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Malicious Life Podcast

The Malicious Life Podcast by Cybereason examines the human and technical factors behind the scenes that make the threat from cyberattacks so prevalent today.

Malicious Life explores the insider stories about the people and events shaping the cybersecurity industry and its evolution.

Host Ran Levi interviews hackers, researchers, practitioners and other security industry experts about everything from hacking culture to the most significant cyberattacks that define today’s threat landscape.

The show has a monthly audience of over 250,000 and growing, and is consistently in the Top 20 iTunes Technology Podcasts.

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Malicious Life Podcast: What It’s Like to Fight LulzSec

As their name implies, LulzSec was known for trolling their victims:, and while their childish behavior might have fooled some people into thinking that LulzSec was harmless, the story you’re about to hear will show they were anything but – check it out...

September 28, 2022 /

Malicious Life Podcast: King Kimble - Kim DotCom

The US government says that Kim Schmitz, better known as Kim DotCom, is the leader of a file sharing crime ring. He sees himself as an internet freedom fighter: a fugitive on the run from vindictive overly-powerful governments. Can King Kimble escape the wrath of the USA? Check it out...

September 19, 2022 /

Malicious Life Podcast: Hacking Multi-Factor Authentication

Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) is usually considered a better solution for authentication – but Roger Grimes, a veteran security professional and a Data-Driven Defense Evangelist claims that the sense of security current MFA solutions provide us is false - check it out...

September 13, 2022 /

Malicious Life Podcast: Hacking Language Models

Language models are everywhere today, and most interestingly they are available via several experiential projects trying to emulate natural conversations such as OpenAI’s GPT-3 and Google’s LaMDA. Can these models be hacked to gain access to the sensitive information they learned from their training data? Check it out...

September 6, 2022 /

Malicious Life Podcast: Software Bill of Materials (SBOM)

In May 2021, following the SolarWinds and the Colonial Pipeline attacks, the Biden administration published a presidential Executive Order mandating the use of SBOMs - Software Bill of Materials - in all government agencies. What are SBOMs and how useful are they in cybersecurity? Nate Nelson talks to two experts: Allan Friedman (CISA) and Chris Blask (Cybeats) - check it out...

August 31, 2022 /

Malicious Life Podcast: Leo Kuvayev– The Czar of Spammers

A ruthless person for whom the end truly justifies the means, Leo Kuvayev was very successful as a cybercriminal. But even a genius criminal can go just one step too far - check it out...

August 22, 2022 /

Malicious Life Podcast: A CISO's Nightmare - Israel Baron on Railway Security

Railway systems are a mess of old systems built on top of older systems, running ancient operating systems. Why are railway systems so difficult to defend, and what are the most probable attack vectors against them? Israel Railway's first ever CISO discusses why - check it out...

August 15, 2022 /

Malicious Life Podcast: Operation Trojan Shield - Designed by Criminals for Criminals

The Anom was the holy grail of dark, illegal communication: a mobile phone that could send encrypted messages that even included a secret Kill-Switch to foil attempts by law enforcement agents to get to its contents. Thousands of criminals used the Anom, certain that they were completely safe from the police - they were wrong - check it out...

August 8, 2022 /

Malicious Life Podcast: Andrew Ginter - A 40-Year-Old Backdoor

Ken Thompson is a legendary computer scientist who also made a seminal contribution to computer security in 1983 when he described a nifty hack that could allow an attacker to plant almost undetectable malicious code inside a C compiler. Surprisingly, it turns out a very similar hack was also used in the SolarWinds attack - check it out...

August 1, 2022 /

Malicious Life Podcast: Silk Road - The Amazon of Drugs Part 2

Silk Road’s success did more than bring the site more sellers and buyers, it also brought it more attention from law enforcement agencies as well as malicious hackers and other shady characters. Some of these shady characters, it turns out, were part of the task force aiming to shut down Silk Road - check it out...

July 25, 2022 /

Malicious Life Podcast: Kurtis Minder - Ransomware Negotiations

Your organization was hit by ransomware, and it is now time to negotiate the terms of a deal that will bring back your data and (hopefully) won’t leave the company’s coffers empty. But are you sure you know what you’re doing? Are you certain that you won’t screw up the negotiations and do more harm than good? Check it out...

