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.