The Host Unknown Podcast

Episode 88 - Only 345 Days Until Christmas

Episode Summary

This week in Infosec talks about “Bit-sized Bandits” Rant of the Week is a story about a Dev who adopts a scorched-earth approach Billy Big Balls attempts to reinvent the wheel and give it a different name Industry News brings us the latest and greatest security news stories from around the world And Tweet of the Week talks about factors of authentication.

Episode Notes

This week in Infosec (06:30)

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

12th January 1981: Time Magazine published "Superzapping in Computer Land". Its primary focus was four 13-year-olds from New York City who broke into 2 computer networks and destroyed 1 million bits of data. Yes, a whopping 0.125 MB. Have a read of the article.

Superzapping in Computer Land - The ride of the "Dalton Gang"

13th January 1989: The “Friday the 13th” virus strikes hundreds of IBM computers in Britain. This is one of the most famous early examples of a computer virus making headlines.

THE EXECUTIVE COMPUTER; Friday the 13th: A Virus Is Lurking


Rant of the Week (13:43)

Dev corrupts NPM libs 'colors' and 'faker' breaking thousands of apps

Users of popular open-source libraries 'colors' and 'faker' were left stunned after they saw their applications, using these libraries, printing gibberish data and breaking.

Some surmised if the NPM libraries had been compromised, but it turns out there's much more to the story.

The developer of these libraries intentionally introduced an infinite loop that bricked thousands of projects that depend on 'colors' and 'faker.' 


Billy Big Balls of the Week (23:18)

Info-saturated techie builds bug alert service that phones you to warn of new vulns

An infosec pro fed up of having to follow tedious Twitter accounts to stay on top of cybersecurity developments has set up a website that phones you if there's a new vuln you really need to know about.


Industry News (30:37)

FlexBooker Reveals Major Customer Data Breach

Forensics Expert Kept Murder Snaps on PC

Romance Scammers Stole £92m From Victims Last Year

European Union to Launch Supply Chain Attack Simulation

Europol Ordered to Delete Vast Trove of Personal Information

Teen Makes Tesla Hacking Claim

Two Years for Man Who Used RATs to Spy on Women and Children

FCC Proposes Stricter Data Breach Reporting Requirements

New "Undetected" Backdoor Runs Across Three OS Platforms


Tweet of the Week (38:32)