July 18, 2022 /

Malicious Life Podcast: Silk Road - The Amazon of Drugs Part 1

Ross Ulbricht always had a thing with testing his limits. He was also an avid libertarian who wanted to change the world. So, in 2010, he came up with the idea to build a truly free market: a website where anybody can buy and sell anything anonymously - including illegal drugs - check it out...

July 12, 2022 /

Malicious Life Podcast: Jacob Goldstein on the Future Of BitCoin

Will Bitcoin and the other cryptocurrencies be able to replace money as we know it today? Will governments embrace a future where they have no control over their currencies? Jacob Goldstein (Planet Money, What's Your Problem) talks to Nate Nelson about what the future holds for Bitcoin - check it out...

July 5, 2022 /

Malicious Life Podcast: The Cypherpunks Who Invented Private Digital Money

Years before credit card transactions gave banks and data-brokers free access to our private financial information, a man named David Chaum became the first person to really, materially grapple with the problem of privacy in money. His ideas inspired a movement of "Crypto Anarchists" who aspired to change money forever - check it out...

June 27, 2022 /

Malicious Life Podcast: Celebrating Five Years of Malicious Life

This special Malicious Live Ask Us Anything event celebrates the 5 year anniversary of the show: How did Malicious Life come to be? How do we choose the stories we tell? Who was Ran's most memorable guest? And why does Nate keep inserting weird names into the scripts? Check it out…

June 21, 2022 /

Malicious Life Podcast: Hackers vs. Spies - The Stratfor Leaks Part 2

Hector - better known as Sabu, the ringleader of the LulzSec hacking group - knew the FBI was on to him. But it turned out that of all the people who broke or disregarded the law in this particular story, only one man had a reason to be worried: Jeremy Hammond - check it out…

June 17, 2022 /

Malicious Life Podcast: Hackers vs. Spies - The Stratfor Leaks Part 1

George Friedman and Jeremy Hammond are two very different people: the former is a capitalist middleman, the latter an anarchist-communist hacker. A spy and a hacker; but in certain respects, they’re actually quite similar in what lines they are willing to cross to get to their goal - check it out…

June 13, 2022 /

Malicious Life Podcast: Catching A Cybercriminal

AbdelKader Cornelius, a German Threat Researcher and an expert on the cybercrime ecosystem, shares a story about how he helped German police put a sophisticated cybercriminal behind bars by uncovering tiny mistakes the hacker made in the past. - check it out…

May 31, 2022 /

Malicious Life Podcast: What The LinkedIn Hack Taught Us About Storing Passwords

An anonymous hacker posted a list of 6.5 Million encrypted passwords for LinkedIn users on a Russian forum. These passwords were hashed using an outdated and vulnerable hashing algorithm and were also unsalted. Lawsuits followed shortly… can we trust big organizations to keep our secrets safe? Check it out…

May 24, 2022 /

Malicious Life Podcast: Inside Operation CuckooBees

We delve into a recently discovered cyber-espionage campaign targeting the Defense, Energy, Aerospace, Biotech and Pharma industries conducted by the Winnti Group (APT 41, BARIUM, and Blackfly) - a Chinese state-sponsored APT group known for its stealth and sophistication...

May 17, 2022 /

Malicious Life Podcast: How to Russia-Proof Your Democracy

In 2007, Estonia suffered a large-scale DDoS attack which crippled many organizations and digital services. Joseph Carson, a Security Scientist and adviser to several governments discusses the lessons learned from that event and how Estonia became 'A Cloud Country' - check it out…

May 9, 2022 /

Malicious Life Podcast: Operation Sundevil and the Birth of the EFF

In May 1990, a massive operation carried out by hundreds of Secret Service and FBI agents was focused on a new type of crime: Hacking. But every action has an equal and opposite reaction, and the reaction to Operation Sundevil was the birth of a new power in the cybersphere: the Electronic Frontier Foundation - check it out…

May 2, 2022 /

Malicious Life Podcast: MITRE Attack Flow Project

The MITRE Attack Flow Project is a new way to visualize, analyze and share knowledge about sequences of adversary behavior. Ingrid Skoog, Ass. Director of R&D at the Center for Threat-Informed Defense, and Cybereason CISO Israel Barak discuss the benefits of the MITRE Attack Flow project to Defenders and executives alike - check it out…

