Transatlantic Cable Podcast (technology)

For the 150th episode of the Kaspersky Transatlantic Cable Podcast, Dave and I start by looking at how EU authorities were able to crack into an encrypted communications platform used by criminals.

This joint operation by multiple law enforcement organizations, saw over 700 arrests tied to criminal activities. From there, we head to India and the geopolitical tension between the country and China. In this instance, the collateral damage of this are influencers, more specifically those who tie their living to TikTok which has been banned by the Indian government. For our third story, we keep in the influencer space where Ramon Olorunwa has been extradited from the United Arab Emirates to the United States. You see, his lavish influencer lifestyle was allegedly funded by cybercrime. To close things out, we look at how Evil Corp is now targeting American companies with remote workers.

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

For the 149th instalment of the Kaspersky Transatlantic Cable podcast, Jeff and I look at how (and why) the Israeli government has saw fit to use fish to help fend off cyber-security attacks. We also tackle the thorny issue of TikTok privacy and how they were caught with their hand in the cookie-jar, again.

From there we move to more interesting news as it seems in the near future, Google will pay for you to read pay-walled news. Also on the podcast this week is a more serious look at why and how Facebook hacked into the secure operating system TAILS, and to no surprise – a lot of people aren’t happy.

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Category:technology -- posted at: 8:07am EST

To kick off the 148th edition of the Kaspersky Transatlantic Cable podcast, Dave and I hop into a interesting topic. For those of you who have been on Instagram, Twitter or other social media sites, you have probably heard of OnlyFans.

For those who are unaware, this is a site where users can pay a content producer for exclusive or private videos. Often these images or videos are of the adult nature. However, as with many subscription services there is often an illicit market, this one is no different. From there, we jump deeper into the online world of Warcraft. This story looks at the bot mafias wreaking havoc in the community.

Yeah, I seriously types bot mafia – that is not lost on me. The third story of the week looks at some changes that Apple is making in Safari that could make privacy more up front. The PSA streak continues for the fourth tale of the week – Adobe is advising people to uninstall Flash before its end of life. To close out, we take a look at a story that was birthed after a protest in the recent weeks in the US. The story looks at how the FBI caught a person who lit a cop car on fire during one of the protests due to some digital sleuthing.

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Category:technology -- posted at: 9:25am EST

For the 147th installment of the Kaspersky Transatlantic Cable podcast, Dave and I have a fairly strong law and order feel.

To kick things off, we look to the UK. Similar to our discussion on Singapore’s Covid-19 app, the NHS looks to have some working out to do on their app before rolling it out. We then hang onto another popular story of 2020 prior to the pandemic – US cities hit with ransomware. In this case, it was the city of Knoxville, Tennessee.

For the third story of the week, we take a look at facial recognition. This week, the controversy swings from the technology itself to what entities tech heavyweights will no longer sell to. Following that discussion, we head to the world of cryptocurrency. In this bizarre tale, we have everything from carwashes to money laundering to the courtroom. This is one you should really take a read into. Our final story stays in the realm of real crime drama. The article that we discuss talks about some cyber-stalking done on behalf of eBay executives to an online pub that was critical of the company.

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Category:technology -- posted at: 11:19am EST

On this week’s episode of the Kaspersky Transatlantic Cable podcast, Dave and I jump across a wide array of stories and also end on a lighter note than usual.

For our first story, we jump across the world to Japan and into the world of automobiles. Now, we aren’t talking smart cars or car hacking, but rather, classic infosec. It appears that Honda is currently under attack from Snake ransomware. After this, we hop over to the UK where we look at the state of IoT appliances and also what the term “lifetime updates” really means.

We leave the kitchen and head into the claims that Google violated US wiretap laws with their “incognito Browsing.” Our fourth story takes us back to Asia, and the country of Singapore. This one also drives us back to Covid-19 and the country’s thoughts on rolling out a wearable tracker for the citizens of the country. To close things out, we go into the word of copyright and what could go wrongs in regard to Space Force between Netflix and the US Government.

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Category:technology -- posted at: 5:38am EST

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.

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Category:technology -- posted at: 3:38am EST

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.

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Category:technology -- posted at: 10:00am EST

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.

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Category:technology -- posted at: 4:08am EST

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.

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Category:technology -- posted at: 3:59am EST

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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Category:technology -- posted at: 4:54am EST

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

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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Category:technology -- posted at: 4:12am EST

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.

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Category:technology -- posted at: 11:45am EST

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.

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

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.

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Category:technology -- posted at: 3:39am EST

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.

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Category:technology -- posted at: 10:53am EST

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.

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

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.

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Category:technology -- posted at: 4:49am EST

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.

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Category:technology -- posted at: 7:29am EST

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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Category:technology -- posted at: 2:49am EST