Wed, 31 March 2021
For the 195th edition of the Kaspersky Transatlantic Cable podcast, Dave and I focus on crime. Now this ranges from everything from dumb criminals to statistics and ransomware.
The first story we look at travels from Italy to the Dominican Republic and back again. In this case we have a mafia member who was on the run from Italian law enforcement and living in the Caribbean. The problem was that this fugitive had a love for cooking. So much so that he broadcast his cooking on YouTube. The problem for him was that despite hiding his face, he left his tattoos exposed. I guess they were memorable as it led to his arrest and extradition.
From there, we look at a recent report from Canalys that outlines the sheer volume of leaked and stolen data that is circulating across the web due to data breaches. The third story is ransomware turned extortion after a criminal gang finds a slew of pornography on an IT worker’s computer. To close things out, we discuss the latest school to fall victim to ransomware.
Direct download: podcast_195_mixdown_1.mp3
Category:technology -- posted at: 5:06am EDT
Thu, 25 March 2021
We are slowly chipping away towards the second century mark for the Kaspersky Transatlantic Cable podcast. During our conversation, Dave and I go everywhere from the courtroom to the streets to the home.
To kick off the 194th edition, we move to the intersect of military and automotive. In this story from Joseph Cox, we look at a contractor looking to sell the location data of billions of cars to the US military. This one has a lot of question marks and what ifs when it comes to what could go wrong. From there, we head to the courtroom where Zoom calls are making compelling theater for the world of reddit. The question here though is what really should we be watching.
For our third story, we head to an emerging story of people renting out unused bandwidth for profit to anyone in the world. Is this a VPN? Is it a DDoS for hire? They say it will NOT be used for illicit activities, but I for one am not convinced. We close out the podcast by looking at the case of a hacked NHS employee account that turned into a PS5 scam.
Direct download: 194_final.mp3
Category:technology -- posted at: 6:07am EDT
Thu, 18 March 2021
We kick off the 193rd edition of the Kaspersky Transatlantic Cable podcast with a bit of a PSA from Facebook. The social giant is rolling out tools to help people get the Covid-19 vaccine.
While Dave and I have some misgivings about the “public” service here from Facebook, we both agree that you should get a vaccine. From there, we sit down and talk with Vladimir Kuskov, Head of Advanced Threat Research and Software Classification at Kaspersky, on what the latest is with the Microsoft Exchange zero days and their exploitation. We then head to the world of deepfakes for a pair of stories. The first takes a look at some machine vs. machine battle. A new software is able to identify whether a video is a deepfake or real McCoy based upon reflections in the eyes. The second story of the deepfakes takes a look at woman in Pennsylvania who created pictures and videos of rivals to her daughter on the cheerleading team.
We then cross the pond to discuss a hoovering campaign by the Home Office. Sure it was an “experiment,” but is it really? To close out the show, we look at Nvidia’s battle against cryptomining.
Direct download: 193_final.mp3
Category:technology -- posted at: 6:46am EDT
Thu, 11 March 2021
In episode 193 of the Transatlantic Cable, Dave and Jeff look at news around a new ransomware attack that hit a bank in the US, which also included a doxing angle few expected.
From there, there’s discussion on DeepFakes and the business opportunities they may hold, along with the concerns that people still have with them. To wrap up, They briefly touch on a breaking news story around the European Banking Authority being hit by a Microsoft Exchange attack.
Direct download: Podcast_192new.mp3
Category:technology -- posted at: 5:37am EDT
Thu, 4 March 2021
Welcome to the 191st iteration of the Kaspersky Transatlantic Cable Podcast. On this week’s episode, Dave and I discuss fines, privacy, doxing and more.
To kick things off, we look at a pair of stories that discuss fines levied on social networking sites. The first pertains to TikTok and minors, while the second one discusses Illinois ruling against Facebook in a class action suit. From there, we stay on the social media train and discuss a recent move from Twitter to flag false information pertaining to Covid-19 vaccines.
From there, we hop into an interview that David did with our HR team about the future of work, state of HR and more. We close out the podcast talking about a doxing that comes for users of Gab from a hacktivist group.
Direct download: podcast_191_2.mp3
Category:technology -- posted at: 5:49am EDT