Transatlantic Cable Podcast (technology)

Episode 269 of the Transatlantic Cable kicks off with news that Interpol is after the CEO of the failed cryptocurrency firm, Terra. Originally cited as a potential star in the crypto-world, Terra fell in the recent crypto-crash. After that, the team move on to a more disturbing story around NFTs and terror groups – it seems these groups are looking to leverage NFTs in order to raise funding.

Moving away from the crypto/NFT space, the team look at a developing story around the recent Uber and Rockstar hacks, with news coming out of the UK that somebody has been arrested. Finally, to wrap up the team look at a news story from “down under” and the telco giant, Optus, which has recently been hacked and data breached.

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Category:technology -- posted at: 9:01am EDT

Episode 268 of the Transatlantic Cable kicks off with a rather bizzare (and that’s putting it lightly) story about a chess master tournament, cheating and beads that go where the sun don’t shine, so to speak.  Let’s just say if you want to learn more, check the link below. Following that bombshell, discussion returns to familiar ground, this time talking about the Grand Theft Auto VI hack and subsequent data-breach.

After all of that, David sat down with Evgenia Ponomareva from the Kaspersky Operating System team to talk about KOS and the automotive industry – specifically how KOS can integrate into the rapidly digitizing automotive market.

To wrap up, the discussed how anti-vax groups are going underground and using carrot emojis in order to evade censorship.  The final story looks at a hack of the IHG hotel chain and how the hackers ended up deploying a wiper ‘for fun.’

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Category:technology -- posted at: 8:48am EDT

Episode 267 of the Transatlantic Cable kicks off with the slightly concerning news that Facebook engineers (apparently) don’t know what happens to your data inside Facebook. After that rather worrying story, the team move over to discussing an intriguing story looking at boffins from the National University of Singapore and Yonsei University, who have found a way to detect if your laptop is secretly recording you, all via electromagnetic waves.

Moving on, the team shift focus to discuss a recent spat of gym thefts in London – now, hang on, I hear you cry – what has this got to do with cybersecurity? Well, it turns out that the perpetrator is using a very unusual ‘hack’ in order to allow themselves access to victims’ bank accounts. We won’t spoil the details here, but it’s all tied to your mobile phone (hint: make sure you lock down your phone when you’re not near it).

To wrap up, the podcast closes with a story around a recent recovery of some $30M USD from the recent Axie Infinity hack. Now, whilst that’s a good thing, considering Lazarus managed to swipe nearly $600M USD, it does somewhat seem like a drop in the ocean.

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Category:technology -- posted at: 6:10am EDT

Episode 266 of the Transatlantic Cable kicks off with news that TikTok has had a data-breach. However, all is not as it appears, as digging into the details it appears that the breach may not be as clear cut as it first appears.  Following that, the team look at a story concerning Samsung and a confirmed data-breach – Samsung are asking affected people to secure their accounts and reset passwords.

From there, discussion moves to a story around Instagram, having just been on the receiving end of a whopping €405 million fine, due to the exposure of children’s data online.

To wrap up, the team look at a story from the Guardian looking at ‘doom scrolling’ which is defined as ‘the tendency to be glued to bad news [which] can spark a ‘vicious cycle’ that interferes with our lives.’

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Category:technology -- posted at: 8:29am EDT



Welcome to the Transatlantic Cable - a podcast that dives into hot topics in the security news and industry each week. We start off this episode with an Ex-Twitter exec blowing the whistle, alleging reckless and negligent cybersecurity policies! Moving on to Lloyd’s of London. will require its insurer groups globally to exclude catastrophic state-backed hacks from stand-alone cyber insurance policies starting next year. From Securelist we give you Ransomware updates & 1-day exploits. And for our funny story of the week Janet Jackson song from 1989 declared a cybersecurity vulnerability for crashing hard drives! We finish off with how attackers can steal your credentials and how you can prevent it.

