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.

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

Everything Comes Back in Style: How Old TTPs are Remerging in China's E-Crime Ecosystem

Our guest today is Bryan Campbell, a Staff Threat Analyst at Proofpoint. He breaks down what's happening on the China cybercrime threat landscape and the importance of staying aware of past trends.  
Aug 23, 2023

It Works on My Machine: Why and How Engineering Skills Matter in Threat Research

Engineering skills can play a massively beneficial role in cyber security, as Pim Trouerbach, a Senior Reverse Engineer at Proofpoint and Jacob Latonis, Senior Threat Research Engineer at Proofpoint, are able to share.
Aug 16, 2023

An Apple a Day Won't Keep Iranian APT Away: How TA453 Targets Macs

What is new with Iranian actor TA453, and what is happening with their attack chains? To answer these questions, today’s guest is Joshua Miller, a Senior Threat Researcher on the APT team at Proofpoint.
Jul 26, 2023

Threats and Risks in the Global South

When researching cyber threats, there is a bias towards to the West and most of Europe. But what about the global majority? Today’s guest is Martijn Grooten, a Digital Security Threat Analyst with Internews. With 16 years of experience in cybersecurity, he has recently focused on the impact of security for at risk groups and people.
Jul 11, 2023

Weird & Wacky Researcher Summer: The Artifacts & Detections Edition

It's shaping up to be a weird and wacky summer for threat researchers. While it’s been quieter on the front end, there are still many stories to share with some weird and wacky incidents. This episode also includes a fun, dramatized read of an email tactic.
Jun 27, 2023