The methods and mechanisms we use to understand and protect ourselves from the dangers lurking in cyberspace come from the exacting, often painstaking investigations of researchers all over the world. Each Saturday, we’ll talk to those dissecting the malware that’s disrupting business or stealing our personal information, identifying the vulnerabilities in our electronic and human cyber defenses, ferreting out the hidden surveillance features in the products we buy, and hunting down the threats to our increasingly interconnected world. We’ll also hear from researchers in industry and academia working to solve the hard problems of security in a rapidly evolving technological landscape, all while society grapples with the challenge of balancing security and privacy.
Research Saturday Episode List
Magecart payment card skimming analysis.
Researchers at RiskIQ have been tracking a series of web-based credit card skimmers known as Magecart. We take a closer look at attacks on Ticketmaster, British Airways, NewEgg and Shopper Approved payment card pages. Yonathan Klijnsma is lead of threat research at RiskIQ, and he guides us through what they've learned.
NOKKI, Reaper and Dogcall target Russians and Cambodians.
Researchers from Unit 42 at Palo Alto Networks have discovered an interesting relationship between the NOKKI and DOGCALL malware families, as well as a new RAT being used to deploy the malware. Jen Miller-Osborn is Deputy Director of Threat Intelligence with Unit 42, and she joins us to share their findings.
Apple Device Enrollment Program vulnerabilities explored.
Researchers at Duo Security have been looking into Apple's Device Enrollment Program (DEM) and have discovered vulnerabilities that could expose users of the service to potential issues from social engineering and rogue devices. James Barclay is Senior R&D Engineer at Duo Security, and he joins us to share what they've found.
The Sony hack and the perils of attribution.
Researchers at Risk Based Security took a detailed look back at the 2014 Sony hack, comparing analysis that occurred while the facts were still unfolding with what we know, today. There are interesting lessons to be learned, especially when it comes to attribution. Brian Martin is V.P. of vulnerability intelligence at Risk Based Security, and he shares their findings.
Operation Red Signature targets South Korean supply chain.
Researchers at Trend Micro uncovered a supply chain attack targeting organizations in South Korea. With the goal of information theft, attackers compromised the update server of a third party support provider, resulting in the installation of a RAT, or remote access trojan. Rik Ferguson is Vice President of Security Research at Trend Micro, and he guides us through their discoveries.
Getting an education on Cobalt Dickens.
Researchers from Secureworks' Counter Threat Unit have been tracking a threat group spoofing login pages for universities. Evidence suggests the Iranian group Cobalt Dickens is likely responsible. Allison Wikoff is a senior researcher at Secureworks, and she joins us to share what they've found.
Doubling down on Cobalt Group activity.
The NETSCOUT Arbor ASERT team has been tracking Cobalt Group campaigns targeting financial institutions. Richard Hummel is manager of threat intelligence with ASERT, and he joins us to share his team's findings.
Establishing international norms in cyberspace.
Joseph Nye is former dean of the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. He served as Chair of the National Intelligence Council, and as Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs under President Clinton. He serves as a Commissioner for the Global Commission on Internet Governance, and is the author of over a dozen books, including, “Soft Power: The means to success in work politics,” and “The future of power.”
Symantec technical director Vikram Thakur returns to share his team's look at threat groups APT 28 and APT 29, the influence they had on the 2016 election, and how the cyber security industry has responded in preparation for the 2018 midterms.
Researchers at security firm Check Point Software Technologies explored the possibility of exploiting old, complex fax protocols to gain access to modern multifunction office printers, and then pivot to connected networks. Yaniv Balmas is head of security research at Check Point, and he joins us to share what he and his colleague Eyal Itkin discovered.
Stormy weather in the Office 365 cloud.
Security firm Lastline recently took a close look at threats to the Office 365 cloud environment, taking advantage of the insights they gain protecting their clients. Andy Norton is director of threat intelligence at Lastline, and he joins us to describe their findings.
Driving GPS manipulation.
Researchers at Virginia Tech investigate possible ways to manipulate GPS signals and send drivers to specific locations without their knowledge. Gang Wang is Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Virginia Tech, and he joins us to share his team's findings.
Cryptojacking criminal capers continue.
Researchers at Palo Alto Networks' Unit 42 have been tracking the rise of cryptocurrency mining operations run by criminal groups around the world. Ryan Olson is V.P. of threat intelligence at Palo Alto Networks, and he joins us to share what they've learned.
Sophisticated FIN7 criminal group hits payment card data.
Researchers at security firm FireEye have been tracking malicious actors they call FIN7, a group which targets payment card data in the hospitality industry and elsewhere. They make use of targeted phishing campaigns, telephone vishing and even a convincing front company to do their deeds.
ICS honeypots attract sophisticated snoops.
Researchers at security firm Cybereason recently set up online honeypots to attract adversaries interested in industrial control system environments. It didn't take long for sophisticated attackers to sniff out the virtual honey and start snuffling around. Ross Rustici is senior director of intelligence services at Cybereason, and he joins us to share what they learned.
Android device eavesdropping investigation.
A team of researchers from Northeastern University and UC Santa Barbara examined over 17,000 Android apps, and revealed a number of alarming privacy risks. Elleen Pan and Christo Wilson were members of the research team, and they join us to share what they found.
Leafminer espionage digs the Middle East.
Researchers at Symantec recently published their findings on an active attack group named Leafminer that's targeting government organizations and businesses in the Middle East region. Vikram Thakur is a technical director at Symantec, and he joins us to share what they've found.
ATM hacks on the rise.
Threat researcher Marcelle Lee from LookingGlass Cyber Solutions joins us to share her research on the growing threat of ATM hacks in the U.S.
Cyber espionage coming from Chinese University.
Threat intelligence firm Recorded Future recently published research describing espionage activities originating from servers at a major Chinese university, coinciding with international economic development efforts. Winnona DeSombre and Sanil Chohan are authors of the report, Chinese Cyberespionage Originating from Tsinghua University Infrastructure, along with their colleague Justin Grosfelt.
Stealthy ad fraud campaign evades detection.
Researchers at Bitdefender have been tracking a bit of complex rootkit malware called Zacinlo that they suspect has been operating virtually undetected for over six years. Bogdan Botezatu is a senior cyber security analyst with Bitdefender, and he describes what they've found.