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Years before credit cards transactions gave banks and data-brokers free access to our private financial information, a man named David Chaum became the first person to really, materially grapple with the problem of privacy in money. His ideas inspired a movement of "Crypto Anarchists" who aspired to change money, forever.
A recording of last week's special Malicious Live Ask Us Anything event: How did Malicious Life come to be? How do we choose the stories we tell, who was Ran's most memorable guest - and why does Nate keep inserting weird names into the scripts?...
In June 2011, a Con Edison truck was parked outside of Hector Monsegur's New York apartment, every day for over a week. But Hector - better known as Sabu, the ringleader of the LulzSec hacking group -wasn't fooled: he guessed, correctly, that the FBI was on to him. But it turned out that of all the people who broke or disregarded the law in this particular story, only one man had a reason to worried: Jeremy Hammond.
George Friedman and Jeremy Hammond are two very different people: the former is a capitalist middleman, the latter an anarchist-communist hacker. A spy - and a hacker. But in certain respects, they’re actually quite similar: in what lines are they willing to cross to get to their goal.
AbdelKader Curnelius, a German Threat Researcher and an expert on the cybercrime ecosystem in German-speaking countries - shares a story about how he helped the German police put a sophisticated local cybercriminal behind bars, by uncovering tiny mistakes that this hacker did in the past.
In June 2012, an anonymous hacker posted a list of 6.5 Million encrypted passwords belonging to LinkedIn users on a Russian hacker forum. It was soon discovered that these passwords were hashed using an outdated and vulnerable hashing algorithm - and were also unsalted. The lawsuits followed suit shortly… what is 'hashing' and 'salting', and can we trust big organizations to keep our secrets safe?
Assaf Dahan, Threat Research Lead at Cybereason's Nocturnus team, describes a recently discovered cyber-espionage campaign targeting the Defense, Energy, Aerospace, Biotech and Pharma industries conducted by APT 41, AKA Winnti Group - a Chinese state-sponsored APT group known for its stealth and sophistication.
In 2007, Estonia - then already a technologically advanced country - suffered a large-scale DDoS attack which crippled many organizations and digital services. Joseph Carson, a Security Scientist and an adviser to several governments and conferences, talks with Nate Nelson about the lessons learned from that event, and how Estonia became what he calls 'A Cloud Country'."
In May 1990, officials from several law enforcement agencies gathered in Phoenix, Arizona, to announce a nationwide crackdown on illegal computer activity. This massive operation, carried out by hundreds of Secret Service and FBI agents, was focused on a new type of crime: Hacking. Yet as Isaac Newton said, for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction, and the reaction to Operation Sundevil was the birth of a new power in the cybersphere: the Electronic Frontier Foundation.
The MITRE Attack Flow Project is essentially a new way to visualize, analyze and share knowledge about sequences of adversary behavior. Ingrid Skoog, Ass. Director of R&D at the Center for Threat-Informed Defense, and Israel Barak - Cybereason's CISO, spoke with Nate Nelson about the benefits of the MITRE Attack Flow project to defenders and executives alike.
The Aaron Swartz Story

The Aaron Swartz Story

2022-04-1931:461

When 24-year-old Aaron Swartz was caught scraping millions of science articles off of JSTOR, he faced up to 35 years in prison plus a fine of up to 1 million dollars. Did Aaron's crime justify such a harsh punishment?
Before it invaded Ukraine, Russia was considered - and rightfully so - a cyber superpower. But a month and a half into the war, the lights in Ukraine are still on, as well as cellular communications and other important infrastructure. Lior Div (Cybereason's CEO), Yonatan Striem-Amit (CTO & Co-founder), and Sam Curry (CSO), talk about what we learned so far about the conflict - and what we might see in the future.
It’s not every day that we have a guest who’s suggesting a new paradigm for cybersecurity. Sounil Yu, CISO and Head of Research at JupiterOne, talks about a new framework for designing secure systems, a framework he calls D.I.E: acronym for Distributed, Immutable and Ephemeral. Sounil asks us to treat our precious data less like Pets, and more like Cattle. Sounds confusing? New paradigms always are.
Cyber PTSD

