Phish yourself; don't wait for others to do it. LUCY announced version 2.2 of its phishing server, which allows a company or individual to phish itself to find its weakest security links.

Until today, we let hackers take control of phishing and malware attacks and focused mainly on the defensive part, according to LUCY founder Oliver Muenchow. But there's a better way to combat phishing. The newest release of LUCY can turn any laptop PC into a full security assessment environment, allowing users simulate phishing & malware attacks and even build awareness by teaching users about the threats. It is free to download for individuals and companies up to 100 employees and also available as a commercial product.

LUCY has been designed so technical and non-technical persons can administrate the platform, and configure traditional or custom phishing attacks; malware attacks; perform malware protections tests; and implement an eLearning module to provide the necessary training to improve employee awareness. LUCY features a simple web-based user interface that includes pre-defined Mail and Web templates – no need to go to hacking school because LUCY takes care of that.  

"When we read about the Carbanak gang using malware to steal 1 billion dollars from banks, or hackers turning SONY inside out to embarrass a lot of well-known figures, we tend to think some shady, even government funded, underground organization is behind it," Muenchow said. "With LUCY we are now able to simulate those exact patterns used in the Carbanak and Sony attacks to find out if those attacks would work in that user's environment."

LUCY was developed in Switzerland initially for the financial sector, but is now available for anyone.  As hackers become more creative, businesses need to analyze where they are most vulnerable. Could employees be fooled into entering sensitive data on a professionally appearing website? Would they download or execute programs from unknown sources? Can malware enter and affect your network without being detected? LUCY helps answer all these questions and can be customized to allow users to create re-useable campaigns and templates.

New features of LUCY version 2.2 include Interactive Sessions; BeEF Integration and Technical Malware Simulation to the solution.

Interactive Sessions – allows users to run console commands on victim machines and get feedback in real time. Users can now expose how attackers are able to leverage application and browser flaws to launch "inside-out" attacks, which allows them to assume the role of the trusted insider and gain control of the web site as experienced in the Carbanak $1 billion hack.

Having control over the website, the attacker is now able to send back commands (or interactive sessions) to that victim within that already established web connection. Using this feature within LUCY we can now simulate such attacks. Since LUCY is mimicking the attack from A-Z, users don't need to have in depth IT security skills to verify the exposure against such attacks.

BeEF integration – optionally gather advanced information about your users using a BeEF tool. With Browser Exploitation Framework (BeEF) integrated into LUCY, companies can now discover: if those users fall for an attack with vulnerable browsers that could be exploited; would their browser security settings have prevented more damage from browser exploitation type malware?

Technical Malware Simulation – checks if users are vulnerable to common malware threats and attack methods. An advanced persistent threat (APT) is a network attack where an unauthorized person gains access to a network and stays undetected for a long period of time to steal data. There are hundreds of millions of malware variations, which makes it extremely challenging to protect against APT.

LUCY's Malware Simulation feature can simulate those attack patterns. This is the only LUCY module where employees are not involved. It works more like a virus scanner that can be downloaded from it security officer to a workstation and then be executed to measure the robustness against possible APT attacks.