Transatlantic Cable Podcast (general)

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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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.

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Category:general -- posted at: 11:06am EST

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.

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Category:general -- posted at: 9:47am EST

For the 63rd instalment of the Transatlantic Cable podcast, Dave and Jeff jump around a bit on topics, but mainly stick to our reoccurring theme of scams and privacy.

The first story on tap looks at the latest cryptocurrency scam run by hackers via Target’s verified account. Unlike past scammers pretending to be Elon Musk or Bill Gates, the hackers ran an ad to lure people into their Bitcoin scam. From there we jump to a data breach impacting those who purchased recreational marijuana in Canada.

The third story looks at UK-based companies embedding bio chips into their employees. We close out the podcast looking at the latest research by Kaspersky Lab on phishing and spam. 

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Category:general -- posted at: 10:33am EST

This week, Dave and I were in the same city. So, instead of taking a long romantic stroll around the city of Roma, we decided to sit down and record a different version of the Transatlantic Cable podcast (presented by Kaspersky Lab) and talk about a single topic – parenting and privacy in the age of the digital native.

Both Dave and I are parents to young children and often discuss views on how we look at bringing up our kids within this day and age that really does not have a playbook. 

Also - apologies for the poor audio in places - in the middle of recording, a thunderstorm broke out!

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Category:general -- posted at: 10:36am EST

After a week-long business trip, the Transatlantic Cable podcast returns to its regularly scheduled programing. You know the rules, infosec and hot takes in 20 minutes or less.

For the 58th edition of the podcast, Dave and Jeff bid farewell to G+, have a surprising conversation about Facebook’s new home video chat service and another zero-day discovered and disclosed by Kaspersky Lab. For the full text of the stories, please click the links below.

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Category:general -- posted at: 10:59am EST

As mentioned in last week’s podcast, we have a special podcast for this week since the Kaspersky Lab annual corporate communications meeting. This year, we were in Dresden, Germany, so Dave and I sat down with the members of the Kaspersky Arabic Podcast, Ahmed and Baseem to discuss privacy.

During the talk, the four of us looked at the different ways that we look at privacy as well as how social networks and bad parenting may lead to bullying later in life for our kids. The takes come from different areas of the world where we have grown up as well as how we feel personally about the topic.

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Category:general -- posted at: 7:49am EST

For the 56th edition of the Transatlantic Cable podcast, Jeff and Dave dive into a lot of new trends, some alarming, some good that have popped up over the week.

For the bad news, the guys take a look at how sexual predators are hopping on Fortnite to stalk victims, how fake support scams are swindling Brits out of money and how developers can still read your Gmail along with a secret synch. On the bright side, FireFox has teamed up with HaveIBeenPwned to tell users if they have had their data exposed in a data breach.

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Category:general -- posted at: 9:57am EST

In this week’s episode, Jeff and I look at how Google is being targeted for a class-action lawsuit after it was found to have been tracking users, even if they’d explicitly asked it not to.  They also look at how Google turned down multiple request by the FBI for location data, in order to catch criminals after a spate of armed robberies. 

 Other stories this week include what happens when Gatwick airport screens fail and how the British and Canadian governments accidentally leaked sensitive data via public facing Trello boards.

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Category:general -- posted at: 7:41am EST

Today’s podcast comes to you live from New York New York in sunny Las Vegas. In today’s episode, I recap the events of the first day of Black Hat. As usual, there were more talks than one could obviously get to, but in the sessions I did attend, the subject matter ranged from legal landmines to corruption, vulnerabilities in Cortona and much more. The full session overviews can be found below in case you want to do some background research. And if you hear screams in the background, it’s just the roller coaster whizzing by.

 

Dissecting Non-Malicious Artifacts: One IP at a Time

Legal Landmines

Don't @ Me: Hunting Twitter Bots at Scale

Open Sesame: Picking Locks with Cortana

InfoSec Philosophies for the Corrupt Economy

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Category:general -- posted at: 9:24pm EST

For the 49th edition of Kaspersky Lab’s Transatlantic Cable podcast, Dave and Jeff start by discussing a potential downside of Fortnite coming to Android, high speed Internet possibly causing insomnia, the Reddit hack, and some highlights from our Q2 Malware report.

