Listen to Talos security experts as they dive into emerging threats, forcing the bad guys to innovate, hacking refrigerators, and other security issues, all with beer.

  • Beers With Talos : Episode 30
    2018-05-29

    VPNFilter, the Unfiltered Story

    Recorded 5/25/18 - As you can expect, this EP focuses on VPNFilter. We discuss how we got involved, why Talos made the decision to disclose when we did, and we cover many details of the malware itself. There is a lot of background to this ongoing discussion. Take a peek behind the curtain of the defense against this attack as we cover many different aspects of the malware, the attack, and the mitigation. Show notes on the Talos Blog

    Hosted By:
    Mitch Neff@MitchNeff
    Featuring:
    Craig Williams@security_craig, Joel Esler@JoelEsler, Matt Olney@kpyke, and Nigel Houghton@EnglishLFC
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    Run Time: 1:01:12

    Keywords
    • talos
    • security
    • router security
    • APT
    • VPNFilter
    • VPN Filter

  • Beers With Talos : Episode 29
    2018-05-17

    This is a PSA: Stop Clicking. There is No Prince.

    Recorded 5/11/18 - First and foremost, we recorded this EP one day before our “birthday”. We want to thank everyone, especially you (the listeners), who have let us do this for the last year racking up over half a million downloads!

    In this EP, we welcome special guest Nick Biasini from Talos Outreach - we set out to talk about several topics, but spend most of our time with Nick around the idea of building a stronger culture of cybersecurity and what it would take to raise the baseline. We are missing Matt this week, and hope he had an amazing time following the DMB tour up to Burlington or whatever he was doing.

    Hosted By:
    Mitch Neff@MitchNeff
    Special Guest:
    Nick Biasini@InfoSec_Nick
    Featuring:
    Craig Williams@security_craig, Joel Esler@JoelEsler, Matt Olney@kpyke, and Nigel Houghton@EnglishLFC
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    Run Time: 56:19

    Keywords
    • talos
    • security
    • security baseline
    • gandcrab
    • mysql multi-master

  • Beers With Talos : Episode 28
    2018-05-05

    APT, BGP, RCEs, and an Old RAT

    Recorded 4/27/18 - Special guest intro this week from Chippah. We chat about what defines an “APT”, the recent BGP attacks, and the progress of GravityRAT. We also get an update on Vuln Discovery and the spate of recent releases. Matt has specific feelings about USB-C and his new computer.

    Hosted By:
    Mitch Neff@MitchNeff
    Featuring:
    Craig Williams@security_craig, Joel Esler@JoelEsler, Matt Olney@kpyke, and Nigel Houghton@EnglishLFC
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    Run Time: 51:52

    Keywords
    • talos
    • security
    • router security
    • APT
    • BGP
    • GravityRAT
    • Vuln Disco

  • Beers With Talos : Episode 27
    2018-04-20

    Smart Install, Vuln Process Realities, and Professional Wrestling

    Recorded 4/13/18 - We just upgraded all our gear, so naturally we had a straight tech meltdown this week and we saved it the best we could. Matt will sound way better next week. Promise. We cover Smart Installer. Again. But that leads down a discussion of security versus convenience that leads to us discussing the process of vuln disclosure - how vendor discussions, release dates, and policies work in the real world. Seriously, we grounded Matt’s computer for misbehaving with the audio.

    Hosted By:
    Mitch Neff@MitchNeff
    Featuring:
    Craig Williams@security_craig, Joel Esler@JoelEsler, Matt Olney@kpyke, and Nigel Houghton@EnglishLFC
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    Run Time: 51:07

    Keywords
    • Security
    • threat intel
    • smart install
    • vulnerability discovery
    • talos threat summit

  • Beers With Talos : Episode 26
    2018-04-06

    Talos is Holding a Conference, and the Evolving Battle at the Edge

    Recorded 3/29/18 - Joel is sitting out this week and Bill Largent from the Outreach team fills in. We are pretty sure he was just wrong late trying to live on Joel Mean Time, which is now a GitHub project thanks to Moses (link below). We cover a wide range in this episode, so stay with us! We chat about the Talos Threat Research Summit coming in June, we wonder where the carrots to match the sticks in security are, and the value of finding your own damn vulns. The last part of the show starts with discussing GoScanSSH which ends up being a discussion on the larger battle for the edge.

    Hosted By:
    Mitch Neff@MitchNeff
    Featuring:
    Craig Williams@security_craig, Matt Olney@kpyke, Nigel Houghton@EnglishLFC, and William Largent@security_will
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    Run Time: 1:04:13

    Keywords
    • talos
    • threat research summit
    • goscanssh
    • security
    • vulnerability research

  • Beers With Talos : Episode 25
    2018-03-20

    WE’LL DO IT LIVE!!

