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. #12: Preparing for the worst with Cisco Talos Incident Response

    Now that Cisco Incident Response has been a part of the Talos family for a few months now, we figured it was time to check back in with them. On this episode of Talos Takes, Brad Garnett from CTIR joins the show to talk about his organization’s new Cyber Range offering, part of the standard CTIR retainer. Brad discusses how a Cyber Range exercise can prepare your organization for the worst and how it helps dispel some myths around what happens during a cyber intrusion.

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    Run Time: 00:07:19

    Keywords
    • incident response
    • CTIR
    • Talos Incident Response
    • Cyber Range

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    2022-08-12

    Talos Takes Ep. #11: Avoiding fake news during the times of COVID-19

    Don’t attackers know we need a break right now? Alas, they’re doing everything they can to capitalize on the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes spreading fear, uncertainty and doubt with fake news, malicious advertisements and misleading information. In this Talos Takes episode, former journalist Jon Munshaw and researcher Nick Biasini discuss best practices for fact-checking, avoiding fake news and intaking the correct information during this trying time.

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    Run Time: 00:06:17

    Keywords
    • coronavirus
    • COVID-19
    • COVID
    • virus
    • pandemic
    • fake news
    • spam
    • malicious advertising
    • malvertising

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    2022-08-12

    Talos Takes Ep. #10: The basics of RATs

    We’ve been covering several different generic types of malware over the past few weeks. Next up, we’ve got our overview of remote access trojans (or tools), also known as RATs. What goes into a RAT, and how is it different than other types of malware? What are some of their inherent capabiliites? We/ve got the rundown here.

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    Run Time: 00:04:21

    Keywords
    • trojans
    • RATs
    • remote access tools
    • malware
    • backdoors

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    2022-08-12

    Talos Takes Ep. #8: Decoding the EKANS malware

    In this episode of Talos Takes, content manager Jon Munshaw sits down with researcher Joe Marshall to discuss the recently discovered EKANS/SNAKE malware. This is one of the first ransomware strains to specifically target ICS systems. And Joe, who has experiencing protecting the ICS space, discusses what’s unique about this family and what it means for the future of cyber security in the infrastructure field.

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    Run Time: 00:05:47

    Keywords
    • ransomware
    • ICS
    • infrastructure
    • manufacturing
    • EKANS
    • SNAKE
    • ICS malware
    • IoT

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    2022-08-12

    Talos Takes Ep. #9: The basics of information stealers

    Yes, adversaries are always looking for new ways to make money. But what’s their No. 2 priority? Information. In this episode of Talos Takes, Nick Biasini and Earl Carter break down the basics of information-stealers and why they’re so important to keep out.

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    Run Time: 00:04:05

    Keywords
    • infostealers
    • information stealers
    • malware
    • spam

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    2022-08-12

    Talos Takes Ep. #7: How attackers are capitalizing on coronavirus fears

    With the RSA conference just days away, notable vendors such as IBM and AT&T have withdrawn from the annual event over coronavirus concerns. The fast-spreading disease has captured headlines across the globe, and adversaries are trying to strike quickly. Continuing our look at attackers’ use of current events to spread malware, Nick Biasini and Earl Carter sit down to discuss malware campaigns that are hoping to scare victims into opening malicious emails and documents on coronavirus.

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    Run Time: 00:04:52

    Keywords
    • news
    • cyber news
    • malware
    • spam
    • coronavirus
    • maldocs
    • RSA

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    2022-08-12

    Talos Takes Ep. #6: Big Game Hunting

    With the Equifax attack back in the headlines, we take a closer look at Big Game Hunting this week on Talos Takes. Why do threat actors look at these massive targets, and what do they hope to get out of it? Is there anything smaller organizations can learn from these high-stakes campaigns?

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    Run Time: 00:04:35

    Keywords
    • Big Game Hunting
    • APTs
    • big name
    • threat actors
    • state-sponsored actors
    • malware
    • cyber attacks

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    2022-08-12

    Talos Takes Ep. #5: The evolution of ransomware

    2019 was a huge year for ransomware. Cities across the U.S. had their government services attacked, and adversaries changed up their techniques in the hopes of making a larger profit and infecting more users. What other changes do we see coming to the ransomware space? Are adversaries’ motivations changing at all? And will defense techniques change along with them?

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    Run Time: 00:04:13

    Keywords
    • ransomware
    • ransom payments
    • extortion
    • RATs
    • trojans

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    2022-08-12

    Talos Takes Ep. #4: What's the best way to manage your passwords?

    Talos Takes is finally back with its own feed and a new episode. Nick Biasini and Earl Carter discuss the best password practices. Should you use a password manager? What are some best practices? And what does all of this have to do with Disney Plus?

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    Run Time: 00:05:36

    Keywords
    • passwords
    • password managers
    • accounts
    • data breach

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    2022-08-12

    Talos Takes Ep. #3: The basics of malvertising

    We’ve all seen the supposed stories online that promise to give you “The one secret to weight loss doctors WON’T tell you about.” Or “You won’t believe who Kim Kardashian is talking about now.” So how harmful are these malicious ads? Why do some of them deliver malware, and others don’t? In this episode of Talos Takes, Nick Biasini and Earl Carter dive into the basics of malvertising.

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    Run Time: 00:06:13

    Keywords
    • malvertising
    • malicious ads
    • advertising
    • malware
    • spam