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.

Decoding TA4903: Exploring the Dual Objectives of a Unique Cyber Threat Actor

This episode explore recent research conducted by Selena and her team on TA4903’s distinct objectives. Unlike many cybercrime actors, TA4903 demonstrates a unique combination of tactics, targeting both high-volume credential phishing campaigns and lower-volume direct business email compromises.
Apr 2, 2024

A Trip Down Malware Lane: How Today's Hottest Malware Stacks Up Against Predecessors

It has been a busy first quarter for the Proofpoint Threat Research team! Today we have returning guest, Pim Trouerbach, to share his personal stories about his favorite malware and discuss the current landscape, including insights on Pikabot, Latrodectus, and WikiLoader. 
Mar 19, 2024

Hiding In Plain Sight: Unique Methods Of C2 From Infostealers

Today’s guest is Isaac Shaughnessy, a Threat Detection Engineer at Proofpoint. Isaac shares his insights into the challenges of detecting and mitigating malware, especially those using social platforms for command and control.
Mar 6, 2024

From Attribution to Advancement: Red Canary’s Katie Nickels Tackles CTI’s Biggest Questions

The esteemed Katie Nickels joins us on the show today! Katie is the Director of Intelligence Operations at Red Canary, and our conversation with her explores a wide array of topics, ranging from career growth in threat intelligence to the intricacies of attribution and threat actor naming.
Feb 21, 2024

Beyond the Headlines: Reporting on Sensitive Cybersecurity Topics to Resonate with Everyone

NBC's Kevin Collier discusses his experiences covering cybersecurity stories for a mainstream audience. As the network's first and only dedicated cybersecurity reporter Collier reflects on the evolving nature of cybersecurity media coverage and the increasing need for dedicated coverage in major news publications.
Feb 6, 2024

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.
Jan 24, 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

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