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 Ep. #24: LoLBins

    LoLBins sound like they’d be funny, but they’re anything but. These “living-off-the-land binaries” make it so that attackers can more easily hide on your system as they disguise themselves as legitimate processes. On this episode of Talos Takes, Nick Biasini talks about what LoLBins are, exactly, how adversaries use them and how you can spot them on your environment.

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    Run Time: 00:05:27

    Keywords
    • LoLBins
    • binaries
    • PowerShell

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    Talos Takes Ep. #29: Election security roundtable excerpt

    This week’s episode is actually an excerpt from our recently released roundtable on disinformation and American election security. This is a small part of our larger discussion on fake news, state-sponsored actors using fake social media accounts, and what can be done to combat the spread of disinformation. To see the whole thing, click here.

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    Run Time: 00:06:56

    Keywords
    • disinformation
    • fake news
    • election security

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    Talos Takes Ep. #22: Snort 101

    The quick and dirty beginner’s guide to what Snort is and how to use. This the podcast accompaniment to the rest of our Snort 101 materials, which can be found on Snort.org/Resources.

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    Keywords
    • Snort
    • Snort rules
    • Talos rules

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    Talos Takes Ep. #21: What's really hiding inside the dark web

    The dark web sounds scary — and it is. But what exactly does this dark web consist of? Despite what the name may suggest, it’s actually not people selling organs or stolen video games that happened to fall off the back of a truck. But what is actually on these forums? Azim Khodjibaev joins Jon Munshaw this week to discuss his experience with the dark web.

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    Run Time: 00:09:02

    Keywords
    • dark web
    • Talos Takes
    • podcasts
    • stolen information

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    Talos Takes Ep. #20: What is an APT, exactly?

    We use the term “APT” in cyber security a lot. But what does it mean, exactly? Does a group have to break a certain threshold to become an APT? Does the term refer to a specific malware family or a group of actors? On this week’s Talos Takes, Jon Munshaw talks to Azim from Talos’ Threat Intelligence team about this very topic.

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    Keywords
    • APTs
    • threat actors
    • threats

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    Talos Takes Ep. #19: How to keep your online meetings safe

    Everyone is meeting virtually now. Whether it be important business or the average happy hour with friends and family, there’s no shortage of invites to chat rooms, presentations and software you’ve never heard of before you started working from home. And, of course, this software comes with its own set of security concerns and vulnerabilities. So Matt Valites joins Jon Munshaw this week to talk about the basics of securing your next friendly meetup or presentation to the board.

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    Keywords
    • meetings
    • online
    • video chat
    • video conferencing
    • Zoom
    • WebEx

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    Talos Takes Ep. #18: Where do cryptominers stand in 2020?

    The value of cryptocurrencies is nowhere near where it was just two years ago. So does that mean cryptominers have gone away as a threat? Jon Munshaw and Nick Biasini sit down in this episode of Talos Takes to discuss where cryptominers stand in 2020. Why aren’t we reading about them as much? And why is being hit with one a sign of worse things to come?

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    Keywords
    • cryptominers
    • malware
    • miners
    • cryptocurrencies

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    Talos Takes Ep. #17: How MedusaLocker is different than other ransomware

    We published our findings on a ransomware family known as MedusaLocker last week. On its surface, it’s just like any other ransomware family — steals your stuff, encrypts it, and asks for some money to get it back. But there are some secret tricks hidden beneath the surface, and Edmund Brumaghin is here to talk about them.

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    Run Time: 00:04:33

    Keywords
    • ransomware
    • MedusaLocker
    • malware

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    Talos Takes Ep. #16: Inside thew newly discovered PoetRAT

    Threat actors all over the place are trying to capitalize on COVID-19. We recently discovered a campaign we’re calling “PoetRAT” using lure documents themed around the pandemic attempting to trick victims into downloading malware. In this week’s Talos Takes episode, Nick Biasini chats with one of the researchers on the project, Warren Mercer, about this threat.

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    Keywords
    • APTs
    • threat actors
    • COVID-19
    • PoetRAT

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    Talos Takes Ep. #15: What is FUD and how adversaries leverage it

    Threat researchers like to throw around the acronym “FUD” a lot. But is FUD, exactly? Why should you look out for it? And why do attackers win when they sow FUD? Joe Marshall and Jon Munshaw walk you through fear, uncertainty and doubt and discuss why panic and misinformation play right into attackers’ hands.

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    Run Time: 00:07:17

    Keywords
    • FUD
    • APTs
    • fake news
    • misinformation