Transatlantic Cable Podcast

On this week’s edition of the Kaspersky Podcast, Dave and I stay Stateside for the majority of the stories this week.

The first story on episode 110 has us looking at YouTube for the second week in a row. This week, we look at a tale from the BBC where major advertisers are seeing their ads landing next to fake cancer cure videos.

 

Following that story, we take a look at the latest hoops that Equifax is making the victims of the breach jump through to gain their $125. After that, we look into an alleged ransomware attack that has hit terrestrial radio giant Entercom. The third story focuses in on a new proposed cyber insurance for consumers and what potential ills that this may be offering. The final story looks at a unique crime – instead of the cyber world, we focus on the loo.

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Welcome to the 109th edition of the Kaspersky Transatlantic Cable Podcast, on this week’s edition, Dave and I take a look at some of the security stories you may have missed over the past week.  

To kick things off, we take a look at the $107 million fine for YouTube after violated child privacy laws.

After that, we stay in the States and discuss a recent outage at Tesla’s app that left some unable to start their cars – because with apps, who needs keys? In an interesting bucking of trends, New Bedford, Massachusetts doesn’t pay hackers who hit their systems with ransomware, instead, recovering from backups. To wrap up the edition, we look at some public mud-flinging from Apple towards Google.

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Our first story lands us in the browser world. Instead of talking on ways you are tracked or bad things, we take a look at the good things in the latest edition of Firefox.

From there, we jump back to the physical world. Our stories take us to Germany and an interesting case of banking customers having chip and pin cards cloned and €1.2 million racked up in charges. The third story takes us across the Atlantic where hundreds of dental offices have been hit with ransomware. To close things out, we head to Jolly Ole England where the TfL is asking customers to write their passwords on a sheet of paper to give to an agent.

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For the latest Kaspersky Daily podcast, Dave and I dive into some of the biggest security stories that may have passed your radar this week.  

To kick off episode 107, we head to Kazakhstan. A while back, the government asked its citizens to install a certificate so they could track all traffic. Now Google, Apple and Mozilla have blocked that tracking on their browsers. 

We then head over to the twisting saga of Valve and their bug bounty program and a researcher dropping two zero days. This is an interesting tale and one that seems to encompass some of the issues with current bug bounty programs and what is a bug that is needed to be fixed. After that, we head to the all-to-messy tale of a T-Mobile customer who had her information given over to a bill collector creep. This person, in turn harassed her in a serious manner. If you read one story this week, this one is the one to read. The next story takes a look at how Xbox contractors had been listening into some customers voice commands – joining the long list of other companies guilty of this. We end out the podcast with a pair of PSA’s from Facebook. One is a new data deletion feature, or should we say disconnection feature. The other is simply a Please STOP for those posting copyright texts to Facebook and Instagram – they do nothing.

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For the 106th edition of the Kaspersky podcast, Dave and I dive into some of the hottest cybersecurity news of the week.

To start things off, we take a look at the new ransomware targeting players of Fortnite. If you have kids playing the game or play it yourself, be on the lookout for some sketchy cheats.

 Following that story, we examine a story from the UK that discusses how Mercedes is using sensors in leased vehicles to help repo men take back cars from those who have went arears with their lease. After that, Dave talks with Brian Bartholomew of our GReAT team on the state of healthcare in North America. The fourth story heads to the great state of Texas where 22 municipalities have been hot with a coordinated ransomware attack. Keep an eye on this story as it is still developing. To close out the podcast, we look at the hot story of “smart” toaster ovens turning on by themselves. Depending on who you ask, this is either user error or a bug with the ovens. Seriously, do you really need a connected oven?

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Category:technology -- posted at: 11:06am EDT

Welcome to the 105th instalment of the Kaspersky podcast, Dave and I take a look at some important stories that you may have missed this week.

To kick things off, we look at recent news on robocall-blocking apps. While they may look to curb the volume of these phantom calls, there is more than meets the eye. Some of these apps are actually sharing data with third-parties.

