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    Anisha Patel: Right along with them. [Program management] [Career Notes]

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 28, 2021 8:15

    Associate Director at Raytheon Intelligence and Space in the Cyber Protection Services Division Anisha Patel always loved math and it defined her career journey. As a first-generation American from an Asian household, Anisha said she was destined for a STEM-focused career and chose electrical engineering. She began her career and remains at Raytheon (formerly E-Systems) working in several areas of the business thanks to her skills and informal mentors. Starting a rotational assignment in program management (7 years ago), Anisha said she "went to the dark side and then the hole closed and there I ended up." Anisha talks about the need to bring diversity of thought into the industry and adds to her team with this in mind. We thank Anisha for sharing her story with us.

    CyberWire Pro Research Briefing from 11/23/2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 27, 2021 8:18

    Enjoy a peek into CyberWire Pro's Research Briefing as the team is off recovering from our Thanksgiving feasts. This is the spoken edition of our weekly Research Briefing, focused on threats, vulnerabilities, and consequences, as they're played out in cyberspace. This week's headlines: Iranian threat actors target the IT supply chain. North Korean cyberespionage. More information on Emotet's return. Like what you hear? Consider subscribing to CyberWire Pro for $99/year. Learn more.

    CyberWire Pro Interview Selects: Carolyn Crandall of Attivo Networks.

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 26, 2021 9:01

    Our team decided to extend our Thanksgiving holiday and thought you might like to try a sample of a CyberWire Pro podcast called Interview Selects. These podcasts are a series of extended interviews, exclusives, and a curated selection of our most engaging and informative interviews over the years, featuring cyber security professionals, journalists, authors and industry insiders. On this episode, the interview October 27th, 2021 originally aired as a shortened version on the CyberWire Daily Podcast. In this extended interview, Dave Bittner speaks with Carolyn Crandall of Attivo Networks on what organizations should be focused on to protect AD. Like what you hear? Consider subscribing to CyberWire Pro for $99/year. Learn more.

    Misdirection and layering with a con in the middle. [Hacking Humans Goes to the Movies]

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 25, 2021 17:45

    Thanks for joining us for our fun project brought to you by the team of Hacking Humans, the CyberWire's social engineering podcast. Co-hosts Dave Bittner and Joe Carrigan are joined by Rick Howard in this series where they view clips from their favorite movies with examples of the social engineering scams and schemes you hear about on Hacking Humans. In this episode, Dave, Joe and Rick are watching Joe's and Rick's scene picks. They watch each of the selected scenes, describe the on-screen action for you, and then the team deconstructs what they saw. Grab your popcorn and join us for a trip to the movies. Links to this episode's clips if you'd like to watch along: Joe's clip from "The Simpsons: Father and Son Grifting" episode Rick's pick from "Paper Moon"

    Phishing in the Iranian diaspora. Not your grandma and grandpa's crytper. Malware-as-a-service. Proofs-of-concept (one is a zero-day). Apple sues NSO Group.  

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 24, 2021 28:59

    An apparent cyberespionage campaign targets the Iranian diaspora. Babadeda is an emerging crypter seeing use against alt-coin and NFt speculators. RATDispenser is out in the wild, a malware-as-a-service operation. Proofs-of-concept published for Microsoft exploits. Apple sues NSO Group. Group-IB's founder asks President Putin for clemency. Caleb Barlow on the difference between working for a company that is funded by VCs, PEs, angels or is public. Our guest today is Karl Sigler from Trustwave on the results of the 2021 Trustwave SpiderLabs Telemetry Report. And there's a guilty plea in the Wolf of Sophia case. For links to all of today's stories check out our CyberWire daily news briefing: https://www.thecyberwire.com/newsletters/daily-briefing/10/226

    Tardigrade malware infests the US biomanufacturing sector. GoDaddy suffers a significant data breach. Facebook Papers to be reviewed and released. NSO Group's troubles.

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 23, 2021 29:33

    Tardigrade malware infests the US biomanufacturing sector. GoDaddy suffers a significant data breach. A Gizmodo-led consortium will review and release the Facebook Papers. Ben Yelin on our privacy rights during emergency situations. Our guest is Ric Longenecker of Open Systems to discuss how ransomware attacks represent the number one threat for universities. And NSO Group may not recover from current controversy over its Pegasus intercept tool. For links to all of today's stories check out our CyberWire daily news briefing: https://www.thecyberwire.com/newsletters/daily-briefing/10/225

    Stealing from the best? An enigma in the criminal-to-criminal market. CISA's holiday caution. Someone's impersonating the SEC. Three weekend cyberattacks.

