Transatlantic Cable Podcast

Welcome to the 102nd instalment of the Kaspersky Transatlantic Cable podcast. For this week’s episode, Dave and I stay mostly in the consumer sphere with some highlights for parents.

The first story of the week takes a look at the fine levied on Equifax following their 2017 databreach. The 700 million dollar fine levied doesn’t sit well with me, but you can hear the full takes in the podcast. From there, we jump over to privacy from a banking institution who points out that posting pets on Instagram may be putting millennials at risk for fraud. Our third story is the one that NO ONE asked for – smart diapers (nappies for those in the UK). We wrap up with a story of stolen data tied to a malicious phishing attack at Lancaster University. Seriously, is there ever a non-malicious phishing attack?

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Category:technology -- posted at: 4:47am EDT

For episode 101 of the Kaspersky Transatlantic Cable podcast, Dave and  stay primarily in the UK for a number of security related stories before ending with a complete story completely out of the security space.

Our first story looks at a new service in the UK where users can report Facebook scams after a man wins a lawsuit for using his image in fake ads. From there, we stay on the topic of Facebook and their whopping five billion dollar fine levied from the FTC. The third story of the week takes a look at how people are now discovering that Google is listening to the recordings from Google Home. Following that story, we discuss how smart meters in the UK are switching to Welsh. We close out the podcast with a non-security story, but was too weird to not bring up.

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Category:technology -- posted at: 10:16am EDT

We have hit the century mark for the Kaspersky Transatlantic Cable podcast. For this week, Dave and I look back on some of our favorite stories and also at some of the big impacts of GDPR and also some good things on the bullying front.

To kick things off, we look back on some interesting stories from our first podcasts. The first is the venture in Russia of Burger King. We follow that up with some NSA security posters before kicking off with this week’s chat. The first news story looks at the heavy hammer of GDPR when it came to dealing with breaches with Marriott and British Airlines. From there, we head deep underground for a proposed Wi-fi monitoring program from the TfL in London to increase operational efficiency, but also raising eyebrows of privacy watchdogs. To wrap up the episode, we look at Instagram’s latest test in the battle against cyberbullying.

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Category:technology -- posted at: 8:32am EDT

The 99th edition of the Kaspersky Transatlantic Cable podcast comes to you straight from the Motherland – er Fatherland, Russia, as my colleagues have corrected me. Dave and I take a look at a handful of stories that will pique your interest and may have been missed during your busy week.

To kick things off, we start in the good ole USA where a second Florida City has paid for a ransomware attack and the worrying trend of cities paying the crooks. From there, we head to a different kind of circus and look at the lack of security protocol in their app. The third story follows up on the security breach of the US border. Then, we look at the world of fake Instagram verification before closing out with a tale of how our boss’ smart home was hacked.

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Category:technology -- posted at: 9:38am EDT

For the 98th edition of the Kaspersky Transatlantic Cable podcast, Dave and I jump between the consumer world to a small dip into government ransomware attacks.

To start things off, we jump into the world of music for the second straight week. In this story, Genius says that they have evidence of Google scraping their site for song lyrics. It seems that using Morse Code may be the devil in the details. After that, we look at a story about Instagram testing out new ways for users to recover their accounts following a hack. The third story has us looking at the Internet of Things and Samsung’s message for users to run AV scans of their “Smart TVs.” To wrap up the episode, we head to Florida where a local municipality decided to pay the ransom after falling victim to ransomware.

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Category:technology -- posted at: 4:28am EDT

To start things off, we look at a newly-placed FCC complaint against AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint and Verizon for selling customer data to 3rd parties. This story is tied to a past podcast topic of the location-based data that can help bounty hunters or those with the money to spend to track a user’s location. From there, we jump into a story on a lawsuit against Amazon for an Alexa recording a child without consent.

After that, we head to the music world where Radiohead was threatened by a hacker to release minidisks from OK Computer. Instead of paying the ransom, they released (for a fee) on the internet for all to see. To close things out, we discuss the deepfake of Mark Zuckerberg that went viral after showing up on Instagram.

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Category:technology -- posted at: 8:31am EDT

For the 96th edition of the Kaspersky Transatlantic Cable podcast, Dave and I jump all over the place with stories ranging from pizza to hacked US Customs and Border Patrol photos.