After that story, we head to the latest big business to be caught listening in on “private” recordings. This time it is Microsoft and contractors with Skype. From there, we look at the new security cameras that are using facial recognition in King’s Cross. For those of you looking to go to Hogwarts, you may want to use a spell or two to keep your privacy. After that, we look at a “whoops we’re sorry” from Twitter with personal data and advertisements. To close out the week, we look at intrusion by warshipping.

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Category:technology -- posted at: 8:21am EDT

 

To start things off, we head to a meeting of the Five Eyes nations. While there, the government representatives pushed for more backdoors in encryption – because criminals. Is this a good thing or a bad thing? 

Following that story, we head to the US where a law is being proposed to congress to ban addictive properties of social networks. We keep on the law topic and look at the challenges from privacy groups about Amazon’s Ring doorbell and its role in surveillance by law enforcement.  We close out the week’s podcast looking at the latest in the Equifax breach.

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Category:technology -- posted at: 6:43am EDT

For the 103rd instalment of the Kaspersky Transatlantic Cable podcast, Dave and I take a look at the some stories that you may have missed during the big stories of the week, but are ones that you should be aware of.

To start things off, we go to the state of Louisiana where a handful of schools have been hit with a malware attack. From there, we jump across the Atlantic to Africa. An electrical company has been hit with ransomware. The next story heads North to England where the Mozilla has pointed out that a tool meant to show transparency in political ads is not working as it should. We then discuss this week’s PSA of updating your iPhone or iPad ASAP. To close things out, we look at a new vulnerability in contactless payments. 

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Category:technology -- posted at: 8:04am EDT

Welcome to the 102nd instalment of the Kaspersky Transatlantic Cable podcast. For this week’s episode, Dave and I stay mostly in the consumer sphere with some highlights for parents.

The first story of the week takes a look at the fine levied on Equifax following their 2017 databreach. The 700 million dollar fine levied doesn’t sit well with me, but you can hear the full takes in the podcast. From there, we jump over to privacy from a banking institution who points out that posting pets on Instagram may be putting millennials at risk for fraud. Our third story is the one that NO ONE asked for – smart diapers (nappies for those in the UK). We wrap up with a story of stolen data tied to a malicious phishing attack at Lancaster University. Seriously, is there ever a non-malicious phishing attack?

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Category:technology -- posted at: 4:47am EDT

For episode 101 of the Kaspersky Transatlantic Cable podcast, Dave and  stay primarily in the UK for a number of security related stories before ending with a complete story completely out of the security space.

Our first story looks at a new service in the UK where users can report Facebook scams after a man wins a lawsuit for using his image in fake ads. From there, we stay on the topic of Facebook and their whopping five billion dollar fine levied from the FTC. The third story of the week takes a look at how people are now discovering that Google is listening to the recordings from Google Home. Following that story, we discuss how smart meters in the UK are switching to Welsh. We close out the podcast with a non-security story, but was too weird to not bring up.

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Category:technology -- posted at: 10:16am EDT

We have hit the century mark for the Kaspersky Transatlantic Cable podcast. For this week, Dave and I look back on some of our favorite stories and also at some of the big impacts of GDPR and also some good things on the bullying front.

To kick things off, we look back on some interesting stories from our first podcasts. The first is the venture in Russia of Burger King. We follow that up with some NSA security posters before kicking off with this week’s chat. The first news story looks at the heavy hammer of GDPR when it came to dealing with breaches with Marriott and British Airlines. From there, we head deep underground for a proposed Wi-fi monitoring program from the TfL in London to increase operational efficiency, but also raising eyebrows of privacy watchdogs. To wrap up the episode, we look at Instagram’s latest test in the battle against cyberbullying.

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Category:technology -- posted at: 8:32am EDT

The 99th edition of the Kaspersky Transatlantic Cable podcast comes to you straight from the Motherland – er Fatherland, Russia, as my colleagues have corrected me. Dave and I take a look at a handful of stories that will pique your interest and may have been missed during your busy week.

To kick things off, we start in the good ole USA where a second Florida City has paid for a ransomware attack and the worrying trend of cities paying the crooks. From there, we head to a different kind of circus and look at the lack of security protocol in their app. The third story follows up on the security breach of the US border. Then, we look at the world of fake Instagram verification before closing out with a tale of how our boss’ smart home was hacked.

