Transatlantic Cable Podcast

Episode 351 of the Transatlantic Cable podcast begins with discussion around Microsoft’s controversial ‘Recall’ feature. Following from there, news turns to discussion around Elon Musk’s frustration around Apple’s decision to include ChatGPT in the upcoming iOS 18.  

To wrap up, the team discuss two news stories. The first covers the arrest of 2 suspects in relation to a smishing campaign, and what the police are calling "an illegitimate telephone mast," converted into a "text message blaster."  The finals story looks at how a 27-year-old Tamagotchi mystery has finally been solved.

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Category:technology -- posted at: 8:00am EDT

Episode 350 of the Transatlantic Cable podcast kicks off with surprising news that whilst Generative AI tools such as ChatGPT and MidJourney are marketed aggressively, they’re not actually that popular with everyday folk – with just 2% of people in the UK saying they use Gen AI in their day.

From there talk moves to news regarding two large data breaches, both of which were hit by the same group “ShinyHunters”.  To wrap up, the team discuss a story around Microsoft’s India X account, which was recently hacked in order to spread crypto scams.

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Category:technology -- posted at: 4:14am EDT

Episode 349 of the Transatlantic Cable podcast kicks off with a discussion on Microsoft's newly announced Copilot+ feature for personal computers. This feature, touted to give PCs a "photographic memory," raises significant privacy concerns as it can log everything a user does by taking screenshots every few seconds. Privacy advocates fear the potential for exploitation by hackers and the implications of such extensive data collection.

Next, the podcast discusses the recent floods in Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, and the rise of AI-generated misinformation during the disaster. The team highlights how false images and videos have been spreading on social media, complicating rescue efforts and public awareness.

The episode then delves into the vulnerabilities of high-end car keyless entry systems. Despite advancements like ultra-wideband communications, a recent demonstration by Chinese researchers showed that the latest Tesla Model 3 is still susceptible to relay attacks, allowing thieves to unlock and steal the vehicle with minimal equipment.

To wrap up, the team discusses the arrest of Lin Rui-siang, who was living a double life as an IT specialist and a dark web drug market operator. Lin, under the alias "Pharoah," ran the Incognito Market, which facilitated over $100 million in narcotics sales before executing an exit scam and attempting to extort users. His arrest at JFK airport by the FBI brought an end to his criminal activities.

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Microsoft’s AI screenshot function is being called a privacy nightmare.
Brazil’s flood disaster set off a torrent of AI misinformation.
Teslas can still be stolen with a cheap radio hack despite new keyless tech.
He Trained Cops to Fight Crypto Crime—and Allegedly Ran a $100M Dark-Web Drug Market.


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Category:technology -- posted at: 5:31am EDT

We kick off with news that Google plan to introduce a new AI tool to help detect if you’re being scammed in a phone call – a boon for those who fall prey to scams.  From there the team discuss news that Scarlett Johansson isn’t best pleased about the likeness of ChatGPT’s new voice, which sounds eerily familiar to her own.

To wrap up the team discuss two stories, firstly around how an ‘AI porn-maker’ (yes people, that’s now a job) accidentally leaked his own customer data. The second story centres around BT’s decision to move away from copper-cable landlines in the UK to an all-digital future – and it’s got several people annoyed.

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Category:technology -- posted at: 5:33am EDT

Episode 347 of the Transatlantic Cable podcast begins with news that Dell have been hit by a data breach, however details on the breach are scarce. Following that the team discuss another data breach, this time affecting Europol.

To wrap up the team discuss two stories, the first around Spanish police pulling data on suspects from sources such as Proton mail and Apple. The final story is around Securelist’s latest APT report, looking at Q1 2024.

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Category:technology -- posted at: 6:18am EDT

For the 346th episode of the Kaspersky Transatlantic Cable Podcast, Jag and I dive into a handful of stories that tie back to disinformation, privacy, people persisting, before ending with the WTF story of the week (and perhaps year).

 

We kick things off discussing WhatsApp and encryption, but more importantly how the app’s boss understands that it is being used – even in countries where there are bans on the popular messenger app. From there, we jump into the story from last week that impacts users of DropBox. After covering what it is, we discuss some safety measures that can be used by people using the service.

