Talos Takes

Talos’ spin on security news

Every week, host Jon Munshaw brings on a new guest from Talos or the broader Cisco Secure world to break down a complicated security topic in just five or 10 minutes. We cover everything from breaking news to attacker trends and emerging threats.

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  • Talos Takes
    2022-08-12

    Talos Takes Ep. #99: A primer on Talos at RSA

    We’re doing something a bit different this week — it’s just Jon for a few minutes talking about Talos’ plans at the RSA Conference coming up next week. Catch up on our plans for the week and here about some special events we have planned. To stay up-to-date on the latest, follow us on Twitter. And if you prefer a written preview, read this week’s Threat Source newsletter.

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    Keywords
    • conferences
    • RSA
    • RSAC
    • podcasts

  • Talos Takes
    2022-08-12

    Talos Takes Ep. #98: Maybe don't panic about that F5 BIG-IP vulnerability

    The recently disclosed vulnerability in F5 BIG-IP took security Twitter by storm two weeks ago, and continues to make headlines now. It immediately prompted warnings from CISA and security researchers everywhere warning users to patch as soon as possible. Of course, it’s important to patch. But maybe we started panicking a little too early that this was going to be the next PrintNightmare. On this week’s episode of Talos Takes, Jon is joined by Jerry Gamblin from Kenna Security to talk about the ins and outs of this vulnerability and while it is serious, it’s incredibly unlikely that an attacker can or would exploit it in the wild.

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    Run Time: 00:08:07

    Keywords
    • vulnerabilities
    • patching
    • Kenna
    • BIG-IP

  • Talos Takes
    2022-08-12

    Talos Takes Ep. #95 (XL Edition): CTIR recaps last quarter's top threats

    On this week’s episode of Talos Takes, we’re bringing you the recording of last week’s live stream with Cisco Talos Incident Response. Beers with Talos’ own Liz Waddell hosted the first in our new “On Air” series with CTIR, where she and her fellow Talosians recapped the previous quarter’s top threats. They run through the malware families CTIR saw most in the field and discussed other trends that threat actors are starting to adapt.

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    Run Time: 00:39:16

    Keywords
    • CTIR
    • Incident Response
    • ransomware
    • malware

  • Talos Takes
    2022-08-12

    Talos Takes Ep. #97: MustangPanda stays agnostic

    See people, this is what happens when you finally let a panda drive a sports car! This week’s episode of Talos Takes covers the basics of MustangPanda, a Chinese state-sponsored actor we wrote about recently. Asheer Maholtra joins the show to go over his research into this group. Mainly, we discuss why this actor, despite being aligned with China, is targeting Russian government entities and organizations. Though the two countries seem to be allies, all is fair in love and cyber espionage.

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    Keywords
    • MustangPanda
    • APTs
    • state-sponsored
    • ransomware
    • trojans

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    2022-08-12

    Talos Takes Ep. #96: Takeaways from victim chats with two ransomware groups

    Kendall McKay joins Jon this week to discuss the Hive and Conti ransomware chats she and her colleagues recently reviewed. We obtained some leaked chats between these ransomware groups and some of their victims, showing us what communicating with an attacker is really like. Jon and Kendall discuss the negotiation process over a ransom payment and what else we learned from these chat logs.

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    Run Time: 00:11:46

    Keywords
    • Hive
    • Conti
    • ransomware
    • malware

  • Talos Takes
    2022-08-12

    Talos Takes Ep. #94: Everything you need to know about the BlackCat ransomware group

    BlackCat, BlackMatter, DarkSide, BlackByte…it’s too hard to keep up with all these ransomware group names these days. So we’re here to break down one of these groups, BlackCat, for you so you can figure out what makes them actually memorable. Aliza Berk from our Talos Threat Intelligence & Interdiction team joins Jon Munshaw this week to talk about BlackCat and their ransomware that’s recently become a major player on the malware landscape. Aliza recently compiled our latest Threat Assessment Report on this group and assisted in our research around the group. Jon and Aliza discuss how the use of the Rust programming language and using triple extortion tactics make this group a threat.

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    Run Time: 00:08:19

    Keywords
    • BlackCat
    • ransomware
    • BlackMatter
    • malware
    • APTs

  • Talos Takes
    2022-08-12

    Talos Takes Ep. #93: Kenna 101 — Best patching and mitigation strategies

    Continuing the “Kenna 101” series over at Talos Takes, Ed Bellis re-joins the show to talk about patching and mitigation strategies. So far, we’ve talked about how to tell when you should take a CVE seriously. But what if there’s no patch for it? Or what if you have to patch 50 vulnerabilities in the same product? We talk about how Kenna can help security teams of all sizes prioritize their patching strategies and create mitigation strategies in the worst-case scenario. For the other entries in our Kenna 101 series, listen here and here.

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    Run Time: 00:09:31

    Keywords
    • vulnerabilities
    • patching
    • Kenna Security
    • vulnerability research

  • Talos Takes
    2022-08-12

    Talos Takes Ep. #92: Kenna 101 — How to read a CVE

    Continuing our “Kenna 101” series, Jon is joined this week by Jerry Gamblin, Kenna’s director of security research. Jerry is an expert at all things CVE’s, so we reflect on reading vulnerability reports and analyzing specific CVEs. We discuss if “severity” scores even really mean anything, and how to interpret a maximum 10/10 score versus an attacker vector or type of vulnerability.

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    Run Time: 00:09:56

    Keywords
    • Kenna
    • vulnerabilities
    • patching
    • exploits

  • Talos Takes
    2022-08-12

    Talos Takes Ep. #87 (XL Edition): Livestream update on the current cybersecurity situation in Ukraine

    Cisco Talos threat intelligence team and Cisco ThousandEyes went live on Talos’ social media platforms Friday to provide guidance on current cyberattacks and insight into internet activity in Ukraine. Both teams are actively monitoring the digital landscape and openly sharing essential findings to contribute to the safety of our customers globally.

    Many of our teams have set aside normal tasks, now spending their time watching over Ukrainian networks. Other teams have focused on protecting refugees, physically and digitally. Still, others have volunteered their free time contributing critical components to our open-source intelligence work. The audio version of this briefing will share what we have seen and how you can protect your data, network and teams.

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    Run Time: 00:54:18

    Keywords
    • Ukraine,cyberwar,cybersecurity,cyberattack,APTs

  • Talos Takes
    2022-08-12

    Talos Takes Ep. #91: The tax scams cometh

    It’s tax season! You know what that means — sadness, frustration and scams. Host Jon Munshaw sat down with Nick Biasini from the Talos Outreach team to talk about common tactics adversaries use around this “holiday” to try and spread malware, steal personal information and take users’ money. We talk about free security tools you can deploy to block these types of threats, common spam tactics to keep an eye out for and other services that can help you prepare for a worst-case scenario.

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    Run Time: 00:06:09

    Keywords
    • tax
    • Tax Day
    • spam
    • scams
    • email