Tue, 30 June 2020
For the 149th instalment of the Kaspersky Transatlantic Cable podcast, Jeff and I look at how (and why) the Israeli government has saw fit to use fish to help fend off cyber-security attacks. We also tackle the thorny issue of TikTok privacy and how they were caught with their hand in the cookie-jar, again.
From there we move to more interesting news as it seems in the near future, Google will pay for you to read pay-walled news. Also on the podcast this week is a more serious look at why and how Facebook hacked into the secure operating system TAILS, and to no surprise – a lot of people aren’t happy.
Direct download: podcast_149_mixdown.mp3
Category:technology -- posted at: 8:07am EDT
Wed, 24 June 2020
To kick off the 148th edition of the Kaspersky Transatlantic Cable podcast, Dave and I hop into a interesting topic. For those of you who have been on Instagram, Twitter or other social media sites, you have probably heard of OnlyFans.
For those who are unaware, this is a site where users can pay a content producer for exclusive or private videos. Often these images or videos are of the adult nature. However, as with many subscription services there is often an illicit market, this one is no different. From there, we jump deeper into the online world of Warcraft. This story looks at the bot mafias wreaking havoc in the community.
Yeah, I seriously types bot mafia – that is not lost on me. The third story of the week looks at some changes that Apple is making in Safari that could make privacy more up front. The PSA streak continues for the fourth tale of the week – Adobe is advising people to uninstall Flash before its end of life. To close out, we take a look at a story that was birthed after a protest in the recent weeks in the US. The story looks at how the FBI caught a person who lit a cop car on fire during one of the protests due to some digital sleuthing.
Direct download: podcast_148_mixdown.mp3
Category:technology -- posted at: 9:25am EDT
Wed, 17 June 2020
For the 147th installment of the Kaspersky Transatlantic Cable podcast, Dave and I have a fairly strong law and order feel.
To kick things off, we look to the UK. Similar to our discussion on Singapore’s Covid-19 app, the NHS looks to have some working out to do on their app before rolling it out. We then hang onto another popular story of 2020 prior to the pandemic – US cities hit with ransomware. In this case, it was the city of Knoxville, Tennessee.
For the third story of the week, we take a look at facial recognition. This week, the controversy swings from the technology itself to what entities tech heavyweights will no longer sell to. Following that discussion, we head to the world of cryptocurrency. In this bizarre tale, we have everything from carwashes to money laundering to the courtroom. This is one you should really take a read into. Our final story stays in the realm of real crime drama. The article that we discuss talks about some cyber-stalking done on behalf of eBay executives to an online pub that was critical of the company.
Direct download: podcast_147_mixdown.mp3
Category:technology -- posted at: 11:19am EDT
Wed, 10 June 2020
On this week’s episode of the Kaspersky Transatlantic Cable podcast, Dave and I jump across a wide array of stories and also end on a lighter note than usual.
For our first story, we jump across the world to Japan and into the world of automobiles. Now, we aren’t talking smart cars or car hacking, but rather, classic infosec. It appears that Honda is currently under attack from Snake ransomware. After this, we hop over to the UK where we look at the state of IoT appliances and also what the term “lifetime updates” really means.
We leave the kitchen and head into the claims that Google violated US wiretap laws with their “incognito Browsing.” Our fourth story takes us back to Asia, and the country of Singapore. This one also drives us back to Covid-19 and the country’s thoughts on rolling out a wearable tracker for the citizens of the country. To close things out, we go into the word of copyright and what could go wrongs in regard to Space Force between Netflix and the US Government.
Direct download: podcast_146_mixdown.mp3
Category:technology -- posted at: 5:38am EDT
Wed, 3 June 2020
Dave and I kick off this week’s edition of the Kaspersky Transatlantic Cable podcast, we discuss disinformation in the US in the wake of current events.
With the focus on the news in the States, we highlight the need for those educating themselves to make sure that they are reading solid information from reputable sources. There is a lot of misinformation being produced and shared, so we kindly ask you to think before sharing. If something sounds a bit off, make sure that you are looking at reputable sources – don’t be a source of disinformation.
We stay on this topic with an alleged hacking of the Minneapolis Police Department. Despite the public reports, it seems that there is more than meets the eye according to Troy Hunt. From there, we head across the pond to discuss the NHS and some Corona-tracing. Unfortunately, while the thought is in the right place, it seems like the security is not where it needs to be. Following that story, we dive deeper into a computer and boy is it hot. This story looks at the victim side of crypto-mining and the side effects that can happen for a lapse in security. We close out the podcast with a look at a hacked Power Glove to make music.
Direct download: podcast_145_mixdown.mp3
Category:technology -- posted at: 3:38am EDT