April 25, 2022 /

Malicious Life Podcast: The Aaron Swartz Story

When 24-year-old Aaron Swartz was caught scraping millions of science articles off of JSTOR, he faced up to 35 years in prison plus a fine of up to 1 million dollars. Did Aaron's crime justify such a harsh punishment? Check it out…

April 19, 2022 /

Malicious Life Podcast: The Russia-Ukraine Cyberwar

Several weeks after the invasion of Ukraine by Russian forces, and the lights are still on and other important infrastructure is still operating. Cybereason CEO Lior Div, CTO Yonatan Striem-Amit, and CSO Sam Curry examine what we know so far about the cyber aspect of the conflict...

April 11, 2022 /

No Airplane Hacking Episode

Due to some controversy in the community over the airplane hacking episode, we have decided to remove it from the playlist...

April 5, 2022 /

Malicious Life Podcast: DIE - A New Paradigm for Cybersecurity

DIE, an acronym for Distributed, Immutable and Ephemeral, is a framework for designing secure systems where we should treat our precious data less like pets and more like cattle. Sound confusing? New paradigms always are - check it out…

March 28, 2022 /

Malicious Life Podcast: Cyber PTSD

We usually count the damage from a cyberattack in Dollars and Euros, but the psychological damage to the victims is rarely discussed. Can scams, hacks, and breaches lead to Cyber Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder? Check it out…

March 22, 2022 /

Malicious Life Podcast: How Resilient Is Our Banking System?

What is the most critical of all critical infrastructure? According to Jeff Engles, it's our Banking and Finance systems - Jeff joins us to discuss the resilience of our financial system and potential worst-case scenarios - check it out…

March 16, 2022 /

Malicious Life Podcast: Crypto AG Part 3 - The Truth is Revealed

This final episode of the series is going to explore how the Crypto AG spying operation was kept secret for over 70 years from governments, military and intelligence services, and even the company’s own personnel - check it out…

March 10, 2022 /

Malicious Life Podcast: Quantum Cybersecurity

Quantum Computing is a revolutionary technology, but what's the threat posed by Quantum attacks on encryption, and is the first major attack even closer than most of us think? Check it out…

March 7, 2022 /

Malicious Life Podcast: Crypto AG Part 2 - The Death of Bo Jr.

How did Boris Hagelin succeed in selling compromised cipher machines to half the world over more than 50 years? Was there some kind of backdoor - or it was more clever than that? Check it out…

February 28, 2022 /

Malicious Life Podcast: Why Do APTs Use Ransomware?

Threat Research lead Assaf Dahan discusses new discoveries about Iranian APTs Moses Staff and Phosphorus that blur the line between state-sponsored attacks and criminal activity - check it out…

February 22, 2022 /

Malicious Life Podcast: Crypto AG - The Greatest Espionage Operation Ever Part 1

General McArthur, Egypt's Anwar Sadat, and Iran's Ayatollah Khomeini: these are just a few of the dozens (likely hundreds) of targets in the biggest, most ambitious hacking operation ever - check it out…

February 14, 2022 /

Malicious Life Podcast: Why Aren't SMBs Investing in Cybersecurity?

Attacks against Small-to-Medium size businesses (SMBs) accounts for 40% to 50% of all data breaches. Josh Ablett, founder and CISO of Adelia Risk, discusses security for SMBs - spoiler: it's not a pretty picture - check it out…

February 7, 2022 /

Malicious Life Podcast: The Bloody Origins of Israel's Cybersecurity Industry

In this episode, we go back to the Yom Kippur War of 1973 to discover how a national trauma and an intelligence failure paved the way for Israel to become a cybersecurity mini-empire - check it out…

January 31, 2022 /

Malicious Life Podcast: Hacker Highschool

Pete Herzog, co-founder of ISECOM and Hacker Highschool, wants our kids to learn about cybersecurity - especially the more advanced stuff like security analysis and hacking - check it out...

January 24, 2022 /

Malicious Life Podcast: The Mystery of Cicada 3301

A cryptic message posted on 4Chan in January 2012 started thousands of crypto-lovers competing to be the first to crack the puzzles created by the mysterious Cicada 3301. Who is Cicada3301, and what are their goals? Check it out...

