Symantec Cyber Security Brief Podcast
Your weekly dose of cyber security news, hosted by threat researchers from Symantec Security Response
In this week’s Cyber Security Brief podcast, we mark the one-year anniversary of the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation – more commonly known as GDPR. To mark the introduction of GDPR, Brigid O’Gorman talks to Zoltan Precsenyi, Symantec’s director of GDPR strategy. We discuss the impact of the introduction of GDPR on companies and members of the public, whether or not the regulation is fulfilling its stated purpose, and the new data protection and privacy challenges that are likely to face companies in the future.
On this week’s Cyber Security Brief podcast, we discuss our newly-released research into the Buckeye espionage group, and its use of Equation group tools prior to the Shadow Brokers leak. Dick O’Brien is joined by Symantec analyst Sylvester Segura to discuss the findings and to share more details about Symantec’s investigation into this activty. Also this week, we chat about the growing threat of targeted ransomware, and look at what the UK government is planning to do to improve the security of IoT devices.
On this week’s Cyber Security Brief podcast, we discuss our recently published research into the Beapy cryptojacking worm, which is using the EternalBlue exploit to spread, and is primarily impacting enterprises in China. We also talk about data breaches, the dangers your set-top box might pose, why some GPS apps need to upgrade their security, and what the Emotet criminals are up to now.
On this week’s Cyber Security Brief podcast, we are joined by Martijn Grooten, editor of Virus Bulletin. We discuss Martijn’s career and how he ended up in his role at Virus Bulletin, as well as the threats that need tackling on the current cyber security landscape. We also take a look at the email space, and the way threats there have developed.
On this week’s Cyber Security Brief, we discuss the conviction of two members of the Bayrob gang – and the role Symantec played in their capture and conviction. Also, the founder of Silk Road 2.0 is sentenced to jail time in the UK, the personal data of thousands of law enforcement personnel is reportedly published online by a hacking group, and we discuss the Windows Tiles sub-domain takeover. Finally, when you’re talking to your smart speaker, who hears what you say?
On this week’s Cyber Security Brief podcast, we discuss our new research into the privacy of your hotel booking details, and how we found that two in three hotel websites leak guest booking details and allow access to personal data. We also have an update on the case of the Chinese national who tried to gain access to President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort while carrying a malware-laden thumb drive. We also discuss a complaint against audio equipment maker Sonos in the UK alleging it is coercing customers into surrendering an excessive amount of personal information, and the discovery of a dark marketplace called Genesis that is selling the digital fingerprints of thousands of people.
On this week’s Cyber Security Brief, we discuss the strange story of the Chinese woman who was apprehended after attempting to sneak into President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort with a malware-infected thumb drive. We also discuss the researchers who tricked a Tesla, a ransomware attack on the city of Albany, and the latest tricks being used by scammers to get you to click on annoying pop-up ads.
On this week’s Cyber Security Brief podcast, we discuss our new research into the Elfin espionage group, which we have seen targeting multiple organisations in Saudi Arabia and the U.S. We also talk about one of the big stories of the last week – ASUS’ software update system being hijacked to send out malicious updates, as well as discussing the ongoing issue of insider threats, and some new research into how mobile apps could be compromising your privacy and online security.
In today’s Cyber Security Brief, Dick O’Brien is joined by Neil Jenkins, the Chief Analytic Officer at the Cyber Threat Alliance (CTA). The CTA brings together various vendors in the cyber security community to help them better protect their customers and the public at large. Neil tells Dick about the aims of the CTA, its achievements and challenges so far, and the alliance’s plans for the future.
In this week's Cyber Security Brief, we chat about some of the highlights from this year's RSA conference including zero trust security, tackling fake news, the impending 5G network, IoT security, and a Symantec demonstration showing how much damage attackers can carry out in under seven minutes.
This week’s Cyber Security Brief is the second of two special episodes delving into the findings of Symantec’s Internet Security Threat Report (ISTR). The ISTR uses Symantec’s broad intelligence sources, researchers and analysts to bring you an insight into the key events and trends of 12 months in cyber security. In this episode, Dick O’Brien, Brigid O’Gorman, and Candid Wueest discuss some of the events and trends that affected enterprises the most in 2018.
This week’s Cyber Security Brief is the first of two special episodes delving into the findings of Symantec’s Internet Security Threat Report (ISTR). The ISTR uses Symantec’s broad intelligence sources, researchers and analysts to bring you an insight into the key events and trends of 12 months in cyber security. In this episode, Dick O’Brien, Brigid O’Gorman and Candid Wueest take a look at the 2018 events and trends that hit consumers the most.
