Transatlantic Cable Podcast

Episode 301 kicks off with Wired article exposes the China-backed Volt Typhoon Hack, a menacing cyberattack that poses a severe threat to critical infrastructure in the United States. With a specific focus on Guam's power grid control systems, this breach underscores the vulnerability and potential ramifications of such targeted attacks, Moving to New York county where they are still dealing with ransomware eight months after attack. Prepare for a fascinating journey down the Australian motorway as we explore an intriguing. We delve into an article from that unravels an unusual phenomenon involving "passengers" like no other. Something extraordinary is afoot, and our curiosity is piqued as we seek answers to the perplexing question: What could possibly be amiss on this Aussie motorway?

Would you use ChatGPT to write your legal defense? Well one lawyer did, let’s see how it ended.

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·      China Hacks US Critical Networks in Guam, Raising Cyberwar Fears

·      New York county still dealing with ransomware eight months after attack

·      ‘This has never happened’: Something is odd about these Aussie motorway ‘passengers’

·      A lawyer used ChatGPT for legal filing. The chatbot cited nonexistent cases it just made up

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Category:technology -- posted at: 6:11am EDT

Episode 300 kicks off with a bang, with discussion around Meta’s record breaking fine for sending EU citizens’ data to the United States. From there discussion moves to A.I and fake ChatGPT apps on mobile stores. The team also discuss news around Neeva’s closure, the search engine that asked for a donation instead of selling your search-history – is there really no room for innovation in the search market?  It seems not, sadly.

To wrap up the team sat down with Victor Sergeev, incident response team lead in SOC at Kaspersky to talk about his recent work with IOCs and ChatGPT. 

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·        Meta fined $1.3 billion & ordered to stop sending European user data to US

·        Generative AI that can change anyone’s race is probably not a great idea

·        ChatGPT Scams Are Infiltrating the App Store and Google Play

·        Neeva: Ad-free search engine shuts down

·        IoC detection experiments with ChatGPT

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Category:technology -- posted at: 10:54am EDT

Episode 299 of the Transatlantic Cable Podcast kicks off with discussion around photo-manipulation apps (aka: filters) on social media. Should they be banned or regulated?  From there, discussion moves to news that a entrepreneurial 23 year old has created an AI version of herself which will be your girlfriend for $1 per minute.

Moving swiftly onwards, the team then look at a story from the United States, as Wendy’s looks to A.I to help them with drive-through orders.  Finally, to wrap up, the team look at a story from China and a man in the Gansu province was recently detained for allegedly using ChatGPT to generate a fake story about a train crash.

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·        Should social media face-altering filters be regulated?

·        A 23-year-old Snapchat influencer used OpenAI’s technology to create an A.I. version of herself that will be your girlfriend for $1 per minute

·        Wendy's Is Bringing a Google-Powered AI Chatbot to Its Drive-Thru

·        China reports first arrest over fake news generated by ChatGPT

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Category:technology -- posted at: 7:52am EDT

Episode 298 of the Transatlantic Cable kicks off with news that ChatGPT recently suffered a data-breach, raising concerns about the amount of information we hand over to the AI chatbot. From there, the team discuss a recent story around QR scams in South Korea – be careful what you scan, is always good advice it seems.

Moving on from QR codes, the team spoke to Seongsu Park about the infamous Lazarus group’s recent activities.  To wrap up, the team looked at two final stories, one around hackers impersonating META and Google on Facebook and another story around how social media and dating apps have become a hotbed for scammers. 

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Category:technology -- posted at: 5:41am EDT


For the 297th edition of the Transatlantic Cable Podcast, Ahmed and I discuss a lot of stories that center around the hottest topic on the social web – AI.


Our first story takes a look at how a company is now offering Deep Fakes for under $200… we opine about what could go wrong. From there, we jump over to recent news of Geoffrey Hinton quitting Google.


The move from Hinton is on the heels of him questioning the uninhibited growth and development of AI – without looking as to what could go wrong. While this adds fuel to the fire, we stop our cynicism of AI and look at some research from our colleagues at Kaspersky. In this research, our team takes a look at whether or not ChatGPT can successfully determine phishing links.


To close out the podcast, we discuss a FYI for folks in term of some zero days actively being used on major tech companies and why you need to patch now.



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·      Tencent Cloud announces Deepfakes-as-a-Service for $145

·      After Quitting Google, ‘Godfather of AI’ Is Now Warning of Its Dangers

·      What does ChatGPT know about phishing?

·      Apple issues Rapid Security Response update for iOS 16.4.1, macOS 13.3.1

Apple, Google, and Microsoft Just Fixed Zero-Day Security Flaws

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Category:technology -- posted at: 6:21am EDT