Ryuk Ransomware, Twitter Rids SMS Tweets, And Facebook Records Exposed

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Alex, Alec, and Harrison are in the room today discussing 3 top stories from the week. First up - a hacker deploys Ryuk ransomware against the city of New Bedford, Massachusetts, demanding $5.3 million. What was interesting, though, was that the city tried to negotiate with the attackers for a lower ransom of $400k, but the attackers didn’t want it and ended up cutting off communications.

Next the guys chat through the suspension of Twitter’s SMS-based tweet function after the news of Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey’s Twitter account was “hacked”. An interesting attack surface incident for phone numbers. Finally the team discusses an exposure incident where 419 million Facebook records were exposed. 

So “Come on down” and listen to this week’s ShadowTalk. (The guys thought it would be fun to play The Price is Right at the end … do we like it? Let us know what fun questions you want answered each week).

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Resources from this week:
https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/hackers-ask-for-53-million-ransom-turn-down-400k-get-nothing/
https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/twitter-suspends-sms-based-tweeting-after-high-profile-account-hacks/
https://techcrunch.com/2019/09/04/facebook-phone-numbers-exposed/

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