Transatlantic Cable Podcast

Episode 285 of the Transatlantic Cable kicks off with yet more news around A.I and the ever-interesting topic of ChatGPT.  However, this time, the discussion starts with regulation and the CTO of Open AI believes that it’s inevitable.  Moving from that to a more quirky story, still involving A.I however: a small team have used AI to create a never-ending Seinfield episode, streaming over on Twitch – sadly at the time of writing, it appears to have been shut down, but it still raises interesting questions around content creation, human creativity and what A.I will bring (or take away) from the table. 

Moving away from A.I to more cyber-security related news – the team discuss the closure of Exclu, an encrypted mobile phone company that enabled criminals to chat without fear of snooping, however the Dutch police were already inside the systems.

To wrap up, the team talk about a recent story around the FBI’s changing approach to ransomware, with the recent Hive takedown.

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·        The Creator of ChatGPT Thinks AI Should Be Regulated

·        Dutch Police Read Messages of Encrypted Messenger 'Exclu'

·        AI has been generating an endless Seinfeld episode

·        Hive takedown illustrates FBI’s evolution towards victim-recovery efforts

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Category:technology -- posted at: 7:35am EDT

Episode 284 kicks off with a story that is going to surprise no one: over 50% of smart appliances are not connected to the internet, which is a surprise to only the manufacturers – it seems people aren’t really convinced by Wi-Fi enabled refrigerators or washing machines, it seems.

Moving on from that, the team discuss news that AI audio is becoming a problem, with AI company ElevenLabs saying that they’re going to start clamping down on troublesome audio recordings – but has Pandora’s box already been opened?  Staying with AI, the team also look at a story breaking from China, with Baidu set to launch their own version of ChatGPT.

To wrap up, the team discuss a rather odd story involving pet fish, Pokemon, PayPal and credit cards…. We’ll leave the rest up to your imagination.

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Pet fish playing Nintendo Switch run up bill on owner’s credit card

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Category:technology -- posted at: 8:28am EDT

Episode 283 kicks off with the recent (good news) story that ransomware gangs earnings are down by quite a bit from last year – turns out that people are starting to treat backups properly and are refusing to pay – great news for 2023!  Following that, the team look at troubling news, this time from the crypto-currency world, with a story looking at the recent collapse of Genesis.

Moving from crypto to the world of fake news, a recent study has shown that the reason people share fake news is perhaps more complex than previously thought. To wrap up, the team discuss concerning news around ChatGPT and exams, with a professor running the AI through an exam for Medical Licenses and Business Degrees and it turns out it can pass them both.  Should teachers and professors be worried? Time will tell it seems.

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  1. Cyber-crime gangs' earnings slide as victims refuse to pay
  2. Crypto lender Genesis files for bankruptcy
  3. Study reveals the key reason why fake news spreads on social media
  4. ChatGPT Is Passing Tests Required for Medical Licenses & Business Degrees
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Category:technology -- posted at: 9:13am EDT

Episode 282 kicks off with new research from Which? Showing that ‘smart’ technology might not be as smart as we’ve been led to believe – their research shows that most devices stop receiving updates from 2 years, even thought the device has a suggested life of 10 – it seems more work needs to be done.  From there the team look at two stories around A.I, the first on the media sensation, ChatGPT and how some people are looking to use it for malware creation, and the second looking at a chat A.I program that has become (and I’ll quote from the article here) “too horny”.

In the middle of all this, I sat down with Evgeny Goncharov, head of ICS CERT at Kaspersky to talk to him about upcoming ICS APT predictions for 2023.

Following that, the team discuss news that Norton LifeLocker password manager has been breached, those affected are being urged to update and change their passwords as quickly as possible. 

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Category:technology -- posted at: 7:01am EDT

The first episode of 2023 of the Transatlantic Cable Podcast kicks off with news around the “recent” Twitter hack – emphasis on recent as the data was actually siphoned from Twitter back in 2021, but has only recently come to light – timing is everything it seems. 

From there, the team look at news that the Web3 industry lost a whopping $4 billion to crypto-fraud last year – apparently, this is good news as the previous year it was a colossal $8 billion. Staying with crypto, the next story dives into the recent news around the closure of CryptoZoo – a game created by internet star, Logan Paul. The premise of the game allowed users to ‘breed and share’ unique NFT creatures, all whilst earning cryptocurrency.

To wrap up, the last story looks at more news around crypto, this time looking at news that U.S. bank Silvergate saw $8 billion in crypto withdrawals, most near the tail end of 2022. 

