Wed, 3 June 2020
Dave and I kick off this week’s edition of the Kaspersky Transatlantic Cable podcast, we discuss disinformation in the US in the wake of current events.
With the focus on the news in the States, we highlight the need for those educating themselves to make sure that they are reading solid information from reputable sources. There is a lot of misinformation being produced and shared, so we kindly ask you to think before sharing. If something sounds a bit off, make sure that you are looking at reputable sources – don’t be a source of disinformation.
We stay on this topic with an alleged hacking of the Minneapolis Police Department. Despite the public reports, it seems that there is more than meets the eye according to Troy Hunt. From there, we head across the pond to discuss the NHS and some Corona-tracing. Unfortunately, while the thought is in the right place, it seems like the security is not where it needs to be. Following that story, we dive deeper into a computer and boy is it hot. This story looks at the victim side of crypto-mining and the side effects that can happen for a lapse in security. We close out the podcast with a look at a hacked Power Glove to make music.
Wed, 27 May 2020
A lot of hype has generated around the Chinese vision of social ratings. People on both sides of the aisle have chimed in. However one thing that is often left off the table is that social ratings are around all of us whether we like it or not.
For this edition of the Kaspersky Transatlantic Cable podcast, Dave and I sit down with Marco Preuss to discuss some recent research from the company in regards to social ratings.
During our extensive conversation, we discuss the current state of travel, the potential new hurdles, the ethics of social ratings and more.
We close the podcast on a different note and looking at the use of people’s selfies in masks that are shared on social networks being used in the training of facial recognition technologies.
Thu, 21 May 2020
We kick off the 143rd edition of the Kaspersky Transatlantic Cable podcast looking at a coronavirus driven scam to unemployment in the US.
The US Secret Service has issued an alert that warns states that there are states currently seeing an increase in fraudulent activity on unemployment insurance claims. There is also an interesting look at how the money is laundered from there. Following that story, we hop into the film industry. A new study highlights that there is an increase of illegal downloads of Hollywood hits.
For our third story, we hop over to the UK to look at a snafu with a Google Doc from the NHS. According to a report, a security snafu on the sharing link allowed people to see the future roadmap for the group’s Covid-19 app. Our final story of the week, we head back to the US in particular, Washington, D.C. In this story, the Senate voted to extend the powers of the FBI in terms of looking into citizens’ online activity.
Following the story, we discuss some hot items outside of the security space including the Wind of Change podcast, Pandemic and a mash-up between Star Wars and Top Gun.
Thu, 14 May 2020
Welcome to the 142nd edition of the Kaspersky Transatlantic Cable podcast, Dave and I tackle a number of pressing stories and have a conversation with one of the company’s regional managing directors.
We start off the podcast by looking at a data breach at a dating site. Earlier in the week, the Shiny Hunters made over 70 million credentials available for sale on the Dark Web, including ones for dating site Zoosk. If you are a user of the site, be sure to change your password and if you have an account and don’t use it, you should consider closing the account.
Following that story, we head over to India where the country’s COVID-19 tracking app has come under scrutiny. Despite being downloaded 90 million times, it seems that if someone wanted to, they could focus into whom in their neighborhood was infected with the virus. We stay on the virus topic where we discuss the news of state-sponsored attacks on firms researching vaccines for the virus. After that, we take a moment to acknowledge the 15th birthday of the one and only Leroy Jenkins.
After that nostalgic moment, we take a break from the regularly scheduled programing to chat with Rob Cataldo, the managing director for Kaspersky in North America. During our chat, we look at the challenges for managing a team during the quarantine, threat intelligence and ransomware in the region. After talking with Cataldo, we wrap up looking at the latest on Zoom and how they are addressing privacy and security concerns.
Thu, 7 May 2020
We kick off our conversation with Mr. Jacoby by looking into what he has been up to since we last spoke with him on this podcast. After that, we dive into his adaptation to what he is calling a covidcation before jumping into his two presentations at SAS at Home (an online version of our traditional Security Analyst Summit). While discussing that, we look at what hackers have changed and how humans are still lazy.
For those regular listeners to the podcast, you may get some laughs out of David mocking my lack of physical fitness and also what things people can do to get through the quarantine and more.
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Thu, 30 April 2020
In episode 140 of the Transatlantic Cable Podcast Jeff and Dave look at how the U.K government is looking to tackle terrorism and spying through the use of artificial intelligence. Dave and Jeff also look at Google’s fight against Covid-19 spam (hint: there’s a LOT of Covid-19 spam out there)
In addition, they also look at recent Kaspersky research, which shows that fraudsters are looking to create legitimate looking phishing emails pretending to be news about recent online purchases.