January 18, 2022 /

Malicious Life Podcast: How the Internet Changed the NSA

Jeff Man was one of the first people at the NSA to make the transition from hardware to software, and he shares with us his experiences from that period - check it out…

January 10, 2022 /

Malicious Life Podcast: Does Code === Free Speech?

When the FBI asked Apple to write code that would give the FBI access to a suspect's iPhone, Apple refused, arguing it violates the First Amendment - check it out…

January 4, 2022 /

Malicious Life Podcast: Logout4Shell - A Digital Vaccine for Log4Shell

Yonatan Striem-Amit, CTO & Co-Founder of Cybereason discusses the Log4j vulnerability and the unusual vaccine dubbed Logout4Shell that uses the the Log4Shell exploit to close the vulnerability - check it out…

December 27, 2021 /

Malicious Life Podcast: Shawn Carpenter - A Cyber Vigilante

Shawn Carpenter - an employee of Sandia National Laboratory - was at a crossroads: should he ignore a Chinese attack against U.S. targets as his superiors ordered him to do, or continue investigating the case on his own? Check it out…

December 20, 2021 /

Malicious Life Podcast: Ransomware Attackers Don’t Take Holidays

Ken Westin, Director of Security Strategy, discusses the findings in recent report "Organizations at Risk: Ransomware Attackers Don’t Take Holidays" - including why ransomware attacks today are so effective and dangerous - check it out...

December 13, 2021 /

Malicious Life Podcast: Tay: A Teenage Bot Gone Rogue

Microsoft Tay could tweet, answer questions and even make its own memes - but within mere hours of going live, Tay began outputting racist, anti-Semitic and misogynist tweets - check it out...

December 6, 2021 /

Malicious Life Podcast: Wild West Hackin' Fest

Black Hills Infosec founder John Strand discusses The Wild West Hackin’ Fest - a unique security conference that emphasizes diversity and lowering the barriers to entering the world of security...

November 29, 2021 /

Malicious Life Podcast: Inside Operation Flyhook Part 2

To capture Alexey Ivanov and his business partner and bring them to justice, the FBI created an elaborate ruse: a fake company named Invita, complete with a fake website and a fake office building - check it out...

November 22, 2021 /

Malicious Life Podcast: Inside IP/BGP Hijacking

In 2016 communications between Canada and Korea were hijacked, and in 2017 traffic from Sweden and Norway was also hijacked - all routed to China. What is IP/BGP Hijacking and what are its security implications? Check it out...

November 15, 2021 /

Malicious Life Podcast: Inside Operation Flyhook Part 1

Alexey Ivanov thought he had a brilliant idea: hack American corporations and then blackmail them to force them to contract his services as a security consultant - so what could go wrong? Check it out...

November 8, 2021 /

Malicious Life Podcast: In Defense of the NSA

The NSA is one of the world's most formidable intelligence operations. We spoke at length with Ira Winkler, CISO, Skyline Technology Solutions, who started his career at the NSA - check it out...

November 1, 2021 /

Malicious Life Podcast: Marcus Hutchins - A Controversial Hero

Marcus Hutchins became a hero for stopping the WannaCry attacks despite his troubled past as the teenage hacker who created the dangerous rootkit KRONOS - should a criminal-turned-hero be punished for past crimes? Check it out...

October 25, 2021 /

Malicious Life Podcast: Operation GhostShell - An Iranian Espionage Campaign

Newly identified Iranian threat actor MalKamak that has been leveraging a new and sophisticated RAT (remote access trojan) dubbed ShellClient that abuses Dropbox for C2 (command and control)...

October 18, 2021 /

Malicious Life Podcast: Smart TVs - a New Security Battlefield

Smart TVs - equipped with microphones, cameras, and an internet connection - are the weakest link in smart home security. So, is a person's smart home still their castle? Check it out...

October 11, 2021 /

Malicious Life Podcast: Inside the MITRE ATT&CK Framework

Cybereason CISO Israel Barak delves into the MITRE ATT&CK framework and explains how it can help organizations get better at detecting stealthy advanced attacks - check it out...

