Transatlantic Cable Podcast

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.

Direct download: tcp_98_final.mp3
Category:technology -- posted at: 4:28am EST

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.

Direct download: tcp_97_final.mp3
Category:technology -- posted at: 8:31am EST

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.

Direct download: tcp_96_final.mp3
Category:technology -- posted at: 4:12am EST

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.

Direct download: tcp_95_final.mp3
Category:technology -- posted at: 9:49am EST

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