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.

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

When the Threat Profile is High: Protecting At-Risk Individuals Online

In this episode, renowned cybersecurity expert, Runa Sandvik joins to talk about her work protecting journalists and newsrooms from powerful attackers.
May 30, 2023

The Spies and Stalkers of Surveillance Capitalism

In this episode, Proofpoint security research engineer, Chris Talib discusses high-ticket mobile spyware, the proliferation of low-cost stalkerware, surveillance capitalism and why he believes technology can’t solve social problems.
May 16, 2023

Beyond Banking: IcedID Gets Forked

In this episode, Proofpoint researchers, Joe Wise and Pim Trouerbach, are here to share their research on the Lite and Forked IcedID variants
Apr 28, 2023

“Did I miss you in Orlando?”: The Rise of SMS Phishing

In this podcast episode, Proofpoint senior threat researcher, Adam McNeil, joins us to talk about conversational SMS phishing.
Apr 17, 2023

Staying Ahead of Cloud-Based Threats: Insights on today's threat landscape

In this episode, Eilon Bendet, from the Proofpoint cloud threat research team, joins us to discuss the cloud threats he is seeing. 
Apr 7, 2023

Cat-phishing Dogfighters

Sarah Sabotka, Senior Threat Researcher at Proofpoint, joins us on this episode to discuss her background in animal cruelty investigations.
Mar 21, 2023