Transatlantic Cable Podcast (technology)

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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Category:technology -- posted at: 11:07am EDT

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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Category:technology -- posted at: 3:34am EDT

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