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Category:technology -- posted at: 9:38am EDT

For the 98th edition of the Kaspersky Transatlantic Cable podcast, Dave and I jump between the consumer world to a small dip into government ransomware attacks.

To start things off, we jump into the world of music for the second straight week. In this story, Genius says that they have evidence of Google scraping their site for song lyrics. It seems that using Morse Code may be the devil in the details. After that, we look at a story about Instagram testing out new ways for users to recover their accounts following a hack. The third story has us looking at the Internet of Things and Samsung’s message for users to run AV scans of their “Smart TVs.” To wrap up the episode, we head to Florida where a local municipality decided to pay the ransom after falling victim to ransomware.

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Category:technology -- posted at: 4:28am EDT

To start things off, we look at a newly-placed FCC complaint against AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint and Verizon for selling customer data to 3rd parties. This story is tied to a past podcast topic of the location-based data that can help bounty hunters or those with the money to spend to track a user’s location. From there, we jump into a story on a lawsuit against Amazon for an Alexa recording a child without consent.

After that, we head to the music world where Radiohead was threatened by a hacker to release minidisks from OK Computer. Instead of paying the ransom, they released (for a fee) on the internet for all to see. To close things out, we discuss the deepfake of Mark Zuckerberg that went viral after showing up on Instagram.

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Category:technology -- posted at: 8:31am EDT

For the 96th edition of the Kaspersky Transatlantic Cable podcast, Dave and I jump all over the place with stories ranging from pizza to hacked US Customs and Border Patrol photos.

We kick things off with an interesting tale from the Brofist Army. Yep, we are talking PewDiePie and a recent advertisement that he did with Nimses. While there is some concern and fake news surrounding the app and ad, we tried to cut to the meat and potatoes of the tale and the app itself. From there, we bid farewell to Facebook’s Open Graph Search. Afterwards, we discuss the latest snafu from US Customs and Border Control when it comes to storing images of license plates and facial photos of those crossing into the States. For the next to last story, we discuss an upcoming paid version of Firefox. To close things out, we discuss a tale of a lone guy who got his pizza account hacked and well, no pizza for him.

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Category:technology -- posted at: 4:12am EDT

Episode 95 of the Kaspersky Transatlantic Cable podcast hits on the power of encryption, burger joints, Google Chrome and more.

To start things off, Dave and Jeff tackle a pair of stories dealing with encryption and how governments are looking at it. The first is with Germany pondering if law enforcement should be able to read, in plain text, encrypted messages. Then they jump to companies like Apple and Google pushing back on the GCHQ for proposing the same thing. Afterwards, they head to a sport story on how a football club may need to re-check where they send their money to. Then discuss a burger joint in the US hit with POS Malware. 

To close, Dave and Jeff discuss how big changes are afoot for Google Chrome.

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Category:technology -- posted at: 9:49am EDT

Welcome to the 94th edition of the Kaspersky Lab Transatlantic Cable podcast. On this edition, we jump around a bit between cybercrime, privacy and a little bit of Terminator 2 action.

To kick things off, we head down to Charm City. As you may have heard, Baltimore is dealing with a pretty serious ransomware attack that is crippling the city and also having fingers pointed on who is to blame. From there, we head to the IoT and privacy front. In a new patent, Amazon is looking to listen to everything you say in an effort to improve the experience for users. We then dive into a databreach of an events company that impacted over 200K users. Afterwards we look at 7 recent wins from law enforcement agencies against To close things out, we look at a new innovation from Chinese inventors that make you think of Terminator 2.

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We are now just seven episodes away from the 100th edition of the Kaspersky Lab Transatlantic Cable podcast. For the 93rd edition of our audio program, we hit on some old favorites as well as a new way to get a day off of school.

