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Our regular podcast series features threat research and security news, hosted by threat researchers from the Threat Hunter Team.

Our regular podcast series features threat research and security news, hosted by threat researchers from the Threat Hunter Team.

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United States

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Our regular podcast series features threat research and security news, hosted by threat researchers from the Threat Hunter Team.

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@symantec

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English


Episodes

In-depth look at the ransomware attack on Ireland’s national health service, as major meat producer JBS also hit with ransomware

6/3/2021
On this week’s Cyber Security Brief podcast, Dick O’Brien and Brigid O’Gorman are joined by Symantec threat researcher Gavin O’Gorman to discuss the Conti ransomware attack on Ireland’s national health service, how the response to this attack is going, and what the likely consequences of it may be. Elsewhere, another ransomware attack, this time on the world’s largest meat producer, JBS Foods, and Sweden’s Public Health Agency is also hit with some hack attempts. Meanwhile, the alleged...

Duration:00:33:56

Colonial Pipeline attack, Darkside ransomware gang, and crypto mining makes a comeback

5/20/2021
In this week’s Cyber Security Brief, Dick O’Brien and Brigid O’Gorman discuss the implications of the Colonial Pipeline ransomware attack and the activities of the group behind it, Darkside. We also talk about what appears to be a reasonably new ransomware - Avaddon - that has been used in a string of attacks recently, while we also discuss an idea Brian Krebs wrote about that could potentially help deter ransomware actors from infecting your network. Away from the world of ransomware we...

Duration:00:23:17

MFA causes headaches for attackers, and a look at living off the land activity

5/6/2021
On this week’s Cyber Security Brief podcast, Brigid O Gorman and Dick O’Brien discuss some research we have recently been working on at Symantec. First, we discuss a blog we published this week, which looks at multi-factor authentication and how it has become a headache for malicious actors, leading them to adopt new attack techniques in an attempt to bypass or avoid it completely. We also discuss a report that we shared with customers recently looking at living off the land attack...

Duration:00:26:50

Pulse Secure VPN zero-day, SolarWinds and Exchange Server developments, and spies approach UK employees on social media

4/22/2021
On this week’s Cyber Security Brief, Alan Neville joins Brigid O Gorman and Dick O’Brien to discuss the recent discovery of a zero-day vulnerability in popular VPN product Pulse Secure. We also discuss some recent developments in the SolarWinds and Microsoft Exchange Server stories. Finally, we discuss a recent potential data breach at software testing company Codecov, and look at why UK authorities are warning government employees about potential approaches from foreign spies on social...

Duration:00:21:56

Facebook data leak, cyber attack aimed at EU institutions, and cyber criminals use a call center to spread malware

4/8/2021
On this week’s Cyber Security Brief, Brigid O Gorman and Dick O’Brien discuss the big Facebook data leak that has made headlines around the world this week, as well as a cyber attack aimed at European Union institutions, and a cyber incident impacting Australia’s parliament. We also discuss warnings from authorities in the U.S. about attackers attempting to exploit vulnerabilities in Fortinet FortiOS, while authorities in the UK have issued warnings about an increased risk of ransomware...

Duration:00:17:58

Ransomware attackers leverage the Microsoft Exchange Server vulns, WeLeakInfo users hit by data breach, and ransomware payments increase

3/25/2021
On this week’s Cyber Security Brief podcast, Brigid O Gorman and Dick O’Brien discuss how ransomware attackers are now attempting to leverage the vulnerabilities in Microsoft Exchange Server. We also talk about an interesting interview given by one of the ReEvil ransomware gang to Recorded Future, evidence that ransomware payments increased over the last year, and the users of WeLeakInfo falling victim to their own data breach. Also, we warn U.S. taxpayers to be on the lookout for phishing...

Duration:00:20:32

All you need to know about the Microsoft Exchange Server attacks, and some SolarWinds developments

3/11/2021
On this week’s Cyber Security Brief podcast, Brigid O Gorman and Dick O’Brien are joined by Symantec threat researcher Alan Neville to discuss the biggest cyber security story of the last couple of weeks - the vulnerabilities in Microsoft Exchange Server. Alan gives a comprehensive overview of the vulnerabilities, what’s happened since they became public knowledge last week, and the steps you can take to keep your organization’s network safe. He also talks about some of the post-compromise...

Duration:00:21:58

Accellion product vulns, Equation group tool copied by Chinese APT, and software supply chain attacks in France

2/25/2021
On this week’s Cyber Security Brief podcast, Dick O’Brien and Brigid O’Gorman discuss some of the biggest cyber security stories of the last few weeks. Among the stories up for discussion are the bugs in Accellion’s 20-year-old FTA product, which led to multiple companies worldwide reporting breaches related to it. We also talk about the reports saying the Sandworm group has been carrying out a long-running spying campaign against multiple French IT services providers by compromising an...

Duration:00:23:21

Emotet takedown, water plant cyber attack, and a SolarWinds update

2/11/2021
On this week’s Cyber Security Brief podcast, Dick O’Brien and Brigid O’Gorman round up some of the biggest cyber security stories of the last two weeks. We bring you the latest developments in the SolarWinds hack investigation, and chat about the significance of the disruption to the Emotet botnet. We also discuss some other recent takedowns and arrests, as well as some of the biggest ransomware stories of the last couple of weeks. We also talk about the recently reported cyber attack on a...