In this week’s Cyber Security Brief podcast, we recap Google’s decision to backtrack on proposed changes to its Chrome web browser that would have rendered many ad blocking extensions inoperable. We also discuss the two security issues that were recently addressed by Facebook, including one that could have allowed accounts to be taken over. We also chat about another batch of online accounts that have been put up for sale on the dark web, the man who is suing Apple because he doesn’t like 2FA, and the “sophisticated state actor” reportedly responsible for cyber attacks targeting Australia’s parliament and a number of its political parties. And also, two UK soaps team up for a cyber security special…
In this week’s Cyber Security Brief, we chat about a slew of stolen online account data found for sale on the dark web, malware targeting Macs, and container vulnerabilities. Also this week, we look at a Wi-Fi connected USB cable that can allow for remote attacks on targeted computers.
In this week’s Cyber Security Brief, we discuss a bad week for cryptocurrencies, the new Google Chrome extension that will let you know if your password has been breached, why parents should be wary of kids’ smartwatches, and why we all should be wary of phone apps that promise to make you look beautiful. Plus, we chat about the experience of one Illinois family who felt the heat after their suite of Nest devices was hacked.
In this week’s Symantec Cyber Security Brief we discuss authorities' pursuit of Webstresser users, Japan allowing officials to hack civilians’ IoT devices in an attempt to improve security, and the much-discussed Apple Facetime bug. We also chat about the Razy malware attempting to steal cryptocurrencies, an evolution of business email compromise (BEC) scams, and a bizarre sting operation targeting the Citizen Lab internet watchdog group.
On this week’s Cyber Security Brief podcast, Symantec threat researcher Stephen Doherty joins us to discuss our recently published research into a wave of attacks against financial institutions in West Africa. We also discuss some new research that found that many free mobile VPNs could actually compromise people’s privacy, a hitman who was convicted thanks to evidence found on his smartwatch, and an embarrassing compromise of the ATLAS MMO game. Also this week, Russia is back in the headlines again, with the DNC revealing it was targeted once again by a spear-phishing campaign originating in Russia in November last, while Facebook also removed a number of “inauthentic” accounts that it says were based in Russia and involved in spreading misinformation on the social media platform.
In this week’s Cyber Security Brief, we discuss the indictment of two Ukrainian nationals for their role in a conspiracy to hack into the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) computer systems. We also chat about the recent controversy about GoDaddy quietly injecting scripts onto websites without the website owners knowing, and recent attacks on cryptocurrency exchanges. We also cover the Pwn2Own contest offering cash prizes for hacks on a Tesla vehicle for the first time, and how credit card scammers are using smartcard technology to their advantage.
Welcome to the first Cyber Security Brief podcast of 2019! On this week’s episode we discuss the fact that most people don’t trust their internet of things devices, but also aren’t that willing to pay extra for improved security. We also chat about the major leak of personal data of high-profile politicians and others in Germany, and developments in the campaign of the hackers taking over printers and Chromecasts to express their support for PewDiePie (and highlight security issues). Finally, we take a look at some research highlighting the fact that facial recognition on smartphones still isn’t foolproof.
In the final Cyber Security Brief podcast of 2018, we take a look back at the year that has gone by in cyber security, and count down the top 5 biggest cyber security stories of 2018. Listen to find out what we thought they were!
On this week’s Cyber Security Brief podcast, money is a big theme! We discuss a series of heists on banks in Eastern Europe that sound like something out of a Hollywood movie, a rise in the money lost to so-called “grandparent scams”, a crackdown by cops on money mules operating throughout Europe, and a new twist to the sextortion email scams we have previously discussed on this podcast. Also this week, we chat about new research Symantec has just published into the Seedworm group (aka Muddywater), which has hit more than 130 victims in 30 organisations since September 2018.
In this week’s Cyber Security Brief, we discuss the latest developments in the SamSam ransomware, with two of the people reportedly behind the ransomware having been recently indicted. Dick O’Brien, Candid Wueest and Brigid O Gorman also discuss the recent huge data breach at the Marriot-owned Starwood chain of hotels, as well as a large breach at Q & A website Quora. The hacker who hijacked 50,000 printers to spam people to support infamous YouTuber PewDiePie, a gaffe by an AI jaywalking detection system in a city in China, and malicious fitness apps on the Apple App Store are also up for discussion.
On this week’s Cyber Security Brief, we discuss Symantec’s role in an FBI takedown of ad-fraud infrastructure dubbed Operation Eversion. We also discuss the latest developments in the Facebook/Cambridge Analytica scandal, as well as the most recent activity from Magecart. Also, the dangers of most phishing sites having the padlock sign beside their address, and the curious incident of a security researcher who responsibly reported a vulnerability but was still subsequently reported to the police.
