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Episode 83: Who is hacking the Olympics? Octoly’s Influencer Breach and Google plays HTTPS Hardball

2/12/2018
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In this week’s Security Ledger Podcast (#83): McAfee Chief Scientist Raj Samani talks to us about that company’s research into a string of targeted attacks on the organizers of the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea. Also: information on 12,000 YouTube stars, Instagram power users and other online influencers was leaked online by the French firm Octoly. We interview Chris Vickery of UpGuard, who found the data trove. And: Google says it will start playing tough with web sites...

Duration:00:34:53

Episode 82: the skinny on the Autosploit IoT hacking tool and a GDPR update from the front lines

2/5/2018
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In this week’s episode of The Security Ledger Podcast (#82), we take a look at Autosploit, the new Internet of Things attack tool that was published on the open source code repository Github last week. Brian Knopf of the firm Neustar joins us to talk about what the new tool might mean for attacks on Internet of Things endpoints in 2018. Also: the go-live date for the EU General Data Protection Regulation is just months away, but many firms are still unaware that the regulation even exists....

Duration:00:43:23

Episode 81: Hacking IoT with Physics, Poor Grades for Safety Wearables and Peak Ransomware

1/29/2018
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In this week’s podcast: researcher Kevin Fu of University of Michigan discusses his work on attacks that use physics to manipulate connected devices. Also: Mark Loveless of DUO discusses his research into how poor implementation of wireless protocols make personal security trackers a privacy risk. And have we seen peak ransomware? Adam Kujawa of the firm Malwarebytes joins us to talk about the findings of that company’s State of Malware Report. To date, billions of dollars have been...

Duration:00:39:56

Episode 80: APT Three Ways

1/22/2018
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In this week’s Security Ledger Podcast, Episode – number 80 – we look at Advanced Persistent Threat (or APT) actors three ways with three different experts offering their take on the world’s most sophisticated hacking groups in Russia, North Korea and the Middle East. Advanced Persistent Threats (APTs) are the most dreaded of online threats. They’re determined and well resourced. Rather than carry out ‘smash and grab’ operations, they lurk quietly for days, weeks, months or years:...

Duration:00:36:27

Spotlight Podcast: Is Russia rethinking its Cyber Offense?

1/17/2018
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If 2016 and 2017 saw aggressive efforts by the government of Russia to use hacking and online information operations to influence politics in the U.S. and Western Europe, 2018 may see the country reckoning with the aftermath of those campaigns. And that may result in a rethink of the utility of online information and hacking operations, says Flashpoint in its Business Risk Intelligence report. From the perspective of those of us in the U.S., Russia would seem to be on top of its offensive...

Duration:00:33:08

Episode 78: Meltdown and Spectre with Joe Unsworth of Gartner and will GDPR spark a Data War in 2018?

1/8/2018
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In this week’s Security Ledger podcast, Joe Unsworth has been covering the semiconductor space for Gartner for 15 years, but he’s never seen anything like Meltdown and Spectre, the two vulnerabilities that Google researchers identified in a wide range of microprocessors. In this podcast, Joe comes in to talk with us about what the flaws will mean for major chip vendors. Also: we kick off 2018 with a pair of predictions for the New Year from two of the smartest guys in the information...

Duration:00:57:27

Episode 77: From Russian Hacking to Mr. Robot Our Most Popular Podcasts of 2017

1/1/2018
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In this, our final episode of 2017, we look back at our most popular segments from the past year – many of which touched on issues that (surprise, surprise) crossed the boundary between information security and politics. Among the most popular segments were discussions of hacking the U.S. election systems, a primer on the cyber capabilities of North Korea with Crowd Strike, a conversation of the case against the Russian firm Kaspersky Lab and an interview with the guy who helps make the...

Duration:01:19:19

Podcast Episode 76: Inside the Alteryx Breach with Chris Vickery

12/25/2017
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In this week’s edition of The Security Ledger Podcast we talk with security researcher and data spelunker Chris Vickery of the firm UpGuard about his discovery of a data trove containing consumer profiles on 123 million American households. Also: there’s a tough new standard for handling federal data come January 1st in the form of NIST’s 800-171 standard. And: Katie Moussouris joins us back in the studio to talk about what the updated Wassenaar Arrangement means for security researchers....

Duration:00:53:13

Podcast: New Malware targets Industrial Safety Systems and Uncle Sam Bans Kaspersky – What Now?

12/18/2017
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In our latest podcast: industrial security expert Joe Weiss talks to us about Triton, a new malware family targeting industrial safety systems. Also: Dave Aitel of the firm Immunity Inc. joins us again to talk about new legislation banning government agencies from using anti malware software by Kaspersky Lab. And, Alan Neuman of the firm Contrast Security talks to us about the major insurance firm that joined the latest round of investment in his company, and why application security is...

Duration:00:52:36

Podcast: will Uber’s Florida Man Problem chill Bug Bounties?

12/12/2017
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In our latest podcast: the ride sharing firm Uber finds itself on the wrong side of a Florida Man story after paying $100,000 in hush money to a man from The Sunshine State who stole information on 57 million Uber customers. We speak with Katie Moussouris about how the company’s actions could affect the future of the young vulnerability disclosure industry. Also: with BitCoins trading for $16,000 each, Wandera researcher Dan Cuddeford joins us to talk about mobile crypto-jacking schemes...