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 22, 2021 21:48

    The Lazarus Group seems interested in learning from, by which they mean stealing from, some of the world's leading state-sponsored cyber operators. Void Balaur remains an enigma, but it's not the only player in the C2C market. CISA and the FBI warn all, but especially critical infrastructure operators, to remain alert during the holidays. Some scammers are impersonating the US SEC. Dinah Davis from Arctic Wolf on what security gifts to get your family this year. Our guest today is Carole Theriault on online gaming during the pandemic. And cyberattacks are reported on an airline, a utility, and a manufacturer of wind turbines. For links to all of today's stories check out our CyberWire daily news briefing: https://www.thecyberwire.com/newsletters/daily-briefing/10/224

    How ransomware impacts organizations. [CyberWire-X]

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 21, 2021 30:20

    As ransomware attacks rapidly rise in frequency, eye-popping ransom demands grab headlines, and consumers experience product shortages and difficulty accessing services as the organizations they do business with are knocked offline. However, little is reported about the impact of a ransomware attack inside an organization. However, little is reported about the impact of a ransomware attack inside an organization.  In this show, we cover what steps organizations are taking now to prepare for a ransomware attack and what happens to an organization on that especially bad day when ransomware comes calling. The CyberWire's Rick Howard speaks with Hash Table member Don Welch, Vice president for Information Technology and Global Chief Information Officer at New York University, and show sponsor Keeper Security's CEO & Co-Founder Darren Guccione joins The CyberWire's Dave Bittner on this CyberWire-X as they share their expertise on the topic.

    MK Palmore: Lead from where you stand. [CISO] [Career Notes]

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 21, 2021 8:40

    Director of Google Cloud's Office of the CISO, MK Palmore, dedicated much of his life to public service and now brings his experience working for the greater good to the private sector. A graduate of the US Naval Academy, including the Naval Academy Prep School that he calls the most impactful educational experience of his life, MK commissioned into the US Marine Corps following his service academy time. He joined the FBI and that is where he came into the cybersecurity realm. MK is passionate about getting more diversity, equity and inclusion into industry. We thank MK for sharing his story with us.

    Using bidirectionality override characters to obscure code. [Research Saturday]

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 20, 2021 26:25

    Guests Nicholas Boucher and Ross Anderson from the University of Cambridge join Dave Bittner to discuss their research, "Trojan Source: Invisible Vulnerabilities." The researchers present a new type of attack in which source code is maliciously encoded so that it appears different to a compiler and to the human eye. This attack exploits subtleties in text-encoding standards such as Unicode to produce source code whose tokens are logically encoded in a different order from the one in which they are displayed, leading to vulnerabilities that cannot be perceived directly by human code reviewers. ‘Trojan Source' attacks, as they call them, pose an immediate threat both to first-party software and of supply-chain compromise across the industry. They present working examples of Trojan-Source attacks in C, C++, C#, JavaScript, Java, Rust, Go, and Python. They propose definitive compiler-level defenses, and describe other mitigating controls that can be deployed in editors, repositories, and build pipelines while compilers are upgraded to block this attack. The project website and research can be found here: Trojan Source: Invisible Source Code Vulnerabilities project website Trojan Source: Invisible Vulnerabilities research paper

    Software supply chain threats. Recent Iranian cyber operations. Banking disclosure rules. ICS updates. UK, US announce closer cooperation in cyberops. A real, literal, evil maid?

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 19, 2021 25:43

    Software supply chain incidents: FatPipe, PyPi, and IT services generally. A look at recent Iranian operations. The US Federal Reserve publishes its disclosure rules for banks sustaining cyber incidents. CISA issues a set of ICS advisories. Two of the Five Eyes announce plans for continued, even closer cooperation in cyberspace. Johannes Ullrich on attackers abusing "PAM" (Plug Authentication Modules). Our guest is Hatem Naguib, CEO at Barracuda Networks. And a real evil maid seems to have been out and about in Tel Aviv. For links to all of today's stories check out our CyberWire daily news briefing: https://www.thecyberwire.com/newsletters/daily-briefing/10/223

    Developments in cyber gangland, and the increasingly complicated entanglement of crooks and spies. Selling confiscated alt-coin to compensate fraud victims.

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 18, 2021 24:47

    Red Curl is a Russophone gang with an unusual target list. North Korea's TA406 is having a busy year, hacking for intelligence and for profit. Wicked Panda's getting good at code-signing, and software supply chain attacks are in Beijing's long-term plans. A spearphishing campaign abuses legitimate collaboration tools. Kevin Magee from Microsoft has an insider's look at Windows 11 security. Our guest is Kevin Bocek of Venafi to discuss Security Software Build Environments. And selling confiscated cryptocurrency to compensate victims of scams. For links to all of today's stories check out our CyberWire daily news briefing: https://www.thecyberwire.com/newsletters/daily-briefing/10/222

    CISA and its partners warn of Iranian cyber ops. Cyberespionage in the Middle East with Candiru tools. Belarus connected to Ghostwriter. Facebook boots SideCopy. RAMP recruits members.

