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.
Wed, 18 December 2019
Welcome to the final edition of the Kaspersky podcast for 2019. Dave and I kick off episode 123 by looking at a story in the city of New Orleans.
Last week, the home of the famous Mardi Gras festivities, was hit with a series of cyber attacks including phishing and ransomware. To avoid the spread of the attack, the city pulled their computers offline and asked their employees to resort to using classic era tactics like radios and pens and paper.
Following that story, we take a look at the latest issue pertaining Facebook and data privacy. However, the twist here is that unlike user data being compromised, it was employee data stolen. Also the attack was far from cyber as the company saw data, including banking details of 29,000 employees stolen on hard drives left within an employee’s car. We then move across Silicon Valley to take a look at Ring’s home surveillance network. It seems that the popular home doorbell camera is sharing more than many would like bringing into question whether the IoT device is actually a good idea to install. To close out the story portion of our podcast, we take a look at the devastating toll that video moderation on YouTube takes on moderators.
Wed, 11 December 2019
Welcome to the 122nd edition of the Kaspersky Transatlantic Cable podcast. This week, Dave and I take a look at what’s doing the rounds this week in the infosec world.
To start, we take a look at how Evil Corp, a loose coalition of hackers has managed to steal over $100 million from victims – but now the FBI is offering a $5 million reward.
From there, we take a look at how the Which? Consumer group, based in the UK is warning parents about a ‘hackable’ Bluetooth walkie-talkie. We then quickly move onto how some scammers are looking to profit from the Elder Scrolls Online game by sending out phishing emails and messages (hint: if an email ever asks for your password, delete the email.)
To wrap up Dave and I look at how Tinder users are sharing more than their fare-share of information on the dating platform.
Wed, 4 December 2019
Welcome to the 121st edition of the Kaspersky Transatlantic Cable Podcast. This week, Dave and I hit on some topics that were missed in the Black Friday and Cyber Monday hoopla.
We start off the podcast looking at smart TVs. Government entities in both the US and Russia have made some moves that are worth keeping an eye on. In the US, it was the FBI talking tape and in Russia, it is on adding software to the devices before purchase.
From there, Dave and I stay on the topic of smart devices with Amazon’s Ring. There has been a lot of chatter on this topic from a privacy and policy standpoint in regard to their new “watch list.” On the topic of Amazon, we also take a look at the growing concerns on the daily integration of the company within major US cities. Our next story brings us to TikTok and the latest controversy surrounding their latest bout of censorship. Our fourth story visits the stance of Facebook in regards to factual vs. fake political ads. To wrap up the podcast, we look at the latest crypto-wallet to leave customers without funds.
Thu, 28 November 2019
Where did the year go? One minute, we were talking about predictions for the coming year and now… well, we have entered the most wonderful time of the year. You know, the time with fat guys and red suits and burning credit cards...
To kick off the 120th installment, we head to the blog of AV Test, however, we will not be talking about the ratings of AV products. Instead, we take a look at their IoT research into the insecurity of a smart watch made for children.
For our second topic, we head to New York, where the NYPD had suffered a minor incident with ransomware from a 3rd-party contractor. From there, we jump across the US to take a look at the latest in the case of the Jack Dorsey hackers. <em>Spoiler alert</em> includes an arrest. For the fourth topic, we look at Black Friday/Cyber Monday and how shoppers can stay safe from scams. Afterwards, David chats with Kaspersky researcher David Emm for some more tips for shoppers.
To wrap up the show, we take a look at the bizarre purchase of an expensive printer and VR coming to Russian cows.
Wed, 20 November 2019
Welcome to the Kaspersky Transatlantic Cable Podcast. To kick off the 119th edition of the podcast, Dave and I take a look at reported bug in Facebook’s iOS app. Now the question is, is this over-hyped or something that you should be concerned with?
Our second story takes a look at the current issues with 5G and the security concerns. From there, we head into the world of DDoS attacks and look at an “attack” on the Labour Party in the UK as well as statistics from our research team for the last quarter. After the DDoS goodness, we close out the podcast with some good news for law enforcement on the carding scheme.
Wed, 13 November 2019
As we take on the 118th edition of the Kaspersky podcast, Dave and I take a look to the future.
The first story takes a look at Ring. Now we all know about what Ring can do now, but as we are seeing their relationships with law enforcement grow, are we ready for what the future holds?
After that, we stay in the realm of Amazon and the future of Alexa. Now how would you feel if your virtual assistant had eyes and walked? From the home space, we move to the air. This story is not “new” news, but is something that is worth keeping an eye on as the UK is looking to have regulations around drones. To close out the podcast, we take a look at healthcare and Google’s Project Nightingale.
Wed, 6 November 2019
For the 117th episode of the Kaspersky Transatlantic Cable Podcast, Dave and I take change things up a bit. Instead of a 20-minute episode, we go a bit longer with a talk with one of the researchers from the Kaspersky Global Research and Analysis Team (GReAT).