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Thu, 23 April 2020
For the 139th edition of the Kaspersky Transatlantic Cable podcast, Dave and I continue in our model of stories and adding in some practical tips from one of our experts.
Our first story jumps back on a very popular topic of late, Zoom. This story takes a look at serious flaws reported by Dropbox and also dives into the bug bounty program that the company has for it’s vendors.
From there, we hop into a look behind the curtain at Google. The company notes that they are blocking 18M scam emails a day. We then hop over to Facebook, who has not been as good in regards to cutting down on the disinformation in regards to the Corona virus. We then jump over to a talk with David Emm on some ticks and tricks to remote working safely. We then close out the podcast with a look at the recent Webkinz data breach.
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Wed, 15 April 2020
There is no question that the global pandemic that is Covid-19 has disrupted the way that we work, school, educate and generally live and interact with our community, friends and families.
Now, when it comes to our personal spaces, we all are pretty much used to this new “normal,” we wondered how this pandemic is impacting those owning and managing companies across the globe.
Dave and I tapped into our networks and decided that the best route was to stay close to home. For the Kaspersky Transatlantic Cable podcast, we “meet” with the CEO and founder of Kaspersky, Eugene Kaspersky.
During our conversation with our commander in chief, we touch on things ranging from his travel to managing in Covid times to his favourite books and more.
Wed, 8 April 2020
For the 137th edition of the Kaspersky Transatlantic Cable podcast, Dave and I discuss a handful of stories and also sit down with Marco Preuss of our Global Research and Analysis team to discuss privacy and security on today’s Internet.
For our first story, we jump into Zoom. The company has been in the news a lot lately, and not necessarily in a positive way. This story takes a look at the changes that the company is making after facing some recently disclosed security related issues. We jump onto another story there that discusses how the FBI is handling Zoom Bombers.
From there, we jump into a look at how the NHS is looking to bring Facebook’s Portal into care homes. After the Facebook story, we jump into our conversation with Marco Preuss. After that talk, we close out the podcast with a look at how people in the UK are literally burning down 5G.
Thu, 2 April 2020
For this week’s edition of the Kaspersky Transatlantic Cable podcast, Dave and I return to a bit of normalcy, while also adding in another interview with a member of our larger Kaspersky team.
We kick of the session discussing with the UK removing broadband caps during the Covid-19 pandemic. From there, we jump onto the Zoom wagon, where we look at how the company has removed some data sharing with Facebook that had some users uneasy.
Our third story takes a look at the latest scam on YouTube as attackers take over accounts and pose as Microsoft sharing Ponzi scam. Please don’t fall for this.
We then sit down with Kristina Shingareva, the head of external relations at Kaspersky. During our chat, we discuss the dangers of Stalkerware, her work with the Coalition Against Stalkerware and more. We then close it out with a story of how companies are using software to make sure that their employees are actually working during the day – through pictures from their webcams.
Wed, 25 March 2020
Hello everyone! Hopefully you are practicing social distancing and staying sane while working. For the 135th edition of this week’s Kaspersky Transatlantic Cable Podcast, Dave and I continue our quest to bring positive vibes to your remote workday.
This week, we sit down with Kristina Branchugova of the brand team at Kaspersky. While she may work on the brand side of things, Kristina has a very interesting hobby outside of the office – gaming.
During our chat, we discuss everything from why I keep breaking brand guidelines to joining a World of Warcraft Guild to the future.
Wed, 18 March 2020
For the 134th edition of the Kaspersky Transatlantic Cable Podcast, Dave and I take a break from our regular schedule program.
As everyone knows, Covid-19 has turned the world on its head. Now, many of you probably don’t know, but Dave and I are close to 100% remote when we work. On this episode, we discuss our setups as well as some best practices that we have worked out for our working lives whilst remote.
As the workforce moves to being more remote for at least the foreseeable future, security is something that is top of our mind. To help you work securely, Dave sat down with David Emm from Kaspersky’s Global Research and Analysis team to discuss best practices. On the news front, for job seekers out there, companies are now hosting interviews remote.
Thu, 12 March 2020
For the 133rd edition of the Kaspersky Transatlantic Cable Podcast, we set clear boundaries of what Dave and I are not experts on. Spoiler: it is a pretty large list.
To kick things off, we look at the digital impact of the Corona virus (AKA Covid-19). Like many major world events, cybercriminals are using this as a platform for illicit gains. Be careful what you click on friends.
