In a recent episode of the Hacking Humans podcast, Abhilash Garimella from Bolster joined the hosts Dave and Joe to discuss a USPS phishing campaign that was found to be abusing freemium dynamic DNS and SaaS providers. The discussion shed light on the tactics used by cyber criminals to exploit legitimate services for malicious purposes.
The episode also included some follow-up from previous episodes, with listener Mike reporting a breach at Resend and another listener sharing feedback on a previous episode about grief and the internet. Additionally, Joe and Dave discussed a listener’s response to an episode regarding an SMS scam.
One of the stories shared by Dave in the episode highlighted Walmart’s relaxed security methods, raising concerns about how scammers could potentially take advantage of the situation. Another topic discussed by Joe was the growing trend of criminals using pop star Taylor Swift’s image to perpetrate scams.
The episode also featured the “catch of the day” segment, in which Joe shared an email that he had received from someone claiming to be “Apple.” This segment served as a reminder of the various phishing attempts that individuals may encounter in their day-to-day online interactions.
The USPS phishing campaign discussed in the episode serves as a reminder of the ongoing threat posed by cyber criminals who are constantly finding new ways to exploit technology for their own gain. By abusing freemium dynamic DNS and SaaS providers, the perpetrators were able to create a facade of legitimacy to deceive unsuspecting victims.
The follow-up on the Resend breach and the discussion on grief and the internet highlight the multifaceted nature of cybersecurity issues, which often extend beyond technical vulnerabilities to encompass psychological and emotional considerations.
Walmart’s lax security measures and the exploitation of Taylor Swift’s image for scams underscore the need for continued vigilance and awareness among both individuals and organizations. It is crucial for businesses to prioritize robust security measures to protect both their own interests and those of their customers.
The “catch of the day” segment further emphasizes the importance of being cautious and skeptical when interacting online. Phishing attempts continue to evolve, and it is essential for individuals to stay informed and remain vigilant to avoid falling victim to such scams.
Overall, the episode served as a comprehensive exploration of various cybersecurity issues, ranging from specific phishing campaigns to broader discussions on the intersection of technology and human behavior. By shedding light on these topics, the podcast aims to empower listeners with the knowledge and awareness necessary to navigate the digital landscape safely and responsibly.