    Recorded 3/13/18 - LIVE from San Jose, CA.
    First of all - we still have a podcast and jobs, so ostensibly, we did okay hosting the meeting event we talked about last time. There may have even been an award involved, just sayin’. Since we were all in one place together and we didn’t get fired, we decided to do our podcast live after the meeting for an audience. We are joined by Talos Sr. Director Matt Watchinski this episode, discussing such existential questions as “why security?” and more concrete things like nation state vs. cybercriminal actors and their differing motivations. We also discuss router security and network devices as a preferred attack vector for advanced actors. Special bonus: Matt beats perhaps the last laugh out of the dead horse that is Paul Revere himself. #CantBooShowNotes

    Hosted By:
    Mitch Neff@MitchNeff
    Special Guest:
    Matt Watchinski@KMX2600
    Featuring:
    Craig Williams@security_craig, Joel Esler@JoelEsler, Matt Olney@kpyke, and Nigel Houghton@EnglishLFC
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    Run Time: 1:01:00

    Keywords
    • talos
    • security
    • router security
    • APT
    • cybercriminals
    • LIVE

  • Beers With Talos : Episode 24
    2018-03-08

    Reflections on DDoS and Bad Authentication Schemes

    Recorded 3/2/18 - Craig is out this week, but the rest of the crew goes through COINHORDER and Memcached and takes a deeper look at authentication and passwords. We cover an overview of reflection attacks and how some passwords schemes that are meant to protect, actually cause harm. We also bid you farewell, since our next episode is supposed to be live after the crew hosts a meeting that stands a not-insignificant chance of getting us all fired. Wish us luck - and send us questions that can make Craig pose to really important Cisco executives.

    Hosted By:
    Mitch Neff@MitchNeff
    Featuring:
    Joel Esler@JoelEsler, Matt Olney@kpyke, and Nigel Houghton@EnglishLFC
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    Run Time: 1:02:58

    Keywords
    • talos
    • security
    • malware
    • DDoS
    • memcached
    • authentication

  • Beers With Talos : Episode 23
    2018-02-23

    Eternal Fauxmance: Attribution Easter Eggs

    Recorded 2/16/18 - This week, Mitch learns about starting a show without Matt with no other plans to control Craig in place. The team discusses Olympic Destroyer and then takes on attribution in light of recent developments with Nyetya. We look at what attribution actually takes and the ease and commonality of planting false flags.

    Hosted By:
    Mitch Neff@MitchNeff
    Featuring:
    Craig Williams@security_craig, Joel Esler@JoelEsler, Matt Olney@kpyke, and Nigel Houghton@EnglishLFC
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    Run Time: 56:37

    Keywords
    • talos
    • nyetya
    • notpetya
    • olympic destroyer
    • attribution
    • Rob Joyce

  • Beers With Talos : Episode 22
    2018-02-06

    Forget the ASA, Rob Joyce Favorited Craig’s Tweet

    Recorded 2/2/18 - Guests two EPs in a row! We are joined by Omar Santos from Cisco PSIRT to discuss CVE-2018-0101, the Cisco ASA Remote Code Execution and Denial of Service Vulnerability. See the PSIRT post below for latest updates. We also discuss Crypto miners overtaking ransomware, a Flash 0-day carrying a known ROKRAT payload (huh??), and we couldn’t escape discussing Autosploit because Rob Joyce faved one of Craig’s tweets.

    Hosted By:
    Mitch Neff@MitchNeff
    Special Guest:
    Omar Santos@santosomar
    Featuring:
    Craig Williams@security_craig, Joel Esler@JoelEsler, Matt Olney@kpyke, and Nigel Houghton@EnglishLFC
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    Run Time: 1:09:53

    Keywords
    • talos
    • security
    • ASA
    • CVE-0218-0101
    • autosploit
    • flash
    • 0-day

  • Beers With Talos : Episode 21
    2018-01-26

    How to Hire the Best, Attribution Without Apaches is Useless

    It is a packed episode this time! We are joined by Edmund from the Talos Outreach Group to chat about Threat Modeling after we make our way through attribution and Group 123, hipster artisanal patching (hand flipped bits!), and spend a good bit of time talking about how Talos identifies the cream of the crop when we are hiring.