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Category:technology -- posted at: 9:41am EDT

The final episode of the year brings some pretty big stories for the Transatlantic Cable team. Kicking off this week, discussion starts with a troubling story about democracies and spyware – in particular, how others are leveraging the malicious software to try to subvert democratic countries. Moving from that, the team look at the big news of the week, with word that Twitter users have voted to remove Elon Musk as CEO of the troubled social network. However, even if he is removed as owner, he’ll still have overall sway of what goes on the network.  

From there, discussion moves to security vulnerabilities in BrickLink – Lego’s official second-hand and vintage marketplace for LEGO bricks. According to Bleeping Computer, a vulnerability could have, “allowed an attacker to take over members' accounts, access and steal personally identifiable information (PII) stored on the platform, or even gain access to internal production data and compromise internal servers.” Thankfully, the flaws have since been fixed.

To wrap up, the team discuss a recent story about Epic Games – which has recently been fined $520 million (yes, half a BILLION dollars) for privacy violations, and what the FTC calls “dark patterns,” in order to “trick millions of gamers into making unintentional purchases.”

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Category:technology -- posted at: 9:06am EDT

Episode 279 of the Transatlantic Cable kicks off with a troubling story about purported Chinese hacker group, APT41 attacking and stealing US Covid relief payments, to the cool tune of $20 million.  Whilst details are thin, concerns are being raised around just how much of the nearly $800 billion was actually used by people in need.

From there the team move onto discussions around North Korea’s Lazarus group, with details around a malicious app, designed to siphon off people’s crypto-currency.  After that, discussion moves to concerns that independent journalists in El Salvador are looking to sue the NSO Group for spying. 

The final story looks at news around LastPass and their recent data breach.

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Category:technology -- posted at: 9:30am EDT

Episode 278 of the Transatlantic Cable kicks off with news that the previous Twitter hack, back in 2021 is now much larger than initially suspected. Not great news for the already troubled social media site.  From there, the team discuss recent news that nightclub owners in Miami are struggling with slumping sales after the recent crypto-crash – it appears many crypto advocates moved there to spend their hard-earned coins, but are now having to tighten their belts.

Staying in the crypto-currency world, the next story looks at yet another crash with BlockFi moving into receivership. Is this the crypto bubble bursting? Time will tell, it seems.

To wrap up, a story for all the Apple fans out there, with news that Apple appears to be tracking its user’s, even if those users have asked them not to.  Concerning? Possibly – especially considering that they made privacy a key focal point of their recent advertising campaigns.

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Category:technology -- posted at: 6:38am EDT

Episode 277 of the Transatlantic Cable only really has two topics of discussion this week. The first, and probably most prominent is the sale and consequent that happened over on Twitter.  Twitter threads across the globe are blanketed in a sea of #RIPTwitter and #Twitterdeath, but what is the actual real possible outcome? Following that, the team take a look at the other big story of the week, with the recent implosion of the FTX crypto-exchange – including a story (only possible in 2022, it seems) where Twitter users are being duped out of their crypto by a deepfake of Sam Bankman-Fried.

Additionally, sandwiched between the two topics of discussion is an interview with Professor Dr. Dennis-Kenji Kipker - Professor for IT Security Law at the University of Bremen, to talk about IT security predications for the coming year. To learn more about his work, head here.

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Category:technology -- posted at: 10:56am EDT


Episode 276 of the Transatlantic Cable kicks off with the US Department of Justice that revealed it seized $3.36bn (£2.9bn) of Bitcoin last year which was stolen from an infamous darknet website.

Then, How Twitter users are using the platform's new Elon Musk era changes to impersonate official video game companies.

Moving on, we look at the advanced threat predictions for 2023. And FTX investigating possible hack hours after bankruptcy filing! We wrap up with Canadian food retail giant Sobeys hit by Black Basta ransomware!

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Category:technology -- posted at: 7:43am EDT



Episode 275 of the Transatlantic Cable kicks off with a 26-year-old Ukrainian man awaiting extradition from the Netherlands to the United States on charges that he acted as a core developer for Raccoon malware. Then, bad news from Dropbox as it disclosed a security breach after threat actors stole 130 code repositories after gaining access to one of its GitHub accounts using employee credentials stolen in a phishing attack. Moving on, Liz Truss is on her fourth new mobile phone number since July as security services battle to protect her from being further compromised by foreign powers. We wrap up with a notorious Instagram influencer from Nigeria who has been jailed for more than 11 years in the U.S. for his role in an international fraud syndicate.


