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The wildest computer hacks you could ever imagine. 500 million dollars disappear into thin air. Two teenagers disrupt a rocket launch. Foreign spies rig an election. Hosted by author and cybersecurity expert Ran Levi, Malicious Life unravels complex, dramatic historical events, with interviews from people who were actually there. Lock your door, wipe your hard drive, and come listen to fascinating stories from the cyber underground.
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About a year ago, Cybereason's Managed Detection and Response team (aka MDR) stumbled upon a attack involving Russian cybercriminals, POS devices and an entire new family of previously undiscovered malware. The post MDR Vs. The TrickBot Gang appeared first on Malicious Life.
Between 2010 and 2014, Yahoo was hacked numerous times - each time setting a new 'world record' for the largest data breach in history. It also hid those breaches from it's investors, customers and the SEC. The post Yahoo’s Ugly Death, Part 2 appeared first on Malicious Life.
When Marissa Mayer joined Yahoo as CEO, the company's stock rose 2% the day of the announcement. But the new CEO was basically initiated into her job by a major data breath - and the worst was yet to come. The post Yahoo’s Ugly Death, Part 1 appeared first on Malicious Life.
Falun Gong is a religious movement heavily persecuted in China. In 2017, members of the movement sued Cisco Systems for aiding and abetting the Chinese government in this persecution - since Cisco helped China erect 'Golden Shield'": the massive Chinese IT infrastructure project which combined internet censorship and pervasive Chinese state cyberspying. The post The Great Firewall of China, Pt. 2: Cisco’s Trial appeared first on Malicious Life.
The Great Firewall is just mind-bogglingly big, repressing freedom of speech and information for over 800 million Chinese internet users every year. The Great Firewall is so big that it’s worth asking: how did the Chinese manage to build it in the first place? 20 years ago, our info-sec technology was much less advanced than it is today. China was a second-rate technology power, not even comparable to their position today. Most of all: a firewall, like the one they proposed, had never existed before--or, for that matter, since. How, then, did they pull it off? The post The Great Firewall of China – Part 1 appeared first on Malicious Life.
Ran & Israel Barak, Cybereason's CISO, discuss the latest development in ransomware evolution: multi-stage attacks in which the attackers infiltrate the target network, steal data and gather intelligence - before detonating the ransomware to cause maximal denial-of-service to the victim organization. What does this new tactic mean for the use of backups as a mean to mitigate the risk from ransomware? This episode was recorded live on July 29th, 2020. The post Multi-Stage Ransomware (Live!) appeared first on Malicious Life.
In 2015 Bastian Obermayer, an investigative journalist for the Süddeutsche Zeitung, received a message every journalist dreams of: the biggest leak in journalism history. But dealing with the massive 2.7 Terabyte data-dump, 11.5 million documents - while making sure his source's identity could not be uncovered, turned out to be a huge challenge. The post Protecting The “Panama Papers” Whistleblower appeared first on Malicious Life.
Hackers keep modifying and improving their methods of operations. Assaf Dahan, Sr. Director and Head of Threat Research at Cybereason, tells us about the recent shift to Blackmail - as a way to pressure Ransomware victims to pay the ransom. The post From Ransomware To Blackmail, With Assaf Dahan appeared first on Malicious Life.
SegWit2x, Part 3

SegWit2x, Part 3

2020-07-0359:105

On August 1st, 2017, Bitcoin forked. But it wasn't the SegWit2x fork everyone was talking about - It was a different fork, supported by a coalition of miners who, in doing what they were doing, were essentially ditching SegWit2x in favor of their own scaling solution. What happened here? Who betrayed SegWit2x? The post SegWit2x, Part 3 appeared first on Malicious Life.
SegWit2x, Part 2

