compromise

September 18, 2008

The password reset functionality of any online service is a major source of risk. They are especially problematic when they use only a "secret question" concerning personal information only and don't tie back to another email account or a text message. Another account or cell phone number is something "out of band" from a direct transaction with the online service. It becomes 2-factor... READ MORE

Sarah Palin's Yahoo Mailbox Compromised

September 17, 2008

A group of individuals has compromised VP candidate Sarah Palin's personal email and sent the information to Wikileaks which has posted the information publicly. http://wikileaks.org/wiki/Sarah_Palin_Yahoo_email_hack_2008 Circa midnight Tuesday the 16th of September (EST) Wikileaks' sources loosely affiliated with the activist group 'anonymous' gained access to U.S. Republican Party Vice-... READ MORE

VP Nominee Sarah Palin, Hacker?

August 30, 2008  | 5

John McCain's pick for VP, Sarah Palin, knows a thing or two about retrieving evidence from a computer. The mainstream reporting calls her a "hacker" because she is able to retrieve files from the Windows recycle bin. The Anchorage Daily News reports back in September 2004: Sarah Palin never thought of herself as an investigator. Yet there she was, hacking uncomfortably into Randy Ruedrich's... READ MORE

MBTA Hack Shows Security Hasn't Improved in 10 Years

August 25, 2008

One of my old L0pht collegues, Peiter "Mudge" Zatko, is featured in Mass High Tech today in an article titled Bay State hackers find security holes in defibrillators, RFID. Hackers getting a free T pass may be the least of our worries — local hackers-turned-security experts suggest RFID keycards, wireless networks and medical devices implanted in the body are also vulnerable to hacks. At last... READ MORE

MBTA Hack: Is It Really This Easy?

August 15, 2008

A lot of the focus of the MBTA vs MIT case has been discussion of the CharlieCards. These are MiFare classic cards which have been known to be broken earlier this year. There is also a paper disposable card called the CharlieTicket that uses a magnetic stripe. The MIT students presentation states that these are cloneable and forgeable using a $150 magnetic stripe reader/writer. From the... READ MORE

MBTA vs MIT Students Case Continues

August 13, 2008

A hearing will be held in Boston tomorrow to decide whether or not the restraining order gagging the MIT students from talking about the vulnerabilities they have found should be lifted. Even though the Defcon presentation is widely available and the MBTA disclosed the "Confidential" memo from the MIT students in their court filings, they are seeking a permanent speech injunction. An august group... READ MORE

Journalist On Journalist Hacking at BlackHat

August 8, 2008

Three French journalists have been booted for life from Black Hat and Defcon for compromising the Black Hat press room wired network and grabbing the credentials for at least one reporter. Their goal was to publicize the risks to reporters especially current given the massive reporter presence in Bejing for the Olympics. This risk is certainly real and it is a shame that these journalists had to... READ MORE

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