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The Half Life 2 Hack

How far should a die-hard fan go, to come closer to the thing they love? In one of the most interesting, yet relatively unknown cybersecurity stories, a young man reveals himself as either an evil mastermind or a petty thief (you decide), in a story that’s all about passion, fandom, and out of control crime. The post The Half Life 2 Hack appeared first on Malicious Life.


The Legalities of the Cyber War

Catching a criminal is by no means easy, but there’s something we take for granted in any crime: that the criminal has a face and a name, that they used a specific weapon on a specific target, and that the crime had ended once it was complete. But what about a crime without a […] The post The Legalities of the Cyber War appeared first on Malicious Life.


Fancy Bear, Cozy Bear

When representatives from the Democratic National Committee reached out to a silicon valley cybersecurity company, to investigate a potential breach in their computer system, it’s hard to imagine what they might have expected to come of it.It didn’t take long to discover that something was amiss. Red flags were popping up all over the DNC’s computer servers. This wasn’t some hidden bug--it was a giant, glaring, “DANGER! DANGER!” What unfolded following this single discovery would amount to...


Episode 19: Hack Back

Those who have experienced a cybercrime know the feelings of frustration and helplessness that come along with it. A hacker could be halfway across the world when they attack you, and you might have no way of figuring out who it was or catching them even if you could. So frustrating.But is there really nothing we can do? Are we really so helpless against cybercrime? Don’t be so sure.


Episode 18: Cyber Terrorism

What governments and powerful organizations regularly use, others will find ways to use as well. Cyber activity fits so incredibly well with terrorism. Actors can remain hidden, or reveal themselves to the world; Create propaganda campaign, or aim for real damage. Join us on this episode of Malicious Life, as we learn the story of ISIS, and its cyber warfare activity.


Episode 17: Super Spies

The NSA has many means at its disposal. But how does it use these means, and for what goals?


Episode 16: The Trojan Horse Affair

The early 2000s were an interesting time in Information Security. This is roughly the period when malware transitioned from viruses written by teenagers for fun, to cybercrime tools in the hands of sophisticated criminals. This week's story took place in that time frame - and was a precursor of that transition. It is also a cautionary tale about power and temptation.


Malicious Life, episode 15: Friend or Foe

The largest hack in U.S military history may have been conducted by... The NSA. In 1997, a wargame conducted by the NSA showed just how unprepared we were for a potential cybernetic strike- in 4 days, NSA hackers were able to take down entire military networks. It revealed the dire consequences of a possible cyberattack, and even more alarming- it revealed a third actor, quietly hiding in the shadows...


Amit Serper Interview- Holiday Special Episode

It’s the holidays and everyone’s on vacation - but the Internet never rests and neither do the bad guys in cybersecurity. So, for this holiday special, we figured we’ll air an interesting interview we did a few weeks back with Amit Serper, Principal Security Researcher at Cybereason, NotPetya vaccinator, and former cyber warrior for the Israeli government.


Malicious Life, episode 14: Deception

Deception is not something we usually think of when we think about Defense in the Information Security world. Most of us are most familiar with the small icon of antivirus software in the corner of your desktop. Deception, it turns out, is indeed one of the most common tools in an attacker's arsenal - but the attacker is vulnerable to deception by the defender - and creative and effective deceit can cause him to expose himself, his tools and techniques.


Malicious Life, episode 13: Weapons of Mass Disruption

The threat of fire and fury stands at the center of all modern conflicts- nuclear bombs that can eradicate life in seconds are the ultimate weapon of war, as they pose a huge threat to centers of population. But what of the cyber war? What threat could it possibly pose to life as we know it?An episode about vulnerabilities in the power grid, with guests: Congressman Jim Langevin, Yonatan Striem-Amit, Graham Cluley, Paul Brager.


Malicious Life, episode 11: The Propaganda

Governments around the world have been making devious use of the internet as a platform to spread, not malware, but propaganda. As in all wars, propaganda is a huge part of the modern cyber war. Join us as we explore the roots, and the most creative uses of the internet to spread information and disinformation in an attempt to affect entire countries.With special guest- Graham Cluley and Samanth Subramanian.


Malicious Life, episode 10: The Whistleblowers

WikiLeaks has ushered in a new age in whistle blowing: Modern leakers such as Chelsea Manning - who's story is the focus of our current episode - expose huge amounts of confidential information. But can these mega-leaks really influence the actions and policies of governments?


Malicious Life, episode 9: Stuxnet, part 3

Stuxnet was a devastating weapon, but who wielded it? That is the question we try to answer with the final installment of our Stuxnet series. In this episode, we explore other, similar battles of the modern cyber war, and look further into the topic of Zero Day vulnerabilities.With special guests: Andrew Ginter, and Blake Sobczak.


Malicious Life, Episode 6: Hell to Pay

A global FBI manhunt for the world’s most wanted cyber criminal ends in the capture of a massive criminal network, but with the escape of the man himself. Security experts who operate within the gray areas of morality develop botnets that destroy personal devices infected with malicious botnets in what they call “the chemotherapy of the internet”. Ransomware and botnets are at the center of this final episode of the first season. With special guests: Yossi Na'ar, Uri Sternfeld, Israel...


ML Ep. 5: The Roots of Evil – Ransomware, Part 1

WannaCry’s widespread cyber attack on more than 200,000 computers all over the world made headlines - but only a few people remember a similar attack, named The AIDS Trojan, almost 30 years earlier...In this episode of Malicious Life, we go deep into the world of ransomware to examine its roots, the tools used and developed for these extortions, and the methods utilized.


Malicious Life, Episode 4: Big Cannons

2016 is known throughout the circles of information security as “The Year of The DDoS Attacks”, and rightfully so: 5 large scale DDoS attacks - ‘Distributed Denial Of Service’ - shocked the technology world. In this episode of Malicious Life, we examine how the power of the internet itself can be harvested and deployed to take down major companies and websites. With special guests- Yossi Na'ar and Graham Cluley.


Malicious Life, Episode 3: Spam Empire

In this episode of Malicious Life, we take a look at one of the oldest forms of criminal activity on the web- the spam empires of the 90's and 2000's. Find out how these multi-million dollar industries operated, how they served as a half step towards the organized online crime groups of the modern age, and what price was paid by those who tried to stop them. With special guest- Stephen Cobb.


Malicious Life, Episode 2: The Dark Avenger

In 1989, a message was found in a virus: "Eddie Lives…Somewhere in Time!". 'Eddie' was a particularly nasty virus, and its discovery led a young Bulgarian security researcher down a rabbit hole, on a hunt for the prolific creator of the Eddie virus: The Dark Avenger. With special guests: Vesselin Bontchev, Graham Cluley.


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