Cyber PTSD

2022-03-2230:06

We usually count the damage from a cyberattack in Dollars and Euros, but the psychological damage to the victims is rarely discussed, if at all. So, what is the psychological and emotional toll from cyberattacks? Can scams, hacks, and breaches lead to Cyber Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder?
What is the most critical of all critical infrastructure? Is it Electricity? Water Supply? According to Jeff Engles, CEO of Conquest Cyber, it's our Banking and Finance systems. Jeff spoke with Nate Nelson, our Senior Producer, about the resilience of our financial system, worst-case scenarios, and will backups be able to save our butts if and when?
By the 1970s, Crypto AG was a large and thriving company, employing over 400 people. This final episode of the series is going to explore how a spying operation affecting over 100 countries, for 70 years, was kept secret the whole time -- from governments, from militaries and intelligence services, and even the company’s own personnel.
Quantum Computing is a fascinating and revolutionary technology that has been gaining significant ground in the past decade, with researchers from both academia and the commercial sector - such as Google and IBM - announcing major breakthroughs every few weeks. Mike Redding, CTO of Quantropi, a company specializing in Quantum Encryption - claims that this revolution is even closer than most of us think.
How did Boris Hagelin succeed in selling compromised cipher machines to half the world, for more than 50 years? Some have speculated that it was some kind of backdoor. But, no - it was more clever than that... but Bo Jr., Hagelin's son, who became an important part of his father's company, did not approve of the secret deal with the NSA...
Assaf Dahan, Head of Threat Research with the Cybereason Nocturnus Team, discusses new discoveries about Iranian APTs Moses Staff and Phosphorus that blur the line between state-sponsored attacks and criminal activity.
General McArthur, Egpyt's Anwar Sadat, and Iran's Ayatollah Khomeini: These are just a few of the dozens, likely hundreds of targets of arguably the biggest, most ambitious hacking operation ever. A secret mission that lasted nearly a century, and influenced the course of so many of the most important events of history. The history you thought you knew.
Comments (75)

Poops

Stuxnet #1. USA, USA. USA.

Apr 26th
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Jorel

Could someone translate what this guy is saying? I hear words but there is no meaning to them

Apr 2nd
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Jeffery Gray

this podcast promotes deep state propaganda, they know is propaganda...

Jan 20th
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Joel Prokopchuk

This title reminds me of a comic strip from the UserFriendly comic, where a fed up BOfH sends missiles at a particularly annoying spammer.

Jan 12th
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Andy Edwards

wonder if cyber Eason/ML will ever speak out about NSO like Jack Rhysider has

Nov 28th
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Gerrit van Rensburg

Hey Ran & Team, Could you cover the Hauwei case? it's been on-going for a while and has huge geo-politcal consequences! love the show!

Sep 24th
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lavericklavericklave

the story is total garbage. just happens to find some papers with two board members being fired lying around on someones desk. come on

Mar 15th
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Mirek Rumin

I can't believe that's how the extra story ends... Wth!?

Jan 16th
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Gurdeep Mundi

whoa!

Jan 12th
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Chauncey Bones

congratulations on hitting the century mark! really enjoyed the Act I, II, III format and content. had a few laughs listening and got a bit nostalgic. has ML thought about more election hacking? the April 2020 South Korean legislation involved Huawei and was quite shady. keep ☝ the great work and Happy New Year!

Dec 23rd
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man ... you produced this before the election! That's some foresight!

Dec 19th
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Clinton Knight

I think I know Jan Sloot's Data Compression System method. And honestly, its stupidly simple. No wonder there was no storage.

Dec 7th
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Beano09

Hi

Dec 4th
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Beano09

Hi

Dec 4th
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Chauncey Bones

y'all nailed it. what a shit show ladies and gents sit back and enjoy your pop corn

Nov 7th
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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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