Talos Takes

Talos’ spin on security news

Join Talos researchers and analysts as they address the top news and trends in cyber security. The rotating cast of hosts and guests will cover everything from breaking news, to attacker trends and emerging threats.

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  • Talos Takes : Episode 22
    2020-06-24

    Talos Takes Ep. #22: Snort 101

    The quick and dirty beginner’s guide to what Snort is and how to use. This the podcast accompaniment to the rest of our Snort 101 materials, which can be found on Snort.org/Resources.

    Hosted By:
    Jon Munshaw
    Featuring:
    Nicholas Mavis
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    Run Time: 6:28

    Keywords
    • Snort
    • Snort rules
    • Talos rules

  • Talos Takes : Episode 21
    2020-06-18

    Talos Takes Ep. #21: What's really hiding inside the dark web

    The dark web sounds scary — and it is. But what exactly does this dark web consist of? Despite what the name may suggest, it’s actually not people selling organs or stolen video games that happened to fall off the back of a truck. But what is actually on these forums? Azim Khodjibaev joins Jon Munshaw this week to discuss his experience with the dark web.

    Hosted By:
    Jon Munshaw
    Featuring:
    Azim Khodjibaev@AShukuhi
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    Run Time: 9:03

    Keywords
    • dark web
    • Talos Takes
    • podcasts
    • stolen information

  • Talos Takes : Episode 20
    2020-05-29

    Talos Takes Ep. #20: What is an APT, exactly?

    We use the term “APT” in cyber security a lot. But what does it mean, exactly? Does a group have to break a certain threshold to become an APT? Does the term refer to a specific malware family or a group of actors? On this week’s Talos Takes, Jon Munshaw talks to Azim from Talos’ Threat Intelligence team about this very topic.

    Hosted By:
    Jon Munshaw
    Featuring:
    Azim Khodjibaev@AShukuhi
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    Run Time: 6:37

    Keywords
    • APTs
    • threat actors
    • threats

  • Talos Takes : Episode 19
    2020-05-15

    Talos Takes Ep. #19: How to keep your online meetings safe

    Everyone is meeting virtually now. Whether it be important business or the average happy hour with friends and family, there’s no shortage of invites to chat rooms, presentations and software you’ve never heard of before you started working from home. And, of course, this software comes with its own set of security concerns and vulnerabilities. So Matt Valites joins Jon Munshaw this week to talk about the basics of securing your next friendly meetup or presentation to the board.

    Hosted By:
    Jon Munshaw
    Featuring:
    Matt Valites
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    Run Time: 5:05

    Keywords
    • meetings
    • online
    • video chat
    • video conferencing
    • Zoom
    • WebEx

  • Talos Takes : Episode 18
    2020-05-08

    Talos Takes Ep. #18: Where do cryptominers stand in 2020?

    The value of cryptocurrencies is nowhere near where it was just two years ago. So does that mean cryptominers have gone away as a threat? Jon Munshaw and Nick Biasini sit down in this episode of Talos Takes to discuss where cryptominers stand in 2020. Why aren’t we reading about them as much? And why is being hit with one a sign of worse things to come?

    Hosted By:
    Jon Munshaw
    Featuring:
    Nick Biasini@InfoSec_Nick
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    Run Time: 6:22

    Keywords
    • cryptominers
    • malware
    • miners
    • cryptocurrencies

  • Talos Takes : Episode 17
    2020-05-01

    Talos Takes Ep. #17: How MedusaLocker is different than other ransomware

    We published our findings on a ransomware family known as MedusaLocker last week. On its surface, it’s just like any other ransomware family — steals your stuff, encrypts it, and asks for some money to get it back. But there are some secret tricks hidden beneath the surface, and Edmund Brumaghin is here to talk about them.

    Hosted By:
    Jon Munshaw
    Featuring:
    Edmund Brumaghin
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    Run Time: 4:33

    Keywords
    • ransomware
    • MedusaLocker
    • malware

  • Talos Takes : Episode 16
    2020-04-24

    Talos Takes Ep. #16: Inside thew newly discovered PoetRAT

    Threat actors all over the place are trying to capitalize on COVID-19. We recently discovered a campaign we’re calling “PoetRAT” using lure documents themed around the pandemic attempting to trick victims into downloading malware. In this week’s Talos Takes episode, Nick Biasini chats with one of the researchers on the project, Warren Mercer, about this threat.

    Hosted By:
    Nick Biasini@InfoSec_Nick
    Featuring:
    Warren Mercer@SecurityBeard
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    Run Time: 8:00

    Keywords
    • APTs
    • threat actors
    • COVID-19
    • PoetRAT

  • Talos Takes : Episode 15
    2020-04-17

    Talos Takes Ep. #15: What is FUD and how adversaries leverage it

    Threat researchers like to throw around the acronym “FUD” a lot. But is FUD, exactly? Why should you look out for it? And why do attackers win when they sow FUD? Joe Marshall and Jon Munshaw walk you through fear, uncertainty and doubt and discuss why panic and misinformation play right into attackers’ hands.