Our first story looks at the latest allegations of wrongdoing at Facebook. This edition looks at the data shared between telco providers, Facebook and how it can possibly impact credit-based advertising. We stay in the Facebook world for the second story and look at the shockingly high number of people who still have not updated their Whatsapp, especially on corporate phones. The third story dives into the latest feature of Dota2 that allows users to pay to avoid offensive players. From there we head on to the latest hang-up for 5G in the UK and it is not what you expect. To close things out, we head to Ohio and a curious way that kids got a free day off of school – spoiler it involves malware.

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Category:technology -- posted at: 5:31am EDT

For the 92nd edition of the Kaspersky Lab Transatlantic Cable podcast, Dave and I hit on some new topics. Apologies in advance for those of you who are all in on the Facebook flogging.

To kick things off, we start with perhaps the creepiest story we have had in a while. Over in China a “Superhost” on Airbnb was caught taping renters while in the bedroom. Where the camera was hidden will really surprise you. From there, we head to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts where a couple who was purchasing their dream home had the surprise of their life – the money didn’t go to the seller, instead it went to a scammer. The third story stays in the world of crime where the NYPD is asking Bitcoin ATM companies for help in cracking down in a new round of phone scams. To close things out, we look at another curious tale of an app changing business model from hosting photos to harvesting photos for facial recognition.

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Category:technology -- posted at: 8:50am EDT

With the success of Endgame, it's not only Hollywood pundits taking notice, but also scammers. If you are looking to try to watch the movie without going to the theater, please beware of this scam.

From there, we look at how little folks in the UK trust news when it comes to news from social media and their want (need?) for more regulation.

From there, we jump across to Google where the search giant is now offering to delete your search history every three months.

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Category:technology -- posted at: 4:49am EDT

Today marks the 90th episode of the Kaspersky Lab Transatlantic Cable podcast in this episode, we touch on fraud, cybercrime and a pair of reports mixed with some innuendo, shaken not stirred.

To start things off, we look at the annual IC3 report from the FBI, what stands out is the staggering amount of money that was stolen in 2018 in the US. From there, we take a look at how USB devices can be weaponized – yes – even keyboards. Afterwards we look at the impact digital clutter can have on companies’ bottom lines. We then go on to the sad tale of a lass who lost a lot of money thinking she was sending it to a broke Jason Statham

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Category:technology -- posted at: 9:22am EDT

On this week’s edition, we start by checking the ticker with “Days since latest Facebook issue.” Unfortunately it hasn’t been THAT long, and the latest issue involved the Hoovering of contact lists from unsuspecting users. From there, we offer tips to enhance your privacy online. For the third story, we jump over to the realm where the real world and the social media world intersect. In the week’s top hit for Stupid Criminal tricks, this story has it all. We had a number of outtakes talking this story, so be sure you are ready for some laughs.

We then head back to the serious side of things where we look at how humans are combating AI within Dota 2. To close things out, we look at the latest developments in Deep Fakes.  

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Category:technology -- posted at: 9:11am EDT

In this week's episode Jeff has taken time out to recover from SAS 2019 and David has been joined by David Emm, principle security researcher at Kaspersky Lab.

During the podcast, David and David look at a new report from Bloomberg which reveals that Amazon is using auditors to listen in to Amazon Echo recordings, in order to fine-tune Alexa.

They then look at how a UK government agency forgot to use BCC and accidentally sent sensitive personal information to strangers.  

They also look at how an app, to turn your car into a 'smart-car', wasn't that smart - due to hard-coded passwords inside the app.

Tune in to find out more!

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Category:technology -- posted at: 8:41am EDT

Today, we closed out the 2019 and 11th installment of the Kaspersky Lab Security Analyst Summit. Day 2 of the conference was more hectic than day one, three separate tracks, trainings and a whole lot of walking to cover the whole event.

So in a sense, you could not simply hit up all of the talks within the way. Well, unless you had one of those time changers like Hermione Granger, but alas. What to do? The best bet, if you ask me is to check out the recap where Jay Rosenberg from GReAT joins Ahmed and me below and share with your friends who may be interested in hearing more. You can also check out #TheSAS2019 on Twitter and see all the sights.

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Today marked the first day of the Kaspersky Lab Security Analyst Summit, or SAS for short. During the course of the day, there was a lot of great research and thought-provoking content shared with the attendees.