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Category:technology -- posted at: 8:24am EDT


Welcome to the Transatlantic Cable - a podcast that dives into hot topics in the security news and industry each week. We start off this episode with Airbnb rolling out new anti-party tech to prevent unapproved gatherings. Then, we move to asset managers on alert after the recent 'WhatsApp' crackdown on banks! We also discuss the chief executive of Norway’s sovereign wealth fund, which has warned that cybersecurity has overshadowed any other concerns about the markets in recent years. Then we finish off with Daniel Kelley, who was convicted and sent to prison for his involvement in a high-profile cyberattack on TalkTalk in 2015 trying to be a Whitehat.

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Category:technology -- posted at: 5:38am EDT

Welcome to the Transatlantic Cable - a podcast that dives into hot topics in the security news and industry each week. We start off this episode with hacking Starlink! It cost a researcher only $25 worth of parts to create a tool that allows custom code to run on the satellite dishes. Then we move on to 7-Eleven Denmark, where a ransomware attack was behind the closure of 175 stores in the country on Monday!

 

Then, we discuss the spyware scandal spreading through Europe. Finally, we end with the potential threat in your browser and what dangers innocent-looking extensions hold for users.

 

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Category:technology -- posted at: 7:41am EDT

Episode 262 of the Transatlantic Cable kicks off with news that Twitter recently suffered a data breach, with an estimated 5 million users affected, the cause is being blamed on a zero-day. From there the team stay with social media as they discuss a story around Meta and their latest invention – a chatbot. There’s a slight problem in that it has become racist.  Staying on the Meta train, the next story looks at a lawsuit being filed against Meta, saying they have been ‘harvesting’ data from hospital sites.

In between the stories and quizzes, the team this week were lucky enough to sit down with Sergey Petrukhin from Kaspersky to talk about KHCS – Kaspersky Hybrid Cloud Security, and why it’s great for protecting your business cloud endpoints.

Moving onto the final few stories, we stay with social media as the UK government makes a swift U-turn, creating, then quickly closing, their very first TikTok account.  To wrap up, discussion turns to recent news around Tornado Cash, the controversial crypto mixer, and recent sanctions from the United States government.

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Category:technology -- posted at: 8:10am EDT

After a brief hiatus, the team are back together again talking all things cyber-sec.  This week’s episode kicks off with a story around the Brazilian rainforest and NFTs (yes, really). Following that, the team discuss a recent story around Seth Green and his recent hacked Bored Ape NFT – turns out it wasn’t a solitary attack and was part of a much broader attack on NFTs and crypto.

After the two NFT stories, the team dive into something more serious this week, looking at the arrest and subsequent trial of the ex-CIA hacker who famously dumped data (aka: Vault 7) onto Wiki-Leaks. Astonishingly, that story is now over 5 years old.

To wrap up, the team discuss a returning story of the bitcoin advocate who is (still) desperately trying to dig up a waste disposal site, all with the aim of recovering a hard-drive with his wallet key on. All we can say is, good luck.

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Category:technology -- posted at: 9:48am EDT

For the first time in what feels like a long time, the team are fully reunited to discuss this week’s topics. They kick things off with news that more and more hospitals are under attack from ransomware. From there, the team discuss a strange story about an MP in Australia who’s been handed a ‘lifetime ban’ on Facebook for letting her account get hacked.

After that, the team take a brief hiatus so that Elena Molchanova from our business development team can talk about Security Awareness training – a new offering from Kaspersky to help train staff in cybersecurity compliance.

Getting back on track, the team close out the podcast with two related stories about TikTok – the first around growing concerns in the West around the data harvesting that the app performs, and the second looks at a worrying story on how some parents are looking to leverage their children for likes and shares. 

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Category:technology -- posted at: 10:18am EDT

For a second-straight week, we have a short-handed booth for the Transatlantic Cable. With Ahmed and Dave off, Jag and I share the mic for the first time as a duo.

To kick things off, we discuss how the Lazarus group leveraged a fake job interview into a $600M hack into Axie Infinity. From there, we head into a partial code share from Vice on the Anom app. For those who may forget this was a “secure phone” system that was orchestrated by the FBI to draw in criminals doing illicit activities.