October 4, 2021 /

Malicious Life Podcast: Should the U.S. Ban Chinese and Russian Technology?

Every year there’s a new story of some software like 'Tik Tok' or 'FaceApp' from a hostile country that may be a security threat to us in the West - so what should be done in cases like this? Ira Winkler joins the discussion - check it out...

September 27, 2021 /

Malicious Life Podcast: Jack Rhysider and the Darknet Diaries

Jack Rhysider discusses the origins of Darknet Diaries and the effect the show’s success has had on his personal life - which you might be surprised to discover wasn’t always 100% positive - check it out...

September 20, 2021 /

Malicious Life Podcast: The Tesla Hack

A mysterious stranger approached an employee of Tesla's Gigafactory and offered him 1 million dollars to insert a malware-laden USB flash drive into a company computer - check it out...

September 13, 2021 /

Malicious Life Podcast: Understanding China’s Cyber Culture

Lt. Colonel (Ret.) Bill Hagestad examines how China's culture and troubled history of western colonialism influenced its government views regarding the internet and its interactions with western tech companies...

September 7, 2021 /

Malicious Life Podcast: The Life and Times of John McAfee

What do you get when you take a gun-toting cybersecurity pioneer and add a serious amount of money to the mix? You get John McAfee's unbelievable life and times - check it out...

August 30, 2021 /

Malicious Life Podcast: Ten Years On - Are We Doing Security Right?

So how far have security solutions and capabilities come in a decade? Art Coviello, former CEO of RSA Security, is joined by Malcolm Harkins, former CSO at Intel, to discuss the cybersecurity landscape 10 years after the RSA Breach - check it out...

August 23, 2021 /

Malicious Life Podcast: DeadRinger - Exposing Chinese APTs Targeting Major Telcos

Cybereason identified several attack campaigns targeting the telecoms industry across Southeast Asia that are assessed to be the work of multiple Chinese APT groups - Nocturnus Team lead Assaf Dahan discusses the implications...

August 16, 2021 /

Malicious Life Podcast: The Jester - Hacktivist for Good

The Jester is a patriotic, pro-American Hacktivist that since 2010 has waged a personal cyberwar against an array of targets. So, who is The Jester and what can we make of his reported exploits? Check it out…

August 9, 2021 /

Malicious Life Podcast: The State of Credit Card Security

When Albert Gonzalez was hacking the networks of retail chains credit cards were still very insecure. We are joined by special guest Sherri Davidoff, CEO of LMG Security, who discusses the past and present state of credit card security - check it out…

August 2, 2021 /

Malicious Life Podcast: The Life and Exploits of Albert Gonzales Part 3

A fateful meeting between a U.S. Secret Service agent and a notorious European carder marks the beginning of the end for Albert Gonzalez and his 'All Star' crew of hackers...

July 26, 2021 /

Malicious Life Podcast: Dave Kennedy on the History of DerbyCon

Dave Kennedy, one of the founders of DerbyCon, talks about the unique vibe of the conference, his fear of clowns, and why he'll never listen to a Busta Rhymes album again - check it out…

July 19, 2021 /

Malicious Life Podcast: The Life and Exploits of Albert Gonzales Part 2

Special guest Sherri Davidoff continues the story where we find ShadowCrew's Gonzales working with the Secret Service on orchestrating the largest cybercrime bust in U.S history - check it out…

July 12, 2021 / 1 minute read

Malicious Life Podcast: Jeff Moss on the History of DEF CON

Jeff Moss discusses the origins of DEF CON and its interesting relationship with law enforcement and the intelligence community over the years...

July 6, 2021 /

Malicious Life Podcast: The Life and Exploits of Albert Gonzales Part 1

Special guest Sherri Davidoff has skillfully researched the fascinating life and exploits of Albert Gonzales, as detailed in her book Data Breaches - check it out…

June 28, 2021 /

Malicious Life Podcast: History of the THOTCON Hacking Conference

How did a small-scale event in Chicago grow to become a major hacker conference? THOTCON co-founders Nick Percoco and Jonathan Tomek reveal all - check it out…

June 22, 2021 /

Malicious Life Podcast: China's Unrestricted Cyberwarfare Part 3

Special guest Lieutenant Colonel, USMC (retired) Bill Hagestad, a leading international authority on cyberwarfare and Chinese cyber operations and capabilities...