On this week’s episode of the Cyber Security Brief, Brigid O Gorman is joined by Candid Wueest to discuss the infamous Conficker worm, which marks its 10th anniversary this week. This worm first appeared on November 21, 2008, and despite the many changes that have occurred in the cyber security landscape since then we still see hundreds and thousands of detections of Conficker in the wild today. As well as Conficker, we also discuss some of the other old threats that are still around today – and speculate as to whether any of today’s threats are likely to have similar longevity.
In this week’s Cyber Security Brief podcast, Dick O’Brien, Candid Wueest and Brigid O Gorman discuss new research into formjacking and the Megecart group; a subsidiary of French movie chain Pathe loses more than $20 million in a Business Email Compromise (BEC) scam, and a whole slew of vulnerabilities get patched.
In this week’s Cyber Security Brief podcast we discuss the FASTCash attacks, in which the Lazarus group has been emptying ATMs, and highlight the research we have published into this activity. We also discuss a new report highlighting small businesses’ cyber risk, the Inception Framework using a new backdoor, and a vulnerability in a building management software.
In this week’s Cyber Security Brief podcast we discuss our newly-published research into the SamSam ransomware, exposed Docker APIs being used for cryptojacking, and some new activity from the Emotet botnet. With the midterm elections in the U.S. fast approaching we also take a look at some of the election security stories that have come up in the last week. Finally, we discuss a cautionary tale underlining why you shouldn’t use your work laptop to visit “adult” websites.
In this week’s Cyber Security Brief podcast, we discuss the claims and counter claims related to the Bloomberg Businessweek story published at the start of October that alleged Chinese spies had infiltrated U.S. companies by implanting secret chips on Super Micro motherboards – a story that has been rebutted by almost all the companies mentioned in it, including Super Micro itself, Apple and Amazon. With calls from those companies now for Bloomberg to retract the story, we discuss this ongoing saga. Also in the last week, a Russian woman was indicted in the U.S. on charges of playing a role in a conspiracy to interfere in the U.S. political system, meanwhile, Twitter released a huge trove of tweets it had identified that were attempting to influence political campaigns in the last couple of years. We consider the significance of that move from the social media giant.
Something a little different this week as we take a behind-the-scenes look at life in Symantec. Dick O’Brien chats to three Symantec engineers working in different parts of the company, and at different stages in their careers, to find out what it is really like to work as an engineer in a cyber security firm. Dick is joined by Symantec engineers Sayali Kulkarni, Conor Murray and Eric Chien to discuss the evolution of their careers in cyber security.
In this week’s Cyber Security Brief, Dick O’Brien is joined by Symantec threat researchers Jon DiMaggio and Candid Wueest to discuss the big cyber security stories of the last week. We talk about Symantec’s latest research on a previously-unknown attack group called Gallmaker, which is using “living off the land” and publicly-available hack tools to target organizations in the government and defense sectors. We also discuss the hack of the SpankChain cryptocurrency project, the breach at Garmin-owned boating app Navionics, and how Fitbit data has been used in a murder investigation.
In this week’s Symantec Cyber Security Brief we discuss two of our recently-published pieces of research. First, we are joined by Threat Analyst Stephen Doherty to discuss the recent activity of APT28 (aka Swallowtail, Fancy Bear), which made headlines in 2016 due to its involvement in cyber attacks against an organisation involved in the U.S. presidential election. Then, we talk about our newly published whitepaper examining the topic of cryptojacking – one of the hottest subjects in the world of cyber security in 2018. Finally, we discuss a first-of-its-kind case in the U.S. where a criminal suspect was forced by the FBI to use Face ID to unlock his iPhone.
In this week’s Symantec Cyber Security Brief, we discuss recent research Symantec has published on formjacking, as well as the formjacking attacks that have been carried out by the Magecart group. We also discuss how outdated plugins are allowing malicious code to be injected into WordPress sites, the Apple macOS Mojave zero day, and why it’s never a good idea for companies to store their customers’ passwords in plaintext.
On this week’s podcast Dick O’Brien is joined by threat researchers Candid Wueest and Brigid O Gorman to discuss the biggest cyber security stories of the week. We take a look at the newly-discovered Xbash malware family and what it can do, as well as discussing the first case of its kind where a man was convicted and imprisoned for writing fake reviews on TripAdvisor. Also, we look at some recent hacks against blockchain casinos, and speculate on the likely perpetrators behind DDoS attacks on UK university networks.
Dick O’Brien is joined by Symantec product manager Arvind Rao and architect Haik Mesropian to discuss their work, and what they are doing to combat software supply chain attacks, the products they are building, and how they are hoping their efforts will help developers combat these attacks.
