Malicious Life

The advent of modern computers has changed our lives in ways unforeseen. Science, industry, entertainment- society has evolved via the digital world. So has crime, so did war. We uncover the modern cyberwar and the criminals that operate on our computers. It's about stories and people, and it's fascinatingly approachable. It's the hacker documentary you've always wanted to watch. New episode every two weeks. Brought to you by Cybereason.



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      Episode 19: Hack Back

      Those who have experienced a cybercrime  know the feelings of frustration and helplessness that come along with it. A hacker could be halfway across the world when they attack you, and you might have no way of figuring out who it was or catching them even if you could. So frustrating.

      But is there really nothing we can do? Are we really so helpless against cybercrime? Don’t be so sure.



      Episode 18: Cyber Terrorism

      What governments and powerful organizations regularly use, others will find ways to use as well. Cyber activity fits so incredibly well with terrorism. Actors can remain hidden, or reveal themselves to the world; Create propaganda campaign, or aim for real damage. Join us on this episode of Malicious Life, as we learn the story of ISIS, and its cyber warfare activity.



      Episode 17: Super Spies

      The NSA has many means at its disposal. But how does it use these means, and for what goals? Discover the (literally) secret history of the NSA's cyber activity. Travel with us to Russia and back, learn the origins of FISA, and find out more about the government agency so secret it was once dubbed "No Such Agency".



      Episode 16: The Trojan Horse Affair

      The early 2000s were an interesting time in Information Security. This is roughly the period when malware transitioned from viruses written by teenagers for fun, to cybercrime tools in the hands of sophisticated criminals. This week's story took place in that time frame - and was a precursor of that transition. It is also a cautionary tale about power and temptation.



      Episode 15: Friend or Foe

      The largest hack in U.S military history may have been conducted by... The NSA. In 1997, a wargame conducted by the NSA showed just how unprepared we were for a potential cybernetic strike- in 4 days, NSA hackers were able to take down entire military networks. It revealed the dire consequences of a possible cyberattack, and even more alarming- it revealed a third actor, quietly hiding in the shadows...



      Amit Serper Interview- Holiday Special Episode

      It’s the holidays and everyone’s on vacation - but the Internet never rests and neither do the bad guys in cybersecurity. So, for this holiday special, we figured we’ll air an interesting interview we did a few weeks back with Amit Serper, Principal Security Researcher at Cybereason, NotPetya vaccinator, and former cyber warrior for the Israeli government.



      Episode 14: Deception

      From the Bulgarian hacker scene of the 90's, featured in episodes 1 and 2, we now move to the vibrant underground hacker scene of West and East Berlin. Working secretly for the KGB, a young Berliner hacker attempts to hack the U.S military network, only to be stopped by a curious, and inventive astronomer.

      A riveting game of cat and mouse, and a fascinating look at the hacker scenes of the early days of the internet.



      Episode 13: Weapons of Mass Disruption

      The threat of fire and fury stands at the center of all modern conflicts- nuclear bombs that can eradicate life in seconds are the ultimate weapon of war, as they pose a huge threat to centers of population. But what of the cyber war? What threat could it possibly pose to life as we know it?

      An episode about vulnerabilities in the power grid, with guests: Congressman Jim Langevin, Yonatan Striem-Amit, Graham Cluley, Paul Brager.



      Episode 12: The Soldiers of North Korea

      Guerrilla warfare has been around for as long as conventional warfare has. The idea that a small force, through cunning and brazen action, could overtake a larger force is an old one. From pirates who would take merchant ships by surprise, to lengthy military campaigns against an enemy that is hiding in plain sight. The cyber-army of North Korea is a guerilla force- it steals, cripples, and destroys the assets of powerful nations and remains in the shadows throughout.




      Episode 11: The Propaganda

      Governments around the world have been making devious use of the internet as a platform to spread, not malware, but propaganda. As in all wars, propaganda is a huge part of the modern cyber war. Join us as we explore the roots, and the most creative uses of the internet to spread information and disinformation in an attempt to affect entire countries.

      With special guest- Graham Cluley and Samanth Subramanian.