Thursday, August 30, 2018

Beers with Talos EP 36: There Are Few Shades in the Grey Market



Beers with Talos (BWT) Podcast Ep. #36 is now available. Download this episode and subscribe to Beers with Talos:

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Ep. #36 show notes: 

Recorded Aug. 24, 2018 — We’re finally back in the studio after Hacker Summer Camp! Sadly, due to summer vacations and becoming bionic, we are missing Joel and Nigel, respectively. We end up discussing most of our topics through the lens of Matt’s frequent Twitter polls. We also find out he bribes followers with free sporks. Craig brings the discussion on the details of Remcos, and goes through some interesting points on the emerging grey markets in security software and "vuln disco." The crew closes this episode discussing the hypothetical merits of perfect patching versus perfect visibility.

The timeline:

The topics



01:20 - Roundtable - Today we cover Matt’s cyberwar fantasy league draft picks & Fortnite malware
13:25 - Remcos: Unpacking a botnet in a box
21:35 - What’s your plan for tomorrow? Are you a leader or will you follow?
28:40 - Grey market software and tools - what’s for real and what’s just sketch?
37:00 - Would You Rather…? Perfect visibility vs. Perfect patching

The links

Matt’s Cyberwar fantasy league poll: https://twitter.com/kpyke/status/1032453567418904576
The benevolent spork god of Twitter: https://twitter.com/hashtag/SporkFest2016?src=hash
Remcos post on Talos blog: https://blog.talosintelligence.com/2018/08/picking-apart-remcos.html
Remcos decryptor: https://github.com/Cisco-Talos/remcos-decoder/blob/master/remcos_decryptor.py
Michael Potto tweet: https://twitter.com/PahDoh/status/1032747023068524544
Matt’s Twitter poll pt. 2, patching vs. viz: https://twitter.com/kpyke/status/1030081526002802689
Source of Craig’s quote in print?: nah. 

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Featuring: Craig Williams (@Security_Craig), Joel Esler (@JoelEsler), Matt Olney (@kpyke) and Nigel Houghton (@EnglishLFC).  Special Guest: Bill Largent (@security_will).
Hosted by Mitch Neff (@MitchNeff).

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