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Each day, millions of smart communicators struggle to increase employee engagement. There are too many tactics and not enough time. “Internal Comms Pro: The Podcast” aims to change that. We want to make your corporate communications or internal communications job easier. We are bringing together the best in the business to give you real ideas on how to improve engagement and retention at any organization. We will show you how to elevate your position, improve your stats, and make your workpl ...
 
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This week, we chat with Phil Simon on his newest book "Reimagining Collaboration," breaking down how you can take full advantage of your company's communication tools. We also continue our segment with Ragan's Communications Leadership Council with Michele Ehrhart, Vice President of Global Communications from Fedex. You can find our resource guide …
 
An APT is exploiting Internet-facing instances of ServiceDesk Plus. Meta releases its end-of-year Adversarial Threat Report, and adds “Brigading” and “Mass Reporting” to “Coordinated Inauthentic Behavior” as activities that will get accounts shut down. CISA names the first members of its Cybersecurity Advisory Committee. Sentencing, American and Ru…
 
RTF template injection is newly favored by APTs. Malware hides in February 31st. Milords and miladies, the Principality of Sealand hath been hacked. Finland's National Cyber Security Center warns of a large-scale Flubot campaign in progress. False alarms are flagging Emotet where it isn’t found. Iranians victimized by a smishing campaign. CISA issu…
 
Today, it’s all crime all the time. Cybercrime, the C2C underground market, and the expansive holiday shopping season. Rebranding in gangland. How crooks exclude targets on the basis of language or geolocation. Shaming as a criminal pressure tactic. Bad apps in the Play Store. Andrea Little Limbago looks at internet blackouts. Carole Theriault wond…
 
A reply-chain incident is reported at a major international furniture and housewares retailer. North Korean operators are phishing for South Korean marks using bogus Samsung recruiting emails as phishbait. Fancy Bear has been seen pawing at Gmail. A regional escalation to civilian targets in the cyber conflict between Iran and Israel. More organiza…
 
Associate Director at Raytheon Intelligence and Space in the Cyber Protection Services Division Anisha Patel always loved math and it defined her career journey. As a first-generation American from an Asian household, Anisha said she was destined for a STEM-focused career and chose electrical engineering. She began her career and remains at Raytheo…
 
Enjoy a peek into CyberWire Pro's Research Briefing as the team is off recovering from our Thanksgiving feasts. This is the spoken edition of our weekly Research Briefing, focused on threats, vulnerabilities, and consequences, as they’re played out in cyberspace. This week's headlines: Iranian threat actors target the IT supply chain. North Korean …
 
Our team decided to extend our Thanksgiving holiday and thought you might like to try a sample of a CyberWire Pro podcast called Interview Selects. These podcasts are a series of extended interviews, exclusives, and a curated selection of our most engaging and informative interviews over the years, featuring cyber security professionals, journalist…
 
Thanks for joining us for our fun project brought to you by the team of Hacking Humans, the CyberWire's social engineering podcast. Co-hosts Dave Bittner and Joe Carrigan are joined by Rick Howard in this series where they view clips from their favorite movies with examples of the social engineering scams and schemes you hear about on Hacking Human…
 
An apparent cyberespionage campaign targets the Iranian diaspora. Babadeda is an emerging crypter seeing use against alt-coin and NFt speculators. RATDispenser is out in the wild, a malware-as-a-service operation. Proofs-of-concept published for Microsoft exploits. Apple sues NSO Group. Group-IB’s founder asks President Putin for clemency. Caleb Ba…
 
Tardigrade malware infests the US biomanufacturing sector. GoDaddy suffers a significant data breach. A Gizmodo-led consortium will review and release the Facebook Papers. Ben Yelin on our privacy rights during emergency situations. Our guest is Ric Longenecker of Open Systems to discuss how ransomware attacks represent the number one threat for un…
 
