Transatlantic Cable Podcast

Today marks the 90th episode of the Kaspersky Lab Transatlantic Cable podcast in this episode, we touch on fraud, cybercrime and a pair of reports mixed with some innuendo, shaken not stirred.

To start things off, we look at the annual IC3 report from the FBI, what stands out is the staggering amount of money that was stolen in 2018 in the US. From there, we take a look at how USB devices can be weaponized – yes – even keyboards. Afterwards we look at the impact digital clutter can have on companies’ bottom lines. We then go on to the sad tale of a lass who lost a lot of money thinking she was sending it to a broke Jason Statham

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Category:technology -- posted at: 9:22am EDT

On this week’s edition, we start by checking the ticker with “Days since latest Facebook issue.” Unfortunately it hasn’t been THAT long, and the latest issue involved the Hoovering of contact lists from unsuspecting users. From there, we offer tips to enhance your privacy online. For the third story, we jump over to the realm where the real world and the social media world intersect. In the week’s top hit for Stupid Criminal tricks, this story has it all. We had a number of outtakes talking this story, so be sure you are ready for some laughs.

We then head back to the serious side of things where we look at how humans are combating AI within Dota 2. To close things out, we look at the latest developments in Deep Fakes.  

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Category:technology -- posted at: 9:11am EDT

In this week's episode Jeff has taken time out to recover from SAS 2019 and David has been joined by David Emm, principle security researcher at Kaspersky Lab.

During the podcast, David and David look at a new report from Bloomberg which reveals that Amazon is using auditors to listen in to Amazon Echo recordings, in order to fine-tune Alexa.

They then look at how a UK government agency forgot to use BCC and accidentally sent sensitive personal information to strangers.  

They also look at how an app, to turn your car into a 'smart-car', wasn't that smart - due to hard-coded passwords inside the app.

Tune in to find out more!

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Category:technology -- posted at: 8:41am EDT

Today, we closed out the 2019 and 11th installment of the Kaspersky Lab Security Analyst Summit. Day 2 of the conference was more hectic than day one, three separate tracks, trainings and a whole lot of walking to cover the whole event.

So in a sense, you could not simply hit up all of the talks within the way. Well, unless you had one of those time changers like Hermione Granger, but alas. What to do? The best bet, if you ask me is to check out the recap where Jay Rosenberg from GReAT joins Ahmed and me below and share with your friends who may be interested in hearing more. You can also check out #TheSAS2019 on Twitter and see all the sights.

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Category:technology -- posted at: 7:59am EDT

Today marked the first day of the Kaspersky Lab Security Analyst Summit, or SAS for short. During the course of the day, there was a lot of great research and thought-provoking content shared with the attendees.

In this podcast, Ahmed joins me from Singapore to discuss what we thought of the day and key presentations. Some topics that we will touch upon include information warfare, stalkerware, Gossip Girl and more.

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Category:technology -- posted at: 8:22am EDT

While many of us enjoyed some spring weather over the course of the past weekend, the fact of the matter is that Winter is Here. Well, not meteorically, but for fans of Game of Thrones, you all know that something big is coming.

For the 85th edition of the Kaspersky Lab Transatlantic Cable podcast, we kick things off looking at the latest victims of the LockerGoga. From there, we jump into the op-ed from Mark Zuckerberg looking to lawmakers to regulate Facebook – yes, you read this right. After Zuck’s take, we look at the recent take downs of hate speech before diving into the issues with Toyota. To wrap things up, we look at the malware targeting the torrents of popular TV shows like Game of Thrones.

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Category:technology -- posted at: 9:46am EDT

It seems like Facebook unfortunately has made it to the forefront for the 84th edition of the Kaspersky Lab Transatlantic Cable podcast. We kick-off looking at the latest in the saga between Facebook and Cambridge Analytica; according to British lawmakers, Facebook may have known about the data-scraping before previously disclosed. To continue with the bad news for the social media giant, a new report notes that the company had stored user passwords in plaintext internally.

From there, we jump over to a tale of how sensitive data from a spyware company for consumers was finally taken off the net – it was previously able to be seen by anyone on the web. After that tale, we take a look at the latest on ASUS and Operation Shadowhammer that chronicles a recent discovery by Kaspersky Lab researchers. The story on this one will continue when we kick off SAS in early April. To close out the podcast, we look at how a software glitch caused some serious headaches for travelers in the US.

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Category:technology -- posted at: 11:15am EDT

For this week’s edition of the Kaspersky Lab Transatlantic Cable podcast, Dave and I split our time between sides of the Atlantic.

To start out, we look at the latest news out of Norway on the ransomware infection that struck aluminum producer Hydro. The story still has developments to come, but the latest info is discussed. We stay in Europe to look at a piece of EU legislature that will increase the collaboration of countries when it comes to preparing for European-wide cyberattacks. We then jump over to the shores of America to tackle a tale of Sprint customers who are seeing other people’s data when they log into their accounts. To close out the podcast we jump into the world of scooter sharing and the data that the city of Los Angeles would like shared with them.

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Category:technology -- posted at: 6:37am EDT

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