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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

S3 Ep30: AirDrop worries, Linux pests and ransomware truths [Podcast]

by Paul Ducklin We investigate whether AirDrop is really as dangerous as researchers claimed. We discuss the pestiferous problem of fake Linux bugs submitted as an academic exercise. We review the latest Sophos Ransomware Report and uncover uncomfortable truths about paying up. With Kimberly Truong, Doug Aamoth and Paul Ducklin. . . . Read more