Duration:01:06:16

Podcast: Infosec has a #MeToo Problem also TOR-ifying Wikipedia

12/4/2017
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In this week’s Security Ledger Podcast, we talk with Genevieve Southwick, CEO of the B-Sides Las Vegas hacker conference about the information security industry’s #metoo problem and what steps conference organizers are taking to stem sexual assault and harassment at information security events. Also: researcher Alec Muffet talks with us about making a TOR version of Wikipedia (and why it’s not sticking around). Finally, Martin McKean of Akamai talks about the state of Internet security one...

Duration:01:01:52

Podcast: Uber Breach Puts Focus on Securing DevOps Secrets

11/29/2017
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The hack of Uber and the loss of information on 57 million customers is just the latest security incident stemming from what our guest Elizabeth Lawler calls “DevOps secrets” – valuable credentials, APIs and other sensitive information that often end up exposed to the public as a result of lax continuous development operations. In this Spotlight edition of The Security Ledger Podcast, sponsored by CyberArk, we talk with Elizabeth about how to contain DevOps secrets and secure the secret...

Duration:00:24:17

Podcast: Why Germany wants Smart Watches destroyed and One Nation Under Trolls

11/26/2017
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In this week’s Security Ledger podcast, sponsored by our friends at CyberArk, we talk about the German government’s recent decision to declare kids smart watches “surveillance devices” and to order their destruction. Also: Adrian Shabaz of Freedom House comes in to talk to us about the latest Internet Freedom report, which finds that governments are increasingly manipulating online content to shape online discussions and even the outcome of elections at home and abroad. And finally: leaked...

Duration:00:48:59

North Korea’s widening Net, pricing the Equifax Hack & Mark Markets in Turmoil

11/19/2017
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In this week’s podcast, after a string of reports about North Korea’s growing forays onto sensitive corporate networks, we speak with Adam Meyers of CrowdStrike about the widening net of North Korean offensive hacking and how the Hermit Kingdom is playing the part both of cyber criminal and nation-state actor. Also: we unpack the cost of the Equifax breach with Accenture and talk to Flashpoint about the turmoil on the deep, dark web following the shutdown of the AlphaBay marketplace. The...

Duration:00:51:33

Episode 70: securing medical devices, OWASP Top 10 controversy and BlackDuck CEO Lou Shipley

11/12/2017
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In this, our 70th episode of The Security Ledger podcast, we speak withXu Zou of the Internet of Things security startup Zingbox about the challenges of securing medical devices and clinical networks from cyber attack. Also: we take a look at the turmoil that has erupted around the OWASP Top 10, a list of common application security foibles. And finally: open source management vendor Black Duck Software announced that it was being acquired for more than half a billion dollars. We sit down...

Duration:00:47:27

Episode 69: Honor among cyber thieves and dissecting Fancy Bear

11/5/2017
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Paul Roberts of The Security Ledger speaks with Luca Allodi of The University of Eindhoven in The Netherlands about research on the functioning of dark markets. Also: DUO Security researched the trade in phishing toolkits – you’ll be surprised at what they learned. And we deconstruct a campaign against the citizen journalism website Bellingcat.com to understand how the Russian Group known as Fancy Bear works. The post Episode 69: Honor among cyber thieves and dissecting Fancy Bear...

Duration:00:57:00

Episode 68: Hack Back, Mr. Robot and Spotting Sophisticated Hacks

10/27/2017
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we talk with Gadi Evron of Cymmetria, which released Mazehunter, a targeted hack-back tool this week about going on offense and staying on the right side of the law. Also: Ryan Kazanciyan of Tanium is one of the talented hackers who help design Mr. Robot’s super-realistic hacking scenes. We talk with him about bringing realistic hacks alive on the small screen. And: when Uncle Sam dishes the dirt on a state sponsored campaign against critical infrastructure, what are companies supposed to...

Duration:00:43:10

Kaspersky’s Cold War(e), Unpacking DOJ’s Encryption Talk and regulating IoT

10/11/2017
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In our latest Security Ledger Podcast we talk about Kaspersky Lab’s Cold War tinged smack down with for NSA analyst Dave Aitel of Immunity Inc. Also: Bruce Schneier weighs in on what has and hasn’t changed in the Trump DOJ’s take on strong encryption, while Josh Corman of PTC tells us that federal rules governing IoT security may be closer than we think. To say the past week has been a tough one for Moscow-based security software firm Kaspersky Lab* is the understatement of this young...

Duration:00:42:36

Hacker Eye on the Consultant Guy: Deloitte and the Art of spotting Vulnerable Firms from the Outside

10/2/2017
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In the latest Security Ledger podcast, we analyze the breach of Deloitte by talking to two people who spend a lot of time judging the security of firms by how they look to the outside world. Dan Tentler of the firm Phobos Group tells us what he found out about Deloitte doing some fast and dirty open source research. Also: we talk to Stephen Boyer of the firm BitSight about a new study that firm did of the gap between the security readiness of financial services firms and the third-party...

Duration:00:43:31

Is CCleaner the Tip of an Iceberg of Supply Chain Hacks? And Alexa: did China hack us Last Night?

9/25/2017
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In the latest Security Ledger podcast, Paul speaks Michael Gorelik of the firm Morphisec about the hack of security software vendor CCleaner – a hack that Gorelik’s firm discovered. CCleaner, he says, may just be the tip of the iceberg when it comes to supply chain hacks. And: “Alexa: have we been hacked by China?” Paul speaks with Grant Wernick of the firm Insight Engines, which is releasing a product this week that integrates the Splunk log management tool with Amazon’s voice assistant....

Duration:00:39:07

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