Transatlantic Cable Podcast

On this week’s edition of the Kaspersky Podcast, Dave and I stay Stateside for the majority of the stories this week.

The first story on episode 110 has us looking at YouTube for the second week in a row. This week, we look at a tale from the BBC where major advertisers are seeing their ads landing next to fake cancer cure videos.

 

Following that story, we take a look at the latest hoops that Equifax is making the victims of the breach jump through to gain their $125. After that, we look into an alleged ransomware attack that has hit terrestrial radio giant Entercom. The third story focuses in on a new proposed cyber insurance for consumers and what potential ills that this may be offering. The final story looks at a unique crime – instead of the cyber world, we focus on the loo.

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Category:technology -- posted at: 6:35am EDT

Welcome to the 109th edition of the Kaspersky Transatlantic Cable Podcast, on this week’s edition, Dave and I take a look at some of the security stories you may have missed over the past week.  

To kick things off, we take a look at the $107 million fine for YouTube after violated child privacy laws.

After that, we stay in the States and discuss a recent outage at Tesla’s app that left some unable to start their cars – because with apps, who needs keys? In an interesting bucking of trends, New Bedford, Massachusetts doesn’t pay hackers who hit their systems with ransomware, instead, recovering from backups. To wrap up the edition, we look at some public mud-flinging from Apple towards Google.

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Category:technology -- posted at: 6:27am EDT

Our first story lands us in the browser world. Instead of talking on ways you are tracked or bad things, we take a look at the good things in the latest edition of Firefox.

From there, we jump back to the physical world. Our stories take us to Germany and an interesting case of banking customers having chip and pin cards cloned and €1.2 million racked up in charges. The third story takes us across the Atlantic where hundreds of dental offices have been hit with ransomware. To close things out, we head to Jolly Ole England where the TfL is asking customers to write their passwords on a sheet of paper to give to an agent.

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Category:technology -- posted at: 5:23am EDT

For the latest Kaspersky Daily podcast, Dave and I dive into some of the biggest security stories that may have passed your radar this week.  

To kick off episode 107, we head to Kazakhstan. A while back, the government asked its citizens to install a certificate so they could track all traffic. Now Google, Apple and Mozilla have blocked that tracking on their browsers. 

We then head over to the twisting saga of Valve and their bug bounty program and a researcher dropping two zero days. This is an interesting tale and one that seems to encompass some of the issues with current bug bounty programs and what is a bug that is needed to be fixed. After that, we head to the all-to-messy tale of a T-Mobile customer who had her information given over to a bill collector creep. This person, in turn harassed her in a serious manner. If you read one story this week, this one is the one to read. The next story takes a look at how Xbox contractors had been listening into some customers voice commands – joining the long list of other companies guilty of this. We end out the podcast with a pair of PSA’s from Facebook. One is a new data deletion feature, or should we say disconnection feature. The other is simply a Please STOP for those posting copyright texts to Facebook and Instagram – they do nothing.

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Category:technology -- posted at: 8:36am EDT

For the 106th edition of the Kaspersky podcast, Dave and I dive into some of the hottest cybersecurity news of the week.

To start things off, we take a look at the new ransomware targeting players of Fortnite. If you have kids playing the game or play it yourself, be on the lookout for some sketchy cheats.

 Following that story, we examine a story from the UK that discusses how Mercedes is using sensors in leased vehicles to help repo men take back cars from those who have went arears with their lease. After that, Dave talks with Brian Bartholomew of our GReAT team on the state of healthcare in North America. The fourth story heads to the great state of Texas where 22 municipalities have been hot with a coordinated ransomware attack. Keep an eye on this story as it is still developing. To close out the podcast, we look at the hot story of “smart” toaster ovens turning on by themselves. Depending on who you ask, this is either user error or a bug with the ovens. Seriously, do you really need a connected oven?

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Category:technology -- posted at: 11:06am EDT

Welcome to the 105th instalment of the Kaspersky podcast, Dave and I take a look at some important stories that you may have missed this week.

To kick things off, we look at recent news on robocall-blocking apps. While they may look to curb the volume of these phantom calls, there is more than meets the eye. Some of these apps are actually sharing data with third-parties.

After that story, we head to the latest big business to be caught listening in on “private” recordings. This time it is Microsoft and contractors with Skype. From there, we look at the new security cameras that are using facial recognition in King’s Cross. For those of you looking to go to Hogwarts, you may want to use a spell or two to keep your privacy. After that, we look at a “whoops we’re sorry” from Twitter with personal data and advertisements. To close out the week, we look at intrusion by warshipping.

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Category:technology -- posted at: 8:21am EDT

 

To start things off, we head to a meeting of the Five Eyes nations. While there, the government representatives pushed for more backdoors in encryption – because criminals. Is this a good thing or a bad thing? 

Following that story, we head to the US where a law is being proposed to congress to ban addictive properties of social networks. We keep on the law topic and look at the challenges from privacy groups about Amazon’s Ring doorbell and its role in surveillance by law enforcement.  We close out the week’s podcast looking at the latest in the Equifax breach.

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Category:technology -- posted at: 6:43am EDT

For the 103rd instalment of the Kaspersky Transatlantic Cable podcast, Dave and I take a look at the some stories that you may have missed during the big stories of the week, but are ones that you should be aware of.

To start things off, we go to the state of Louisiana where a handful of schools have been hit with a malware attack. From there, we jump across the Atlantic to Africa. An electrical company has been hit with ransomware. The next story heads North to England where the Mozilla has pointed out that a tool meant to show transparency in political ads is not working as it should. We then discuss this week’s PSA of updating your iPhone or iPad ASAP. To close things out, we look at a new vulnerability in contactless payments. 

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Category:technology -- posted at: 8:04am EDT

Welcome to the 102nd instalment of the Kaspersky Transatlantic Cable podcast. For this week’s episode, Dave and I stay mostly in the consumer sphere with some highlights for parents.

The first story of the week takes a look at the fine levied on Equifax following their 2017 databreach. The 700 million dollar fine levied doesn’t sit well with me, but you can hear the full takes in the podcast. From there, we jump over to privacy from a banking institution who points out that posting pets on Instagram may be putting millennials at risk for fraud. Our third story is the one that NO ONE asked for – smart diapers (nappies for those in the UK). We wrap up with a story of stolen data tied to a malicious phishing attack at Lancaster University. Seriously, is there ever a non-malicious phishing attack?

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Category:technology -- posted at: 4:47am EDT

For episode 101 of the Kaspersky Transatlantic Cable podcast, Dave and  stay primarily in the UK for a number of security related stories before ending with a complete story completely out of the security space.

Our first story looks at a new service in the UK where users can report Facebook scams after a man wins a lawsuit for using his image in fake ads. From there, we stay on the topic of Facebook and their whopping five billion dollar fine levied from the FTC. The third story of the week takes a look at how people are now discovering that Google is listening to the recordings from Google Home. Following that story, we discuss how smart meters in the UK are switching to Welsh. We close out the podcast with a non-security story, but was too weird to not bring up.

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Category:technology -- posted at: 10:16am EDT