Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Beers with Talos, Ep. #107: Sailing the high seas in search of privateer groups



Beers with Talos (BWT) Podcast episode No. 107 is now available. Download this episode and subscribe to Beers with Talos:


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You're not going to believe this, but everyone actually agreed on something in this episode. And no, it's not regarding the best flavor of beef jerky. In this episode, we discuss a new category of threat actors that we're choosing to call "privateers." The guys discuss why this classification is much needed in the security community, the previous research on this topic, and the ways private security firms can partner with public intelligence agencies to protect against this type of threat.

 The timeline:

  • 02:27 — Roundtable: How are Starbucks baristas so happy all the time?
  • 11:46 — A new class of threat actors called "privateers"
  • 21:49 — When releasing a ransomware decryptor breaks bad
  • 32:45 — Closing thoughts, parting shots: Craig is prepared to share more hot takes online

The links:

A new classification of state-sponsored actors (Talos blog)
MIT ransomware review
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Featuring: Craig Williams (@Security_Craig), Joel Esler (@JoelEsler) and Matt Olney (@kpyke).
Hosted by Mitch Neff (@MitchNeff).

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