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S3 Ep42: Viruses, Nightmares, patches, rewards and scammers [Podcast]

by Paul Ducklin [00’38”] Learning from computer virus history.  [02’26”] The PrintNightmare saga continues.  [05’27”] Apple puts out a patch, but doesn’t say why.  [08’12”] Snitch on a crook and earn $10 million.  [17’50”] Scammars do grammer and speeling correctly.  [25’12”] And the Business Email Compromise that wasn’t. With Doug Aamoth and Paul Ducklin. Intro and outro music by Edith Mudge. . . . Read more

S3 Ep41: Crashing iPhones, PrintNightmares, and Code Red memories [Podcast]

by Paul Ducklin [01’32”] We explain how a format string bug could lock your iPhone out of your own network.  [08’53”] We revisit the PrintNightmare saga, which is sort-of fixed but not really.  [12’50”] We look back at the 20-year-old Code Red virus.  [18’30”] We look at what cybercriminals spend money on (hint: more cybercrime).  [29’10”] And in this . . . Read more

Kaseya ransomware attackers say: “Pay $70 million and we’ll set everyone free”

by Paul Ducklin It’s like the movie Independence Day, but with the malware part of the story back-to-front. In the 1996 Jeff Goldblum classic, the bespectacled, academic antihero finally quashes the alien invaders by connecting to their mothership with his Mac laptop and uploading a computer virus that even the . . . Read more

S3 Ep38: Clop busts, destructive Linux hacking, and rooted bicycles [Podcast]

by Paul Ducklin [05’06”] Ukrainian cops bring out the BFG (Big Fearsome Grinder) and cut open some doors.  [10’23”] A repeated request for destructive Linux code enters its 15th year.  [19’39”] Peloton exercise bicycles found to be rootable.  [28’43”] What’s the point of paying ransomware money?   [33’53”] Oh! No! of the week With Kimberly Truong, Doug Aamoth and . . . Read more

S3 Ep32: AirTag jailbreak, Dell vulns, and a never-ending scam [Podcast]

by Paul Ducklin Apple’s brand new AirTag product got hacked already. Things you can learn from Colonial Pipeline’s ransomware misfortune. Why Dell patched a bunch of driver bugs going back more than a decade. And the “Is it you in the video?” scam just keeps on coming back. With Kimberly . . . Read more