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. #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

  • Talos Takes
    2022-08-12

    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    With the RSA conference just days away, notable vendors such as IBM and AT&T have withdrawn from the annual event over coronavirus concerns.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.

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    Run Time: 00:04:52

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

  • Talos Takes
    2022-08-12

    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?

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    Run Time: 00:04:35

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

  • Talos Takes
    2022-08-12

    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?

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    Run Time: 00:04:13

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

  • Talos Takes
    2022-08-12

    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?

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    Run Time: 00:05:36

    Keywords
    • passwords
    • password managers
    • accounts
    • data breach

  • Talos Takes
    2022-08-12

    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.

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    Run Time: 00:06:13

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

  • Talos Takes
    2022-08-12

    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.

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    Run Time: 00:05:06

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

  • Talos Takes
    2022-08-12

    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.

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    Run Time: 00:04:17

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

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    2022-08-12

    Talos Takes Ep. #108 (XL Edition): On Air with Cisco Talos Incident Response

    This week’s episode of Talos Takes is a special extra large edition. We’ve got the audio version of our recent Cisco Talos Incident Response On Air stream where some of our responders got together to discuss the past threats of the top quarter. Liz Waddell and other team members covered everything from recent ransomware actor drama, to the importance of saving logs and other tips they picked up over the past few months.

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    Run Time: 00:42:56

    Keywords
    • Incident Response
    • trends
    • CTIR
    • stream
    • ransomware

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    2022-08-12

    Talos Takes Ep. #107: Infostealers 101

    It’s been a while since we re-visited our Malware 101 series. So we’re going back to class to learn about information-stealers. Aliza Johnson from the Talos Threat Intelligence & Interdiction team joins the show to talk about her recent research into and overview of infostealers. Although the name is pretty self-explanatory, this type of malware comes in many shapes and sizes for many purposes.

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    Run Time: 00:08:08

    Keywords
    • malware
    • cyber attack
    • infostealers
    • data theft