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Category:technology -- posted at: 4:27am EDT

Episode 274 of the Transatlantic Cable kicks off with a story that has wide ramifications if it goes ahead. The EU has finalised plans for their DMA, or Digital Markets Act, which would open up things such as app stores and messenger apps to third-parties – in effect, it would enable users (eventually) to install app stores from competing services on their devices.  However, how it will work in practice is anybody’s guess right now.

From there, the team talk about a recent story around crypto-currency and Matt Damon – hint folks: don’t take financial advice from actors.  From there, the discussion moves to news around a Chinese propaganda service, allegedly being run inside USA, in an attempt to disrupt the midterms. To wrap up, the team talk about news that the Biden administration have issued new cybersecurity requirements for rail operators, in an attempt to shore up cyber-security in critical industries.

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Category:technology -- posted at: 8:33am EDT

Episode 273 of the Transatlantic Cable kicks off with 65,000+ companies' data being leaked! As Microsoft confirmed, a server misconfiguration caused the leak. Then, the discussion moved on to Netflix. The streaming service is changing its policy on password sharing – and will start charging people to share accounts. You can also now turn your crypto coins into cocktails as the first Metaverse nightclub opens in Dubai! And finally, concerns rise around TikTok as it denies the rumor that it could be used to track US citizens.


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Category:technology -- posted at: 1:42am EDT

What are NFTs, why are they so much a topic of debate right now and why is Ivan Kwiatkowski from Kaspersky's Global Research and Analysis Team (GReAT) so critical of them and blockchains? 

We sat down with him recently to talk about his thoughts on this, the recent Ethereum merge (and why he thinks it ultimately won't solve the underlying problems with crypto), scaling issues inherent in blockchain and much more. 

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Category:technology -- posted at: 6:46am EDT

Episode 272 of the Transatlantic Cable kicks off with a report into gaming and gamers attituded towards everything from work / gaming balance and cheating - if you're interested in the gaming space, be sure to check it out.  After that, the team discuss the recent news that Kanye West (aka: Ye) is purchasing the controversial social platform, Parler.

After those stories, discussion moves onto an interesting story around the hunt for Wikipedia's disinformation moles - a fascinating story that is well worth checking out. To wrap up, the team talk about a story from the Register looking at how crime gangs are now able to leverage nation-state malware thanks to leaks and hacks, and defenders such as banks need to shore up their defences.

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Performance addicted: exploring gamers’ priorities

Kanye West agrees to buy conservative social media platform Parler

Banks face their 'darkest hour' as malware steps up, maker of antivirus says

The Hunt for Wikipedia's Disinformation Moles

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Category:technology -- posted at: 11:32am EDT

Episode 271 kicks off with talk around a recent story suggesting that a third of children have adult social media accounts, in an attempt to access the full version of social sites.  From there discussion moves over to talk about TikTok and third-party tracking – something readers with long memories will remember that Facebook Meta has been doing for quite some time already. 

To wrap up, the duo discusses two stories around crypto, the first around Kim Kardashian and a crypto pump and dump and a story around a married couple who were accidently sent $10M in crypto instead of $100.

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Category:technology -- posted at: 9:02am EDT

Over the past few years, the notion of ethics has come up quite a bit within cybersecurity circles. One of the leading voices, has been my colleague, Ivan Kwiatkowski.

Earlier this year, he gave a talk called Ethics in Cyberwar Times at the Pass The Salt conference:

I sat down with him and Anastasia Kazakova of our public affairs department for a special edition of the Kaspersky Transatlantic Cable podcast to discuss the presentation, as well as:

  • Ethics: what does this mean in the cyber context? What questions should we ask ourselves?
  • The concept of attackers paying defenders
  • The increasing role for inter-state competition, and how such a competition makes the work of researchers harder

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Category:technology -- posted at: 4:36am EDT

Episode 270 of the Transatlantic Cable kicks off with Apple taking a pot-shot at Meta, with Tim Cooke stating that “I’m really not sure the average person can tell you what the metaverse is” – fighting talk, indeed.  From there, discussion moves to a confusing story about Bruce Willis and his digital twin – apparently he’s licensed it to a third-party, but things are somewhat more confusing than they first appear.

After that, the team discuss another story, this time focusing on the Lapsus$ gang and how they’re seemingly able to run circles around enterprise security.  To wrap up, the team talk about the recent demise of Google’s Stadia experiment.

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Category:technology -- posted at: 9:31am EDT

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