Kevin Bocek

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kevin_bocekChief Security Strategist at Venafi

Kevin Bocek is responsible for security strategy and threat intelligence at Venafi. He brings more than 16 years of experience in IT security with leading security and privacy leaders including RSA Security, Thales, PGP Corporation, IronKey, CipherCloud, nCipher, and Xcert. He is sought after for comment by the world’s leading media such as Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Washington Post, Forbes, Fortune, BBC, Süddeutsche Zeitung, USA Today, Associated Press, Guardian, and Telegraph along with security press including SC Magazine, Dark Reading, and Network World.

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30-day cyber security sprint

BREAKING NEWS: Mozilla Considers Distrusting Dutch Government Certificate Authority

Mozilla is considering distrusting the Dutch government’s Certificate Authority due to concerns over the country’s new security laws which grants security services broad powers it intercept and read encrypted messages. And with the UK government continue to push for restrictions on encryption, the battle between Mozilla and the Dutch government could be a prelude to …


Hackers Take Down Entire DNS For Brazilian Bank

Details have emerged as to how hackers managed to take down the entire DNS infrastructure of a Brazilian bank in order to rob customers in October of last year. By using certificates from Lets Encrypt, the thieves were able to transfer all 36 of the banks domains to phony websites, where unsuspecting users would give …


Google Downgrades Trust In Symantec Certificates To Just Nine Months

Google has announced that it is downgrading the level of trust that it has in Symantec certificates following an investigation that revealed ‘a continually increasing scope of misissuance’ by Symantec which has exposed users to significant dangers. Up to 30,000 certificates have been found to be problematic since the investigation began. As a result, by …


Half Of The Web Now Encrypted

Mozilla has announced that over half of web traffic is now encrypted, for the first time. As this is some landmark for internet security – it shows that user privacy can now be expected as standard. Kevin Bocek, VP Security Strategy and Threat Intelligence at Venafi commented below. Kevin Bocek, VP Security Strategy and Threat Intelligence at Venafi: “Since …


New Android Malware Targeting Banking Apps And Social Media

A new strain of android malware has been found targeting banking and social media apps. Reports suggest around 94 different banking apps are currently being targeted including Santander, American Express, and Paypal. The malware overlays the screen for these other apps, stealing the user’s credentials once activated. It’s also targeting a lot of common social …


Second Group Hacks SWIFT Banking System

It’s been discovered that a second group of hackers – Odinaff – has broken into the SWIFT system, the lynchpin of the global financial system. Odinaff were found to be using the same approach as the those who stole $81m from the Bangladesh bank earlier this year. Kevin Bocek, Chief Cybersecurity Strategist at Venafi commented below.  Kevin Bocek, …


Chrome Update Prevents Quantum Computers Cracking Encryption

Google has released a beta test version of its Chrome browser aimed at preventing quantum computers from cracking encryption. It is testing a new technology called CECPQ1, which will be injected into a few HTTPS sites, offering much stronger protection. Kevin Bocek, Chief Security Strategist at Venafi commented below. Kevin Bocek, Chief Security Strategist at Venafi:  “Whenever the NSA urges …


SEC Publishes Encryption Keys Hard-Coded On Embedded Devices On GitHub

SEC Consult has released a damning update to its study on hardcoded cryptographic secrets in embedded systems which shows that the number of devices on the web using known private keys for HTTPS server certificates has gone up by 40% in the last nine months:  Cryptography expert Kevin Bocek, VP Security Strategy at Venafi commented below. Kevin Bocek, VP …


RIPPER Malware Attacks Thai ATMs

The new RIPPER malware is allowing crime groups to target ATMs. It is believed to have successfully dispensed bank notes illicitly in Thailand, with criminals making off with some 12 million baht (A$460,000). Kevin Bocek at Venafi commented below. Kevin Bocek, Vice President, Security Strategy & Threat Intelligence at Venafi: “Cybercriminals are feeling the squeeze as EMV chip …

iOS Malware

Apple Exposed as Failing to Patch Major Application Vulnerability

Apple has yet to patch a major vulnerability that they have known about since January 27 and was exposed at Hack in the Box last week. Using software exposed yesterday at Black Hat Asia, an attacker can swap out legitimate versions of apps, developed with the said certificate, in order to spy on users and gain …