    Hosted By:
    Jon Munshaw
    Featuring:
    Joe Marshall@ImmortanJo3
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    Run Time: 7:17

    Keywords
    • FUD
    • APTs
    • fake news
    • misinformation

  • Talos Takes : Episode 14
    2020-04-09

    Talos Takes Ep. #14: Summing up our recent research on fingerprint scanners

    Earlier this week, we released an in-depth blog post on fingerprint scanners used as physical security gates on devices. To save you a bit of time, and to summarize it for those non-technical folks out there, Nick Biasini and Jon Munshaw dedicate this episode to breaking down Talos’ research. What was the endgame of our research? And can you rely only on your fingerprint to keep your device secure?

    Hosted By:
    Jon Munshaw
    Featuring:
    Nick Biasini@InfoSec_Nick
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    Run Time: 5:57

    Keywords
    • fingerprint
    • mobile security
    • security
    • device security
    • fingerprint scanners
    • biometrics

  • Talos Takes : Episode 13
    2020-04-03

    Talos Takes Ep. #13: Special precautions to take with VPN and RDP

    People across the world are working from home now, and employers are increasingly turning to VPN services and Windows Remote Desktop Protocol to make sure their workers have access to their files. In this Talos Takes episode, we run down some common security concerns with these services and discuss what employees should do to stay safe while accessing their files online.

    Hosted By:
    Jon Munshaw
    Featuring:
    Nick Biasini@InfoSec_Nick
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    Run Time: 5:29

    Keywords
    • working from home
    • COVID-19
    • WFH
    • coronavirus
    • RDP
    • VPN
    • remote access

  • Talos Takes : Episode 12
    2020-03-27

    Talos Takes Ep. #12: Preparing for the worst with Cisco Talos Incident Response

    Now that Cisco Incident Response has been a part of the Talos family for a few months now, we figured it was time to check back in with them. On this episode of Talos Takes, Brad Garnett from CTIR joins the show to talk about his organization’s new Cyber Range offering, part of the standard CTIR retainer. Brad discusses how a Cyber Range exercise can prepare your organization for the worst and how it helps dispel some myths around what happens during a cyber intrusion.

    Hosted By:
    Jon Munshaw
    Featuring:
    Brad Garnett@brgarnett
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    Run Time: 7:19

    Keywords
    • incident response
    • CTIR
    • Talos Incident Response
    • Cyber Range

  • Talos Takes : Episode 11
    2020-03-20

    Talos Takes Ep. #11: Avoiding fake news during the times of COVID-19

    Don’t attackers know we need a break right now? Alas, they’re doing everything they can to capitalize on the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes spreading fear, uncertainty and doubt with fake news, malicious advertisements and misleading information. In this Talos Takes episode, former journalist Jon Munshaw and researcher Nick Biasini discuss best practices for fact-checking, avoiding fake news and intaking the correct information during this trying time.

    Hosted By:
    Jon Munshaw
    Featuring:
    Nick Biasini@InfoSec_Nick
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    Run Time: 6:17

    Keywords
    • coronavirus
    • COVID-19
    • COVID
    • virus
    • pandemic
    • fake news
    • spam
    • malicious advertising
    • malvertising

  • Talos Takes : Episode 10
    2020-03-13

    Talos Takes Ep. #10: The basics of RATs

    We’ve been covering several different generic types of malware over the past few weeks. Next up, we’ve got our overview of remote access trojans (or tools), also known as RATs. What goes into a RAT, and how is it different than other types of malware? What are some of their inherent capabiliites? We/ve got the rundown here.

    Hosted By:
    Nick Biasini@InfoSec_Nick
    Featuring:
    Earl Carter@kungchiu
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    Run Time: 4:22

    Keywords
    • trojans
    • RATs
    • remote access tools
    • malware
    • backdoors

  • Talos Takes : Episode 9
    2020-03-06

    Talos Takes Ep. #9: The basics of information stealers

    Yes, adversaries are always looking for new ways to make money. But what’s their No. 2 priority? Information. In this episode of Talos Takes, Nick Biasini and Earl Carter break down the basics of information-stealers and why they’re so important to keep out.

    Hosted By:
    Nick Biasini@InfoSec_Nick
    Featuring:
    Earl Carter@kungchiu and Jon Munshaw
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    Run Time: 4:06

    Keywords
    • infostealers
    • information stealers
    • malware
    • spam

  • Talos Takes : Episode 8
    2020-02-28

    Talos Takes Ep. #8: Decoding the EKANS malware

    In this episode of Talos Takes, content manager Jon Munshaw sits down with researcher Joe Marshall to discuss the recently discovered EKANS/SNAKE malware. This is one of the first ransomware strains to specifically target ICS systems. And Joe, who has experiencing protecting the ICS space, discusses what’s unique about this family and what it means for the future of cyber security in the infrastructure field.

