DISCARDED: Tales from the Threat Research Trenches is a podcast for security practitioners, intelligence analysts, and threat hunters looking to learn more about the threat behaviors and attack patterns.

Strategies for Defense and Disruption: Part Two of Predicting Cyber Threats in 2024

Today’s episode is Part Two of what to expect in cybersecurity in 2024, and our guests are Randy Pargman and Rich Gonzalez. Randy sheds light on the crucial role of the Detections Team and emphasizes the constant innovation of malware authors, and the team’s mission to outsmart them.
Feb 6, 2024

Phishing, Elections, and Costly Attacks: Part One of Predicting Cyber Threats in 2024

Today’s episode focuses on insights from Daniel Blackford and Alexis Dorais-Joncas, both Senior Managers of Threat Research at Proofpoint. This is the first in our two-part series looking at what’s on the horizon for 2024.
Jan 10, 2024

Jingle Bells, Phishing Tales: Reflecting on Cybersecurity in the Holiday Spirit

In this special holiday edition of Discarded, the tables are turned with hosts, Selena and Crista, becoming the answer-ers, our returning moderator, Mindy Semling, as the question asker, and our wonderful audience is transformed into cyber elves. 
Dec 27, 2023

I Know This Might Sound Crazy but Russia’s TA422 Blasted Lots of Exploits

Returning guest is Greg Lesnewich, Senior Threat Researcher at Proofpoint, sheds light on the tactics, techniques, and procedures (TTPs) employed by TA422. The conversation touches on the significance of the high volumes observed starting in late summer, the exploitation of vulnerabilities for NTLM credential harvesting, and the brief usage of the WinRAR vulnerability. Plus, Greg sings!
Dec 12, 2023

MITRE ATT&CK Evolves with Cyber Threat Sophistication

Take a deep dive with us into the influential MITRE ATT&CK Framework, a comprehensive knowledge base that catalogs real-world threat actor behaviors derived from threat intelligence.
Nov 29, 2023

Looking Behind the Curtain at the Palestinian-Aligned TA402

Joshua Miller, Senior Threat Researcher on the APT team at Proofpoint discusses Palestinian-aligned threat group TA402. Joshua paints a vivid picture of TA402's usual targets, strategies, and tactics, highlighting its geofencing techniques and crafty use of compromised government agency accounts.
Nov 14, 2023

Unmasking the Tricksters: The World of Fake Browser Updates

How can you tell when a website (yes, a website) is compromised? Dusty Miller, a threat detection analyst at Proofpoint, dicusses four key groups that exploit trust in popular websites and how to avoid becoming the next victim.
Nov 3, 2023

Decoding the Malware Maze: Insights from a Threat Researcher

Oh the days when spam was the only concern for email security! Our guest today is Chris Wakelin, a Senior Threat Researcher at Proofpoint and email security pioneer. He recounts the era when email attachments were plain text and malicious URLs had yet to become prevalent.
Oct 23, 2023

DISCARDED: Live with John Hultquist!

Live from New York City, it’s your Discarded podcast team at Protect 2023! Joining host Selena Larson, is our special guest, John Hultquist, Chief Analyst at Mandiant, now part of Google Cloud.
Sep 22, 2023

From Rio to Madrid: Unmasking the Brazilian Banking Malware Wave

Brazil's online population is mushrooming, and where people are, attackers follow. Today’s guest, Jared Peck (Senior Threat Researcher at Proofpoint), dives deeper into his knowledge of this region and breaks down some of its unique characteristics.
Sep 8, 2023