In this podcast, Ahmed joins me from Singapore to discuss what we thought of the day and key presentations. Some topics that we will touch upon include information warfare, stalkerware, Gossip Girl and more.

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While many of us enjoyed some spring weather over the course of the past weekend, the fact of the matter is that Winter is Here. Well, not meteorically, but for fans of Game of Thrones, you all know that something big is coming.

For the 85th edition of the Kaspersky Lab Transatlantic Cable podcast, we kick things off looking at the latest victims of the LockerGoga. From there, we jump into the op-ed from Mark Zuckerberg looking to lawmakers to regulate Facebook – yes, you read this right. After Zuck’s take, we look at the recent take downs of hate speech before diving into the issues with Toyota. To wrap things up, we look at the malware targeting the torrents of popular TV shows like Game of Thrones.

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Category:technology -- posted at: 9:46am EDT

It seems like Facebook unfortunately has made it to the forefront for the 84th edition of the Kaspersky Lab Transatlantic Cable podcast. We kick-off looking at the latest in the saga between Facebook and Cambridge Analytica; according to British lawmakers, Facebook may have known about the data-scraping before previously disclosed. To continue with the bad news for the social media giant, a new report notes that the company had stored user passwords in plaintext internally.

From there, we jump over to a tale of how sensitive data from a spyware company for consumers was finally taken off the net – it was previously able to be seen by anyone on the web. After that tale, we take a look at the latest on ASUS and Operation Shadowhammer that chronicles a recent discovery by Kaspersky Lab researchers. The story on this one will continue when we kick off SAS in early April. To close out the podcast, we look at how a software glitch caused some serious headaches for travelers in the US.

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For this week’s edition of the Kaspersky Lab Transatlantic Cable podcast, Dave and I split our time between sides of the Atlantic.

To start out, we look at the latest news out of Norway on the ransomware infection that struck aluminum producer Hydro. The story still has developments to come, but the latest info is discussed. We stay in Europe to look at a piece of EU legislature that will increase the collaboration of countries when it comes to preparing for European-wide cyberattacks. We then jump over to the shores of America to tackle a tale of Sprint customers who are seeing other people’s data when they log into their accounts. To close out the podcast we jump into the world of scooter sharing and the data that the city of Los Angeles would like shared with them.

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An underlying theme of this week’s podcast is cheating. Now this comes across in many ways from cheating the system to theft and online gaming.

We kick off the 82nd edition of the Kaspersky Lab Transatlantic Cable podcast with a pair of stories concerning Facebook. The first speaks in the vein of the Cambridge Analytica scandal where Facebook sued a pair of developers in the Ukraine for creating quizzes that also came with a side of malware. The second story involving the big blue network looks at Mark Zuckerberg’s pledge at increasing privacy for users, only to see the company seem to conflict this with their corporate lobbying. We get off the social network and hop to the Land Down Under where police have nabbed a guy who was selling logins for Spotify, Netflix and Hulu illegally. Following that story, we take a look at the ongoing battle between Respawn Entertainment and cheaters. To close out the week, we look at the business end of things and the current issue with improperly configured corporate Box accounts that have some sensitive files available to the public.

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When we were looking over the stories that we would cover this week, Dave and I noticed that one theme seemed to take the lions’ share of the theme – privacy for kids online. As parents, it was something that made us talk a bit deeper on these subjects.

The 81st edition kicks off looking at the latest with Facebook. Unlike many past weeks, this is not about a privacy snafu, but rather a rumored cryptocurrency coming from the social media giant along with one from Telegram. From there we look at a story that shows a paltry number of computers being upgraded to the latest version of Windows 10. We then head into the parenting stories of the week. First we look at a fine levied on TikTok by the FTC before closing out with a story on YouTube’s comment problems.

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Category:technology -- posted at: 9:45am EDT

For the 80th edition of the Kaspersky Lab Transatlantic Cable podcast, Dave and I take look at a handful of stories that are sure to whet your appetite for this week’s security news.

