Episode 15

Published on:

12th Aug 2020

15: Born to Ransom

He ransomware, she ransomware, they all ransomware!

Yup, you guessed it: this week's episode is all about ransomware. We start with Garmin's interesting handling of their recent tryst with WastedLocker, which largely involved them saying nothing at all to anyone. Then we move on to Blackbaud, who took the opposite stance by telling everyone everything and promising that absolutely on no account has the breached data gone any further than the cybercriminals responsible. Because criminals are renowned for their honesty, right?

Staying on the ransomware theme, we wonder whether Garmin could – or should – have learned lessons from Travelex's new year nightmare and Norsk Hydro's run in with LockerGoga in 2019.

We also take a look at app sec with Sean Wright, Mr App Sec himself at Immersive Labs and our guest for this week.

Incidentally, Immersive Labs released three new labs on WastedLocker this week, so if you want to learn more about how it works and the part it played in the Garmin hack, head over to this blog. If you already have a license (alright, no need to boast), log in here.

Garmin WastedLocker attack


Blackbaud pay the ransom


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About the Podcast

Cyber Humanity
The podcast taking cybersecurity personally
There's a lot of cool techy stuff going down in cybersecurity, and we love it. But you can't deny that a lot of the time we humans get forgotten. Our podcast takes a not-so-serious look at issues in security from a human point of view. Covering social engineering to hacker motivations and everything in between, we chat through security stories and themes and what they mean to us: the oft-neglected humans behind the screen. Apart from Kev, Kev is a cyborg.

These weekly podcasts come in two main flavors. We’re either ranting about themes close to the heart of us security types, or we’re discussing threats and vulnerabilities that have hit headlines – or slipped under the radar – in recent weeks.

Join Camille Mallon (tech advocate and keeper of the coloring pencils), Kev Breen (pro blue teamer, also known as 'Mr Nothing to CVE here...'), Emma Walker (), and other special guests as they wend their way through the murky world of Cyber Humanity.