Duration:00:22:50

Raindrop: How the additional tool was discovered in SolarWinds investigation

1/28/2021
Old threats and new feature in this week’s Cyber Security Brief podcast. Dick O’Brien and Gavin O’Gorman discuss the latest developments in the SolarWinds hack investigation, including how Symantec investigators found Raindrop, an additional piece of malware used in the SolarWinds attacks against a select number of victims that were of interest to the attackers. We published a blog about Raindrop last week, and Dick and Gavin discuss how this new malware was discovered. Also, romance scams...

Duration:00:25:04

The latest on the SolarWinds hack, a lot of ransomware activity, and healthcare hit hard by cyber attacks

1/14/2021
On this week’s Cyber Security Brief, the first of 2021, Dick O’Brien brings us a comprehensive update about some of the developments in the SolarWinds hack story, with a lot having happened since our last podcast. We also discuss some recent ransomware attacks, and how the healthcare sector is having a hard time with cyber attacks at the moment.

Duration:00:24:58

Sunburst: Everything we know about the supply chain attack targeting SolarWinds users

12/17/2020
In this week’s Cyber Security Brief, the last one of 2020, find out all you need to know about the biggest news story of the week - the Sunburst supply chain attack targeting customers of software company SolarWinds. This is one of the biggest cyber security stories of the year, with thousands of organizations affected. Dick O’Brien and Symantec threat analyst Gavin O’Gorman give a comprehensive rundown of everything we know about this attack so far. Also, Twitter is handed a big fine by the...

Duration:00:28:13

Cyber predictions for 2021, botnets turn to ransomware, and the Gootkit infostealer reemerges

12/3/2020
On this week’s Cyber Security Brief podcast, we discuss what card skimmers are up to during the busiest shopping time of the year, while also bringing some good news about how EU authorities prevented almost $50 million in card fraud this year. Also on the agenda, are botnets abandoning banking Trojans in favour of ransomware? It looks like they might be. We also take a look at some COVID-19 related cyber security stories that are making the headlines, as well as the reemergence of the...

Duration:00:24:09

New research about attacks on Japan-linked companies, and APT groups target COVID-19 vaccine makers

11/19/2020
In this week’s Cyber Security Brief, Dick O’Brien and Brigid O’Gorman talk about some of the biggest cyber security stories of the last couple of weeks. There are multiple stories about APT groups to cover this week, including our own Threat Intel blog detailing a wide-ranging attack campaign that targeted Japan-linked companies in multiple sectors in 17 regions worldwide. We also discuss other public reports about a Chinese APT targeting governments in South East Asia, and nation-state...

Duration:00:19:33

Maze 'retires' while Ryuk ramps up activity, U.S. election, and the UK ICO hands down a historically large fine

11/5/2020
In this week’s Cyber Security Brief, Dick O’Brien and Brigid O’Gorman talk about some of the biggest cyber security stories of the last couple of weeks. Of course, this week’s U.S. Presidential Election gets a mention, while we also discuss the recently announced ‘retirement’ of the Maze ransomware gang, as well as a threat alert issued last week by authorities in the U.S. about Trickbot and the Ryuk ransomware. Elsewhere, a Russian man was jailed this week for his involvement with a...

Duration:00:19:01

Trickbot disruption, newly released Seedworm research, and some noteworthy indictments

10/22/2020
On this week’s Cyber Security Brief, Dick O’Brien and Brigid O’Gorman are joined by Symantec threat researchers Vikram Thakur and Alan Neville. Vikram discusses Symantec’s role in the cross-industry initiative to disrupt the Trickbot botnet. Symantec was part of a global partnership that secured a court order directing hosting providers to take down Trickbot’s infrastructure. Trickbot had spread prolifically across the internet for years and became one of the most commonly blocked types of...

Duration:00:27:47

Round up: Financial sector threats, North Korean actors, WastedLocker and more

10/8/2020
We are back! Welcome to Season 3 of the Cyber Security Brief podcast, recording now from home. We will be with you every fortnight going forward and we are delighted to be back to tell you all about what is happening in the world of cyber security. In this episode, Dick O’Brien and Brigid O’Gorman discuss some of the projects they have been working on while the podcast was off air - threats against the financial sector, North Korean threat actors’ activity, the WastedLocker ransomware, and...

Duration:00:20:19

Round-up: A whole host of vulnerabilities, and the hackers hacking other hackers

3/12/2020
In this week's Cyber Security Brief podcast, Brigid O'Gorman and Dick O'Brien discuss some of the biggest infosec news stories of the last week, including, new vulnerabilities in Intel chips, and the Microsoft SMB protocol, as well as the Rowhammer vulnerability being back in the headlines. As well as this, there is an intricate phishing scam targeting Russian speakers that uses a chatbot to help you hand over your information, a mysterious Vietnam-based group is releasing Trojanized hacking...

Duration:00:23:10

Round-up: Ransomware criminals continue to innovate, and BEC scammers hit a high-profile victim

3/5/2020
On this week’s Cyber Security Brief, we bring you a round-up of some of the biggest cyber security stories of the last 7 days. Among the topics up for discussion are the latest innovations of ransomware criminals, a data breach at a controversial facial recognition company, and an investigation by Brian Krebs into a series of cyber attacks on companies in France that led to an interesting conclusion. Also this week, a survey reveals that many government employees feel ill-prepared to cope...

Duration:00:21:40

Special Edition: The RSA Conference 2020

2/27/2020
Candid Wueest and Dick O’Brien join the Cyber Security Brief from the RSA Conference in San Francisco this week. Both Candid and Dick were presenting at RSA this week – Dick on the topic of targeted ransomware, and Candid on the subject of formjacking. They fill us in on how their presentations went, the other interesting sessions they attended, what the big themes of the conference are this year, and their overall impressions of RSAC 2020.

Duration:00:26:19