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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

No Distribute Scanners help sell malware — Research Saturday
7.7.18

Sellers of malware on Dark Web forums often use No Distribute malware scanning tools to help verify the effectiveness of their wares, while preventing legitimate virus scanning tools from adding the malware to their database. Daniel Hatheway is a Senior...

VPNFilter malware could brick devices worldwide — Research Saturday
6.30.18

Researchers from Cisco Talos continue to track malware they've named VPNFilter, a multi-stage infection with multiple capabilities, targeting consumer-grade routers. Craig Williams is head of Cisco Talos Outreach, and he joins us with the details.

LG smartphone keyboard vulnerabilities — Research Saturday
6.23.18

Researchers at Check Point Research recently discovered vulnerabilities in some LG smartphone keyboards, vulnerabilities that could have been used to remotely execute code with elevated privileges, act as a keylogger and thereby compromise the users’...

Cyber bank heists — Research Saturday
6.16.18

Carbon Black's Chief Cybersecurity Officer Tom Kellermann shares the results of their recent report, Modern Bank Heists: Cyberattacks & Lateral Movement in the Financial Sector. For the report, they interviewed CISOs at 40 major financial institutions,...

Winnti Umbrella Chinese threat group — Research Saturday
6.9.18

Researchers from ProtectWise's 401TRG team recently published research linking a variety of new and previously reported Chinese cyber threat groups. Tom Hegel is a Senior Threat Researcher with the 401TRG, and he joins us to share their findings.

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