June 15, 2021 /

Malicious Life Podcast: Inside the DarkSide Colonial Pipeline Attack

Threat researcher Assaf Dahan examines the DarkSide attack on Colonial Pipeline, and the implications for the security of critical infrastructure...

June 8, 2021 / 1 minute read

Malicious Life Podcast: China's Unrestricted Cyberwarfare Part 2

Nortel was positioning itself China's partner, not knowing it was China's primary target for corporate espionage and 'Unrestricted Warfare' doctrine...

June 1, 2021 /

Malicious Life Podcast: The Untold Story of the RSA Breach Part 2

No longer bound by NDA, former RSA execs share the untold story behind one of the most impactful attacks of all time - check it out...

May 24, 2021 / 1 minute read

Malicious Life Podcast: The Untold Story of the RSA Breach Part 1

No longer bound by NDA, former RSA execs tell how the infamous breach unfolded and share the untold story behind one of the most impactful attacks of all time - check it out...

May 20, 2021 / 1 minute read

Malicious Life Podcast: Creating BSides - A Grassroots Security Conference

Jack Daniel recalls how the BSides conference started and what 'community-oriented' events contribute that other events often cannot - check it out...

May 11, 2021 /

Malicious Life Podcast: China's Unrestricted Cyberwarfare Part 1

Special guest Bill Hagestad, a leading international authority on cyberwarfare, gives us a look inside Chinese cyber operations - check it out...

May 4, 2021 /

Malicious Life Podcast: Can Nuclear Power Plants Be Hacked?

Andrew Ginter dives into cybersecurity challenges for Nuclear facilities - how secure are modern nuclear power plants from cyber attacks? Check it out...

April 27, 2021 /

Malicious Life Podcast: Shutting Down the Internet in 30 Minutes

Chris Wysopal, one of L0pht's founding members, talks about the group's 1998 Senate testimony and how they used shaming to force corporations to secure their software...

April 20, 2021 / 1 minute read

Malicious Life Podcast: The Story of LØpht Heavy Industries, Part 2

By the end of the ‘90s many of the L0pht hackers had quit their day jobs and incorporated under the name L0pht Heavy Industries...

April 13, 2021 /

Malicious Life Podcast: The Story of L0pht Heavy Industries, Part 1

'L0pht' was one of the most influential hacker collectives of the '90s: they were even invited to testify in front of Congress on the state of Internet security. In this episode of Malicious Life, four of L0pht's members talk about the beginning and influence of the L0pht on cybersecurity. - check it out...

April 6, 2021 /

Malicious Life Podcast: Inside the HAFNIUM Microsoft Exchange Attacks

The recent HAFNIUM attacks hit tens of thousands of organizations’ Microsoft Exchange servers. What happened, what were the vulnerabilities exploited in the attack, and what can we do to defend against such attacks in the future? In this episode, Host Ran Levi is joined by Israel Barack, Cybereason CISO

March 23, 2021 /

Malicious Life Podcast: Inside NotPetya, Part 2

Listen as we break down the chain of events from the moment NotPetya began to spread around the world to the moment it was stopped by Amit Serper who was on his way to friends when he decided to take a swipe at the malware. Catch the latest episode of the Malicious Life podcast with guest Cyber Analyst Amit Serper

March 22, 2021 /

Malicious Life Podcast: Inside NotPetya, Part 1

Host Ran Levi is joined by Amit Serper, the first researcher to tackle NotPetya and provide a solution when he was Principal Security Researcher at Cybereason...

March 3, 2021 /

Malicious Life Podcast: Should Law Enforcement Use Facial Recognition? Pt. 2

Host Ran Levi is joined by attorney and privacy expert Ted Claypoole, and Andrew Maximov, CEO at Promethean AI who uses AI to fight Belarus's dictatorship, to explore the implications...

February 17, 2021 /

Malicious Life Podcast: Should Law Enforcement Use Facial Recognition? Pt. 1

Clearview AI scrapes billions of images off social media and the open web, applies facial recognition algorithms on them, and sells that data to law enforcement agencies all over the world. But who are the people behind this secretive company, and what did a breach into its databases reveal?