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 17, 2021 23:30

    CISA, the FBI, the ACSC, and the NCSC issue a joint advisory warning of an Iranian cyber campaign exploiting known vulnerabilities in Fortinet and Microsoft Exchange. A Belarusian connection to Ghostwriter. Candiru tools reported in watering holes. SideCopy's interest in Afghanistan. RAMP shows an interest in attracting Chinese operators. Josh Ray from Accenture Security digs into the CONTI playbook leak. Our guest is Matt Keeley from Bishop Fox on fuzzing. And Pompompurin wants to sell you leaked Robinhood data. For links to all of today's stories check out our CyberWire daily news briefing: https://www.thecyberwire.com/newsletters/daily-briefing/10/221

    Threats and vulnerabilities, old and new, include Emotet and Mirai. CISA advises of DDS vulnerabilities. Arrest in a revenge porn case.

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 16, 2021 29:20

    Older threats, including Emotet and Mirai, are out and about, and an old vulnerability, Rowhammer, gets a fresh proof-of-concept. A new banking Trojan threatens Europe. Intel works on vulnerabilities. CISA advises awareness of recently reported DDS vulnerabilities. Joe Carrigan explains how spearphishers are using customer complaints as bait. Rick Howard epaks with Carlos Vega from Devo on Supply Chain issues. And an arrest is made in a Maryland revenge porn case.  For links to all of today's stories check out our CyberWire daily news briefing: https://www.thecyberwire.com/newsletters/daily-briefing/10/220

    Official online channels hijacked in separate US, Philippine incidents. Update on MosesStaff, a ransomware group interested in politics, not profit. Costco breach. Ryuk money-laundering case.

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 15, 2021 22:18

    Exploitation of a configuration error in the FBI's Law Enforcement Enterprise Portal enables hackers to send bogus warning emails. Philippine Office of Civil Defense Twitter account briefly hijacked. Update on Iranian politically motivated threat group MosesStaff. Discount retailer Costco discloses a point-of-sale skimmer incident. Dinah Davis from Arctic Wolf track zero days. Rick the Toolman Howard drops by the studio. And the US seeks extradition of a Russian alt-coin baron on charges of laundering Ryuk's money.  For links to all of today's stories check out our CyberWire daily news briefing: https://www.thecyberwire.com/newsletters/daily-briefing/10/219

    The real costs of ransomware in 2021, 2022, and beyond. [CyberWire-X]

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 14, 2021 29:07

    Ransomware: the problem that everyone is talking about, yet somehow continues to get worse with each passing year. In 2021, the cost of ransomware to global businesses is estimated to reach a whopping $20B. The problem has reached such a critical mass that it can no longer be cast away as some unknowable IT problem–everyone from cyber insurance providers to the federal government have taken note. The CyberWire's Rick Howard speaks with Hash Table member Kevin Ford of Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI), and ExtraHop's VP, GM of International and Global Security Programs, Mike Campfield, joins The CyberWire's Dave Bittner on this CyberWire-X for a retrospective on ransomware in 2021. Mike shares his predictions on how it will evolve in 2022 and beyond, and what controls enterprises can put into place to build their resilience to the growing threat.

    Swati Shekhar: Challenges increase your risk appetite. [Engineering] [Career Notes]

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 14, 2021 10:34

    Ground Labs' Head of Engineering, Swati Shekhar, shares her circuitous route from and back to engineering. Always being interested in leveraging the tools available to solve problems, Swati talks about how she found her place in engineering. She mentions how she had her first real experience with a computer when she was 17 in her first year at college. Aside from being one of 30 young women in a sea of 500 young men there, Swati described it as a "good culture shock because anything that takes you out of your comfort zone actually makes you learn and grow." She notes that challenges experienced in life increase your risk appetite so significantly. Swati advises those looking to make a job change to be certain of what is attracting them and to be yourself. We thank Swati for sharing her story with us.

    A glimpse into TeamTNT. [Research Saturday]

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 13, 2021 16:21

    Senior Intelligence Researcher at Anomali, Tara Gould, joins Dave to discuss their team's work on "Inside TeamTNT's Impressive Arsenal: A Look Into A TeamTNT Server." Anomali Threat Research discovered an open server to a directory listing that they attribute with high confidence to the German-speaking threat group, TeamTNT.The server contains source code, scripts, binaries, and cryptominers targeting Cloud environments.Other server contents include Amazon Web Services (AWS) Credentials stolen from TeamTNT stealers are also hosted on the server. This inside view of TeamTNT infrastructure and tools in use can help security operations teams to improve detection capabilities for related attacks, whether coming directly from TeamTNT or other cybercrime groups leveraging their tools. The research can be found here: Inside TeamTNT's Impressive Arsenal: A Look Into A TeamTNT Server

    Tension in Eastern Europe. A Hong Kong watering hole. US, EU join the Paris Call. Cybermercenaries. CISA's plans for countering disinformation, and for forming a white-hat hacker advisory group.