We kick things off with an interesting tale from the Brofist Army. Yep, we are talking PewDiePie and a recent advertisement that he did with Nimses. While there is some concern and fake news surrounding the app and ad, we tried to cut to the meat and potatoes of the tale and the app itself. From there, we bid farewell to Facebook’s Open Graph Search. Afterwards, we discuss the latest snafu from US Customs and Border Control when it comes to storing images of license plates and facial photos of those crossing into the States. For the next to last story, we discuss an upcoming paid version of Firefox. To close things out, we discuss a tale of a lone guy who got his pizza account hacked and well, no pizza for him.

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Category:technology -- posted at: 4:12am EDT

Episode 95 of the Kaspersky Transatlantic Cable podcast hits on the power of encryption, burger joints, Google Chrome and more.

To start things off, Dave and Jeff tackle a pair of stories dealing with encryption and how governments are looking at it. The first is with Germany pondering if law enforcement should be able to read, in plain text, encrypted messages. Then they jump to companies like Apple and Google pushing back on the GCHQ for proposing the same thing. Afterwards, they head to a sport story on how a football club may need to re-check where they send their money to. Then discuss a burger joint in the US hit with POS Malware. 

To close, Dave and Jeff discuss how big changes are afoot for Google Chrome.

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Category:technology -- posted at: 9:49am EDT

Welcome to the 94th edition of the Kaspersky Lab Transatlantic Cable podcast. On this edition, we jump around a bit between cybercrime, privacy and a little bit of Terminator 2 action.

To kick things off, we head down to Charm City. As you may have heard, Baltimore is dealing with a pretty serious ransomware attack that is crippling the city and also having fingers pointed on who is to blame. From there, we head to the IoT and privacy front. In a new patent, Amazon is looking to listen to everything you say in an effort to improve the experience for users. We then dive into a databreach of an events company that impacted over 200K users. Afterwards we look at 7 recent wins from law enforcement agencies against To close things out, we look at a new innovation from Chinese inventors that make you think of Terminator 2.

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

We are now just seven episodes away from the 100th edition of the Kaspersky Lab Transatlantic Cable podcast. For the 93rd edition of our audio program, we hit on some old favorites as well as a new way to get a day off of school.

Our first story looks at the latest allegations of wrongdoing at Facebook. This edition looks at the data shared between telco providers, Facebook and how it can possibly impact credit-based advertising. We stay in the Facebook world for the second story and look at the shockingly high number of people who still have not updated their Whatsapp, especially on corporate phones. The third story dives into the latest feature of Dota2 that allows users to pay to avoid offensive players. From there we head on to the latest hang-up for 5G in the UK and it is not what you expect. To close things out, we head to Ohio and a curious way that kids got a free day off of school – spoiler it involves malware.

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

For the 92nd edition of the Kaspersky Lab Transatlantic Cable podcast, Dave and I hit on some new topics. Apologies in advance for those of you who are all in on the Facebook flogging.

To kick things off, we start with perhaps the creepiest story we have had in a while. Over in China a “Superhost” on Airbnb was caught taping renters while in the bedroom. Where the camera was hidden will really surprise you. From there, we head to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts where a couple who was purchasing their dream home had the surprise of their life – the money didn’t go to the seller, instead it went to a scammer. The third story stays in the world of crime where the NYPD is asking Bitcoin ATM companies for help in cracking down in a new round of phone scams. To close things out, we look at another curious tale of an app changing business model from hosting photos to harvesting photos for facial recognition.

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Category:technology -- posted at: 8:50am EDT

With the success of Endgame, it's not only Hollywood pundits taking notice, but also scammers. If you are looking to try to watch the movie without going to the theater, please beware of this scam.

From there, we look at how little folks in the UK trust news when it comes to news from social media and their want (need?) for more regulation.

From there, we jump across to Google where the search giant is now offering to delete your search history every three months.

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Category:technology -- posted at: 4:49am EDT

Today marks the 90th episode of the Kaspersky Lab Transatlantic Cable podcast in this episode, we touch on fraud, cybercrime and a pair of reports mixed with some innuendo, shaken not stirred.