Our first story heads to the United States and the energy sector. The issue in the story is tied to an energy company that suffered a cyberattack to their firewalls.
From Arizona, we head across the Atlantic to Eurasia. In this story we look at the impact of Bitcoin mining in the Republic of Georgia. While many often hang on the environmental impact, however what if the energy was renewable? After our talk on renewable energy, we head back to the States where we look at the new challenge to facial recognition technology.
After the first three stories, we deviate from our normal programing. I sit down with Santiago from our research team to discuss his latest research on the world of gaming cheating. There are a number of things in there that surprised me, most notably the amount of money and the similarities with the black market for malware.
To close things out, we stay on the topic of gaming and look at the latest on a professional player banned for cheating.
Fri, 25 October 2019
For the 166th edition of the Kaspersky Transatlantic Cable Podcast, Dave and I take a look at a number of stories that tie back to the police theme.
To kick off the week’s episode, we take a look at a story within the automotive space. There the author puts on his cyber sleuthing hat to realize that the license plates of cars they had used in photos would show up in Google search results.
The second story jumps into more of a political piece where we take a look at the conversation surrounding Facebook and a privately funded public police force. We stay on the topic of laws when we discuss the recent news of the FTC looking for consent with stalkerware apps. For our fourth story, we look at a windfall that Aussie law enforcement received from a Bitcoin seizure a few years ago, but paid out recently. To close out, we look at the latest on the Samsung story with the unlock issues.
Wed, 23 October 2019
The 115th installment of the Kaspersky Transatlantic Cable Podcast takes a look at a wide range of stories from phishing devices in your home to the US military.
To kick things off, we look at some new research tied to Google Home and Amazon Alexa devices. This one is more of a proof of concept on malicious apps phishing from a smart device already in homes.
From there, we stay on the topic of Google and move from smart home devices to smart devices. This time the new Pixel has some issues when it comes to the face unlock feature. From smart devices, we jump over to the military where the US Air Force is bidding happy trails to 8-inch floppy drives when it comes to the missile system. To close out the podcast we take a look at the US Girl Scouts National Cyber Security Challenge.
Thu, 17 October 2019
After a two-week hiatus from the podcast, Dave returns for the 114th installment of the Transatlantic Cable Podcast.
We open the episode looking at the latest news on the Facebook front. Unlike most of our podcasts, the focus won’t be on privacy snafus, instead, we will look at the latest news with Facebook’s Libra.
Following up on that, we head across California to Google. In this week’s story, the focus is on the privacy surrounding smart speakers and whether or not owners should disclose their presence to guests in the house. The third story has us jumping to a more global scale where ATM jackpotting is once again in the spotlight, this time it is Cutlet Maker. For the fourth story, we discuss the latest scam tied to jailbreaking iPhone. To wrap up the podcast, we discuss discount phone protectors and how you may get what you pay for.
Wed, 9 October 2019
For the 113th episode of the Kaspersky Transatlantic Cable podcast, I fly solo as Dave is still on holiday. We will return to our regularly scheduled programing in next week’s edition.
To kick off the episode, I discuss the latest snafu from Twitter where verification numbers and emails may have been added to the company’s Tailored Audience program.
While Twitter is still short on details, is definitely a story worth keeping an eye on. The second story looks at the latest round of Governments v. Facebook & Encryption. We talk about this topic quite a bit, but is still one that comes back over and over as governments try to find their way into encrypted messenger apps. From there, the discussion goes to the latest on the British Airlines breach and what it means for those impacted. The next story takes a look at a bug that could have some serious repercussions in WhatsApp due to a GIF. The last story of the week looks at an email intrusion over at Toms Shoes. We close the podcast the way we started, with a bit of a PSA for those looking to attend the Security Analyst Summit in Barcelona next year.
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Wed, 2 October 2019
For the 112th edition of the Kaspersky Transatlantic Cable podcast, I head to Moscow to discuss privacy with four of my corporate communications colleagues.
During the 20+ minute talk with Julia, Kate, Oksana and Anya, the discussion ranges from how we share online to what privacy is, what it is not and who should be regulating privacy on the Internet.
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Tue, 24 September 2019
On this week’s edition of the Kaspersky Podcast, Dave and I cross both the Atlantic and Pacific while discussing the week’s story.
Episode 111 kicks off with a story that is looking at how Facebook has suspended tens of thousands of apps in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal.
From there, we look at how TikTok has become the latest social media site that is being targeted by dating scams. We then move along to Google announcing that they have changed some policies tied to reducing the amount of recordings that will be listened to by humans from Google Home. The next story takes a look at a school in the UK that is starting to leverage AI to identify students who are being bullied or may cause self-harm. We close out the week with a look at parenting tips for parents raising kids in the digital age.