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 12, 2021 26:18

    Notes on rising international tension in Eastern Europe. A watering-hole campaign in Hong Kong. The US and the EU have joined the Paris Call. NSO Group's prospective CEO resigns his position before formally assuming it. Void Balaur, a cybermercenary group, is active in the Russophone cyber underground. Johannes Ullrich on leaked vaccination cards and Covid tests. Our guest is Carolyn Crandall of Attivo Networks on what organizations should be focused on to protect Active Directory. CISA intends to increase its capacity to work against misinformation and disinformation. CISA also intends to recruit white hat hackers to an advisory board. For links to all of today's stories check out our CyberWire daily news briefing: https://www.thecyberwire.com/newsletters/daily-briefing/10/218

    Let's go to the movies. [Hacking Humans Goes to the Movies]

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 11, 2021 25:11

    Welcome to a fun new project by the team who brings you Hacking Humans, the CyberWire's social engineering podcast. Co-hosts Dave Bittner and Joe Carrigan are joined by Rick Howard in this series. They view clips from their favorite movies with examples of the social engineering scams and schemes you hear about on Hacking Humans. In this first episode, Dave, Joe and Rick are watching Dave's and Joe's picks. They watch each of the selected scenes, describe the on-screen action for you, and then the team deconstructs what they saw. Grab your popcorn and join us for a trip to the movies. Links to movie clips if you'd like to watch along: Dave's pick from "The Grifters" Joe's clip from "Matchstick Men"

    Cyberespionage from Tehran. Clopp ransomware operators exploit vulnerable SolarWinds instances. Mercenaries and lawful intercept vendors. Patch Tuesday.

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 10, 2021 23:46

    Tehran's Lyceum group expands its activities against ISPs and telcos in Israel, Morocco, Tunisia, and Saudi Arabia. Clopp is going after unpatched instances of SolarWinds. Cyber mercenaries are quietly competing with lawful intercept vendors. NSO Group receives a setback from the US 9th Circuit. Mexico makes an arrest in its Pegasus investigation. Carole Theriault shares her thoughts on the supply chain. Josh Ray from Accenture Security on Moving Left of the Ransomware Boom. And notes on Patch Tuesday.  For links to all of today's stories check out our CyberWire daily news briefing: https://www.thecyberwire.com/newsletters/daily-briefing/10/217

    Ransomware hits an electronics retailer and a new-school financial services company. Updates on international action against REvil.

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 9, 2021 25:22

    Hive ransomware hits electronics retailer Media Markt. Robinhood Markets sustains a data breach it traces to social engineering. Ben Yelin looks at the law behind U.S. police demanding your phone passcode. Dave checks in with Rick Howard for his thoughts on the Trojan Source vulnerability. And more notes on the international action against REvil, including the US application of sanctions (with Baltic cooperation) to three companies involved in supporting the gang's financial infrastructure. For links to all of today's stories check out our CyberWire daily news briefing: https://www.thecyberwire.com/newsletters/daily-briefing/10/216

    REvil operators arrested and indicted. China says a foreign intelligence service accessed passenger travel records. Suspected Emissary Panda campaign.

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 8, 2021 24:47

    REvil operators arrested and indicted. China says a foreign intelligence service accessed passenger travel records. Suspected Emissary Panda campaign. Conti (sort of) apologizes. Caleb Barlow thinks it's time to re-think your security documentation. Our guest is Jessica Hetrick of Optiv Security on cyber fraud running rampant. And the FBI warns of ransomware attacks targeting casinos. For links to all of today's stories check out our CyberWire daily news briefing: https://www.thecyberwire.com/newsletters/daily-briefing/10/215

    Jamil Jaffer: You should run towards risk. [Strategy] [Career Notes]

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 7, 2021 7:31

    Senior Vice President for Strategy, Partnerships, and Corporate Development at IronNet Cybersecurity, Jamil Jaffer, shares how his interest in technology brought him full circle. Always a tech guy, Jamil paid he way through college doing computer support. Jamil went to law school and worked in various jobs in Washington DC including a stint in the newly-created National Security division of the Justice Department just after 9/11. When talking about adversity, Jamil notes, "Adversity has happened in life, but you gotta run at those things. To me, you know, I like risk. I think risk is something that a lot of people shy away from." We thank Jamil for sharing his story with us.

    An incident response reveals itself as GhostShell tool, ShellClient. [Research Saturday]

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 6, 2021 19:59

    Guest Mor Levi, Vice President of Cyber Practices from Cybereason, joins Dave Bittner to discuss her team's work on "Operation GhostShell - Novel RAT Targets Global Aerospace and Telecoms Firms." In July 2021, the Cybereason Nocturnus and Incident Response Teams responded to Operation GhostShell, a highly-targeted cyber espionage campaign targeting the Aerospace and Telecommunications industries mainly in the Middle East, with additional victims in the U.S., Russia and Europe.  The Operation GhostShell campaign aims to steal sensitive information about critical assets, organizations' infrastructure and technology. During the investigation, the Nocturnus Team uncovered a previously undocumented and stealthy RAT (Remote Access Trojan) dubbed ShellClient which was employed as the primary espionage tool. To learn more, listen to the episode. The research can be found here: Operation GhostShell - Novel RAT Targets Global Aerospace and Telecoms Firms

    $10 million reward for DarkSide info. BlackMatter members expected to resurface. Ukraine outlines Russia's FSB cyber ops. Persistent engagement as deterrence. Arrest in Crossfire Hurricane inquiry.