From there, we hop into a story about the tables being turned on a scam call center in India. Now, there is questionable legality to the actions taken, but is still somewhat rewarding for those of us who have been spam called by one of these centers. The third story crosses the pond to the US, where we discuss facial recognition and the protests against it within the country’s higher education community. Cambridge Analytica also comes back to the surface, but this time in Australia and the potential fines that Facebook faces. We head back to the US for a look at some private information being leaked by Comcast Xfinity before we close out looking at some sensitive data found by a dog walker.
Wed, 4 March 2020
To kick off the 132nd edition of the Kaspersky Podcast, Dave and I discuss an IoT issue for pet owners.
Owners of the Gen2 feeders, saw that there feeders stopped working, and in one case a guy’s pets not being fed for a week. So, questionable pet parenting aside, this begs the question of why they need to be online - as is our often IoT question.
The second story takes us to the land down under where Facebook is being called upon to ban links to the Pirate Bay as they may contain malware and endanger users. We then head to Britain where MI5 is beating the drum to weaken encryption once again. In an interesting twist of fate, our fourth story discusses how the EU Commission is asking their staff to start using Signal, because of their strong encryption. We take a break from the news to shed some light onto Kaspersky’s blockchain voting offering, Polys. To end this week’s episode, we head back to Europe, where the free Wi-Fi on UK rail stations suffered a bit of a breach.
Wed, 26 February 2020
For the 131st episode of the Kaspersky Transatlantic Cable Podcast, Dave and I are all about the idioms and lolz -kind of (spoiler - you’ll have to give a listen to see). To start things off, we take a look at a US natural gas company that is in the news for the wrong reasons.
In this story, the company was closed for two days following a ransomware attack. While ransomware is nothing new to readers of this blog, the part that is interesting is that the government assessment notes that the plant was not prepared for a cyberattack as part of an emergency.
From there we head across the US, where, Ring has made the use of 2FA obligatory for users. While most should be happy with the additional step towards privacy, there are still some naysayers. The third story of the week takes a look at how Puerto Rico’s government was swindled out of a couple of million dollars in a phishing scheme.
As a follow-up from last week’s podcast, we take a look at the EU’s response to Facebook’s call for regulations on fake news and politically-driven advertisements. To close out the podcast, we discuss the latest victim of OurMine, FC Barcelona.
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Wed, 19 February 2020
We open up the 139th edition of the Kaspersky Transatlantic Cable Podcast looking at a favourite topic of discussion… Facebook. Instead of the typical security-related incident, we start with the company speaking on regulation from governments.
Yes friends, you read that correctly, Mark Zuckerberg is asking for governments to implement regulations as to what is and what is not kosher when it comes to fake news, disinformation or just bending the truth.
After Facebook, we head to the Dark Web, where it appears that Black Energy's code is being re-used by attackers. From there, we jump into a cyberattack on Boston’s Children’s Hospital that is disrupting the flow of patients. We take a break from our regularly scheduled program to speak with Anton Shipulin to discuss the upcoming Kaspersky Industrial Cybersecurity conference in Sochi.
When we return to schedule, we dive into a story that hits close to home with me. Boston Children’s Hospital is currently working through a cyberattack that has disrupted the hospital’s service to patients. Our fourth story focuses on Redcar and Cleveland Borough. The English municipality appears to be facing a ransomware attack. To close things out, we look at Netflix and a recurring topic of password stuffing and account takeovers.
Wed, 12 February 2020
Welcome to the 129th episode of the Kaspersky Transatlantic Cable Podcast! In this episode, Dave and I cover a handful of stories that you may have missed, but should be aware of as well as taking you behind the scenes of the upcoming Kaspersky Security Analyst Summit, AKA #TheSAS2020 coming up in April.
To kick things off, we discuss a story about a new warning from UK police. While you may think of warnings of not leaving valuables in cars, this one is a tad different. You see, the police are warning businesses that cybercriminals may be employing cleaning services to gain access to corporate networks.
From there, we head to Wisconsin where we look at a ransomware attack on the city of Racine. While details are still emerging, the municipality has noted that they <b>will not</b> be paying the ransom. From there, we move to the smart office space where vulnerabilities lead to IoT devices being leveraged in DDoS attacks. This is definitely one to check out if you have installed smart office technology.
We take a break from our regularly scheduled programing to discus the upcoming Security Analyst Summit that is put on annually by Kaspersky. For this, I sit down with Sergey Novikov, the Deputy Director of GReAT (Global Research and Analysis Team) at Kaspersky. Following the discussion with Sergey, we close out with a pair of stories about Twitter. The first one looks into a potential Nation-state manipulating Twitter’s API and the other looks at the company’s take on Deep Fakes.
