About half way through the week Martin and Rich got together and recorded a short discussion about this year’s RSA Conference. There had been sightings of Zach, but at no point did all three members of the podcast manage to be in the same place at the same time with microphones. Our intrepid hosts talk about intelligence, keynotes and how the vibe of the show is a bit more upbeat than it’s been in the past. And we really mean that, it’s not a cynical, sarcastic way of saying something else.
Hooray! The first podcast of the year where all three of us are actually on (and we ran slightly longer). BSidesSF and RSA are rapidly approaching, so Martin, Rich, and Zach are preparing in various capacities — from talk preparation, to scheduling meetings, to preparing their livers (namely because that’s about the only way to deal with some of the goings-on at RSA).
- How NBC’s Russian Hack Actually Happened, According to the Security Expert Who Set It Up
- That NBC story 100% fraudulent
- Snowden Used Low-Cost Tool to Best N.S.A.
- How I hacked Instagram to see your private photos
- No privacy interest in photo metadata
- DDoS Attack Hits 400 Gbit/s, Breaks Record
- Tonight’s music: Sheep of Different Color by Doug Macleod
Well, we had a rather interesting attempt at a podcast tonight. Rich is in Zombie mode, with a plague ridden house. Zach is in a relatively new job and had to find a conference room to record in this week. Which unfortunately meant he was kicked out of the room when we were almost done with the podcast. And lastly, Martin was more interested in going drinking with a bunch of security geeks in London than editing a podcast. At least this week all of our technology worked; last week we abandoned the podcast after nearly an hour of Martin saying, “But it worked two weeks ago and I haven’t changed anything!” (He had, but that’s a different issue.)
It’s the first show of 2014, and following the recent trends in the podcast, it’s just Rich and Martin tonight as Zach is stuck in traffic somewhere. Seems that moving farther and farther north has had an impact on Zach’s ability to get through traffic. Martin and Rich ramble on a bit about the holiday’s tonight, but you’re saved from too much of that by Rich’s time constraints.
Well, folks, this is the last show of 2013. On this episode, Martin and Zach regroup (sans Rich, who is doing his own special NetSecPodcast end-of-year recording) to cover recent(ish) news, as well as take some time to reflect on 2013. They also delve a bit into what they think 2014 has in store , but not like one of those pesky “top XX predictions” things. ;]
- Delivery drones are coming: Jeff Bezos promises half-hour shipping with Amazon Prime Air
- SkyJack – autonomous drone hacking
- Scientist-developed malware prototype covertly jumps air gaps using inaudible sound
- LG fumbles response to Smart TV spying revelation, withdraws Smart Ad video
- ‘;–have i been pwned?
- Global Government Surveillance Reform
- Tonight’s Music: A Harry Potter Christmas by Joel Kopischke
Tonight Rich and Martin celebrate the 8th year anniversary of the podcast, mostly by remembering how old they’ve really become. They also offer up career advice that goes beyond the usual, “Run, run away and don’t look back!” Unluckily, Zach couldn’t join the troop tonight as he is somewhere in a big metal tube being shuttled between detention centers, or airports as they may be called in some locations.
- Op-ed: Lavabit’s primary security claim wasn’t actually true
- How Corporate America Fights Hackers
- Jailed Anonymous Hacker Jeremy Hammond: “My days of hacking are done” – At least for 10 years, they are
- FBI warns of US Government breach by Anonymous hackers
- Martin’s questions about Evernote and The Secret Weapon
- Tonight’s Music: Ledbetter Heights with Remedy: The Bourbon Version
It was Guy Fawkes day in the UK and nothing special in the US, which means all of the hosts are confused as to why the English were firing off fireworks during tonight’s podcast. We had a good time anyway and are all glad to be back together after a longer break than had been anticipated between podcasts. It’s hard to find time to record when you’re on 2 different continents and spanning 7 time zones, but we’ll continue to bumble through the issue.
The gang reconvenes for another round of surveillance- and privacy-laden discussion. It’s a bit obvious that Martin is running the show this week, since he can’t stop talking about the latest stories about spying, but we’ll try to do a little better next week. And since he has an audio chain again, Martin has added in a song, for the first time in months. Hopefully you’ll like it, but if not, forward all complaints to martin at mckeay dot net.
- How the FBI found Miss Teen USA’s webcam spy
- Disruptions: How the F.A.A., Finally, Caught Up to an Always-On Society
- Intelligence chief says the US attacks encryption because the bad guys use it
- FBI seizes underground drug market Silk Road, owner indicted in New York
- Important Customer Security Announcement (Adobe Breach)
- Lavabit Owner to Speak About FBI’s Pursuit of Snowden
- Tonight’s Music: Man of Steel by Willie Shutter
Once again our intrepid hosts are scattered to the wind! Zach Lanier is in the hinterlands of Belgium, teaching classes to savage hackers during the lead up to BruCon and unable to participate. Will he make it back or will he be lost to us for good? Martin McKeay is braving the wild (bars) of Hamburg, Germany, soon to follow Zach into the bowels of Ghent and Brucon. And meanwhile Rich Mogull is taming unruly children in the unholy land of Phoenix, Arizona. All or none of these statements may be true in whole or in part.
- Proposed changes to the WHOIS system called “extremely disquieting” - Don’t make WHOIS a good ole boys club
- Experts see potential perils in Brazil push to break with US-centric Internet over NSA spying – “potential”???
- Fatal crypto flaw in some government-certified smart cards makes forgery a snap – 2^2048 or 103? Lets go for 103!
- RSA tells its developer customers: Stop using NSA-linked algorithm - Buy our product, but please use it securely!
- Barclays Bank Branch Bugged in £1.3M Breach - Please pull over, we’re going to need to see your alliteration license, sir
- How Weev’s prosecutors are making up the rules – At least send him for jail for what he really did.
After eating puffin (and who knows what else), drinking crazy Icelandic beer (and who knows what else), etc. in wonderful Reykjavik, Martin and Zach join Rich to discuss everything but CRYPTPOCALYPSE (though they come pretty close).
- Standing together for greater transparency
- Latest Leak Shows NSA Engaging In Economic Espionage — Not Fighting Terrorism
- Drug Agents Use Vast Phone Trove, Eclipsing N.S.A.’s
- Syrian Electronic Army ‘Hack’ Of The NYTimes Was The Exact Remedy MPAA Demanded With SOPA
- Large botnet cause of recent Tor network overload
- Q&A about [iPhone 5S] Fingerprint Scanning