First, we start off looking at the fallout from a student who caused some serious harm to his former university. What caused the damage might surprise you – hint: it can fit in the palm of your hand. From there, we look at the low percentage of Americans who take precautions to protect their identities. Following that story, we look at the latest research from Kaspersky Lab that focuses on the threats that face users of adult websites. We close out the week looking at the latest woes for Nike with their connected shoes.

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Category:technology -- posted at: 10:35am EDT

This week was semi-slow when it came to looking for articles to bring to the table for the 79th edition of the Kaspersky Lab Transatlantic Cable podcast. But in our space, a slow week can generally be seen as a good thing.

To kick things off, we look at some proposed legislation in the UK in regards to Facebook. I think it is safe to say that we all agree that the network has a way to go when it comes to handling fake news and other problematic points. However, the question becomes is it the job of one government or is this a bigger fish to fry?

From there, we stay in the UK for a crossover on the small screen for shows Holby City and Casualty which will look at a cyber attack that seems oddly similar to WannaCry. The next story stays in the EU and looks at the latest sport in France – Lightsaber Duels. Star Wars fans rejoice! To close things out, we head to the hardwood where Nike has announced their latest smart shoe complete with charging pad, IoT connectivity and self-lacing shoes.

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The 78th edition of the Kaspersky Lab Transatlantic Cable podcast comes from you live from Dubai. I am over here for a meeting with some of my team based in this corner of the world. Wait, the earth is round, let’s call it this spot on the globe (not sorry flat-earthers).

With time zones not being our friend, David has the week off and I sit down with Ahmed (Dubai), Mucahit (Istanbul) and Kseniya (Moscow) to take a look at a handful of stories and to also get a younger generation’s view on some of the technologies that Dave and I will often riff on.

We start the podcast discussing the recent news about compromised accounts at OK Cupid. There wasn’t a data breach, but this brings us to a conversation on data and concerns for our younger colleagues on data security. From there, we jump to Amazon’s recent acquisition of Eero and what this means for Smart Home devices. To wrap things up, we keep our focus on the IoT and look at industrial refrigerators and what their default passwords mean for users.

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On this special episode of the Kaspersky Lab Transatlantic Cable podcast, we will continue to preview the upcoming Security Analyst Summit (#TheSAS2019). The conference will take place in Singapore on April 8-11.

Today, my guest on the show is Sergey Lozhkin. Sergey is a senior security researcher on the company’s Global Research and Analysis Team (GReAT). During the course of our chat, we discuss a wide range of topics from what he is currently working on to what he expects heading to Singapore for the first time, insecurity of hospitals and his talk at the conference. 

We also dive into his upcoming training at #TheSAS2019, entitled The God-Mode Practical Training in Static Analysis of APT Malware. This training session will cover most of the steps required to analyze a modern APT toolkit, from receiving the initial sample, all the way to producing a deep technical description with IOCs. The course material is based on many years of experience analyzing the most complex threats ever discovered in-the-wild, including: Equation, Red October, Sofacy, Turla, Duqu, Carbanak, ShadowPad, and many more. It’s time to set your static analysis game to God-Mode.

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Category:technology -- posted at: 8:25am EDT

In the 77th edition of the Kaspersky Lab Transatlantic Cable podcast, Dave and I look at stories that impact consumers from their wrists to their pockets and inboxes. For the first story, we hit home for parents looking at a story on the insecurity and subsequent recall in the European Union of ENOX Safe-KID-One smartwatches. Then we stay on the insecurity bandwagon and discuss the lack of security in some webcam covers handed out at a conference from the NSA.

 

Afterwards, we look at an upcoming access change to the gyroscope in an upcoming iOS release. We keep on the big company bandwagon looking at a potential security issue with Gmail that can be exploited by scammers. To wrap up, we close with a post that looks at a recent takedown of DDoS for hire service in the UK as part of a global initiative by the good guys.

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Category:technology -- posted at: 10:03am EDT

The 2019 edition of the Kaspersky Lab Security Analyst Summit (#TheSAS2019), will take place in Singapore on April 8-11. As always, the conference will bring some of the brightest minds in infosec together to share knowledge at a high level.

