Dennis Fisher talks with botnet researcher Jose Nazario about whether botnet takedowns are worth the effort, the evolution of attack techniques and whether we can ever get the upper hand on attackers.
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The past week has brought to light more revelations about the mysterious Flame (or sKyWIper) worm that was first identified at the end of May. Among them: the eye-popping admission from Microsoft that the malware’s authors found a way to use that company’s Windows Update feature to distribute the malware.
Dennis Fisher talks with Moxie Marlinspike about his new IETF proposal, TACK, which lays out a way for sites to assert the authenticity of their public keys. They also discuss the Convergence system for replacing the CA infrastructure and the ways in which browser vendors can help enable better trust agility for users.
Dennis Fisher talks with Ryan Naraine and Costin Raiu about the Flashback Mac botnet, why Apple is reluctant to let third parties update software on Macs and the future outlook for the security of Macs.
Editor’s Note: This is the second of a two-part podcast with independent security researcher Chris Soghoian. In the first part of our podcast with independent security researcher Chris Soghoian, we talked about the way that the proliferation of “free” applications have forced consumers into the position of increasingly trading privacy for access to cool new Web sites and tools.
Editor’s Note: This is the first of a two-part podcast with security researcher Chris Soghoian. It’s a truism that the pace of technological change outstrips society’s ability to grasp the impact of that change. For the most part, the consequences of this are benign and the remedies straight-forward –think: “mobile phones ringing in the movie theater.”
Dennis Fisher talks with Dan Guido, security researcher and CEO of Trail of Bits, about the new company’s plan to help enterprises defend against targeted attacks, the way that attackers think and the value of exploits versus vulnerabilities. They also discuss a new initiative to help share security knowledge more broadly in the community.
Dennis Fisher talks with Richard Boscovich of the Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit about the operation to take down the Zeus botnet, how the company works with partners and law enforcement on these operations and the importance of getting the word out to consumers about the danger of botnets.
Dennis Fisher talks with Ryan Naraine about whether exploit mitigations such as ASLR and DEP really make any difference in preventing browser attacks and the seriousness of the MS12-020 RDP vulnerability that was patched during March’s Patch Tuesday release.
Dennis Fisher talks with Paul Judge of Barracuda Labs about his new project, which uses data on the vendors and products on display at the RSA Conference to determine which topics and technologies are the hottest at the moment.