This episode is an interview with intelligence analyst Judy Towers and Michael Goedekr, CEO of hackdefnet, conducted over the summer at DEFCON 25 in Las Vegas (2017). Judy and Michael share their thoughts on threat intelligence, risk analysis, dealing with C suite executives and more.
At this year’s RSA security conference in San Francisco, researcher Rob Graham gave a presentation entitled “Mirai and IoT Botnet Analysis.” His talk examined the infamous “Mirai” Internet of Things botnet and shared details on how it operates. Graham also covered technical aspects of the cameras it infects and detailed his own experimentation with Mirai in the wild. He went on to discuss last year’s massive DDoS attacks on DNS provider Dyn, which involved variations of the Mirai IoT botnet.
This episode breaks down last week’s online Q & A between Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and infamous NSA whistle blower Edward Snowden on Periscope. The event, promoted by the organizers of the campaign Pardon Snowden, featured a lengthy discussion on privacy and the role of social media in sharing user data with law enforcement and intelligence agencies.
Jacob Young – who submitted a question to Snowden and had it answered, sorta.
The event also included questions from Twitter users. Jacob Young, a software engineer and privacy advocate, was one of the lucky users who submitted a question and had it answered by Snowden during the event. Jacob joins the podcast to give his reaction to Snowden’s answer to his question and also shares his thoughts on mass surveillance, privacy and more.
The audio quality isn’t the best, but good enough to follow along. If you listen closely you’ll hear me ask a question from the audience toward the end. Big thanks to RSA, Jen, Rob, and Josh for allowing me to record the session. I hope this “Thunderdome Debate” format will return next year to RSA and possibly expand to at least another hour. Enjoy!
DEFCON luminary Ryan “1o57” Clarke (pronounced “Lost”) spoke with me about the badge challenge which he helms each year. In the video above 1o57 shows off one of the custom made “Uber Badges” awarded to winners of several contests at DEFCON 24.
My DEFCON 24 badge, which I was convinced was emitting a RF signal. Possibly communicating with our benevolent robot overlords? Alas, no RF detected.