Our third story is quite the head-scratcher as a “CEO” has been arrested for selling counterfeit CISCO equipment to companies and government entities. The curious part was not just that it was fake equipment, but it was something that was sold on eBay and Amazon. We then head to India where a flood control system has been hit with ransomware. What makes this a bit worse is that the region is now under monsoon season. To close out the podcast, we head to San Francisco where Cruise has seen some issues with the autonomous cars stopping and causing traffic havoc.

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Category:technology -- posted at: 9:57am EDT

Episode 258 of the Transatlantic Cable kicks off with discussions around the Lazarus group, more specifically the new attack being attributed to them.  From there, discussion moves to talk around some crypto-exchanges sharing “geo-tracking” public information with ICE (the United States Immigrations and Customs Enforcement agency).  Moving to the penultimate story, which looks at an NFT-themed restaurant which (believe it or not) has stopped accepting crypto-payments due to the market crash. 

Finally, to wrap up the team discuss news coming out of China about a potential data breach which could possibly (if true) be one of the largest in the world (nearly 1 billion.)

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Category:technology -- posted at: 4:25am EDT

Episode 257 of the Transatlantic Cable kicks off with discussions about a concerning story of hacking airplanes and cargo ships – is it possible or just FUD?  From there the team discuss news about an office man in Japan (not much more is known about this mysterious gentleman) who went out for a drink after work and proceeded to lose a USB memory stick with data on over half a million city residents.  Talk about a hangover. 

From there, the team discuss a new age-verification method for Instagram involving selfies and concerns grow for Covid tracking apps that are pivoting away from tracking diseases to broader health related topics.

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Hackers can bring ships and planes to a grinding halt.

Japanese man loses USB stick with entire city's personal details

Instagram: Video selfies trial to verify age of teens

How Covid Tracking Apps Are Pivoting for Commercial Profit

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Category:technology -- posted at: 6:45am EDT

Episode 256 of the Transatlantic Cable kicks off with discussions around NFTs, crypto currency and Bill Gates.  From there the team talk about news coming out of the United Kingdom around cookies – it seems that the U.K government is keen to make some changes to current cookie legislation, but will this be a win for businesses or consumers?  Following that there’s discussion around ‘BidenCash’ – an underground site making waves by trying to give away stolen credit card information.

In addition to this, Dave recently sat down with Boris Larin, from Kaspersky’s GReAT, to talk to him about his recent work modding Metal Gear Solid 2, allowing a true 3rd person perspective camera – something that wasn’t possible in the original game.

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Category:technology -- posted at: 9:18am EDT

Episode 255 of the Transatlantic Cable kicks off with discussions around stalkerware, in particular a piece of software that’s been found leaking photos and other personal data on its website. From there, the team discuss a story around the US government tapping travel companies in order to track suspects.

As we move on, discussions get a tad more ethereal, shall we say. First up is talk around how it might be possible (in the next 10 years or so) to digitally replicate yourself online – as to why you’d want to do this is anybody’s guess. To wrap up, the team discuss a recent (potentially massive) story about a Google engineer who was recently put on paid leave from the company as he believes one of its AI programs has become sentient.  

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Android Stalkerware ‘TheTruthSpy’ Exposing Images of Children Online

U.S. Gov Ordered Travel Companies To Spy On Russian Hacker And Report His Whereabouts

Why you may have a thinking digital twin within a decade

Google engineer put on leave after saying AI chatbot has become sentient

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Category:technology -- posted at: 5:48am EDT

Let’s face it. We all love Twitter, no matter how much we get mad with the platform or its direction. Well, it seems that the future owner of the platform, Elon Musk, has his own issues.

In the opening of this week’s episode of the Kaspersky Transatlantic Cable podcast, Ahmed, Jag and I dive into Elon’s battle with Twitter over the bots, as well as his threats of walking out of the deal that he agreed upon to buy the platform.