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 5, 2021 26:00

    The US offers a reward of up to ten million dollars for information leading to the identification or location of the leaders of the DarkSide ransomware gang. Researchers expect BlackMatter's nominally retired operators to resurface in other criminal organizations. Ukraine outlines Russian FSB cyber operations during the hybrid war that's been waged since 2014. Deterrence in cyberspace. Carole Theriault takes on high value targets. Our guest is Bill Mann of Styra on rising compliance regulations and security drift. An arrest is made in Special Counsel Durham's investigation. For links to all of today's stories check out our CyberWire daily news briefing: https://www.thecyberwire.com/newsletters/daily-briefing/10/214

    Britain's Labour Party sustains a “data incident.” CERT-FR describes a new affiliate gang, Lockean. US, Russian intelligence chiefs discuss cybersecurity. Gas is flowing in Iran again. Start-ups honored.

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 4, 2021 25:58

    Britain's Labour Party is affected by a ransomware incident a third-party provider sustained. ANSSI identifies a new ransomware affiliate gang, “Lockean.” Notes on how and why BlackMatter and REvil went on the lam. Russo-American talks discussed cybercrime and cybersecurity. Iran's gas stations are fully back in business, following the cyber sabotage they sustained. Kevin Magee from Microsoft has highlights from their 2021 Digital Defence Report. Our guest is Ofer Ben Noon of Talon Cyber Security addressing browser vulnerabilities. And DataTribe has announced the winners of its fourth annual Cybersecurity Start-up Challenge. For links to all of today's stories check out our CyberWire daily news briefing: https://www.thecyberwire.com/newsletters/daily-briefing/10/213

    Ransomware gangs talk about retiring, and about deception. High-level Russo-American talks. US sanctions four spyware vendors. CISA tells US agencies to patch known, exploited vulnerbalities.

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 3, 2021 23:15

    The BlackMatter ransomware gang says that it's retiring under pressure from the authorities. The spokesman for the Groove group says his gang doesn't exist--he was just playing the media. Quiet, high-level talks held between senior US and Russian officials. The US Commerce Department sanctions four spyware vendors. Carole Theriault wonders if you can train yourself free of social engineering. Josh Ray from Accenture Security with insights from their Cyber Investigations and Forensic Response team. CISA tells Federal agencies to get patching. For links to all of today's stories check out our CyberWire daily news briefing: https://www.thecyberwire.com/newsletters/daily-briefing/10/212

    Trojan Source--a threat to the software supply chain. Ransomware goes to influence operations school. Triple extortion? Criminal target selection.

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 2, 2021 27:56

    Researchers describe Trojan Source, a hard-to-detect threat to the software supply chain. A ransomware gang takes a page from the information operator's book. From double extortion to triple extortion, as other ransomware gangs add distributed denial-of-service to encryption and doxing. Criminals are now hacking on material, non-public information, the FBI warns. Joe Carrigan looks at multifactor adoption at Twitter. Our guest is Steve Ragan from Akamai on API security. And criminals hit healthcare providers in Newfoundland. For links to all of today's stories check out our CyberWire daily news briefing: https://www.thecyberwire.com/newsletters/daily-briefing/10/211

    Iranian officials blame the US and Israel for gas station cyber sabotage. A new direction for NSO? Cyber extortion, Minecraft phishing, and sugar daddies looking for sugar babies (sez they).

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 1, 2021 23:15

    Iran hasn't finished investigating its gas station cyber sabotage, but Tehran is pretty sure the Great and Lesser Satans are behind it. NSO Group says it's going in a new, nicer direction. The Conti gang hits a luxury jewelry dealer, and another, unknown group hits an upscale art dealership. The Chaos gang is after Minecraft players (players who cheat). Caleb Barlow on pre-breach pre-approvals. Rick Howard introduces sand tables in cyber space. And sugar daddies come to the world of advance fee scams. For links to all of today's stories check out our CyberWire daily news briefing: https://www.thecyberwire.com/newsletters/daily-briefing/10/210

    Jadee Hanson: Cybersecurity is a team effort. [CISO] [Career Notes]

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 31, 2021 9:39

    Jadee Hanson, CIO and CISO at Code 42, started her technology journey thanks to the help of a teacher in high school. She began college studying computer science and ended with a degree in computer information systems as it had more of the business side. Working in the private sector for companies such as Deloitte, Target and Code 42, Jadee gained experience and specialized in insider risk. She notes "utopia for me and my team is to get to a spot where the team is just firing on all cylinders and being really proactive about what's coming and what's changing." Jadee mentions she tries hard to do things that might scare her every day. For those interested in the field, especially young women, Jadee recommends they get involved and then stay curious. We thank Jadee for sharing her story with us.  