February 12, 2021 /

Malicious Life Podcast: Inside Clearview AI Facial Recognition

Clearview AI scrapes billions of images off social media and the open web, applies facial recognition algorithms on them, and sells that data to law enforcement agencies all over the world. But who are the people behind this secretive company, and what did a breach into its databases reveal?

February 3, 2021 /

Malicious Life Podcast: Breaking Into Secure Buildings

FC - aka 'Freaky Clown' - is an expert in physical security assessments - otherwise known as breaking into ultra-secure buildings like big international banks - check it out...

January 7, 2021 /

Malicious Life Podcast Special: The SolarWinds Attacks

Security expert Israel Barak discusses the SolarWinds Supply Chain Attacks, how can organizations defend against similar attacks, and what all this has to do with evolution and natural selection - check it out...

December 28, 2020 /

Malicious Life Podcast: 100th Episode Special

Here's three stories that were just too good to leave on the editing room floor: Shadow Inc.  and Election Hacking, J&K / Max Headroom, and T-Shirt-Gate and Yahoo's Ugly Death - check it out...

December 21, 2020 /

Malicious Life Podcast: Jan Sloot's Incredible Data Compression System

In the mid-'90s, a Dutch TV repairman claimed he invented a revolutionary data compression technology that could compress a full-length movie into just 8KB - check it out...

December 7, 2020 /

Malicious Life Podcast: Operation GUNMAN and the World's First Keylogger

Operation GUNMAN commenced debugging of electronic devices in the US embassy in the USSR and resulted in a surprising discovery that made the NSA what it is today - check it out...

November 22, 2020 /

Malicious Life Podcast: Election Hacking Part 2

The upcoming elections are plagued with uncertainty - and uncertainty and democracy go together like wet hands and electrical outlets - check it out...

November 2, 2020 /

Malicious Life Podcast: Election Hacking Part 1

Depending on which way this one state leans may bring the entire electoral college with it - a situation where the election systems cannot afford to be hacked, but might be - check it out...

October 26, 2020 /

Malicious Life Podcast: MDR vs. The TrickBot Gang

The Cybereason Managed Detection and Response team (aka MDR) uncovered an attack involving Russian cybercriminals, POS devices and an new family of malware - check it out...

October 12, 2020 /

Malicious Life Podcast: Yahoo's Ugly Death Part 2

Between 2010 and 2014, Yahoo was hacked numerous times - each time setting a new 'world record' for the largest data breach in history. It also hid those breaches from it's investors, customers and the SEC...

September 24, 2020 /

Malicious Life Podcast: Yahoo's Ugly Death Part 1

When Marissa Mayer joined Yahoo as CEO, the company's stock rose 2% the day of the announcement. But the new CEO was basically initiated into her job by a major data breath - and the worst was yet to come...

September 11, 2020 /

Malicious Life Podcast: The Great Firewall of China Part 2 - Cisco's Trial

Falun Gong movement members sued Cisco Systems for aiding and abetting the Chinese government in their persecution - having helped China erect Golden Shield - the massive IT infrastructure which combined internet censorship and cyber-spying...

August 22, 2020 /

Malicious Life Podcast: The Great Firewall of China Part 1

The Great Firewall is just mind-bogglingly big, repressing freedom of speech and information for over 800 million Chinese internet users every year. How did the Chinese manage to build it in the first place?

August 14, 2020 /

Malicious Life Podcast: Multi-Stage Ransomware

Israel Barak, Cybereason CISO, discusses the latest development in ransomware evolution: multi-stage attacks. What does this new tactic mean for the use of backups as a mean to mitigate the risk from ransomware?

August 2, 2020 /

Malicious Life Podcast: Protecting the Panama Papers Whistleblower

In 2015 Bastian Obermayer, an investigative journalist received a message about the biggest leak in journalism history. But dealing with the massive 2.7 Terabyte data dump, 11.5 million documents turned out to be a huge challenge...

July 16, 2020 /

Malicious Life Podcast: From Ransomware to Blackmail

Attackers keep modifying and improving their methods of operations. Assaf Dahan, Sr. Director and Head of Threat Research at Cybereason, tells us about the recent shift to double extortion blackmail as a way to pressure ransomware victims to pay up...

July 7, 2020 /