Cris Thomas

Chris-ThomasStrategist at Tenable Network Security

With more than two decades of experience, Cris (aka Space Rogue) commands an uncanny ability to link disparate events, read between the lines and distill complex, technical information into readily understandable, accessible and actionable intelligence. Eager to share his wealth of knowledge on security trends, Cris has testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, and has been interviewed by media organizations such as Wired, MSNBC and even MTV. Before joining Tenable, he produced the SpiderLabs Radio weekly news podcast and served as editor for the Hacker News Network. Current Position: As Strategist, Cris helps clients understand how to apply the unique advantages of continuous monitoring as well as how to meet compliance and security challenges.

Articles by Cris Thomas

ScriptKiddies Using ShadowBroker Haul

Following the news that the NSA’s Equation Group hacking tools, leaked last Friday by the Shadow Brokers, have now been used to infect thousands of Windows machines worldwide, Cris Thomas, Strategist at Tenable Network Security commented below. Cris Thomas, Strategist at Tenable Network Security: “It should come as no surprise that once an exploit his been publicised that it will be used …

Must Respect the Sovereignty of Other Countries

Microsoft Buries Critical Hyper-V, WordPad, Office, Outlook, etc Security Patches In Normal

Microsoft today buried among minor bug fixes patches for critical security flaws that can be exploited by attackers to hijack vulnerable computers. In a massive shakeup of its monthly Patch Tuesday updates, the Windows giant has done away with its easy-to-understand lists of security fixes published on TechNet – and instead scattered details of changes across a new …


‘NSA Malware’ Released By Shadow Brokers Hacker Group

The “Shadow Brokers” hacker group has released malware allegedly created by the US National Security Agency (NSA). The group, which earlier tried to sell the encrypted cache of hacking tools in an online auction, released a password for it via a blog on 8 April. Cris Thomas (aka Space Rogue), Strategist at Tenable Network Security commented …

Stagefright - Google Patch Failure

Samsung Operating System Prone To Attacks, According To Security Experts

Tizen, the operating system that runs on Samsung’s connected devices like televisions and smartwatches, is plagued by a number of dangerous security vulnerabilities, according to a report from Motherboard. Amihai Neiderman, the head of security research at Equus Software in Israel, reported Samsung’s in-house operating system suffers from more than 40 zero-day exploits—vulnerabilities that have not …


US Poll Results Possibly Rigged

Following the news that a group of renowned computer scientists and lawyers have urged HillaryClinton to challenge the election results in three key states after they gathered “evidence” to suggest the election results were potentially manipulated, Cris Thomas, strategist at Tenable Network Security commented below. Cris Thomas, Strategist at Tenable Network Security: “The recent allegations of voting …


Expert Comments on US military uses 8-inch Floppy Disks to Coordinate Nuclear Force Operations

In light of the revelation that the US military uses 8-inch floppy disks to coordinate nuclear force operations, Cris Thomas, Strategist at Tenable Network Security commented below. Cris Thomas, Strategist at Tenable Network Security: The IBM  Series-1 that they are using is most likely completely airgaped as I don’t think they ever developed networking for that machine. The machines are …

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IE Zero Day Vulnerability

Responds to IE Zero Day Vulnerability

Microsoft ran out of time, imposed by HP’s Zero Day Initiative (ZDI)  to fix four critical security vulnerabilities in the mobile edition of Internet Explorer, Cris Thomas, strategist of Tenable Network Security commented on the IE Zero day vulnerability. Cris Thomas, Strategist of Tenable Network Security : “Unfortunately two of the big kids in our industry …