Are you here to learn something about infosec? Well, you're in luck because this week you get even more. You even get Paul and Larry's beer trivia and find out who has the oldest copyright anywhere! As always, you can find the articles discussed on this week's Show Notes. Can you guess the password on your first try? Of course you'd simply try the default password for the device, right? So would that be illegal to log in to that device and install software/malware? Of course it would be illegal, but it's still pretty neat that they were able to find approximately 1.2 million unprotected devices and turn about 420,000 of those into their botnet, which allowed them to scan the entire IPv4 address space in one hour. Also interestingly, this scan estimated that only about one-third of the IPv4 addresses are actually in use.
Along the same lines, Allison and Paul chatted about an article explaining how the botnet business is booming. One group is paying as much as $500 for 1,000 infections. Also discussed are the costs of a DDOS or 20,000 spam emails. Larry also pulls out $9 and some pocket lint wondering how many people he can spam with his resume.
Allison also brought up the Brian Krebs SWATing story and explains her own forays into this underground black-market subculture. Very interesting explanations of how easy it is to get enough personal information about someone in order to trick various businesses or services into helping the impersonator access their target's account.
NATO decided and published a report that they are justified in killing hackers. John offered his opinion on this that it makes sense. As war moves into new grounds and countries are using hackers to attack other countries, it makes sense that country is going to defend itself against this type of attacker.
Did you finally get your own 3D printer? Can you legally print out your own guns? Would that be legal? I would guess as long as you're the Vice-President and simply creating a double-barrel shotgun to scare people away, then it's all good. Maybe.
How's this for bottom-up economics? Larry tells us about a couple guys who owned a Subway sandwich shop and decided to get into the PIN pad business and eventually become a distributor to the parent Subway company. Except that these guys pre-installed remote admin access, and you can guess the rest.
Stick around til the end of the show for even more of Paul's beer trivia!