Risky Business

Risky Business #398 -- Professor Lawrence Gordon, jcran and more!

February 11, 2016 -- This week's show is one for the CSOs! It's the economics edition, I guess you'd call it. We'll be chatting with Professor Lawrence Gordon, co-creator of the Gordon Loeb model for Cyber Security investment. We speak to him about contemporary infosec budgets and how spending of $500m a year by some financial institutions in the USA is actually sensible.

Risky Business #397 -- Guest HD Moore joins the show!

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Risky Business #396 -- Chris Wysopal on scanning for backdoors

January 28, 2016 -- On this week's show we've got two feature interviews!

We're talking to Chris Wysopal from Veracode about using static analysis techniques to find back doors in software. With Juniper, AMX, Fortinet and Cisco all experiencing either maliciously planted or accidental backdoors, this is a hot topic. Chris joins us to talk about how you go about finding this stuff and whether or not vendors are taking this issue seriously enough.

Risky Business #395 -- Alex Stamos on Juniper-gate, SHA-1 and NSA surveillance

January 21, 2016 -- In this week's feature interview Facebook CISO Alex Stamos joins us to discuss a few things.


  • We'll be talking about moves by both browser developers and some CAs to deprecate SHA1 signed certificates. He says we need to support SHA-1 for now and he explains why soon.

  • We're also chatting with him about the Juniper fiasco.

  • We also get his thoughts on NSA surveillance now he's responsible for the security of user information at the world's biggest social media platform.



Risky Business #394 -- Matthew Green talks "crypto bans"

December 16, 2015 -- On this week's show we're chatting with Johns Hopkins University cryptographer Matthew Green about rumblings emanating out of DC with regard to "stopping encryption", whatever the hell that means.

In this week's sponsor interview we're chatting with Oliver Fay from Context about a paper they did in conjunction with UK's CERT about exploit kits. How much do they cost? Are there any that stick out as being particularly good? Or bad, depending on your point of view...

Links to everything are in this week's show notes.

Risky Business #393 -- So who's Satoshi this week?

December 10, 2015 -- On this week's show -- in addition to covering the latest claims about the true identity of Satoshi Nakamoto -- we're taking a look at a recent deal between a very large bank in Australia and Sydney's University of New South Wales.

Risky Business #392 -- A look at Silverpush with Kevin Finisterre

December 3, 2015 -- On this week's show we're chatting with Kevin Finisterre about Silverpush -- the creepy ultrasonic audio-beaconing technology used by advertising companies that was in the press a couple of weeks ago. Kevin was all over it and he joins me to discuss the growing overlap between the techniques used by marketers and blackhats.

Risky Business #391 -- Dell fails hard

November 26, 2015 -- On this week's show we're chatting with Darren Kemp of Duo Security. He's one of the authors of a post about the latest example of computer manufacturer shitware introducing catastrophic vulnerabilities into shipped systems. This time it's Dell's turn.

If you haven't heard what they actually did you'll hardly even believe it. That's this week's feature interview.

Risky Business #390 -- Crypto derpery abounds in wake of Paris attacks

November 20, 2015 -- In this week's feature interview we're checking in with FireEye's Jonathan Wrolstad. He's a threat intelligence guy at FireEye and they've just published a really interesting report about what a threat group is doing in terms of target recon. They're using marketing company tricks to recon all sorts of high value targets. It's very interesting stuff, and it's likely tied to the Russian state.

Risky Business #389 -- US law: CFAA isn't a bug, it's a feature!

November 12, 2015 -- On this week's show we're chatting with computer crime lawyer extraordinaire Tor Ekeland! He's worked on a number of high profile CFAA cases. Most recently he's been defending former Reuters and LA Times journalist Matthew Keys on some pretty hefty CFAA charges. He's also the guy who got Andrew Aurenheimer out of jail so he could go and live a free life as a Nazi troll. (Is that really a win?) He also defended Lauri Love... basically if you're a hacker who's fallen foul of the CFAA, this is the guy you want on your team.