WatchDog Case 1: Attacks on Port 5432

Watchdog dashboard shows that for the last 7 days ended Nov 6, 2022, attacks using port 5432 have increased by 158% (as seen below). We have sent abuse alerts to the top networks where the attacks came from. In the chart below: Incrediserve LTD network is the most prolific source of attacks (5276 incidents representing a 1,470% increase over the prior 7 days).

We quickly identify the rogue source IP from Incrediserve LTD using Port 5432: (In this case: 89.248.163.199). We also note the increase in attacks by this IP over the last 7 days.

What exploits are on port 5432 ?
A quick check over at SANS Internet Storm center shows that this port is associated with PostGres database server. Apple also uses this for ARD 2.0 Database.

When we compare our dashboard results with worldwide stats, there is a slight increase in world wide attacks on PostGres. This typically means that there are exploitable vulnerabilities that may or may not be patched:

SANS Internet Storm Center chart for 5432

True enough. There ARE recently published vulnerabilities for PostGres (https://stack.watch/product/postgresql/)

Lesson Learned?
By monitoring our network for changes in attack patterns, we can focus on vulnerabilities that are actively being targeted. Patch your PostGres now.

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Detering Hackers

Hacking is prevalent because of the asymmetrical relationship between cost and reward to the hacker. On average, a hacker reaps US$9.2 while expending little effort or resources. Meanwhile, the company suffers US$9.2M in total damages; this excludes IT and legal costs, ransoms, and reputation.

A company’s defense consists of patching known vulnerabilities while the IT Department focuses on ongoing business operations. Coupled with the prevalent business view that breaches are a cost of doing business rather than a critical threat, cyber breaches thrive in this organizational climate. 

Watchdog provides a systematic method to remove hackers’ internet access and compromised resources through legal means while preserving the evidence for legal actions. 

Data Security Matters:
With the average cyber breach costing $9.2 million dollars per incident, governments are increasingly holding corporations accountable for basic cyber security.  Fully 72% of network breaches are conducted by opportunistic hackers without a focused target. These involve lesser secured networks instead of attacking more secure networks.

By increasing network security and pushing back against hackers, an organization can decrease attacks, preserve forensic evidence, and automate government-mandated compliance reporting.

The data breach results from a multi-stage process known as a “cyber kill chain”. These may take weeks or months to complete and is dependent on the previous stages being uninterrupted.

Automated breach detection and revocation of a hacker’s resources lowers the attack’s frequency and reduces the chances of an attack becoming successful. Halting the process earlier in the kill chain generally results in lesser damages and liabilities. 

The Kill Chain (What Hackers Do)

A successful breach requires the sequentially dependent steps to be undetected and unremoved.

  1. Reconnaissance – gathering social or technical information to prepare for the attack
  1. Weaponization – creating malware to exploit the discovered backdoors
  1. Delivery – delivering the malware for future execution
  2. Exploitation – activating the previously delivered malware
  1. Installation – installing additional malware
  1. Command and Control – enabling remote control of discovered assets
  1. Action – extracting, encryption, or deleting of the critical assets

Watchdog Active Countermeasures

By imposing a noticeable cost to hackers, legal active countermeasures can deter most attempts to establish a kill chain in a network, thus preventing future breaches. Hackers avoid networks that are expensive to exploit.

Watchdog’s active countermeasures consist of:

  1. Analyzing network activity logs with our artificial intelligence to detect malicious activities. 
  2. Sending revocation requests to the ISP’s and companies where the threat activity originated from.
  3. Maintaining a database of threat activity records as time-stamped evidence for use by your legal department if it is ever needed.

Why are Active Countermeasures effective?

Implementing active countermeasures is an effective deterrent because of:

  • Decreased Breach Exposure. The majority of breach exposures are exploited because of misconfigured network settings, protocols, or unintentional interaction of different service services. Detecting low-level breaches and sending out revocation requests will undermine the hacker’s resources. This makes your network more secure and lessens a hacker’s inclination to attack a network that rapidly decreases known vulnerabilities.
  • Automated Mitigation. Alerting Internet Service Providers to possible compromises on their network will lead them to stop the rogue processes or suspend user accounts in most cases. They will effectively be assisting you in protecting your network from bad actors by denying them “safe harbor” on the networks where they launch their attacks from.
  • Focused Organizational Resources. Watchdog analyzes web activities and sends out alerts. This will allow your team to focus on the most critical attacks. Your team focuses on end-stage breaches to prevent a devastating hack.

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Watchdog will enhance your raw logs with other annotated data to create revocation requests that are automatically sent by e-mail to the ISP’s and companies where the threat activity originated from. 

Finally, Watchdog will archive all the log records as integrated, time-stamped evidence for your legal department.

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Why Social Sentiment is Better at Gauging Voter Preference than surveys

Why Sentiment is Better at Gauging Voter Preference

Why is sentiment analysis better than surveys? Many political scientists believe that this technique has the potential to predict future voting behavior more accurately than other survey methods. But there are some problems with sentiment analysis. In particular, it is inaccurate during election years, when the polls are often wrong. The 2016 election was an example of this. In that election, Donald Trump won despite the fact that the majority of the polls predicted that he would not. This is because sentiment analysis was in its infancy, and the voters’ perception of the candidates was still being formed.