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Category:general -- posted at: 10:26am EST

In this episode of the Kaspersky Lab Transatlantic Cable podcast, Dave and Jeff talk about some juicy stories: firstly, they start off with Google banning apps that mine cryptocurrency and then hop over to some criminal on criminal crime and then it's over to the biggest whopper we’ve hit on in the podcast… corruption and fraud in the McDonald’s Monopoly game. 

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Category:general -- posted at: 8:46am EST

In the 47th edition of the Kaspersky Lab Transatlantic Cable podcast, Dave and Jeff discuss the gross violation of personal privacy of an Uber driver, Facebook’s investigation into Crimson Hexagon, money laundering and why gamers may be happy with the falling crypto-currency prices. 

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Category:general -- posted at: 4:14am EST

For the 46th edition of the Transatlantic Cable podcast, Dave and Jeff look into a pair of posts that could be labelled as “you had one job,” or “email is hard,” a closed loophole in Facebook and more. 

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Category:general -- posted at: 9:16am EST

In this week's episode, David and Jeff round up 3 stories looking at video games, talking about the World Health Organisation's decision to classify video game addiction as a real problem, as well as how unscrupulous developers are looking to fool people into downloading their 'crapware' games.

Also on the cards is a look at the Olympic Destroyer malware, and how it's shifting it's eyes from the east to the west.

Finally, they look at how WhatsApp and other private messaging tools are being used to spread fake news. 

Tune in! 

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Category:general -- posted at: 9:16am EST

For the 41st edition of the Kaspersky Lab Transatlantic Cable Podcast, spying seems to be an underlying theme of our topics. Dave and Jeff kick things off looking at two separate stories with web-enabled cameras being hijacked then look at an interesting two weeks for Bitcoin and more.

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Category:general -- posted at: 4:46am EST

Dave returns from vacation for the 37th edition of the Transatlantic Cable podcast. During our chat, we discuss a quickly disclosed data breach at Chili’s, meeting the 3rd party tracking American cell users locations, police falling victim to ransomware and more.

If you want to read more on the stories, you can click on the links below:

Chili’s suffers data breach

Police fall victim to ransomware

Facebook suspends apps after internal review

US phone carriers selling location data

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Category:general -- posted at: 11:14am EST

On this week’s edition of the Transatlantic Cable podcast, Ahmed fills in for Dave who is taking a much-needed vacation with the family. During Ahmed’s conversation with Jeff, the discussion touches upon some more drama with Cambridge Analytica and Facebook, a data-breach for ride hailing app Careem, privacy wars and more. As always, we keep the conversation to 20 min or less to fit into your busy day. If you want to read more on the stories, you can click on the links below:

 

Gmail's 'Self Destruct' Feature Will Probably Be Used to Illegally Destroy Government Records

Cambridge Analytica kept Facebook data models through US election

Privacy wars: Google v. Facebook – who is worse?

Careem hit with cyber attack

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Category:general -- posted at: 6:48am EST

In this week's episode of the Kaspersky Daily podcast, David and Jeff dive into the new Facebook dating app.  They also discuss the recent arrest of 15 suspects in China for creating and selling PUBG (Player Unknown's Battleground) cheats with malware installed.

There's also discussion around the recent news that WhatsApp co-founder, Jan Koum, has quit Facebook's board of directors after disagreement around the future of WhatsApp.

Finally, they briefly touch on the news that Twitter had sold data access to a researcher tied to Cambridge Analytica.

Here's the stories they discuss:

Facebook dating service

PUBG cheaters arrested

WhatsApp co-creator leaves Facebook

Twitter and Cambridge Analytica

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Category:general -- posted at: 8:59am EST

In this week's episode, David and Jeff discuss the recent news about Amazon Key, now able to deliver parcels direct to your car boot; why people use "dragon" as their password and whether it's ethical to use a dead mans fingers to unlock a phone.  Tune in!  

Here are the stories they discuss this week: 

Dragon password

Unlocking a dead mans phone

Amazon Key to your car

Facebook hosting social security data

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Category:general -- posted at: 9:14am EST