Welcome to Lock and Code, a Malwarebytes podcast. Every two weeks, we serve up the latest cybersecurity headlines, plus we dig deep into some of the industry's most vexing topics. From deep state to deep fakes, we separate cybersecurity myth from fact.
Beating security fatigue with Troy Hunt, Chloé Messdaghi, and Tanya Janca
This week on Lock and Code, we speak to Point3 Security chief strategist Chloé Messdaghi, HaveIBeenPwned founder Troy Hunt, and We Hack Purple founder and CEO Tanya Janca about security fatigue.Security fatigue is exactly what it sounds like. It's the limit we all reach when security best practices become overbearing. It's what prevents us from making a strong password for a new online account. It’s why we may not update our software despite repeated notifications.And, importantly, it probably isn’t your fault.Tune in to learn about security fatigue from the experts—how does it manifest in their professions, what have they seen, and what are the unforeseen outcomes to it—on the latest episode of Lock and Code, with host David Ruiz.
Why you need to trust your VPN, with JP Taggart
This week on Lock and Code, we speak to Malwarebytes senior security researcher JP Taggart about the importance of trusting your VPN.
You've likely heard the benefits of using a VPN: You can watch TV shows restricted to certain countries, you can encrypt your web traffic on public WiFi networks, and, importantly, you can obscure your Internet activity from your Internet Service Provider, which may use that activity for advertising.
But obscuring your Internet activity—including the websites you visit, the searches you make, the files you download—doesn’t mean that a VPN magically disappears those things. It just means that the VPN itself gets to see that information instead.
Tune in to hear about what your VPN can see, why it is important for that information to be secured, and how you can safely transfer your trust to a VPN, on the latest episode of Lock and Code, with host David Ruiz.
The Malwarebytes 2021 State of Malware report
This week on Lock and Code, we tune in to a special presentation from Adam Kujawa about the 2021 State of Malware report, which analyzed the top cybercrime goals of 2020 amidst the global pandemic.
If you just pay attention to the numbers from last year, you might get the wrong idea. After all, malware detections for both consumers and businesses decreased in 2020 compared to 2019. That sounds like good news, but it wasn't. Behind those lowered numbers were more skillful, more precise attacks that derailed major corporations, hospitals, and schools with record-setting ransom demands.
You can read the full 2021 State of Malware report here, and you can follow along with everyday cybersecurity coverage from Malwarebytes Labs here.
Defending online anonymity and speech with Eva Galperin
Every few years, after the public learns about an ugly, online harassment campaign, a familiar response shoots forth: Change the way we talk to one another online, either by changing the law, or changing the rules for how we identify ourselves online.But these "solutions" could actually bring more problems, particularly for vulnerable communities.Today, we speak to Electronic Frontier Foundation's Director of Cybersecurity Eva Galperin about how removing online anonymity could harm the safety of domestic abuse survivors, and why one decades-old law protects everyone online, and not just Big Tech.
Talking Emotet's takedown with Adam Kujawa
On today's show, we discuss cybersecurity's public enemy number one: Emotet. This piece of malware started in 2014 as a simple banking Trojan, but it later evolved into a fully functional malware business, as its operators sold access to other threat actors and helped load separate malware for a price.The danger was real, but on January 27, Europol announced they'd taken Emotet down. Today, we talk to Malwarebytes security evangelist Adam Kujawa about Emotet's past, its takedown, and the power vacuum it leaves behind.
Celebrating Data Privacy Day with Mozilla, DuckDuckGo, and EFF
For Data Privacy Day this year, Lock and Code returns with a special episode featuring guests from Mozilla, DuckDuckGo, and EFF in a discussion on how to protect your online privacy.
Great security podcast
It’s no Darknet Diaries, but I really like this podcast. Malwarebytes researchers have always done an awesome job in their reports and communications.