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PODCAST: Giovanni Vigna

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Giovanni Vigna

Giovanni is a co-founder and CTO of Lastline, Inc., a company which develops solutions to detect and mitigate advanced malware and targeted threats. He is a Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of California in Santa Barbara and director of the Center for CyberSecurity at UCSB. He is co-director of the Security Lab, which is part of the iSeclab group and founder of the Shellphish hacker group which has annually competed in the DEFCON CTF (won in 2005) and also The DARPA Cyber Grand Challenge (3rd place). He also organizes the International Capture The Flag (iCTF), one of the world’s largest attack-defense hacking competitions.

Giovanni’s research focuses on vulnerability analysis, web security, malware analysis, and mobile security. We met in San Francisco at RSAC 2018 this year where he presented two talks, one entitled How Automated Vulnerability Analysis Discovered Hundreds of Android 0-days and also The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of the Ultrasonic Communications Ecosystem.

This episode we discuss all these things plus GDPR, Santa Barbara hot springs and more!

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How Automated Vulnerability Analysis Discovered Hundreds of Android 0-days

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of the Ultrasonic Communications Ecosystem

 

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PODCAST: Ben & Spencer from Rhino Security Labs

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Benjamin Caudill and Spencer Gietzen of Rhino Security Labs

Benjamin Caudill and Spencer Gietzen of Rhino Security Labs join me to discuss their research on Amazon Web Services privilege escalation vulnerabilities. Spencer recently revealed their AWS research on the Rhino Security Labs blog. Rhino is also rolling out a new open source AWS post-exploitation framework, designed for offensive security testing against AWS environments called Pacu. We also discuss how Ben and Spencer both found their way into the information security industry, pet peeves and more!

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PODCAST: RSAC 2018 – Joe Gray

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Guest Joe Gray

My guest this episode is social engineering guru Joe Gray. Joe is a Senior Security Architect at IBM and has his own blog and podcast called Advanced Persistent Security. Joe presented a talk at RSA this year with friend of the show Rachel Tobac on social engineering and OSINT which I posted the full audio of here. Joe spoke with me about Social Engineering, OSINT, vishing, SECTFs, password inspections and more!

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PODCAST: RSAC 2018 – Katie Moussouris

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Guest Katie Moussouris

Katie is the founder and CEO of Luta Security. She presented a talk on bug bounties, penetration testing and vulnerability disclosure entitled “Bug Bounty Buzzword Bingo—Deep Dive under a Jumped Shark” at the RSA Conference last week in San Francisco. Check out her slides here.

After her talk she spoke with me about the evolution of bug bounty programs, her work in developing ISO standards for vulnerability disclosure, her path to a career in information security and much more.

This episode is the 1st in a series dedicated to RSA Conference 2018. Stay tuned for more!

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PODCAST: Amazon Key & HID Attacks with MG

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Guest: MG

This episode’s guest is Bay Area based security researcher MG. He joins the podcast to share his work experimenting with various HID (Human Interface Devices) attacks using USB drives and cables. MG has also made news recently for disclosing a vulnerability in the Amazon Key smart lock technology and shares his experience developing the proof of concept and eventually sharing it with Amazon’s security team.

Check out MG’s work here!

Amazon Key Attack

HID attack hardware

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MG’s HID attack platform for USB Type-A connectors

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Smoke-emitting USB drive

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Exploding USB drive

Apple USB Lightning connector (MG’s HID attack cable on left)

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MG’s HID attack platform for USB Type-C connectors

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