    Malware sometimes changes its behavior. [Research Saturday]

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 30, 2021 27:48

    Dr. Tudor Dumitras from University of Maryland and joins Dave Bittner to share a research study conducted in collaboration with industry partners from Facebook, NortonLifeLock Research Group and EURECOM. The project is called: "When Malware Changed Its Mind: An Empirical Study of Variable Program Behaviors in the Real World." In the study, the team analyzed how malware samples change their behavior when executed on different hosts or at different times. Such “split personalities” may confound the current techniques for malware analysis and detection. Malware execution traces are typically collected by executing the samples in a controlled environment (a “sandbox”), and the techniques created and tested using such traces do not account for the broad range of behaviors observed in the wild. In the paper, the team shows how behavior variability can make those techniques appear more effective than they really are, and they make some recommendations for dealing with the variability. The research and executive summary can be found here: When Malware Changed Its Mind: An Empirical Study of Variable Program Behaviors in the Real World Analysing malware variability in the real world

    Iranian-Israeli cyber tensions rise. Decaf ransomware described. Philippine government phshbait. Unemployment due to cyberattack. Europol's latest collars. Facebook rebrands as “Meta.”

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 29, 2021 27:58

    Tensions between Iran and Israel rise as sources in Tehran blame Israel for hacking gas stations, and as apparent Iranian hacktivists dox Israeli defense personnel. A new ransomware strain is discovered. A criminal group is spoofing emails from Philippine agencies. Europol and partners sweep up a cyber gang. Betsy Carmelite from BAH on convergence of 5G and healthcare. Our guest is Justin Wray from CoreBTS with a look at the security issues facing online gaming and casinos. And the company formerly known as Facebook rebrands as “Meta.” For links to all of today's stories check out our CyberWire daily news briefing: https://www.thecyberwire.com/newsletters/daily-briefing/10/209

    The Malware Mash!

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 29, 2021 3:05

    Hacktivists or intelligence services in Iran? BOLO NIkolay K. Renouncing Conti, and all its empty promises. SEO poisoning. US cyber strategic intent.

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 28, 2021 26:18

    Iran continues its recovery from a cyberattack that disrupted subsidized fuel distribution. Wanted in Stuttgart (but living it up in Russia): ransomware kingpin Nikolay K. The Conti ransomware gang gets poor customer service notices. Food distribution is on the cybercriminals' target lists. SolarMarker's use of SEO poisoning. The US publishes a statement of strategic intent for its cybersecurity czar's office. David Dufour from Webroot wonders if there's any hope at slowing down malware. Our own Brandon Karpf describes the DoD's Skillbridge program. And decryptors are made available for three ransomware strains. For links to all of today's stories check out our CyberWire daily news briefing: https://www.thecyberwire.com/newsletters/daily-briefing/10/208

    Coups and comms blackouts. Fuel sale sabotage in Iran. Wslink described. Operation Dark HunTor takes down a contraband market. FTC looks into Facebook. LockBit speaks.

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 27, 2021 25:49

    Sudan is under a blackout as a military junta consolidates control over the government. Iran says a cyberattack--unattributed so far--was responsible for disrupting fuel distribution in that country. A novel loader is discovered. Operation Dark HunTor takes down a darkweb contraband market. The US FTC is looking into Facebook's privacy settlement. The LockBit gang talks, and it's insufferable. Andrea Little Limbago from Interos on government internet interventions. Carole Theriault weighs in on Facebook glasses. And Halloween is another day closer. For links to all of today's stories check out our CyberWire daily news briefing: https://www.thecyberwire.com/newsletters/daily-briefing/10/207

    Ransomware and privateering, counteroffense and deterrence. The US State Department will reestablish its cyber office. And looking forward to Halloween.

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 26, 2021 27:37


    Notes on ransomware and privateering: Conti's barking at its victims, someone's exploiting billing software, and BlackMatter repeated some coding errors its DarkSide predecessor committed. GCHQ suggests that the UK will undertake a more assertive imposition of costs on cyber gangs. The US State Department will reestablish its cyber bureau. Software supply chain cyberespionage, and what can be done about it. Ben Yelin on school laptop privacy concerns. Our guest is David White of Axio to discuss Ransomware Preparedness. And some more scare-notes for Halloween. For links to all of today's stories check out our CyberWire daily news briefing: https://www.thecyberwire.com/newsletters/daily-briefing/10/206


    SolarMarket malware carried in some WordPress sites. Russian privateers don't much like REvil's takedown. The SVR in the supply chain. Malicious Squid Games app. Scary social media.