In this week’s podcast we discuss how insiders are often the ones to blame for data breaches, and how often data breaches are caused by human error more often than malicious attackers. We look at the implications of a deal between Mastercard and Google that allows advertisers to figure out how effective their ads are at getting consumers to make purchases in the real world, and a development in the MikroTik routers hack. Also, we discuss $1 billion in Bitcoin that has suddenly started to move – and ask who might be in control of it?
On this week’s podcast we discuss the DNC “hack” that wasn’t, developments on dark web marketplaces, and the release of a Windows zero day on Twitter. We also discuss the Andromeda botnet, following the release from prison of one of the people accused of being behind it.
This week, Dick O’Brien is joined by Symantec threat researcher Gillian Cleary, who discusses her recent research into the 100 most popular mobile apps, and how much information they are really gathering about their users. We also discuss an attack dubbed USBHarpoon that turns USB charging cables malicious, and we look at a court case in the U.S. where the government is reportedly attempting to compel Facebook to break the encryption on its Messenger service.
This week we bring you a special podcast taking an in-depth look at the financial threats cyber crime landscape. Brigid O’Gorman is joined by Symantec threat analysts Stephen Doherty and Eric Chien to discuss the threats facing both banking consumers and banks themselves. We also discuss the Lazarus group’s role in recent high-value attacks targeting financial institutions, and talk about the future of the financial threats landscape.
In this week’s cyber security news round-up, we chat about Threat Intel’s Liam O’Murchu’s Black Hat presentation: How To Use Machine Learning to Discover New Targeted Attacks. We also discuss the Snapchat source code leak, the coin mining campaign targeting MikroTik routers, and the concept of “security through obscurity” – adding more bugs to code to make it harder for black hat hackers to figure out which bugs are the exploitable ones.
Welcome to your weekly cyber security news round-up. This week we discuss the simple-seeming game that was exploiting users’ CPU to mine cryptocurrency. We look at the story of prisoners in the U.S. who hacked their prison-issued tablets, and discuss the teen who stole $5 million through SIM hijacking. We also consider some of the issues that can arise when you buy second-hand connected cars and, yet again, we cover another attack on the software supply chain.
In this week’s round-up of all things cyber security we discuss newly-released research from Symantec detailing the activity of Leafminer, a threat actor carrying out campaigns that target organisations in the Middle East. We also discuss the continuing problem of data breaches, and how these can facilitate credential stuffing attacks by cyber criminals. The Internet of things (IoT), and the security failures that often occur in that space, is also up for discussion.
This week we look back at the week that was in cyber security. Dick O’Brien is joined by threat researchers Candid Wueest and Brigid O Gorman to discuss the latest research Symantec has just published about how Powershell is being leveraged by malicious actors. We also discuss extortion scams where people are tricked into transferring money to scammers who claim they have video of them visiting adult websites, how Twitter is trying to clean up its platform, and the financial cost of data breaches for business.
In this week’s podcast, we discuss software supply chain attacks, a subject we wrote about in this year’s ISTR. Software supply chain attacks increased by 200 percent between 2016 and 2017, with at least one attack every month in 2017. Dick O’Brien is joined by Symantec threat researchers Candid Wueest and Gavin O’Gorman to discuss this surge in attacks, and also to talk about two high-profile examples of these kind of attacks: the Petya/NotPetya and CCleaner attacks.
In this week’s podcast we take a look back at the first six months of the year, and review some of the biggest cyber security stories. We discuss VPNFilter, a router malware that, unusually, is able to survive the router being rebooted, as well as highlighting the tool that Symantec has released to tell users whether or not their router is infected with VPNFilter. We also look back at investigations into the Orangeworm and Inception Framework attack groups, as well as reviewing the impact of the Meltdown and Spectre bugs. Finally we look to the world of IoT and discuss smart locks, and if they’re really as smart as they claim to be…
In this week’s essential cyber security news round-up, we discuss the recent data breach at Ticketmaster, and also look at encrypted ransomware and wonder whether it's set to become a new trend. Also, after news broke last week that an employee at Tesla had been caught changing code and passing sensitive company information to third parties, we discuss the dangers of insider threats for business, and we also look at the reasons why, in a recent survey, almost 90 percent of UK businesses admitted to running legacy systems in order to keep data accessible.
We discuss a major law enforcement operation against Business Email Compromise (BEC) scammers, an interesting court case in Japan regarding the legality of browser-based coinmining, and we also talk to Jon Di Maggio, the Symantec investigator responsible for our latest research into the cyber espionage group Thrip.