The Lazarus Group seems interested in learning from, by which they mean stealing from, some of the world’s leading state-sponsored cyber operators. Void Balaur remains an enigma, but it’s not the only player in the C2C market. CISA and the FBI warn all, but especially critical infrastructure operators, to remain alert during the holidays. Some scam…
 
As ransomware attacks rapidly rise in frequency, eye-popping ransom demands grab headlines, and consumers experience product shortages and difficulty accessing services as the organizations they do business with are knocked offline. However, little is reported about the impact of a ransomware attack inside an organization. However, little is report…
 
Director of Google Cloud's Office of the CISO, MK Palmore, dedicated much of his life to public service and now brings his experience working for the greater good to the private sector. A graduate of the US Naval Academy, including the Naval Academy Prep School that he calls the most impactful educational experience of his life, MK commissioned int…
 
Guests Nicholas Boucher and Ross Anderson from the University of Cambridge join Dave Bittner to discuss their research, "Trojan Source: Invisible Vulnerabilities." The researchers present a new type of attack in which source code is maliciously encoded so that it appears different to a compiler and to the human eye. This attack exploits subtleties …
 
Software supply chain incidents: FatPipe, PyPi, and IT services generally. A look at recent Iranian operations. The US Federal Reserve publishes its disclosure rules for banks sustaining cyber incidents. CISA issues a set of ICS advisories. Two of the Five Eyes announce plans for continued, even closer cooperation in cyberspace. Johannes Ullrich on…
 
Red Curl is a Russophone gang with an unusual target list. North Korea’s TA406 is having a busy year, hacking for intelligence and for profit. Wicked Panda’s getting good at code-signing, and software supply chain attacks are in Beijing’s long-term plans. A spearphishing campaign abuses legitimate collaboration tools. Kevin Magee from Microsoft has…
 
CISA, the FBI, the ACSC, and the NCSC issue a joint advisory warning of an Iranian cyber campaign exploiting known vulnerabilities in Fortinet and Microsoft Exchange. A Belarusian connection to Ghostwriter. Candiru tools reported in watering holes. SideCopy’s interest in Afghanistan. RAMP shows an interest in attracting Chinese operators. Josh Ray …
 
Older threats, including Emotet and Mirai, are out and about, and an old vulnerability, Rowhammer, gets a fresh proof-of-concept. A new banking Trojan threatens Europe. Intel works on vulnerabilities. CISA advises awareness of recently reported DDS vulnerabilities. Joe Carrigan explains how spearphishers are using customer complaints as bait. Rick …
 
Exploitation of a configuration error in the FBI’s Law Enforcement Enterprise Portal enables hackers to send bogus warning emails. Philippine Office of Civil Defense Twitter account briefly hijacked. Update on Iranian politically motivated threat group MosesStaff. Discount retailer Costco discloses a point-of-sale skimmer incident. Dinah Davis from…
 
Ransomware: the problem that everyone is talking about, yet somehow continues to get worse with each passing year. In 2021, the cost of ransomware to global businesses is estimated to reach a whopping $20B. The problem has reached such a critical mass that it can no longer be cast away as some unknowable IT problem–everyone from cyber insurance pro…
 
Ground Labs' Head of Engineering, Swati Shekhar, shares her circuitous route from and back to engineering. Always being interested in leveraging the tools available to solve problems, Swati talks about how she found her place in engineering. She mentions how she had her first real experience with a computer when she was 17 in her first year at coll…
 
Senior Intelligence Researcher at Anomali, Tara Gould, joins Dave to discuss their team's work on "Inside TeamTNT’s Impressive Arsenal: A Look Into A TeamTNT Server." Anomali Threat Research discovered an open server to a directory listing that they attribute with high confidence to the German-speaking threat group, TeamTNT.The server contains sour…
 
Notes on rising international tension in Eastern Europe. A watering-hole campaign in Hong Kong. The US and the EU have joined the Paris Call. NSO Group’s prospective CEO resigns his position before formally assuming it. Void Balaur, a cybermercenary group, is active in the Russophone cyber underground. Johannes Ullrich on leaked vaccination cards a…
 