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 25, 2021 23:45

    SolarMarket infestations are up, and circulating through WordPress sites. More indications that REvil was taken down by a US-led but thoroughly international public-private partnership, and the other Russian privateers have their noses seriously out of joint. Russia's SVR is getting busy in software supply chains. Criminals take advantage of the popularity of Squid Games. Dinah Davis from Arctic Wolf on how even hackers have internal politics. Rick Howard checks in with the Hash Table on compliance. And Halloween is coming: do you know what your apps are up to? For links to all of today's stories check out our CyberWire daily news briefing: https://www.thecyberwire.com/newsletters/daily-briefing/10/205

    Mark Nunnikhoven: Providing clarity about security. [Cloud strategy] [Career Notes]

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 24, 2021 8:23

    Distinguished Cloud Strategist at Lacework, Mark Nunnikhoven, has gone from taking technology to its limits for his own understanding to providing clarity about security for others. Mark fell in love with his Commodore 128 and once he realized he could bend the machine to his will, it set him on the path to technology. While he had some bumps in the road, dropping out of high school and not following the traditional path in college, Mark did complete his masters in information security. His professional life took him from Canadian public service to the private sector where Mark noted the culture shift was an eye-opening experience. Mark always looks to learn something new and share that with others and that is evidenced as his includes teaching as a facet of his career. We thank Mark for sharing his story with us.

    When big ransomware goes away, where should affiliates go? [Research Saturday]

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 23, 2021 20:58

    Our guest Doel Santos, Threat Research Analyst at Palo Alto Networks, joins Dave Bittner to talk about Unit 42's work on "Ransomware Groups to Watch: Emerging Threats." As part of Unit 42's commitment to stop ransomware attacks, they monitor the activity of existing groups, search for dark web leak sites and fresh onion sites, identify up-and-coming players and study tactics, techniques and procedures. During their operations, Unit 42 observed four emerging ransomware groups that are currently affecting organizations and show signs of having the potential to become more prevalent in the future. Doel discusses these (AvosLocker, Hive Ransomware, HelloKitty, and LockBit 2.0) with Dave. The research can be found here: Ransomware Groups to Watch: Emerging Threats

    Counting coup against REvil (and other gangs are taking note). Export controls and dual use. A timing bug will surface this weekend.

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 22, 2021 27:46

    REvil's troubles appear to be the work of an international law enforcement operation. Other gangs have noticed, and they're looking a little spooked, even as they evolve their tactics in a maturing criminal-to-criminal market. Questions are raised about the efficacy of surveillance tool export controls. Caleb Barlow has cyber security considerations for CEOs and boards. Our guest is Mickey Boodeai of Transmit Security on the movement to do away with passwords. And if you liked Y2K, you're going to love ten-twenty-four.  For links to all of today's stories check out our CyberWire daily news briefing: https://www.thecyberwire.com/newsletters/daily-briefing/10/203

    Evil Corp identified as the threat actor behind ransomware attacks on Sinclair and Olympus. Privateering. Fin7's front company. Sentencing in a bulletproof hosting case.

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 21, 2021 27:39

    Evil Corp is identified as the operator behind the ransomware that hit the Sinclair Broadcast Group and Olympus. The US Defense Department complains of Russian toleration for ransomware gangs. The Fin7 gang has set up a front company to recruit talent. Betsy Carmelite from Booz Allen Hamilton on building mission-driven 5G security with zero trust. Our guest is Robert Carolina on ethics. And sentences are handed down in a bulletproof hosting case. For links to all of today's stories check out our CyberWire daily news briefing: https://www.thecyberwire.com/newsletters/daily-briefing/10/203

    Cyberespionage campaign looks a lot like SIGINT collection. Magnitude gets more capable. VPN exploits solicited. Ransomware trends. Seven years for UPMC hacker. Plenty of Candy Corn coming.

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 20, 2021 24:32

    The LightBasin “activity cluster” has been active indeed against telecom infrastructure in what looks like an espionage campaign. The Magnitude exploit kit adds capabilities for hitting Chromium browsers. An exploit broker is interested in cloud-based VPNs. Victims continue to pay in ransomware attacks. A hacker gets seven years for conspiracy to defraud and identity theft. David Dufour from Webroot looks at the coming threat landscape. Our guest is Paul Shread from eSecurity Planet on backup tools for ransomware. And a Candy Corn shortage is averted. For links to all of today's stories check out our CyberWire daily news briefing: https://www.thecyberwire.com/newsletters/daily-briefing/10/202

    TA505's recent activity. Advice on defending organizations from BlackMatter. CISA RFI seeks EDR information. REvil's halting attempts to return. Sinclair's incident response.

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 19, 2021 22:06

    A look at TA505, familiar yet adaptable. A US joint cybersecurity advisory outlines the BlackMatter threat to critical infrastructure. CISA asks industry for technical information on endpoint detection and response capabilities. Is REvil trying to run on reputation? The Sinclair Broadcasting ransomware incident seems to provide a case study in rapid disclosure. Carole Theriault considers the fight for online anonymity. Joe Carrigan shares steps to protect the C-Suite. And there's a decryptor out for BlackByte. For links to all of today's stories check out our CyberWire daily news briefing: https://www.thecyberwire.com/newsletters/daily-briefing/10/201

    A US broadcaster sustains a ransomware attack. North Korean catphis expelled from Twitter. REvil's Tor sites are hijacked. Hacking back. Prosecution and responsible disclosure?

