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26 minutes | Sep 18, 2021
REvil's ransomware victims get a decryptor
A cybersecurity firm published a universal decryption tool to help victims of the REvil ransomware gang recover encrypted files. Anonymous breached a web hosting provider and domain registrar that gave shelter to right-wing websites. And the Department of Justice fined three former NSA employees who worked as hackers-for-hire for a United Arab Emirates firm. Plus, Verizon's Alex Pinto joins to talk about the cybersecurity industry's wittiest report.
21 minutes | Sep 6, 2021
Hacking for the holidays
The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the White House warned companies about the tendency of ransomware gangs to launch attacks over weekends and national holidays. Plus, a US farm lost a whopping $9 million due to a temporary shutdown of its farming operations following a ransomware attack, and Dmitry Smilyanets joins to discuss the latest ransomware trends.
19 minutes | Aug 23, 2021
A Cybercriminal Returned Stolen Money
T-Mobile said this week that hackers breached some of its internal servers. Tokyo-based cryptocurrency exchange Liquid said that cybercriminals stole $94 million of crypto assets. And Poly Network, a decentralized finance platform, offered a job to a hacker who decided to return hundreds of millions of dollars they stole from the company. Plus, Bruce Liska joins to discuss his efforts to track ransomware attacks against schools, hospitals, and state and local governments.
20 minutes | Aug 6, 2021
'Hacker Summer Camp' Gets a New Twist
Adam walks through the biggest cybersecurity news stories of the week, including an interview with a representative from the new ransomware group known as BlackMatter. Reporter Andrea Peterson joins to talk about how Black Hat and DEF CON—two conferences affectionately known as Hacker Summer Camp—are shaping up.
23 minutes | Jul 23, 2021
US and Allies Pin Microsoft Exchange Hack on China
Adam discusses the latest cybersecurity news headlines, including hacking accusations against China, new Department of Justice indictments, and an important update in the Kaseya ransomware incident. Nathan Beu and Christina Powers of West Monroe join to talk about the increasing importance of cyber due diligence.
35 minutes | Jul 9, 2021
The Biggest Ransomware Attack of All Time?
Levi and Adam discuss the latest cybersecurity news headlines, including a major cybersecurity probe in China and a reported attack on Ukraine. Dmitry Smilyanets joins later in the episode to chat about what is being referred to as the largest ransomware attack on record, and the Russian group believed to be behind it.
35 minutes | Jun 25, 2021
A Sad Ending for John McAfee
Adam discusses the biggest cybersecurity news stories, including the death of John McAfee, an attack against a South Korea submarine firm, and cyber insurance's moment of reckoning. Ondrej Krehel joins to talk about the ins and outs of digital forensics.
15 minutes | Jun 10, 2021
A Crackdown on Cybercrime Marketplaces
Adam discusses the latest cybersecurity news, such as the US Department of Justice's announcement that it seized the servers and domains of SlilPP, a well-known online marketplace where criminal groups assembled to trade stolen login credentials.
34 minutes | May 28, 2021
When Russia Is the Victim
Adam discusses three cybersecurity incidents targeting nation states—including one disclosed by a Russian government agency and another targeting Belgium. Hande Guven and Kirill Boychenko join later in the episode to discuss their research on the Turkish dark web.
38 minutes | May 17, 2021
When Pipelines Run Dry
Levi and Adam discuss the latest news on the Colonial Pipeline attack, and what the future of ransomware might look like. Andy Ellis, the former CSO of Akamai, joins later in the episode to talk about advising and investing in cybersecurity companies.
30 minutes | Apr 30, 2021
An Ambitious Effort to Combat Ransomware
Two ransomware incidents in the last week highlight just how bad the issue has gotten—and a new Ransomware Task Force is taking aim at the problem. Vishaal 'V8' Hariprasad joins to talk about the state of the cyberinsurance industry.
38 minutes | Apr 16, 2021
The Response We've Been Waiting For
Adam and Levi discuss the Biden administration's response to Russia's widespread compromise of federal and private sector networks, which includes a host of sanctions. Chris Finan joins to chat about defending critical infrastructure.
41 minutes | Apr 2, 2021
It's Been a Strange Year for Cybersecurity
The podcast celebrates its one-year anniversary. Levi and Adam reflect on how cyber threats have changed during the pandemic, and discuss the latest news, including an attack on a water facility and ransomware incidents.
22 minutes | Mar 19, 2021
Ransomware Hasn't Gone Anywhere
This week we talk about several stories that suggest the threat of ransomware is getting worse, despite SolarWinds and Microsoft Exchange getting most of the attention. And Dmitry Smilyanets joins to discuss his recent interview with one of the most noteworthy ransomware gangs, REvil.
48 minutes | Mar 7, 2021
Losing Control of Cyber Weapons
Adam and Levi chat about the latest cybersecurity news, including new advanced persistent threat groups from China and updates on the SolarWinds breach. Cybersecurity reporter and author Nicole Perlroth joins to discuss her new book.
24 minutes | Feb 19, 2021
Critical Infrastructure Under Siege
On this week's episode, we're joined by Evan Wolff, a former senior advisor for infrastructure protection at the Department of Homeland Security, who walks through the biggest cybersecurity challenges facing our outdated infrastructure sectors. Plus, we chat about the latest news, including "The Long Hack" and indictments against North Korean hackers.
24 minutes | Feb 5, 2021
How To Get a Hacker To Trust You
New information on the SolarWinds hack, plus details about two global law enforcement takedowns. Threat intelligence analyst Dmitry Smilyanets joins to talk about how he gains the trust of hackers and the law enforcement officials who track them down.
41 minutes | Jan 23, 2021
New President, New Cybersecurity Leaders
Adam and Levi discuss President Joe Biden's first cybersecurity appointments, as well as why the SolarWinds breach is far from over. Eric Cole joins later in the show to discuss his experience hacking for the CIA and more.
35 minutes | Jan 8, 2021
Storming the Capitol has Cybersecurity Implications
The year kicks off with a protest that's bound for the history books. Adam discusses the profound infosec repercussions of the storming of the Capitol, as well as the latest news on the SolarWinds hack. Neil Daswani, the co-director of the Stanford Advanced Security Certification Program, joins to talk about the biggest breaches of 2020.
25 minutes | Dec 18, 2020
December 18, 2020 — Ending the Year Off With a Bang
The attack against FireEye turns out to be an even bigger problem, with countless government agencies also compromised. And Vinny Troia, CEO of Night Lion Security, joins to talk about his efforts tracking down the hacking collective known as The Dark Overlord.
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