Malicious Life Podcast: Why Do APTs Use Ransomware?

Complex cybercrime attacks are increasingly showing more overlap with nation-state sponsored attacks, with some cybercriminal groups adopting more sophisticated TTPs and attack progressions, and some APTs adopting ransomware payloads to distract, disrupt and destroy targeted systems. 

Assaf Dahan, Head of Threat Research with the Cybereason Nocturnus Team, discusses new discoveries about Iranian APTs Moses Staff and Phosphorus that blur the line between state-sponsored attacks and criminal activity - check it out…


About the Guest

Assaf Dahan

enior Director and Head of Threat Research at Cybereason

Assaf Dahan has over 15 years in the infosec industry. He started his career in the Israeli Military 8200 Cybersecurity unit where he developed extensive experience in offensive security. 

Later in his career he led Red Teams, developed penetration testing methodologies, and specialized in malware analysis and reverse

About the Host

Ran Levi

Born in Israel in 1975, Malicious Life Podcast host Ran studied Electrical Engineering at the Technion Institute of Technology, and worked as an electronics engineer and programmer for several High Tech companies in Israel.

In 2007, created the popular Israeli podcast Making History. He is author of three books (all in Hebrew): Perpetuum Mobile: About the history of Perpetual Motion Machines; The Little University of Science: A book about all of Science (well, the important bits, anyway) in bite-sized chunks; Battle of Minds: About the history of computer malware.

About The Malicious Life Podcast

Malicious Life by Cybereason exposes the human and financial powers operating under the surface that make cybercrime what it is today. Malicious Life explores the people and the stories behind the cybersecurity industry and its evolution. Host Ran Levi interviews hackers and industry experts, discussing the hacking culture of the 1970s and 80s, the subsequent rise of viruses in the 1990s and today’s advanced cyber threats.

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