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Category: Podcast

December 21, 2016
On the Wire Podcast: Michael Tiffany
Cybercriminals depend upon the income they generate from their schemes to fund further operations, and one of the main ways that they extract money from victims is through ad fraud. This week, researchers at White Ops disclosed the existence of the Methbot ad fraud network, which is using a sophisticated worldwide infrastructure and custom browsers…
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November 23, 2016
On the Wire Podcast: Jessy Irwin
The last week or so has brought us a lot of emergency security and privacy advice, a lot of which hasn’t necessarily been great. So we decided to call Jessy Irwin and talk through what people can and should be doing to protect themselves, how threat models work, and how to talk to your family…
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November 17, 2016
On the Wire Podcast: Samy Kamkar
Samy Kamkar spends a lot of time coming up with clever hardware hacks, and his latest project, PoisonTap, may be at the top of the heap. Built on a $5 Raspberry Pi Zero board, the device can be plugged into the USB port on any locked or password protected machine and will perform a long…
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November 7, 2016
On the Wire Podcast: Avi Rubin
The news has been full of headlines for weeks about election fraud, voting machine hacking, and all kinds of other scary sounding stuff. Much of the coverage has been hyperbolic to say the least, so we decided to get some clear-headed, rational thoughts on the topic from Avi Rubin. Avi is a professor at Johns…
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October 28, 2016
On the Wire Podcast: Ronnie Tokazowski
For a youngster, the Mirai botnet has gotten more than its share of attention in its short life. The botnet first came to prominence when researchers discovered it was used in an attack on Brian Krebs’s site several weeks ago, and later on a hosting provider. It gained more fame because it’s made up of compromised…
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October 13, 2016
On the Wire Podcast: Cindy Cohn
Few people have been more deeply involved in the fight to protect strong encryption than Cindy Cohn. Beginning in the early 1990s when she was brought in as an outside counsel to help the EFF in the Bernstein v. Department of Justice case, and extending through the current conflict between law enforcement and technology vendors over…
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October 6, 2016
On the Wire Podcast: Mike Mimoso
It’s been a weird and wild week in the security world, with the Yahoo mail-scanning scandal, the arrest of another NSA contractor for allegedly stealing classified documents, and the FBI asking for cyber help. So we called up Mike Mimoso of Threatpost to unpack all of it and see where things stand. Music by Chris…
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September 30, 2016
On the Wire Podcast: Jessy Irwin
Jessy Irwin makes her triumphant return to the podcast to help us work through our feelings about the Yahoo data breach, the NIST guidance on SMS two-factor authentication, and why we’re still giving terrible security advice to users. Dennis Fisher and Jessy also talk about what kind of breaches could be lurking on the horizon…
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September 23, 2016
On the Wire Podcast: Nick Sullivan
There is an effort underway by some of the larger Internet infrastructure companies to encrypt as much of the network as possible. Google has been working on this for several years, making HTTPS connections the default for many of its services, and CloudFlare has done a lot of work on this as well. This week…
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September 2, 2016
On the Wire Podcast: Bruce Schneier
It’s been a few months since we talked with Bruce Schneier, the cryptographer, author, and speaker, and there was plenty to cover. In this episode, Dennis Fisher talks with Bruce about the Shadow Brokers NSA tool dump, the crypto debate, and the Sweet32 attack that was revealed last week. Music by Chris Gonsalves and Ken…
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