Ransomware-as-a-Service (RaaS)

There have been whispers on the dark web about “Ransomware-as-a-Service (RaaS)” as far back as 2015, but Kivu had its first known RaaS case in March 2017. In this case, the client’s terminal server was infected with Satan ransomware. The Satan ransomware strain is a known RaaS variant that encrypts the victim’s files with the […]

Kivu is honored to be nominated in two categories of Advisen’s 2017 Cyber Risk Awards

These nominations reflect Kivu’s combination of rapid response, cutting-edge technology, highly skilled and deeply experienced experts and class leading customer service. As Advisen’s Cyber Risk Awards recognize the P&C insurance industry’s most influential cyber risk professionals, we are proud to be nominated not once, but twice: Cyber Risk Event Response Team of the Year Cyber […]

Kivu Supports Endurance’s New Cyber Extortion Response Services

Kivu will be providing the technical forensics support for Endurance’s recently launched Cyber Extortion Response Services.  Working with the law firm Mullen Coughlin, Kivu will guide ransomware victims as they respond to malicious attacks, including arranging for payment in Bitcoin or other cryptocurrency, analyzing and testing decryption keys to ensure they are effectively and safely […]

Ransomware v2: Facing the Latest Cyber Security Threats

A Q&A with Winston Krone of Kivu Consulting – Posted by Mark Greisiger on Junto Blog Oct 2016 There’s no doubt that ransomware attacks are on the rise and they’re becoming more insidious. I spoke with Winston Krone, global managing director of Kivu Consulting about what the latest version of ransomware looks like and what […]

Testing Password Encryption Strength

Testing the Password Encryption Strength of NT LAN Manager and LAN Manager Hash Security risks associated with weak user-created passwords are well documented. In 2009, for example, cyber security provider Imperva analyzed more than 32 million passwords that were released in a 2009 data breach. More than 50% of the passwords involved poor user password […]

NPR’s Marketplace – Your Boss May Know You Want to Quit Before You Do

Honored to be interviewed on NPR’s Marketplace on how forensic evidence can identify key employees who are planning to quit after receiving their bonuses (and maybe taking secrets).  We see a big spike in trade secret theft during the bonus season – but interestingly the taking can start months in advance when the star salesperson or software […]

Using iOS Backup Files to Obtain Text Messages from Apple Devices

In several forensic investigation cases, Kivu has analyzed iOS backup files as a method of obtaining evidence of text messages or other data from an iOS device, usually when an iOS device is not readily available or as a means of cross-correlating evidence. These backups are often made to the custodian’s computer when they connect […]

Good Data Quality is Better Security

Data quality is not a glamourous subject. It is not the type of topic that headlines a conference or becomes front-page news. It is more typically suited for help guides and reference manuals that few individuals relish reading. However, organizations that acknowledge the importance of data quality and have strong data quality programs significantly reduce […]

HIPAA Data Leakage – Is Your Protected Health Information Secure?

The misnomer of HIPAA compliant software is prevalent in the health care industry. Too often, HIPAA-regulated entities rely on vendor controls and claims of compliance as a substitute for their own HIPAA security programs. While the vendor software itself may meet the requirements of HIPAA compliance for the discrete functions it performs, the truth of […]