Tag: Ransomware

From Vulnerability to Execution: A Ransomware Story – Ping Podcast – Episode 56

Episode 56: From Vulnerability to Execution: A Ransomware Story

When it comes to ransomware, the typical coverage of an attack involves who was attacked, and how much the attackers demanded. But rarely is the attackers process shared. In this episode, we welcome Sophos VP of Managed Threat Operations Mat Gangwer tell a particular ransomware story. He takes us through an attack attributed to new ransomware cell Atom Silo. First, we start with the unpatched vulnerability. Then, we hear what the attackers did once they got in. And finally, we discuss the execution of the attack. Oh, and extra finally, we discuss what you can do to avoid a similar fate.

Read the full story, titled Atom Silo ransomware actors use Confluence exploit, DLL side-load for stealthy attack.

In headlines, hear about the Facebook/Instagram/WhatsApp outage(s). And then, get the scoop on the Twitch breach. Finally, we learn why burnout is yet another factor working against cybersecurity careers.

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Trust No One: Exploring Zero-Trust Networks – Ping Podcast – Episode 55

Episode 55: Trust No One – Exploring Zero-Trust Networks

Did you know, zero-trust is among the most searched cybersecurity terms in the last couple of years. That means people are interested in adopting this security setup. But just what is it, and how do you make it happen? We welcome Fortinet Senior Director of Product Marketing Peter Newton to answer those questions and more. Peter tells us why most networks are already on the zero-trust spectrum. He also goes over some key steps to firming up a zero-trust environment. And he explains why it’s a perfect solution in the age of remote work and hybrid setups.

Read his blog, titled How to Implement a Zero Trust Security Strategy.

In headlines, hear about drama with REvil ransomware and a special kind of court. And then, learn why the EU is pointing the finger at Russia for cyber activities. Finally, we explain why state governments especially are struggling to fill cybersecurity jobs.

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Public-Private Partnership on Cyber Security Policy – Ping Podcast – Episode 53

Episode 53: Public-Private Partnership on Cyber Security Policy

We projected some cyber security policy directions under President Biden at the beginning of 2021. But with all that’s happened since, it’s time to take stock of where things are now. For that, we welcome NextGov’s Mariam Baksh to take us through recent cybersecurity initiatives from the White House and Congress. Mariam outlines the use of public-private partnership to improve security, and whether some recent announcements constitute real progress or just talk. She also discusses the revisiting of the NIST framework, how the cyber insurance industry is involved, and recommendations from the Cyberspace Solarium Commission.

Read Mariam’s work at NextGov.

In headlines, we update the T-Mobile data breach story. And then, we discuss Apple’s relationship to privacy and how money plays a role. Finally, we learn about the latest ransomware cell to call it quits and why this keeps happening.

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Chaos and Friends: The One With Malware – Ping Podcast – Episode 52

Episode 52: Chaos and Friends: The One With Malware

A new malware variant may soon throw the threat landscape into chaos. Threatpost Senior Editor Tara Seals joins us on a new Ping Podcast to discuss the emergence of Chaos malware. What is it? What will it do? And why should you be worried? Listen to find out. Plus, Tara tells us why the recent Friends reunion special on HBO Max led to a spike in online fraud.

Read more about Chaos.

In headlines, we discuss a case of SIM swapping that’s led to guilty pleas. And then, we learn about a T-Mobile data breach affecting millions. Finally, we discuss a new survey on passwords that doesn’t look so good.

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Updating 2021 Cyber Threats – Ping Podcast – Episode 51

Episode 51: Updating 2021 Cyber Threats

If you’ve followed cybersecurity – or even just general – news lately, you’ve probably heard about some pretty major ransomware attacks. Just how bad has ransomware been in 2021? Brook Chelmo joins us in updating 2021 cyber threats as he discusses what SonicWall has found in its 2021 Cyber Threat Report Mid-Year Update. And spoiler alert – it’s been bad. Brook also takes us through other highlights of the report, including which parts of the world are seeing the most activity, some dips in malware and non-standard port attacks, and continued improvement in never before seen threat detection.

Get the latest update to the SonicWall 2021 Cyber Threat Report.

In headlines, we discuss an app designed to catch and expose website flaws. And then, we hear about a couple of ransomware re-emergences? Finally, we discuss a group that’s addressing harassment in the cyber security career field.

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50th Episode Spectacular – And Headlines, Too – Ping Podcast – Episode 50

Episode 50: 50th Episode Spectacular – And Headlines, Too

We celebrate 50 episodes of cybersecurity podcasting as we reach the 50th episode of Ping, A Firewalls.com Podcast. On this special edition, we take a look back at some key podcast moments and how they fit into the cyber world. With each clip, we also update where things stand now, and whether progress has been good or bad. Hear about a work from home warning, our first pod from home, diversity in cyber careers, hospitals targeted by ransomware, and cyber policy under President Biden. Plus, we throw in a little Christmas surprise. And stay tuned till the end for a thank you to all our guests!

In headlines, we hear about a refund scam targeting Amazon and other ecommerce sellers. Then, we discuss some startling Pegasus spyware discoveries. And finally, we outline how China has been called out for the big Microsoft Exchange hack.

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Helping Cyber Insurance Help Cyber Security – Ping Podcast – Episode 49

Episode 49: Helping Cyber Insurance Help Cyber Security

Cyber insurance is meant to protect businesses from cyber attacks. But does it help or hurt cyber security as it stands now? Cyber Research Analyst Jamie MacColl with the UK’s Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) gives us a primer on cyber insurance. He takes us through the state of the industry, its relationship to ransomware in particular, and what can be done to make cyber insurance better.

Read Jamie’s research paper on the subject, titled Cyber Insurance and the Cyber Security Challenge.

In headlines, we hear about a massive ransomware attack affecting hundreds of businesses worldwide. Then, we discuss a series of Android apps that stole Facebook logins from users. And finally, we dive into the hashtag #infosecbikini and why it trended on Twitter last week.

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eXtending Network Security – Ping Podcast – Episode 48

Episode 48: eXtending Network Security

The network perimeter barely exists in 2021, and that means extending network security beyond the traditional edge. Aaron Chen and Shane Davis with Sophos join us to discuss the networking needs of businesses in 2021, including remote access security and visibility, performance in the face of increasing security demands, and more. How can they address those needs? We talk about the latest technologies introduced by Sophos, including XDR (extended detection & response), the XGS firewall series, and Xstream protection (including the special second Xstream processor included in XGS firewalls).

In headlines, we discuss some cybersecurity actions by the U.S. government, both against Russia and on the homefront. Then, we hear about a survey that shows business owners are ready to pony up for ransomware attacks. And finally, we talk about a nuclear cyber attack blamed on a North Korean group.

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