Despite its many limitations, sentiment analysis is useful for gauging public opinion. For example, it can help identify trends and help companies improve their products and train their salespeople. The analysis is also useful for tracking changes in consumer behavior, which can lead to more effective marketing campaigns. Furthermore, huge volumes of written information are produced every moment and published on the internet. The data gathered through sentiment analysis is valuable to companies and journalists to measure the perception of their products and services over time.

Social media is a great place to collect data, and you can use the data collected to improve your products. A good sentiment analysis can show changes in public opinion and help you adjust your products or sales staff to meet the needs of your customers. Using this information, you can create new marketing campaigns and improve your product. If you’re running an election, it is important to understand your audience and what they like and dislike. Using this information to improve your products and services is one of the best ways to stay on top of what customers are thinking.

Sentiment analysis is an invaluable tool for evaluating the political sentiment of people. While a survey can only capture a portion of a given population, it can reveal trends over time. In addition, it also helps you better target your advertising campaigns and better target your market. If you want to improve your products, it’s important to know how your customers think of them. With the right sentiment analysis, you can make smart decisions about your products and services.

Another reason why sentiment is better at gauging voter preference is because surveys are often prone to bias. For example, polls rely on past votes that are inaccurate can lead to the opposite outcome. That means that they can be a great indicator. A strong candidate can increase their chance of winning. Therefore, it is important to understand what your customers really think. And, you should also know what to do to improve your services.

Unlike surveys, sentiment analysis is a more reliable way to understand your customers’ attitudes. Its high accuracy means that people are more likely to vote for candidates who have the highest positive sentiment and negative sentiment. In the next election, it could be even more effective than the polls in predicting which candidate will win the presidential race. With so many variables involved, the difference is not worth ignoring.

The biggest problem with sentiment analysis is that it can be time-consuming. A survey can take days to be accurate. While a poll may be accurate, it does not measure how people feel about the candidates. For example, you might expect a candidate to have positive sentiment if they’re popular among his or her supporters. But if you’re worried about the polls’ accuracy, you should use an opinion survey instead.

In other words, it is more sensitive to a sudden change of opinion. For example, it is more likely to reflect the real-world mood of a person than a poll. For this reason, Sentiment is a better measure of voter preference than surveys. In other words, it can give you a better idea of what the people actually want. But a poll is not a substitute for a survey.

How to Avoid Paying For Social Media Listening

How to Avoid Paying For Social Media Listening

While many companies pay for a social media listening tool, the benefits of using one are clear. It will allow you to track sentiment in real-time, helping you improve your products, services, and marketing campaigns. But if you’re unsure of how to start, here are three steps you can take to avoid paying for social media listening tools. Here’s how to get started: Use a free service to monitor your competitors’ social channels and find out which topics they’re talking about.

How to avoid paying for social media listening

The first step in using social media listening tools is to build a solid social media reputation. It’s not enough to create a great website and attract a lot of followers. You need to constantly monitor your social channels to catch any red flags. You’ll be able to keep up with your competition if you’re using a social listening tool to track these conversations. And if your audience is engaged, it’ll become easier for you to keep up with them.

The next step is to use social listening as an insight source. This way, you’ll be able to monitor all the conversation happening about your brand. It’s crucial for you to be able to hear what customers have to say, even if they don’t tag you. This is how to avoid paying for social media listening. You’ll be able to spot trends early, and react accordingly.

If you’re planning to use social listening for marketing and PR, make sure you do it for free. It’s a good way to find out what people are talking about your products and services. By doing this, you can determine which influencers are relevant to your industry. If you’re trying to gain new followers, a social listening tool can help you identify these influencers. This will help you improve your messaging and social media activity.

Free social media listening services are an excellent resource to gather and analyze the conversations about your brand in your industry. Then, you can contact your leads directly and follow up on their interactions. By engaging in social conversations, you can discover what consumers are saying about your product or service. You can also reach out to them and offer your expertise in your niche. This can make the difference between a new client and a lost opportunity.

Free social media listening tools will allow you to track metrics from your company’s social media channels. By analyzing this information, you can understand what customers are saying about your brand and what they want. With social media listening, you can see where the conversations are taking place and what they’re saying about your brand. In addition, you can also gain insights from your customers. This is why it’s important to invest in social media monitoring.

Big Data Analytics and ECommerce – The Paradox of Privacy and Social Media

Big data analytics is a valuable tool for e-commerce firms. The insights from these analytics can be used to create social media campaigns and identify future trends. This data can also be used to improve customer service. The results of big data analysis will enable e-commerce companies to make better decisions about their customers’ preferences. Using big information for customer service will help you make informed decisions about your marketing strategy and improve the overall customer experience.

Social Media Big Data Analytics and ECommerce

This type of data analysis can help e-commerce firms figure out what works and what doesn’t. A company can use Big Data to analyze competitor pricing, adjust pricing accordingly, and understand customer sentiments. Using this kind of data, a business can make informed decisions about how to improve their products. Furthermore, consumers are likely to read reviews of products on social media before making a purchase. With this information, e-commerce firms can improve their products and services.

Using big data can provide actionable insights to e-commerce firms. However, it can also cause a paradox between privacy and social media. Although consumers want to protect their privacy, they will trade that for free apps, promotional offers, and social media incentives. Nunan and Di Domenico argue that privacy concerns have been outpaced by the rise of social networks. Even with the privacy issues, consumers continue to share personal information across e-commerce sites and on social media.