To start things off, we look at the annual IC3 report from the FBI, what stands out is the staggering amount of money that was stolen in 2018 in the US. From there, we take a look at how USB devices can be weaponized – yes – even keyboards. Afterwards we look at the impact digital clutter can have on companies’ bottom lines. We then go on to the sad tale of a lass who lost a lot of money thinking she was sending it to a broke Jason Statham

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Category:technology -- posted at: 9:22am EDT

On this week’s edition, we start by checking the ticker with “Days since latest Facebook issue.” Unfortunately it hasn’t been THAT long, and the latest issue involved the Hoovering of contact lists from unsuspecting users. From there, we offer tips to enhance your privacy online. For the third story, we jump over to the realm where the real world and the social media world intersect. In the week’s top hit for Stupid Criminal tricks, this story has it all. We had a number of outtakes talking this story, so be sure you are ready for some laughs.

We then head back to the serious side of things where we look at how humans are combating AI within Dota 2. To close things out, we look at the latest developments in Deep Fakes.  

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Category:technology -- posted at: 9:11am EDT

In this week's episode Jeff has taken time out to recover from SAS 2019 and David has been joined by David Emm, principle security researcher at Kaspersky Lab.

During the podcast, David and David look at a new report from Bloomberg which reveals that Amazon is using auditors to listen in to Amazon Echo recordings, in order to fine-tune Alexa.

They then look at how a UK government agency forgot to use BCC and accidentally sent sensitive personal information to strangers.  

They also look at how an app, to turn your car into a 'smart-car', wasn't that smart - due to hard-coded passwords inside the app.

Tune in to find out more!

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Category:technology -- posted at: 8:41am EDT

Today, we closed out the 2019 and 11th installment of the Kaspersky Lab Security Analyst Summit. Day 2 of the conference was more hectic than day one, three separate tracks, trainings and a whole lot of walking to cover the whole event.

So in a sense, you could not simply hit up all of the talks within the way. Well, unless you had one of those time changers like Hermione Granger, but alas. What to do? The best bet, if you ask me is to check out the recap where Jay Rosenberg from GReAT joins Ahmed and me below and share with your friends who may be interested in hearing more. You can also check out #TheSAS2019 on Twitter and see all the sights.

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Category:technology -- posted at: 7:59am EDT

Today marked the first day of the Kaspersky Lab Security Analyst Summit, or SAS for short. During the course of the day, there was a lot of great research and thought-provoking content shared with the attendees.

In this podcast, Ahmed joins me from Singapore to discuss what we thought of the day and key presentations. Some topics that we will touch upon include information warfare, stalkerware, Gossip Girl and more.

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Category:technology -- posted at: 8:22am EDT

While many of us enjoyed some spring weather over the course of the past weekend, the fact of the matter is that Winter is Here. Well, not meteorically, but for fans of Game of Thrones, you all know that something big is coming.

For the 85th edition of the Kaspersky Lab Transatlantic Cable podcast, we kick things off looking at the latest victims of the LockerGoga. From there, we jump into the op-ed from Mark Zuckerberg looking to lawmakers to regulate Facebook – yes, you read this right. After Zuck’s take, we look at the recent take downs of hate speech before diving into the issues with Toyota. To wrap things up, we look at the malware targeting the torrents of popular TV shows like Game of Thrones.

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Category:technology -- posted at: 9:46am EDT

It seems like Facebook unfortunately has made it to the forefront for the 84th edition of the Kaspersky Lab Transatlantic Cable podcast. We kick-off looking at the latest in the saga between Facebook and Cambridge Analytica; according to British lawmakers, Facebook may have known about the data-scraping before previously disclosed. To continue with the bad news for the social media giant, a new report notes that the company had stored user passwords in plaintext internally.

From there, we jump over to a tale of how sensitive data from a spyware company for consumers was finally taken off the net – it was previously able to be seen by anyone on the web. After that tale, we take a look at the latest on ASUS and Operation Shadowhammer that chronicles a recent discovery by Kaspersky Lab researchers. The story on this one will continue when we kick off SAS in early April. To close out the podcast, we look at how a software glitch caused some serious headaches for travelers in the US.

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Category:technology -- posted at: 11:15am EDT

For this week’s edition of the Kaspersky Lab Transatlantic Cable podcast, Dave and I split our time between sides of the Atlantic.

To start out, we look at the latest news out of Norway on the ransomware infection that struck aluminum producer Hydro. The story still has developments to come, but the latest info is discussed. We stay in Europe to look at a piece of EU legislature that will increase the collaboration of countries when it comes to preparing for European-wide cyberattacks. We then jump over to the shores of America to tackle a tale of Sprint customers who are seeing other people’s data when they log into their accounts. To close out the podcast we jump into the world of scooter sharing and the data that the city of Los Angeles would like shared with them.

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