This year marks the first year that the conference will come to Asia. To talk more about what Singapore and what people can expect while attending, we sat down with Vitaly Kamluk who leads the APAC arm of our Global Research and Analysis Team (GReAT) and resides in Singapore.

During our talk, Vitaly offers his insight into the sights that first-time visitors to Singapore should see as well as what the security scene looks like. Given his area of expertise, we couldn’t just talk travel tips. We also discuss his upcoming training at the conference, entitled Remote Forensics for the Modern Malware Hunter as well as the forensic tool that he created, Bitscout.

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Category:technology -- posted at: 9:12am EDT

The 76th edition of the Kaspersky Lab Transatlantic Cable Podcast, David and I cover a number of stories pertaining to privacy and, surprisingly browsers. To start things off, we look at the issue that Apple faced earlier in the week where a bug in FaceTime that was reported by a kid wound up in the public eye.

Following that tale, we jump into a stranger-than-fiction story about Facebook and their controversial tactic to have users install a VPN to share their data with Facebook – the kicker- is that the target audience included kids. Following Facebook, we stay on the privacy bandwagon and look at the work that Mozilla did to improve the latest version of Firefox.  We close out the podcast bidding happy trails to Internet Explorer 10.

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Category:technology -- posted at: 9:51am EDT

We kick off the podcast looking at how the Girl Scouts are rolling out a badge for Cyber Security and using eggs, not computers for their members. From there, we cover a report from California on how a family’s Nest camera sent out a warning that had North Korea firing intercontinental ballistic missiles at the USA – but was a hoax from a hacker and reused passwords.

We keep in the Google family by looking at a recent GDPR related fine levied on the search giant. The next story looks at the recently unsealed documents that were previously sealed in a Facebook lawsuit. Unfortunately, it looks like the social behemoth was profiting off of children.

Afterwards, we further discuss the fact that scams on Facebook and WhatsApp promising free airline tickets are just a scam – please do not fall for them. The podcast closes out with a new piece of mobile malware that tries to hide itself from security researchers.

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Category:technology -- posted at: 9:59am EDT

Episode 74 of the Transatlantic Cable podcast sees David and Jeff being joined by a few of their colleagues from around the world as they talk about travel and cyber-security - can you keep your data and your life private whilst travelling?

Tune in!

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Category:technology -- posted at: 6:38am EDT

Happy New Year everyone and welcome to the first regular edition of Kaspersky Lab’s Transatlantic Cable Podcast. On this edition, Dave and I cover a lot of ground.

We kick off the podcast talking about CES, or more notably a pair of products that we question whether the internet is really needed – keys and a toilet. From there, we hop over to a program, Lenny, that turns the table on our favorite pains in the rear – robocalls and scammers. The next topic is a bit more serious as a hack happened to Australia’s Emergency Warning Network. If you are an online gamer and play The Town of Salem, you may want to change your password as they have suffered a data breach.

We close out the podcast looking at how data is used. This ranges from weather applications to the story of the week with how US Telcos are selling user data.

Direct download: tcp-73-final.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:06am EDT

It is that time of year again, #TheSAS2019 will be here before we know it. This year’s location is in Singapore and as usual, there will be a lot of interesting research coming from the presenters. There will also be trainings where attendees can learn from our experts on GReAT across a wide variety of topics.

 In this podcast, I sit down with Brian Bartholomew who is giving a training, and to discuss what he envisions for this year’s edition of the Security Analyst Summit. His training entitled The Good and the GReAT— Stepping up your Threat Intelligence Game will be held with with Brian Candlish of Telstra Threat Labs and will focus on:

Concepts of threat intelligence

  • Intelligence life cycle
  • Defining intelligence requirements
  • Collecting and processing data
  • Maximizing data through automation
  • Open source / custom tools
  • Threat hunting in large security datasets
  • Intelligence reporting
  • Dealing with biases
  • Using estimative language
  • Each day will end with large hands-on labs

 

To sign up for Brian’s training or to buy tickets for #TheSAS2019, please click here.

Direct download: podcast02-1_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:47am EDT

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