    Hosted By:
    Jon Munshaw
    Featuring:
    Joe Marshall@ImmortanJo3
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    Run Time: 5:47

    Keywords
    • ransomware
    • ICS
    • infrastructure
    • manufacturing
    • EKANS
    • SNAKE
    • ICS malware
    • IoT

  • Talos Takes : Episode 7
    2020-02-21

    Talos Takes Ep. #7: How attackers are capitalizing on coronavirus fears

    With the RSA conference just days away, notable vendors such as IBM and AT&T have withdrawn from the annual event over coronavirus concerns. The fast-spreading disease has captured headlines across the globe, and adversaries are trying to strike quickly. Continuing our look at attackers’ use of current events to spread malware, Nick Biasini and Earl Carter sit down to discuss malware campaigns that are hoping to scare victims into opening malicious emails and documents on coronavirus.

    Hosted By:
    Nick Biasini@InfoSec_Nick
    Featuring:
    Earl Carter@kungchiu and Jon Munshaw
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    Run Time: 4:52

    Keywords
    • news
    • cyber news
    • malware
    • spam
    • coronavirus
    • maldocs
    • RSA

  • Talos Takes : Episode 6
    2020-02-14

    Talos Takes Ep. #6: Big Game Hunting

    With the Equifax attack back in the headlines, we take a closer look at Big Game Hunting this week on Talos Takes. Why do threat actors look at these massive targets, and what do they hope to get out of it? Is there anything smaller organizations can learn from these high-stakes campaigns?

    Hosted By:
    Nick Biasini@InfoSec_Nick
    Featuring:
    Earl Carter@kungchiu and Jon Munshaw
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    Run Time: 4:35

    Keywords
    • Big Game Hunting
    • APTs
    • big name
    • threat actors
    • state-sponsored actors
    • malware
    • cyber attacks

  • Talos Takes : Episode 5
    2020-02-07

    Talos Takes Ep. #5: The evolution of ransomware

    2019 was a huge year for ransomware. Cities across the U.S. had their government services attacked, and adversaries changed up their techniques in the hopes of making a larger profit and infecting more users. What other changes do we see coming to the ransomware space? Are adversaries’ motivations changing at all? And will defense techniques change along with them?

    Hosted By:
    Nick Biasini@InfoSec_Nick
    Featuring:
    Earl Carter@kungchiu and Jon Munshaw
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    Run Time: 4:14

    Keywords
    • ransomware
    • ransom payments
    • extortion
    • RATs
    • trojans

  • Talos Takes : Episode 4
    2020-02-03

    Talos Takes Ep. #4: What's the best way to manage your passwords?

    Talos Takes is finally back with its own feed and a new episode. Nick Biasini and Earl Carter discuss the best password practices. Should you use a password manager? What are some best practices? And what does all of this have to do with Disney Plus?

    Hosted By:
    Nick Biasini@InfoSec_Nick
    Featuring:
    Earl Carter@kungchiu and Jon Munshaw
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    Run Time: 5:37

    Keywords
    • passwords
    • password managers
    • accounts
    • data breach

  • Talos Takes : Episode 3
    2020-02-03

    Talos Takes Ep. #3: The basics of malvertising

    We’ve all seen the supposed stories online that promise to give you “The one secret to weight loss doctors WON’T tell you about.” Or “You won’t believe who Kim Kardashian is talking about now.” So how harmful are these malicious ads? Why do some of them deliver malware, and others don’t? In this episode of Talos Takes, Nick Biasini and Earl Carter dive into the basics of malvertising.

    Hosted By:
    Nick Biasini@InfoSec_Nick
    Featuring:
    Earl Carter@kungchiu and Jon Munshaw
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    Run Time: 6:14

    Keywords
    • malvertising
    • malicious ads
    • advertising
    • malware
    • spam

  • Talos Takes : Episode 2
    2020-02-04

    Talos Takes Ep. #2: How to keep your fancy new IoT toy secure

    The holidays have come and gone, and so have the sales. Maybe you got a new drone, or a home AI assistant. So what should you do to make sure those new toys don’t turn against you? Nick Biasini and Earl Carter have some tips for you.

    Hosted By:
    Nick Biasini@InfoSec_Nick
    Featuring:
    Earl Carter@kungchiu and Jon Munshaw
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    Run Time: 5:07

    Keywords
    • IoT
    • tech
    • smart devices
    • patching
    • smart
    • vulnerabilities

  • Talos Takes : Episode 1
    2020-02-04

    Talos Takes Ep. #1: How to avoid common holiday shopping scams

    We first brought you this episode in the Beers with Talos feedback in December. We’re uploading this to the Talos Takes feed for posterity now, and let’s face it, these holiday shopping reminders can apply to any time you’re shopping online.

    Hosted By:
    Nick Biasini@InfoSec_Nick
    Featuring:
    Earl Carter@kungchiu and Jon Munshaw
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    Run Time: 4:18

    Keywords
    • holiday
    • shopping
    • scams
    • holiday shopping
    • online scams
    • spam