Talos Takes

Talos’ spin on security news

Every week, host Jon Munshaw brings on a new guest from Talos or the broader Cisco Secure world to break down a complicated security topic in just five or 10 minutes. We cover everything from breaking news to attacker trends and emerging threats.

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  • Talos Takes
    2022-08-12

    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.

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    Run Time: 00:04:33

    Keywords
    • ransomware
    • MedusaLocker
    • malware

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    2022-08-12

    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.

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    Run Time: 00:08:00

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

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    2022-08-12

    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.

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    Run Time: 00:07:17

    Keywords
    • FUD
    • APTs
    • fake news
    • misinformation

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    2022-08-12

    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?

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    Run Time: 00:05:57

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

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    2022-08-12

    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.

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    Run Time: 00:05:29

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

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    2022-08-12

    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.

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    Run Time: 00:07:19

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

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    2022-08-12

    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.

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    Run Time: 00:06:17

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

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    2022-08-12

    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.

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    Run Time: 00:04:21

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

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    2022-08-12

    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.

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    Run Time: 00:05:47

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

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    2022-08-12

    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.

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    Run Time: 00:04:05

    Keywords
    • infostealers
    • information stealers
    • malware
    • spam