The Host Unknown Podcast

Episode 122 - Dedicated to our friend Javvad

Episode Summary

This week in InfoSec takes us back to the 27th September of previous years Rant of the Week talks about LinkedIn recruiters Billy Big Balls is a story about Bankers Industry News brings us the latest and greatest security news stories from around the world And Tweet of the Week is another word for OSINT

Episode Notes

This week in InfoSec (06:37)

With content liberated from the “today in infosec” twitter account and further afield

27th September, 1998: For some peculiar reason, Google has at times chosen the date of September 27th as their birthday, even though it is more officially September 4th or 7th. Google has no explanation for celebrating their birthday on different days over the years other than to say:

Google opened its doors in September 1998. The exact date when we celebrate our birthday has moved around over the years, depending on when people feel like having cake.

27th September 1997: Just a little over two weeks after naming Steve Jobs interim CEO, Apple launches their “Think Different” ad campaign. Designed to reintroduce the Apple brand, the campaign was nearly universally praised by the press, general public, and advertising industry, winning several awards along the way. Looking back in context, Think Different was the symbolic start of Apple’s resurgence from near-collapse in the 1990’s into the most valuable company in the world.

27th September 1996: Hacker Mitnick Indicted on Charges.  Kevin Mitnick, 33, was indicted on charges resulting from a 2 ½-year hacking spree. Police accused the hacker, who called himself "Condor," of stealing software worth millions of dollars from major computer corporations. The maximum possible sentence for his crimes was 200 years.


Rant of the Week (12:07)

Microsoft warns of North Korean crew posing as LinkedIn recruiters

Microsoft has claimed a North Korean crew poses as LinkedIn recruiters to distribute poisoned versions of open source software packages.

The state-sponsored group has been around since 2009 and was allegedly behind the 2014 attack on Sony Pictures in retaliation for the controversial Seth Rogen comedy The Interview.

Dubbed "ZINC", the threat actors have previously run long-term phishing schemes targeting media, defence and aerospace, and IT services organizations in the US, UK, India, and Russia.


Billy Big Balls of the Week (20:28)

Ever suspected bankers could just use WhatsApp comms? $1.8b says you're right

Ever given a colleague a quick Signal call so you can sidestep a monitored workplace app? Well, we'd hope you're not in a highly regulated industry like staff at eleven of the world's most powerful financial firms, who yesterday were fined nearly $2 billion for off-channel comms.


Industry News (26:50)

Ransomware Affiliates Adopt Data Destruction

ReasonLabs Unveils Multimillion Dollar Global Credit Card Scam

Fitbit Increases Security Requirements, Mandates Google Login From 2023

Alleged Optus Hacker Apologizes, Deletes Customers' Exposed Data

ICO Reprimands UK Organizations for GDPR Failings

Hacker Breaches Fast Company Apple News Account, Sends Racist Messages

IRS Warns of "Industrial Scale" Smishing Surge

Mobile, Cloud and Email Are Top Threat Vectors For 2023

LeakBase: India Swachhata Platform Breached, 16 Million User PII Records Exposed


Tweet of the Week (34:45)