Transmission #3

Transmissions from Security Without Borders are status updates intended for our supporters, members and partners.

Welcome to our third Transmission.

In the past months we’ve been working on two fronts: helping NGOs, journalists and human rights defenders and improving Security Without Borders as an organisation. We’ve done three penetration tests of organisations, helped investigate malicious files and did a code audit of an open source application used by an NGO.

Improving Security without Borders resulted in organising bi-weekly meetings in which the core team discusses the various requests and the creation of what we call ‘Missions’ to which people can volunteer their time.

Missions

We currently have four different ‘Missions’:

  • Hardentools
  • BlockadeIOC node
  • Penetration Testing
  • Assistance Requests

Hardentools Hardentools is a collection of simple utilities designed to disable a number of “features” exposed by operating systems (Microsoft Windows, for now), and primary consumer applications. These features, commonly thought for Enterprise customers, are generally useless to regular users and rather pose as dangers as they are very commonly abused by attackers to execute malicious code on a victim’s computer. The intent of this tool is to simply reduce the attack surface by disabling the low-hanging fruit. If you’d like to contribute your best hardening practices for your favorite OS-es, join the Hardentools team! 
Contact: Nex
More: https://github.com/securitywithoutborders/hardentools

BlockadeIOC node Blockade is a Chrome browser extension that blocks malicious resources from being viewed or loaded inside of your browser. The BlockadeIOC node that SWB operates is Security Without Border’s collection of malicious URLs and bad content that we want to protect people from. If you have things to contribute to our Blockade instance, join the team! 
Contact: @sebgarcia (@cda, @tek, Nex)
More: https://blockade.securitywithoutborders.org/

Penetration Testing is being done on a regular basis for organisations that request our help in these matters. Do you have penetration testing experience and would you like to help out human rights organisations in need? Then this could be the perfect team for you!
Contact: @joxean (@tek)

Assistance Requests We receive a lot of assistance requests that need to be looked at and responded too. Some are clearly defined questions, some are vague and require more clarification. The Assistance Requests team is the first point of contact between SWB and people requesting assistance and due to its sensitive nature not open for public help.

If you’re interested in helping out in other areas, make sure to check out the volunteer page where you can tell us more about yourself and the amazing things you’d like to contribute.

New website

Besides organising the work in clearly defined missions and appointing central contacts for each of them, @tethik has also been working really hard on creating the new SWB website, which looks amazing. Check it out if you haven’t already: https://securitywithoutborders.org/ 
If you have any suggestions for the website or ideas on how to further improve it, let us know!