SegWit2x, Part 2

2020-06-1949:475

SegWit2x was proposed as a solution to Bitcoin's network problems - but some people in the anti-2x movement claimed that it is nothing less than a cyber-attack: a 51% attack on Bitcoin, to be precise. This is getting ugly. The post SegWit2x, Part 2 appeared first on Malicious Life.
A black market economy has developed around Fortnite's in-game currency. Cyber criminals are hacking user accounts, juicing credit cards, and selling virtual currency for real-life dollars and cents. To ensure fun and safety for players, the cycle must be stopped. The post Hacking Fortnite Accounts (CPRadio) appeared first on Malicious Life.
In 2017, Bitcoin was winning. Money, attention, success poured out of every seam. It appeared that a golden age had dawned. But just under the surface, the network was teetering on the verge of collapse. Technical problems that were just nuisances when the community was small now became glaring and potentially lethal. Debates among tight communities of knowledgeable users and developers ballooned into full-on internet wars. Factions hardened. Heroes became enemies of the people. The post SegWit2x, or – The Year Bitcoiners Will Never Forget, Part 1 appeared first on Malicious Life.
No Honor Among Thieves

No Honor Among Thieves

2020-05-2240:463

Amit Serper was doing a routine inspection on a client's network, when he came across a suspicious-looking pen-testing tool, exhibiting RAT-like behavior. We'll follow Amit's investigation, and in the process learn the basics of cyber research. The post No Honor Among Thieves appeared first on Malicious Life.
The COVID19 pandemic forced organizations to transition to a work-from-home model - and many of them were unprepared for such a radical departure from the ‘normal’ security perimeter. Sam Curry, Cybereason's CSO, talks to Ran about the lessons learned from COVID19, and what steps should Cyber Security professionals take in order to be ready for a future outbreak. The post Cybersecurity during a crisis: how remote work has impacted security – With Sam Curry appeared first on Malicious Life.
At the end of our last episode, it kind of seemed like Huawei--the Chinese telecommunications company accused of aiding in state cyberspying--was completely innocent. They were being accused of crimes they may not have committed, based on evidence that largely did not exist. The conspiracies around them seemed unfair at best, malicious at worst. But there’s another side to this story, of course. Huawei didn’t end up on people’s radars for no reason. They’ve earned their notoriety. The post The Problem With Passwords appeared first on Malicious Life.
The Huawei Ban, Part 2

The Huawei Ban, Part 2

2020-04-2337:041

At the end of our last episode, it kind of seemed like Huawei--the Chinese telecommunications company accused of aiding in state cyberspying--was completely innocent. They were being accused of crimes they may not have committed, based on evidence that largely did not exist. The conspiracies around them seemed unfair at best, malicious at worst. But there’s another side to this story, of course. Huawei didn’t end up on people’s radars for no reason. They’ve earned their notoriety. The post The Huawei Ban, Part 2 appeared first on Malicious Life.
The Huawei Ban, Part 1

The Huawei Ban, Part 1

2020-04-0930:413

Over the past 20 years, western governments have accused Huawei of everything from IP theft to financial fraud to cyber spying. Often, these claims are made either with no evidence, or only circumstantial evidence. Is Huawei really a national security threat, or are they a political scapegoat? The post The Huawei Ban, Part 1 appeared first on Malicious Life.
On November 22nd, 1987, a hacker took over the signals of two Chicago-area TV stations and broadcast two bizarre and somewhat vulgar messages. In this episode we explore this notorious hack, and its implications on the nature of hacking in general. The post The Max Headroom Signal Hijack appeared first on Malicious Life.
The fact that ToTok came out of the United Arab Emirates is no surprise: in recent years, the UAE has deployed some of the most sophisticated mobile device exploits ever seen. But they got a lot of help from one country in particular... today’s episode is about the UAE. But it’s really about the Americans. The post ToTok, Part 3: Becoming a Spyware Superpower appeared first on Malicious Life.
The corporate structure supporting ToTok involved at least half a dozen real companies, shell companies and intelligence groups, with the individuals who actually operated the app being hidden behind other individuals given sinecure jobs and ponied around to the public as the supposed developers. Ultimately, though, every path that begins with ToTok ends with one very rich and powerful man at the heart of the Emirati state. His name is Sheikh Tahnoon bin Zayed al-Nahyan. The post ToTok, Part 2: The Masterminds of Mobile Malware appeared first on Malicious Life.
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Chauncey Bones