Welcome to a fun new project by the team who brings you Hacking Humans, the CyberWire's social engineering podcast. Co-hosts Dave Bittner and Joe Carrigan are joined by Rick Howard in this series. They view clips from their favorite movies with examples of the social engineering scams and schemes you hear about on Hacking Humans. In this first epis…
 
Tehran’s Lyceum group expands its activities against ISPs and telcos in Israel, Morocco, Tunisia, and Saudi Arabia. Clopp is going after unpatched instances of SolarWinds. Cyber mercenaries are quietly competing with lawful intercept vendors. NSO Group receives a setback from the US 9th Circuit. Mexico makes an arrest in its Pegasus investigation. …
 
Hive ransomware hits electronics retailer Media Markt. Robinhood Markets sustains a data breach it traces to social engineering. Ben Yelin looks at the law behind U.S. police demanding your phone passcode. Dave checks in with Rick Howard for his thoughts on the Trojan Source vulnerability. And more notes on the international action against REvil, i…
 
This week, Phil Strazzulla shares how he personally set up a routine of self-care, and how you can adapt that into your own day-to-day routine. We also continue our segment with Ragan's Communications Leadership Council with Michael Waterman, Vice President of Culture and Engagement at CHG Healthcare. You can find our resource guide as well as our …
 
REvil operators arrested and indicted. China says a foreign intelligence service accessed passenger travel records. Suspected Emissary Panda campaign. Conti (sort of) apologizes. Caleb Barlow thinks it’s time to re-think your security documentation. Our guest is Jessica Hetrick of Optiv Security on cyber fraud running rampant. And the FBI warns of …
 
Senior Vice President for Strategy, Partnerships, and Corporate Development at IronNet Cybersecurity, Jamil Jaffer, shares how his interest in technology brought him full circle. Always a tech guy, Jamil paid he way through college doing computer support. Jamil went to law school and worked in various jobs in Washington DC including a stint in the …
 
Guest Mor Levi, Vice President of Cyber Practices from Cybereason, joins Dave Bittner to discuss her team's work on "Operation GhostShell - Novel RAT Targets Global Aerospace and Telecoms Firms." In July 2021, the Cybereason Nocturnus and Incident Response Teams responded to Operation GhostShell, a highly-targeted cyber espionage campaign targeting…
 
The US offers a reward of up to ten million dollars for information leading to the identification or location of the leaders of the DarkSide ransomware gang. Researchers expect BlackMatter’s nominally retired operators to resurface in other criminal organizations. Ukraine outlines Russian FSB cyber operations during the hybrid war that’s been waged…
 
Britain’s Labour Party is affected by a ransomware incident a third-party provider sustained. ANSSI identifies a new ransomware affiliate gang, “Lockean.” Notes on how and why BlackMatter and REvil went on the lam. Russo-American talks discussed cybercrime and cybersecurity. Iran’s gas stations are fully back in business, following the cyber sabota…
 
The BlackMatter ransomware gang says that it’s retiring under pressure from the authorities. The spokesman for the Groove group says his gang doesn’t exist--he was just playing the media. Quiet, high-level talks held between senior US and Russian officials. The US Commerce Department sanctions four spyware vendors. Carole Theriault wonders if you c…
 
Researchers describe Trojan Source, a hard-to-detect threat to the software supply chain. A ransomware gang takes a page from the information operator’s book. From double extortion to triple extortion, as other ransomware gangs add distributed denial-of-service to encryption and doxing. Criminals are now hacking on material, non-public information,…
 
This week, we’re talking with a returning guest on the show, Tarek Kamil, the CEO of Cerkl, who is also one of our returning sponsors. Being in the industry for as long as he has, Tarek will be sharing some trends he’s currently seeing, where things might be heading in the future, and ways that you can take valuable time to look into these trends y…
 