 

For our third story, we dive into the world of TikTok. While the US ban may be top of mind, we are actually crossing the world to discuss a recent phenomenon on the app that ties back to North Korea. It isn’t a hack, but rather an odd case of a propaganda song from the country going viral on the popular platform. Who would have thought that disinformation could go viral? But hey, I guess the beat slaps (as the kids say).

 

After that bit of head scratching, we head back to the US where recent research has shown that phishing sites impersonating the USPS are getting almost as much traffic as the real site. To close things out, we dive into AI and porn. More specifically, a new app being advertised on PornHub that allows anyone with the app to see any person neked, with the help of AI and without consent.

 

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·      Tens of millions secretly use WhatsApp despite bans

·      Dropbox says hackers stole customer data, auth secrets from eSignature service

·      Why North Korea's latest propaganda bop is a huge TikTok hit

·      US Post Office phishing sites get as much traffic as the real one

·      Pornhub's Nonconsensual 'Nudify' Ad

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Category:technology -- posted at: 12:28pm EDT

Episode 345 of the Transatlantic Cable podcast kicks off with a story from the U.S, where a Pew survey suggested that most American’s feel that social media platforms have too much political power and influence. From there the team discuss news that ChatGPT can hack software vulnerabilities and the U.K becomes the first country in the world to ban simple passwords such as 123456 or ‘password’ for smart devices.

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Category:technology -- posted at: 5:53am EDT

Episode 344 of the Transatlantic Cable podcast kicks off with news that Grindr is being sued or sharing sensitive user data with third-parties. From there the team talk about news from the U.K, which shows that a third of 5-7 year old children already have their own mobile phones.

To wrap up, the team talk about news that Meta AI is now inserting itself into Facebook group chats, but it doesn’t always go to plan.

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Category:technology -- posted at: 4:40am EDT

Episode 343 of the Transatlantic Cable podcast begins with news that Instagram is testing a tool to help tackle ‘sextortion’, or intimate image abuse. Following that, the team discuss how criminals are increasingly using A.I to defraud consumers out of their money.

The last two stories look at X and ransomware. The first story focuses on how X is automatically removing “twitter” from URLs, providing scammers with a real opportunity – finally, the last story looks at how some ransomware gangs are trying their luck at calling the front desk of businesses, to try to leverage payment out of them – however, it doesn’t always go to plan.

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Category:technology -- posted at: 5:50am EDT

Episode 342 of the Transatlantic Cable podcast focuses on political news this week, kicking off with a story that China is being accused of using AI-generated content, in order to sow discontent in the upcoming American election. From there the team look news that YouTube is being accused of complacent in blocking malicious videos advertisements in the upcoming Indian elections. 

To wrap up, the team look at news that a spear-phishing / honey trap campaign is being orchestrated in UK parliament, with several members confessing to being targets – but who’s behind the attacks? 

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Category:technology -- posted at: 6:20am EDT

Episode 341 of the Transatlantic Cable podcast kicks off with news that a data broker leak has revealed sensitive data about people who visited the infamous island. From there, the team discuss news that the UN peace keepers are being told to shore up their cyber-defences, after warnings that nation-state attackers are actively looking to target them.

To wrap up the team discuss look at a story which is itself baffling: one of the world’s most wanted men is leaving restaurant reviews on Google, and has done for the last 5 years. The second story is around Elon Musk’s Nuralink project, with the first ever patient using the tool to play Mario Kart with his dad.

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Category:technology -- posted at: 6:12am EDT

Episode 340 of the Transatlantic Cable podcast kicks off with news that the EU is investigating META, Apple and Google for “uncompetitive practices”. Additionally, the US government has gone ahead and levelled a lawsuit against Apple, for what they see as “monopoly” behaviour with their hardware.

To wrap up, the team discuss two stories, the first around China and UK government hacking concerns and how age-verification for adult sites could actually be a bad thing in the long run.

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Category:technology -- posted at: 7:17am EDT

Episode 339 of the Transatlantic Cable podcast kicks off with news that several employees in TikTok were caught covertly spying on Forbes journalists. From there, the team talk about a new cooperation between governments to better tackle spyware and news that the FTC is looking at the upcoming Reddit IPO and AI training data.

