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. #90: Kenna Security 101

    We’re kicking off a new series of episodes called “Kenna 101” highlighting Cisco’s newest partner, Kenna Security. Kenna is a risk management platform for vulnerabilities that allows users to view what vulnerabilities exist in their environment and helps them create a plan for patching and mitigation. We’re starting things off with the CTO of Kenna, Ed Bellis, to talk about the basics of Kenna and its risk scores.

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    Run Time: 00:09:56

    Keywords
    • Kenna
    • security
    • vulnerabilities
    • patching

  • Talos Takes
    2022-08-12

    Talos Takes Ep. #89: Taking the Meta out of the Metaverse

    When most people think of the “Metaverse,” they may first think of the company Meta — the recently rebranded Facebook. After all, what other company would really want everyone taking meetings virtually using avatars while you share your cryptocurrency wallets and personal information with them? The Metaverse is actually much larger than this, though. So in this Talos Takes episode, we’re trying to demystify the Metaverse and look at what it is, exactly. Researcher Jaeson Schultz recaps his recent blog post on the matter, and then he and Jon talk about the potential security pitfalls that could arise from adopting the Metaverse.

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    Run Time: 00:12:21

    Keywords
    • Metaverse
    • Meta
    • cryptocurrency
    • scams

  • Talos Takes
    2022-08-12

    Talos Takes Ep. #88: Biden's crypto executive order is good for good guys and bad for bad guys

    Jon and Nick sit down for a few minutes to talk about U.S. President Joe Biden’s recent Executive Order on more heavily regulating cryptocurrency. For a primer on this episode, you can read a quick overview here. This episode pretty much sums it up as being a good thing for anyone who uses cryptocurrency legitimately, and bad for anyone who uses crypto to do anything illegal. We discuss how greater regulation could affect ransomware operators who rely on virtual currency for ransom payments and illegitimate miners, and why no one using Bitcoin legitimately should be worried.

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    Run Time: 00:07:11

    Keywords
    • cryptocurrency
    • cryptominers
    • ransomware
    • ransom
    • government

  • Talos Takes
    2022-08-12

    Talos Takes Ep. #86: The fallout from the recent REvil arrests

    In the latest entry in the “Days of our Ransomware” series, Azim Khodjibaev joins Jon to talk about some recent ransomware drama. Dark web forums have been going nuts since Russia arrested and charged several alleged members of the REvil ransomware gang in January. Azim discusses how there’s been a power grab since those arrests, and we discuss what else it might take to shut down many of these wide-reaching ransomware groups. Threat actors: They get into the same petty arguments we all do in Slack.

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    Run Time: 00:08:56

    Keywords
    • ransomware
    • APTs
    • RaaS
    • state-sponsored actors

  • Talos Takes
    2022-08-12

    Talos Takes Ep. #85: ICS as it relates to the current situation in Ukraine

    As the Ukraine situation evolves, we figured it was an important time to check in with the specific threats government agencies across the globe have started to warn us about. Joe Marshall, Talos’ resident industrial control systems expert, joins this week’s episode of Talos Takes to talk about potential threats to Ukraine’s power grid should kinetic warfare break out in the area. We also touch on what potential threats America’s infrastructure faces if our government leaders were to oppose any Russian actions in the region. It’s admittedly a tangled web currently — but for the most current information on this, check out the Talos blog on the topic.

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    Run Time: 00:10:27

    Keywords
    • Ukraine
    • ICS
    • infrastructure
    • cyberwarfare

  • Talos Takes
    2022-08-12

    Talos Takes Ep. #84: Commodity RATs 101

    What’s a commodity RAT? And how does that make it different from your run-of-the-mill RAT? Is that RAT different than a trojan? In this week’s Talos Takes episode, we answer these questions and more to provide you a quick overview of remote access trojans/tools (aka RATs) and how commodity RATS specifically differ from their “normal” brethren. Asheer Malhotra from our Outreach team has been looking at several commodity RATs for months now and is here to take you to class for 10 minutes.

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    Run Time: 00:09:24

    Keywords
    • RATs
    • trojans
    • malware
    • cybersecurity basics

  • Talos Takes
    2022-08-12

    Talos Takes Ep. #81 (XL Edition): Log4J roundtable

    This is a special XL edition of Talos Takes that is a replay of a live stream our amazing researchers put on earlier this week. You’ll hear Matt Olney, Amy Henderson and Vitor Ventura, all from Talos, talk about the Log4J vulnerability that is ruining the internet for everyone right now. They discussed the latest news around the vulnerability, provided advice to users who may be affected (i.e., pretty much everyone) and looked at where we go from here. If you’d like to hear more from us, you can join us LIVE on all of our social media platforms at noon ET on Friday, Dec. 17 for a special episode of Beers with Talos, where we’ll have more updates on Log4J.

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    Run Time: 00:32:56

    Keywords
    • Log4J
    • vulnerabilities
    • patching
    • malware
    • threats

  • Talos Takes
    2022-08-12

    Talos Takes Ep. #82: Log4j followed us into 2022

    We thought it was usually all about “New year, new me,” heading into 2022, but turns out it’s the same cybersecurity problems. Join host Jon Munshaw as he welcomes on threat researcher JJ Cummings to discuss how the Log4j vulnerability event evolved over the holiday break. JJ, who you may recognized from our recent live Beers with Talos episode, discusses the new CVE that popped up the week after Christmas, and then discusses what things he and his team will be looking into regarding Log4shell in 2022.

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    Run Time: 00:09:05

    Keywords
    • Log4j
    • vulnerabilities
    • Log4shell

  • Talos Takes
    2022-08-12

    Talos Takes Ep. #83: The latest on the cybersecurity situation in Ukraine

    Jon Munshaw and Nick Biasini sit down for a few minutes to discuss the latest on the ongoing cyber attacks and security concerns in Ukraine. They discuss how a recent set of attacks against government-run websites compares to past attacks like NotPetya, and provide guidance for any companies who may be based in, or do business in, Ukraine. For more of Talos’ insight on this, please continue to check back on our blog post here.

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    Run Time: 00:06:07

    Keywords
    • NotPetya
    • Ukraine
    • Russia

  • Talos Takes
    2022-08-12

    Talos Takes Ep. #80: I'll have a blue Christmas without a CTIR retainer

    We had to give Brad a few minutes to take an Incident Response victory lap after his team received two major accolades over the past two weeks. But aside from that, it’s also a perfect time to have him on ahead of the holidays. The shopping season is always a favorite time for attackers, so it’s as good a time as any to make sure your incident response plan is polished and practiced. We also take some time to look back on what Incident Response lessons Brad learned in 2021.

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    Run Time: 00:09:00

    Keywords
    • incident response
    • spam
    • scams
    • holiday shopping
    • news