The wildest computer hacks you could ever imagine. 500 million dollars disappear into thin air. Two teenagers disrupt a rocket launch. Foreign spies rig an election. Hosted by author and cybersecurity expert Ran Levi, Malicious Life unravels complex, dramatic historical events, with interviews from people who were actually there. Lock your door, wipe your hard drive, and come listen to fascinating stories from the cyber underground.
Norse Corp.: How To NOT build a cybersecurity startup
When it was founded in 2011, Norse Corp. - which described itself as "the world's largest dedicated threat intelligence network" - had everything a promising startup could wish for: a charismatic and experienced founder, a rare and valuable technology, and few tens of millons of dollars from investors. Less than six years later, it all came crashing down in the most horrible death a business can experience. What went wrong in Norse Corp.?
Jailbreaking Tractors [ML BSide]
John Deere, an American agricultural machinery manufacturer, has recently enraged many farmers and digital rights activists due to the restrictive fixing policy of its tractors. Now, an Australian white hat hacker named Sick Codes has demonstrated not only how he was able to jailbreak the company’s tractors and run Doom on them (because why not) - but also hack into its global operations center, demonstrating how hackers can easily take over a huge number of farming machines all over the world.
The Russian Business Network
In 2006 the Russian Business Network pivoted its business: the once legitimate ISP became a ‘bullet-proof' hosting service, catering to the needs of cybercriminals. It quickly became the largest player in the Russian cybercrime landscape, with ~60% of all cybercrime activity related to Russia connected to it in some way. Following the Russian government’s years-old tradition of collaborating with organized crime, it's no wonder that the Russian Business Network quickly became Putin’s informal cyber attack arm.
What can chess grandmasters teach us about Cyber? [ML BSide]
Sports is not something that you usually hear mentioned when people talk about cybersecurity - but Chris Cochran and Ron Eddings, co-founders of Hacker Valley Media, believe that cyber professionals can take inspiration from MMA wrestlers and Chess Grandchampions to get to their own version of Peak Performance.
LabMD Vs. The FTC
One day in 2008, Michael Daugherty - CEO and owner of LabMD, a cancer detection lab - got a call from an executive of TiVera, a cybersecurity company. The caller said that a file containing private medical data of some 9000 of LabMD's patients has been discovered online. When Michael refused to pay for TiVersa's hefty "consultation fee", it reported the incident to the FTC. This was the beginning of a ten-year-long legal battle that ultimately destroyed LabMD - but cost the Federal Agency dearly.
What Would Happen if CBS Got Hacked? [ML BSide]
Media companies probably get hacked no more than other, non-media oriented organizations such as hospitals, banks, etc. But these hacks are often more visible and more memorable because… well, media companies are more public facing by their very nature. How can these organizations be hacked, and why should we care about such attacks? Nate Nelson spoke with Joel Molinoff, former chief information risk officer for CBS Corporation, and Dan Vasile, former vice president of information security at Paramount.
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Are you looking to learn more about some of the worlds most high profile hacks, and don’t mind the occasional dash of cheesy acting, then this is the podcast for you!
Keep up the great work Ran (& team)!