Iran hasn’t finished investigating its gas station cyber sabotage, but Tehran is pretty sure the Great and Lesser Satans are behind it. NSO Group says it’s going in a new, nicer direction. The Conti gang hits a luxury jewelry dealer, and another, unknown group hits an upscale art dealership. The Chaos gang is after Minecraft players (players who ch…
 
Jadee Hanson, CIO and CISO at Code 42, started her technology journey thanks to the help of a teacher in high school. She began college studying computer science and ended with a degree in computer information systems as it had more of the business side. Working in the private sector for companies such as Deloitte, Target and Code 42, Jadee gained …
 
Dr. Tudor Dumitras from University of Maryland and joins Dave Bittner to share a research study conducted in collaboration with industry partners from Facebook, NortonLifeLock Research Group and EURECOM. The project is called: "When Malware Changed Its Mind: An Empirical Study of Variable Program Behaviors in the Real World." In the study, the team…
 
Tensions between Iran and Israel rise as sources in Tehran blame Israel for hacking gas stations, and as apparent Iranian hacktivists dox Israeli defense personnel. A new ransomware strain is discovered. A criminal group is spoofing emails from Philippine agencies. Europol and partners sweep up a cyber gang. Betsy Carmelite from BAH on convergence …
 
Iran continues its recovery from a cyberattack that disrupted subsidized fuel distribution. Wanted in Stuttgart (but living it up in Russia): ransomware kingpin Nikolay K. The Conti ransomware gang gets poor customer service notices. Food distribution is on the cybercriminals’ target lists. SolarMarker’s use of SEO poisoning. The US publishes a sta…
 
Sudan is under a blackout as a military junta consolidates control over the government. Iran says a cyberattack--unattributed so far--was responsible for disrupting fuel distribution in that country. A novel loader is discovered. Operation Dark HunTor takes down a darkweb contraband market. The US FTC is looking into Facebook’s privacy settlement. …
 
Notes on ransomware and privateering: Conti’s barking at its victims, someone’s exploiting billing software, and BlackMatter repeated some coding errors its DarkSide predecessor committed. GCHQ suggests that the UK will undertake a more assertive imposition of costs on cyber gangs. The US State Department will reestablish its cyber bureau. Software…
 
Our guest for this episode is Robin Shabazz, Founder of the Eastledge Group which offers cultural-based counseling for organizations. With her years of experience, Robin has seen many successes and fails when companies try to implement diversity measures. We’ll be going back to the basics as Robin breaks down what DEI truly means for you and your c…
 
SolarMarket infestations are up, and circulating through WordPress sites. More indications that REvil was taken down by a US-led but thoroughly international public-private partnership, and the other Russian privateers have their noses seriously out of joint. Russia’s SVR is getting busy in software supply chains. Criminals take advantage of the po…
 
Distinguished Cloud Strategist at Lacework, Mark Nunnikhoven, has gone from taking technology to its limits for his own understanding to providing clarity about security for others. Mark fell in love with his Commodore 128 and once he realized he could bend the machine to his will, it set him on the path to technology. While he had some bumps in th…
 
Our guest Doel Santos, Threat Research Analyst at Palo Alto Networks, joins Dave Bittner to talk about Unit 42's work on "Ransomware Groups to Watch: Emerging Threats." As part of Unit 42’s commitment to stop ransomware attacks, they monitor the activity of existing groups, search for dark web leak sites and fresh onion sites, identify up-and-comin…
 
REvil’s troubles appear to be the work of an international law enforcement operation. Other gangs have noticed, and they’re looking a little spooked, even as they evolve their tactics in a maturing criminal-to-criminal market. Questions are raised about the efficacy of surveillance tool export controls. Caleb Barlow has cyber security consideration…
 
Evil Corp is identified as the operator behind the ransomware that hit the Sinclair Broadcast Group and Olympus. The US Defense Department complains of Russian toleration for ransomware gangs. The Fin7 gang has set up a front company to recruit talent. Betsy Carmelite from Booz Allen Hamilton on building mission-driven 5G security with zero trust. …
 
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