    Hosted By:
    Mitch Neff@MitchNeff
    Special Guest:
    Edmund Brumaghin
    Featuring:
    Craig Williams@security_craig, Joel Esler@JoelEsler, Matt Olney@kpyke, and Nigel Houghton@EnglishLFC
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    Run Time: 1:07:34

    Keywords
    • talos
    • security
    • malware
    • attribution
    • hiring
    • patching

  • Beers With Talos : Episode 20
    2018-01-18

    Crypto, Vuln Disco, and the Spectre Meltdown

    This is easily our best podcast of 2018 (so far). The crew discusses the recent spike in crypto-mania sweeping the globe and also goes in-depth on how vulnerability discovery plays a critical role in overall security. Plus, the crew all (shockingly) have different takes on Spectre/Meltdown and Craig decides to up the ante with the killer robots.

    Hosted By:
    Mitch Neff@MitchNeff
    Featuring:
    Craig Williams@security_craig, Joel Esler@JoelEsler, Matt Olney@kpyke, and Nigel Houghton@EnglishLFC
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    Run Time: 1:07:07

    Keywords
    • Crypto
    • vulnerability discovery
    • Talos
    • security
    • spectre
    • meltdown

  • Beers With Talos : Episode 19
    2017-12-29

    The "Best" of Beers with Talos 2017

    Quotes intended, we think you know why. Mitch takes control to present the best of the first (partial) year of the podcast. He covers some of our guests, some of our favorite non-security bits, and a look back at our in-the-moment view of some of the top stories of the year.

    Things you can look forward to: Mitch struggling through sailing solo with bad bits and unnecessary ukulele music, and a not-at-all-contrived apology for permanently deleting the hilarious fallout from an embarrassing faux pas. …but the clips are really good!

    Hosted By:
    Mitch Neff@MitchNeff
    Featuring:
    Craig Williams@security_craig, Joel Esler@JoelEsler, Matt Olney@kpyke, and Nigel Houghton@EnglishLFC
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    Run Time: 1:00:00

    Keywords
    • talos
    • security
    • malware
    • best of

  • Beers With Talos : Episode 18
    2017-12-15

    Kitties in My Blockchain, Obfuscating Pronunciations, and Other Security Stuff

    It’s the last full episode of the year! Thanks to you and the diligent work of Matt’s loving mother, the first 17 EPs of Beers with Talos were downloaded over 200,000 times in 2017! To show our gratitude, we are giving you not one, but TWO roundtables this week and even a special bonus rant! Also, Mitch can’t say words good, and Craig reads us stories from the blog!

    Hosted By:
    Mitch Neff@MitchNeff
    Featuring:
    Craig Williams@security_craig, Joel Esler@JoelEsler, Matt Olney@kpyke, and Nigel Houghton@EnglishLFC
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    Run Time: 1:16:25

    Keywords
    • bwt
    • talos
    • obfuscation
    • back to basics
    • cryptokitties

  • Beers With Talos : Episode 17
    2017-11-21

    Greek Gods, Trojans, and the Spice Girls as Spirit Animals

    Matt hijacks the Roundtable to tell us which Spice Girl each host is, because where else does a PR gimmick from KFC lead? Also, what’s worse than clicking a search result and getting a slideshow listicle? Getting a trojan payload when searching for banking forms (but that is the only thing that is worse - ARE YOU LISTENING BUZZFEED?). We also discuss the misnaming of troll farms and how patching and proper network segmentation are your friends - unlike anyone who publishes clickbait slideshows - STILL LOOKING AT YOU, BUZZFEED)

    Hosted By:
    Mitch Neff@MitchNeff
    Featuring:
    Craig Williams@security_craig, Joel Esler@JoelEsler, Matt Olney@kpyke, and Nigel Houghton@EnglishLFC
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    Run Time: 58:50

    Keywords
    • talos
    • security
    • cybersecurity
    • zeus
    • panda
    • patching
    • troll farms
    • spice girls
    • SEO
    • SERP poisoning

  • Beers With Talos : Episode 16
    2017-11-03

    Strong Copy - Bad Rabbit and the Nyetya Connection

    The crew takes on Apache OpenOffice vulns and when you need one CVE versus one hundred. We spend a lot of time discussing signal to noise ratio and Twitter canaries getting things wrong. Of course, we also discuss Bad Rabbit, its relationship to Nyetya, and why OpenOffice vulns are a worry, even to businesses that are run like hippie communes. As per usual, we mostly just make bad jokes.

    Hosted By:
    Mitch Neff@MitchNeff
    Featuring:
    Craig Williams@security_craig, Joel Esler@JoelEsler, Matt Olney@kpyke, and Nigel Houghton@EnglishLFC
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    Run Time: 01:15:35

    Keywords
    • strcopy
    • Bad Rabbit
    • Nyetya
    • OpenOffice
    • vulns
    • malware
    • security
    • Talos