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Cyber Wire

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    In today's podcast, we hear that Cisco plans to buy Duo Security. Dragos warns of the RASPITE adversary actor. Russia's Sandworm group is phishing people connected with a Swiss chemical forensics lab. How influence operations can be a no-lose proposition. A cryptojacking campaign is discovered and stopped. Malspam is using gifs to carry a keylogger payload. And Facebook CSO Alex Stamos has fixed a date for his departure for Stanford. Robert M. Lee from Dragos with thoughts on categorizing threat actors. Guest is Wendi Whitmore from IBM with their 2018 Cost of a Data Breach study. 

    For links to all of today's stories check out our CyberWire daily news brief:
    https://thecyberwire.com/issues/issues2018/August/CyberWire_2018_08_02.html


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    In today's podcast we hear that the US Intelligence Community warns of Russian threats, again. A criminal spearphishing campaign hits Russian industrial companies. A cryptojacking wave is installing CoinHive in MicroTik routers. Speakers at the Billington Automotive CyberSecuirty Summit stress collaboration, design for security, and the convergence of cyber and safety. Autonomy and connectivity make these imperative for the next generation of vehicles. Municipalities hit by malware feel the pain.  Ben Yelin from UMD CHHS on a NYT story on records being seized from a reporter. Guest is David Spark, cohost of the CISO Security Vendor Relationship podcast.  

    For links to all of today's stories check out our CyberWire daily news brief:
    https://thecyberwire.com/issues/issues2018/August/CyberWire_2018_08_03.html

     


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    Researchers at McAfee recently discovered code execution vulnerabilities in the default settings of the Cortana voice-activated digital assistant in Windows 10 systems. 

    Steve Povolny is head of advanced threat research at McAfee and he shares their findings.

    The research can be found here:

    https://securingtomorrow.mcafee.com/mcafee-labs/want-to-break-into-a-locked-windows-10-device-ask-cortana-cve-2018-8140

    The CyberWire's Research Saturday is presented by the Hewlett Foundation Cyber Initiative.

    Thanks to our sponsor Enveil, closing the last gap in data security.


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    Leaky API may have exposed Salesforce customers' data, TSMC reports a virus in its semiconductor plants. TCM Bank discloses a paycard application leak. Ransomware in Hong Kong. The US Census Bureau prepares to secure its 2020 "fully digital" census. The unbearable, irresistible urge to monetize data. Notes on automotive cybersecurity. Depending on whom you ask, the Bitfi wallet was either hacked, or not. And a new goodwill ambassador seeks to repair US-Russian relations. Rick Howard from Palo Alto Networks exploring the notion of superforecasting. 

    For links to all of today's stories check out our CyberWire daily news brief:
    https://thecyberwire.com/issues/issues2018/August/CyberWire_2018_08_06.html


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    In today's podcast we hear that chipmaker TSMC says the virus that shut it down in Taiwan was WannaCry. It appears to have been an incidental infection enabled by inattentive installation of software. OpenEMR fixes bugs that could have exposed millions of patient records. British authorities are said to be readying an extradition request for GRU operators they hold responsible for the Novichok attack in Salisbury—the incident has prompted Russian hacking and disinformation. Mike Benjamin from CenturyLink on DDoS attack trends. Casey Ellis from Bugcrowd with an overview of bug bounty programs. 


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    In today's podcast we hare that Oracle has warned of BGP exploits against payment processors. Check Point says it's found vulnerabilities in WhatsApp that could enable chat sessions to be intercepted and manipulated. Germany, Ukraine, and the US independently mull responses to hacking and influence operations. Anonymous announces it wants to take its shots at QAnon. Notes from Black Hat, including observations on grid hacks, AI, and the gray hat phenomenon. David Dufour from Webroot with a look at the year in review. Guest is Travis Moore from TechCongress describing their fellowship programs. 

    For links to all of today's stories check out our CyberWire daily news brief:
    https://thecyberwire.com/issues/issues2018/August/CyberWire_2018_08_08.html


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    In today's podcast we hear that Tehran seems ready to follow Pyongyang into state-sponsored theft to redress financial shortfalls: cryptocurrency ransomware looks like Iran's preferred approach. DarkHydrus uses commodity tool Phishery in Middle Eastern campaign. Jackpotting cryptocurrency ATMs. The US imposes sanctions on Russia. Reality Winner's sentencing date announced. IBM looks at artificially intelligent malware. The mob's role in the cyber black market. What's the bigger gaming threat, sideloading apps or the Fortnite dance? We're asking for a friend. Awais Rashid from Bristol University on issues with software warranties. Guest is Cheryl Biswas from the Diana Initiative, a conference in Las Vegas celebrating diversity, women in security, and how to pursue a career in information security and technology. 


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    In today's podcast we hear that US-CERT is warning of a North Korean RAT. Researchers find vulnerable WPA2 handshake implementations. A sales call results in inadvertent data exposure. Notes on Black Hat: circumspection, hype, barkers, and artificial intelligence. Russia braces for US sanctions and promises retaliation. South Korea will reorganize its Cyber Command. The PGA is hit with ransomware. Guests are Andrei Soldatov and Irina Borogan, authors of the book The Red Web. 


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    Researchers at Symantec have been tracking a wide-ranging espionage operation that's targeting satellite, telecom and defense companies. 
    Jon DiMaggio is a senior cyber intelligence analyst at Symantec, and he takes us through what they've discovered.

    The research can be found here:
    https://www.symantec.com/blogs/threat-intelligence/thrip-hits-satellite-telecoms-defense-targets

     

    The CyberWire's Research Saturday is presented by the Hewlett Foundation Cyber Initiative.

    Thanks to our sponsor Enveil, closing the last gap in data security.


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    In today's podcast, we hear about spyware in the guise of a missile attack warning app. New Dharma variant out. Android.Clipper redirects transactions to crooks' cryptowalletsDLink exploits rob Brazilian banking customers. Utilities prepare for grid hacks, but researchers say an appliance botnet could cycle demand enough to induce blackouts. Vulnerabilities in airline Wi-Fi and SATCOM connectivity. Election hacking demos may or may not be realistic. Family spy ware proves vulnerable to data exfiltration. Ben Yelin from UMD CHHS on police using facial recognition software to nab a suspect. 


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    In today's podcast, we hear about the cryptowars down under. Major DDoS incident in Finland. Bears in the home routers, and concerns about IoT and power grid security prompt a US Senator to demand answers. Smart cities present big attack surfaces. Preliminary notes on patches. ZTE and Huawei devices formally disinvited from US Government networks. Cyber retaliation expected from Russia and Iran over sanctions. And locking people in a room to teach them good cyber hygiene. Justin Harvey from Accenture on threat hunting. Guest is Bob Stevens from Lookout discussing app-based malware on mobile devices. 

    For links to all of today's stories check out our CyberWire daily news brief:
    https://thecyberwire.com/issues/issues2018/August/CyberWire_2018_08_14.html


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    In today's podcast we hear some Patch Tuesday notes—both Microsoft and Adobe were busy yesterday. Foreshadow, a new speculative execution vulnerability, is reported. Malaysia gets attention from Chinese espionage services. Competition for jihadist mindshare. Influence operations as marketing. The US FBI gets a new cyber boss. The Kremlin thinks the BBC is biased in the crypto-wars. And laptop stickers: are they good, bad, or ugly? Zulfikar Ramzan from RSA on SOCs and IoT. Guest is Dimitris Maniatis from Upstream on Android ad fraud malware. 

    For links to all of today's stories check out the CyberWire daily briefing:
    https://thecyberwire.com/issues/issues2018/August/CyberWire_2018_08_15.html


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