From there, we jump over to CoinBase, where the company is using a technology for employees to evaluate other employees for their performance in everyday interactions and meetings. Yes, you read that right – what can possibly go wrong?

For the second-straight week, the Bored Ape Yacht Club is a point of discussion. Much like last week, we are chatting about a phishing scheme that saw NFTs stolen after a Discord server was compromised.

For our fourth story, we discuss an account from a reporter who saw his name used as part of a pump-and-dump crypto endeavor without his knowledge. To close things out, we look at how water companies are seeing an issue getting cyber insurance.

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Category:technology -- posted at: 6:25am EDT

To kick off the 253 edition of the Kaspersky Transatlantic Cable podcast, Ahmed, Jag and I discuss our most recent whipping-boy topic – NFTs.

In particular, we discuss how Seth Green’s new project may be in jeopardy, because he clicked on a phishing link. This in turn saw the actor lose a number of the NFTs in his digital wallet to thieves and then were resold. From there, we discuss security issues related to app-enabled automobiles. There is some debate as to whether or not these apps are even needed.

We then sit down with a member of our product team to discuss the latest in cloud security. The third story on the docket discusses the latest with hackers claiming that they have stolen a database of Verizon employee numbers.

To close out the pod, we talk about the weird new ransomware group in India that is requiring people to conduct acts of kindness or goodwill to get their data unlocked. These actions range from paying medicine to buying kids food – yeah, as you can see, kinda a weird flex.

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Category:technology -- posted at: 11:46am EDT

Welcome to episode 251 of the Transatlantic Cable. This week, the team look at some of the more ‘interesting’ stories in the cybersecurity world.

To kick things off, Dave and Ahmed look at a, seemingly, good news story – about the closing down of the ransomware gang, Conti.  However, things aren’t quite as they appear.  From there they move to a story that has to be read to be believed – it involves banks, ransomware and phalluses.  We will leave the link at the bottom if you want to read that one for yourselves.

From that bombshell, the team move to a more concerning story around farming equipment and hackers and how facial recognition and AI are slowly becoming more and more regulated – good news?  You decide.

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Category:technology -- posted at: 5:28am EDT

Welcome to episode 251 of the Transatlantic Cable. This week, the team look at some of the more ‘interesting’ stories in the cybersecurity world.

To kick off this week’s episode, the team look at a recent story suggesting that San Francisco Police are looking at ways to leverage the ‘always recording’ feature of driverless cars to their advantage – including for investigation leads. From there, the team discuss a recent blog looking at modern warfare, in particular how most military devices today are connected to the internet – is that a risk?

Moving on, the trio dissect a recent story looking at how malware could be uploaded to an iPhone whilst it’s powered off – however, there’s a caveat with the story that takes a little of the sting out of it. To wrap up, they look at recent research from Kaspersky around the shape of ransomware and how it’s perceived by business executives.

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  1. San Francisco Police Are Using Driverless Cars as Mobile Surveillance Cameras
  2. Hacked drones and busted logistics are the cyber future of warfare
  3. Researchers devise iPhone malware that runs even when device is turned off
  4. Ransomware is much more than just a buzzword
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Category:technology -- posted at: 8:25am EDT

Welcome to episode 250 of the Transatlantic Cable. This week, the team look at some of the more ‘interesting’ stories in the cybersecurity world.

Kicking things off, the team take a look at a story suggesting that the NFT world is imploding, with the article saying that NFT sales have declined by a whopping 92% from the highs of last year. From there, the team look at a more concerning story around recent NFT / crypto hacks, saying that in April 2022 alone, hackers managed to siphon off $370 million from crypto exchanges and NFT platforms.

Moving away from the world of crypto, the team discuss the recent happenings in Costa Rica after a recent hack from the Conti group left much of the government disabled. The country has since declared a national emergency to try to tackle the ongoing problems with the attack.

To wrap up, they look into movies with a discussion around The Batman’s main antagonist (no spoilers!), and why he’s a more modern take on an old villain.

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Category:technology -- posted at: 9:35am EDT