To close out the podcast, the team discuss news that ‘at least 900’ websites built using Google’s FireBase cloud database may be leaking sensitive user data.

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Category:technology -- posted at: 10:12am EDT

Episode 338 of the Transatlantic Cable podcast kicks off with the story of the year (so far) as some people see it – the Kate Middleton / photoshop mix ups. Is it really as big a deal as some believe it to be, or is it just a silly mistake? 

From there the team discuss news that South Korea have developed a tool to help scan images for deepfakes, but will it be useful enough to be of any use? Additionally, the team talk about the Play ransomware gang and will GDPR shut down WorldCoin? 

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Category:technology -- posted at: 11:55am EDT

In this special episode of the Transatlantic Cable Podcast, we engage in a thoughtful conversation with guests Genie Gan and Ekaterina Burdova about the pivotal topic of Women in Technology, coinciding with the celebration of International Women’s Day.

 Throughout the episode, the panel delves into various aspects of empowering women in STEM fields, touching on strategies for governmental and academic institutions to foster greater female participation, community-driven initiatives aimed at providing support and encouragement, and corporate measures to promote gender diversity and create inclusive workplaces. Additionally, the discussion explores the influence of media representation, citing examples like "The Queen’s Gambit" and its impact on shaping perceptions of female protagonists in male-dominated spheres.

 Emphasizing the significance of representation for aspiring female leaders, the guests also discuss ways to serve as role models for young girls interested in pursuing careers in technology. Furthermore, the conversation highlights the importance of mentoring programs in women's professional development, as well as the challenges and strategies for maintaining a healthy work-life-family-education balance.

Ultimately, the episode aims to challenge myths surrounding women in tech and inspire meaningful change within the industry.

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Category:technology -- posted at: 4:05am EDT

Episode 336 of the Transatlantic Cable Podcast begins with news that Tumblr and WordPress are set to begin selling user data for AI training. From there the team talk about META’s decision to begin helping assist the EU in combatting fake news and disinformation on their platforms. 

To wrap up, the team talk about LockBit’s resurgence and a truly bizarre Wi-Fi password scanning tool.

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Category:technology -- posted at: 5:25am EDT

Episode 335 of the Transatlantic Cable Podcast kicks off with news that Apple are already preparing for a post-quantum world with their latest iMessage update. From there the team discuss criticism around Google’s ‘woke’ AI picture issues. 

Following that, the team wrap up with two stories, the first around Air Canada’s chatbot giving incorrect refund advice to a customer, and a spoon-bending magician says he was paid to create a fake Biden robocall.

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Category:technology -- posted at: 5:51am EDT

In today’s episode of the Transatlantic Cable podcast, the team look at news that companies at the fore-front of generative AI are looking to ‘take action’ on deceptive AI in upcoming elections. From there, the team discuss news that the Canadian government is set to take action against devices such as Flipper Zero, in an apparent fight against criminal activity. 

To wrap up, the team discuss news that international police agencies have taken down LockBit – the infamous ransomware gang. Additionally, the team discuss a bizarre story around Artificial Intelligence, blue aliens and job applications – yes, really.

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Category:technology -- posted at: 11:24am EDT

Episode 333 of the Transatlantic Cable Podcast dives into news that a site called ‘OnlyFakes’ is offering deepfake photo ID – the team also stay on the AI bandwagon with the next story which talks about the recent furore around illicit AI generated Taylor Swift images.

From there the team discuss two final stories, the first around a virus that was released onto the Valhiem gaming Discord channels, causing havoc as it was spread. The final story looks at a recent Interpol campaign, dubbed ‘Operation Synergia,’ which resulted in 31 arrests and over 1,300 C2 (command and control) servers being taken down.

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Category:technology -- posted at: 10:52am EDT

Episode 332 of the Kaspersky Transatlantic Cable podcast kicks off with news that, after the recent AI generated sketch, George Carlin’s estate has decided to pursue legal matters against the creators.  From there, discussion turns to Mozilla’s worry about Apple’s new browser rules and British law makers question the legality of live facial recognition.

To wrap up, the team discuss news around the recent 23andMe data breach.  If you like what you heard, please consider subscribing. 

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Category:technology -- posted at: 10:42am EDT