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Research Saturday Podcast

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.

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Recent episodes

Opportunistic botnets round up vulnerable routers
7.13.19

Researchers at Netscout's ASERT Team have been tracking the growth of botnets originating in Egypt and targeting routers in South Africa. The payload is a variant of the Hakai DDoS bot. Richard Hummel is threat intelligence manager at Netscout, and he...

Giving everyone a stake in the success of Open Source implementation.
6.29.19

Synopsys recently published the 2019 edition of their Open Source Security and Risk Analysis (OSSRA) Report, providing an in-depth look at the state of open source security, compliance, and code quality risk in commercial software. Tim Mackey is principal...

Middleboxes may be meddling with TLS connections.
6.22.19

Researchers at Cloudflare have been examining HTTPS interception, a technique that weakens security, and have developed tools to help detect it. Nick Sullivan is head of cryptography at Cloudflare, and he joins to us share their findings.

Apps on third-party Android store carry unwelcome code.
6.15.19

Researchers at Zscaler have been tracking look-alike apps in third-party Android app stores that carry malicious code. Deepen Desai is VP of security research and operations and Zscaler, and he joins us to share their findings.

Xwo scans for default credentials and exposed web services.
6.8.19

Researchers at AT&T Alien Labs have been tracking a new malware family they've named "Xwo" that's scanning systems for default credentials and vulnerable web services. Tom Hegel is security researcher with AT&T Alien Labs, and he share their findings.

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