Wed, 5 February 2020
Dave and I open up the latest episode of the Kaspersky Transatlantic Cable Podcast, looking at recent research from the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF). Dave and I open up looking at an interesting unsecured server.
The research from the EFF goes under the hood in regards to privacy and the Ring. In this case, the privacy violation is data sharing with third parties.
While on the topic of privacy, we then hop across the pond and look at GDPR. I know, everyone’s favorite topic. In this article, we get a look at the financial impact of the regulation as compared to regulations in the US. The third story jumps into the world of corporate espionage. This fitness related story has some underlying data management issues that should put companies in an uneasy state when looking in the mirror.
Our fourth story showcases the return of the notorious OurMine group. Instead of hacking into the celebrity or C-suite accounts that they have become synonymous with, the group has gained access to 15 of the National Football League (NFL) teams’ accounts. To close out the podcast, we revisit the Windows 7 end of service. While they said they were done with fixes, it seems that we – and they – spoke a bit too soon.
Wed, 29 January 2020
For the 127th episode of the Kaspersky Transatlantic Cable Podcast Dave and I open up looking at an interesting unsecured server.
Unlike many of the recent stories that mention insecure AWS or Azure servers of random companies being unsecured, this one comes from Microsoft’s support.
While the server has since been secured, it is worth double-checking that you are really chatting with the company should you be looking for support. Following that story, we head over to looking at some vulnerabilities within Apple's anti web-tracking features.
Our third story takes a look at Mozilla’s recent move to ban ~200 add-ons from Firefox. The move is the latest from the company in their battle against malicious add-ons. From there, we jump into the dating pool with a story on Tinder’s panic button. While it sounds like a good idea on the surface, it seems that the separate app, Noonlight, is sharing data with third party brokers. So in a nutshell, big data + dating = big marketing. To close out the podcast, we head to the state of New York where a proposed bill looks to ban municipalities from paying the ransom from ransomware attacks.
Wed, 22 January 2020
Dave and I open up the 126th episode of the Kaspersky Transatlantic Cable Podcast by following up with the Travelex story from last week.
While not a resolution or mission accomplished moment, it is more of a warning of new phone-based scams targeting customers of the company.
The second story heads to the adult industry and an unfortunate data breach. Unlike many breaches that have similar PII exposed, this breach exposes that and more including tattoos, scars and photos of passports. From there, we head to an unsecured server from Peekaboo moments that shared intimate moments of babies. While discussing intimate images being shared, we also look at a story from the BBC that examines the types of filters that allowed them to target people in some unsuspecting ways. The next story takes a look at how Google will be approaching third-party cookies in the coming years.
To close out the podcast we head over to a pair of stories that should grab the attention of businesses and consumers alike. The first examines a phishing attack on the United Nations, while the final tale looks at scammers targeting those donating to relief in Australia.
Thu, 16 January 2020
Welcome to the 125th edition of the Transatlantic Cable Podcast!
Dave and I open up the episode deep in the heart of Texas. In this story, a school system lost millions of dollars by transferring funds to cybercriminals after falling victim to a phishing campaign.
From there, we head further West to Las Vegas. The city was recently hit with a cyber incident. The third story takes us back to the topic of Facebook. Instead of our common discussion points, this story looks at encryption and where it stands with the Messenger platform. Spoiler: it’s not coming as fast as many would like. To close out the podcast, we discuss two Windows-based stories. The first looks at the end of support for Windows 7, then we finish the podcast looking at a recent vulnerability patched in Windows that came courtesy of the NSA.
Wed, 8 January 2020
After a couple week hiatus, Dave and I return for the 124th edition of the Kaspersky Transatlantic Cable Podcast Hopefully you had a great holiday and New Year.
To kick off the episode, we head to one of the topics that we closed out the decade with: Amazon’s Ring. Earlier this week, the company announced that they had rolled out a new and improved privacy dashboard that was met with, well critics.
From Amazon, we move to Arkansas, where ransomware may have played a bit of the Grinch for a couple hundred employees of a call center. The company that employed them was hit with ransomware, paid the ransom and then could not restore data, in turn, shuttering the company. We stay on the topic of ransomware for our next story. Travelex, a company well known by travelers across the world, has been hit with a cyber incident that is being attributed to the REvil group. Currently the company is working on restoring their networks, however this story is developing and more is sure to come.
From ransomware, we jump to another familiar topic of discussion in 2019 – Facebook. Recently, Facebook announced that they would be removing certain types of deep fake videos. The question of our discussion though is whether this is just for PR purposes or if it needs to go further. We close out this week’s edition of the podcast looking at the case of the FBI looking for assistance unlocking an iPhone tied to a shooting at a Pensacola Military base.