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Round-up: A whole host of vulnerabilities, and the hackers hacking other hackers

In this week's Cyber Security Brief podcast, Brigid O'Gorman and Dick O'Brien discuss some of the biggest infosec news stories of the last week, including, new vulnerabilities in Intel chips, and the Microsoft SMB protocol, as well as the Rowhammer vulnerability being back in the headlines. As well as this, there is an intricate phishing scam targeting Russian speakers that uses a chatbot to help you hand over your information, a mysterious Vietnam-based group is releasing Trojanized hacking tools to try and hack other hackers, the chief suspect thought to be behind the Deer[.]io online marketplace is arrested, and BEC scammers make the headlines once again.

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Round-up: Ransomware criminals continue to innovate, and BEC scammers hit a high-profile victim

On this week’s Cyber Security Brief, we bring you a round-up of some of the biggest cyber security stories of the last 7 days. Among the topics up for discussion are the latest innovations of ransomware criminals, a data breach at a controversial facial recognition company, and an investigation by Brian Krebs into a series of cyber attacks on companies in France that led to an interesting conclusion. Also this week, a survey reveals that many government employees feel ill-prepared to cope with a cyber attack, and a judge on Shark Tank falls victim to BEC scammers.

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Special Edition: The RSA Conference 2020

Candid Wueest and Dick O’Brien join the Cyber Security Brief from the RSA Conference in San Francisco this week. Both Candid and Dick were presenting at RSA this week – Dick on the topic of targeted ransomware, and Candid on the subject of formjacking. They fill us in on how their presentations went, the other interesting sessions they attended, what the big themes of the conference are this year, and their overall impressions of RSAC 2020.

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Focus On: Pegasus spyware

This week’s Cyber Security Brief is part of our regular Attack Group of the Month series, though this time around it’s more like Tool of the Month, as we take a closer look at Pegasus. Pegasus is a mobile spyware that is owned and sold by Israeli company the NSO Group, which says it is a legitimate tool that it sells exclusively to law enforcement and government agencies. However, there have been many cases where Pegasus appears to have been misused and has been found on the phones of journalists, activists and government critics in some countries. Symantec engineer Alexey Kleymenov has examined Pegasus extensively, and joins Dick O’Brien to discuss the malware and its technical abilities and sophistication.

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Spotlight On: The healthcare cyber threat landscape

In this week’s Cyber Security Brief, we discuss the various cyber security concerns facing the healthcare sector. Ransomware attacks are now one of the biggest challenges facing organizations in the healthcare industry, while data breaches also remain a major concern. Meanwhile, developments in medtech and the increased connectivity of hospitals and other healthcare organizations pose new challenges for practitioners and patients. We discuss the main threats facing the sector, and the steps you can take to keep your organization safe.

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