and thats why I still have aol mail. ahhhhh the days of yore. not mentioned in the pod was a yahoo ceo died stranded in winter trying to help his stranded family. related? maybe not but possibly malicious........ love the pods Ran!

Oct 10th
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Chauncey Bones

dank pod cast i get to play judge. me sees this..... Crisco i mean Cisco, if they knew international law was about to be broken, and most corporations do, it wouldn't do well in Hague. Perhaps the case in the US is just an amuse bouche for the global court and the plaintiffs are exposing Sullivan's hand. this case in the States will depend on November third sadly but Crisco should stop using Cisco

Aug 30th
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Andy Edwards

There's a flip side to maintaining that anonymity: seems like it's possible the source for the leaks could have been killed and the journalists wouldn't know about it. I wonder if they were still able to contact the source long after the fact? It seems like that would be a huge risk in itself. So I'm guessing it's hard to verify whether the security measures were successful...

Aug 12th
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Bonnieandclyde15@protonmail.com

I love my huawei p20pro! The US has every root to be scared. They make incredible products

Aug 6th
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Andy Edwards

I don't think plutonium was a fuel source for Galileo, just a power source

Jul 10th
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Andy Edwards

to be fair, StuxNet didn't require an insider to spread to machines that weren't connected to the internet

Jun 22nd
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Andy Edwards

"aren't new decades exciting? ...are you feeling hopeful about a bright happy future ahead? Well, that's nice. Enjoy that thought" 🤣🤣🤣

Jun 22nd
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N

yess thank you for covering this! Thanks Ran, hope you're well!

Apr 17th
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Chauncey Bones

this episode is the best by far. old school hacking for the lulz and moral hacking. and one that has yet to be caught. bring back the vhs.

Apr 6th
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Henkje

Nice episode, waiting for the next :)

Mar 7th
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Brooke Venning

this episode was kinda cheesy. the dude hosts a cyber security podcast and in this episode is acting like he has never been around computers. the whole thing was just kinda lame and I usually love this podcast.

Jan 30th
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Henkje

Autorun is default disabled since windows vista. This information is simply completely false. This is why i don't listen to hackable. This is how it actually works: The usb emulates a keyboard and types commands into the computer. You can see this happening, but it is fast (say 4 seconds for a payload that executes executable)

Jan 14th
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Sundos Hammoud

Great podcast! informative, fun and very well-presented. You touch on very interesting topics as well, I'm hooked! Keep it up!

Dec 20th
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N

I didn't get a chance to respond but I just wanna say Ran I adore your accent and manner of speaking, you are a great storyteller and your pronunciations of certain words makes me grin! We all make mistakes and this has never taken away from me enjoying this show!! I But today with Trinidad and Tobago, the Tobago bit is pronounced Tah/Tuh-bay-go. thank yooou everyone who makes this show!

Oct 14th
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N

Haha Ran you are correct with your guess! Stand to the right side of the escalator, walk up on the left!! Those with massives suitcases at rush hour learn this fact quickly!

Sep 26th
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Tahn Costelloe

Great podcast series so far. Enjoying it a lot!

Aug 15th
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Trevor White

looks like the podcast is being promoted on castbox but no episodes show up at all in the episode list??

Aug 12th
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Sony Varghese

Hi... this is a repeat upload. Could you check and upload the correct episode? Thanks.

Jul 18th
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Googlebox

really opens your eyes to the danger of the internet

Jul 5th
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N

can I get a malicious life t-shirt still :O!?

Jun 27th
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