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 18, 2021 24:00

    The Sinclair Broadcast Group discloses that it sustained a ransomware attack over the weekend. Twitter kicks out two North Korean catphish deployed in a cyberespionage campaign. REvil goes offline, again, perhaps this time for good. Hacking back, at least insofar as you let the hoods know you can see them. Rick Howard previews the newest season of CSO Perspectives. Johannes Ullrich from SANS on Expired Domain Dumpster Diving. And an update on the Missouri disclosure and proposed hacking prosecution. For links to all of today's stories check out our CyberWire daily news briefing: https://www.thecyberwire.com/newsletters/daily-briefing/10/200

    Ell Marquez: It's okay to be new. [Linux] [Career Notes]

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 17, 2021 9:22

    Linux and Security Advocate at Intezer Ell Marquez shares her journey from the family ranch to security. Needing a life change due to a bunch of circumstances that had occurred that left her almost homeless, Ell found out about a six week Linux boot camp that took her down the path toward technology. She fell in love security at at BSides Conference and hasn't looked back. Ell says she recently started a campaign called "it's okay to be new" noting that no matter how long you've been in the industry, you need to be new because technology changes so quickly. She concludes by offering one final piece of advice to everybody is just "be unapologetically yourself." We thank Ell for sharing her story with us.

    Groove Gang making a name for themselves. [Research Saturday]

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 16, 2021 22:03

    Guest Michael DeBolt, Chief Intelligence Officer from Intel471, joins Dave Bittner to discuss their work on "How Groove Gang is shaking up the Ransomware-as-a-Service market to empower affiliates." McAfee Enterprise ATR believes, with high confidence, that the Groove gang is associated with the Babuk gang, either as a former affiliate or subgroup. These cybercriminals are happy to put aside previous Ransomware-as-a-Service hierarchies to focus on the ill-gotten gains to be made from controlling victim's networks, rather than the previous approach which prioritized control of the ransomware itself. The research can be found here: How Groove Gang is shaking up the Ransomware-as-a-Service market to empower affiliates

    CISA and its partners warn of threats to water and wastewater treatment facilities. The curious case of Missouri teachers' Social Security Numbers.

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 15, 2021 23:07

    A CISA-issued Joint Advisory warns of threats and vulnerabilities at water and wastewater treatment facilities. CISA issues twenty-two other industrial control system advisories. Andrea Little Limbago from Interos on trends in the human element of security. Our guest is Gidi Cohen from Skybox with Vulnerability and Threat Trends. And the Governor of Missouri intends to prosecute the Saint Louis Post-Dispatch to the fullest extent of whatever the law turns out to be. For links to all of today's stories check out our CyberWire daily news briefing: https://www.thecyberwire.com/newsletters/daily-briefing/10/199

    Notes from the underground: data breach extortion and a criminal market shuts down. International cooperation against ransomware. Cyber risk and higher education.

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 14, 2021 25:37

    Data breach extortion seems to be an emerging criminal trend. Notes on a darknet market's retirement. Verizon advises Visible users to look to their credentials. Windows users' attention is drawn to seven potentially serious vulnerabilities (all patchable). The Necro botnet is installing Monero cryptojackers. Organizing an international response to ransomware. Carole Theriault shares thoughts on social engineering. Dinah Davis from Arctic Wolf on the supply chain attack framework. And a quick look at the state of cyber risk in higher education. For links to all of today's stories check out our CyberWire daily news briefing: https://www.thecyberwire.com/newsletters/daily-briefing/10/198

    Cyber Espionage, again. Patched SolarWinds yet? Patch Tuesday. The international conference on ransomware has begun. Booter customers get a warning. A disgruntled insider alters aircraft records.

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 13, 2021 29:39

    A Chinese-speaking APT is distributing the MysterySnail RAT in what appears to be a cyberespionage campaign. Some users still haven't patched vulnerable SolarWinds instances. Notes on yesterday's Patch Tuesday. The US-convened international ransomware conference kicked off today, and Russia wasn't invited. Former users of a criminal booter service get a stern warning letter from the Dutch police. Caleb Barlow reacts to a recent ransomware tragedy. Our guest is Rob Gurzeev of CyCognito on the security issues with subsidiaries. And a Florida woman is charged with altering aircraft records. For links to all of today's stories check out our CyberWire daily news briefing: https://www.thecyberwire.com/newsletters/daily-briefing/10/197

    Espionage by password spraying, and espionage via peanut butter sandwich. Ransomware and DDoS warnings. Two journalists get the Nobel Peace Prize

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 12, 2021 29:59

    Teheran is running password spraying attacks (especially on Thursdays and Sundays). More on the renewed popularity of DDoS attacks. NCSC warns British businesses against ransomware. Two journalists win the Nobel Peace Prize. Joe Carrigan shares his thoughts on GriftHorse. Our guest is Bindu Sundaresan from AT&T Cybersecurity football season and cyber risks. And watch out for small data cards in your peanut butter sandwiches, kids. For links to all of today's stories check out our CyberWire daily news briefing: https://www.thecyberwire.com/newsletters/daily-briefing/10/196

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