Logo

    93: Kik

    Reporting child sexual abusive material to National Center for Missing and Exploited Children is crucial, and companies should take up the responsibility of monitoring and reporting instances of child pornography on their platforms to provide a safe environment for all their users.

    en-usMay 25, 2021

    About this Episode

    Kik is a wildly popular chat app. Their website says that 1 in 3 American teenagers use Kik. But something dark is brewing on Kik. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    🔑 Key Takeaways

    • Kik's anonymity feature provides users with the freedom to express themselves but it also leads to risky behavior. Despite its growth potential, inadequate maintenance has led to ups and downs for the popular mobile app.
    • Companies should prioritize building a sustainable business model instead of relying solely on cryptocurrencies and treating them as securities to ensure long-term success.
    • Kik's success is attributed to its advertising revenue, but users should be cautious when joining porn groups as it is legal as long as actors are of legal age, but still poses potential risks.
    • Online behavior can have real-world consequences. It's important to remember to be responsible and respectful in online spaces and avoid activities that could lead to cyberbullying or compromising personal information.
    • The pursuit of control and recognition can lead to harmful consequences, and it's important to recognize and address addictive behavior before it spirals out of control.
    • It is important for parents and authorities to be aware of the use of code words and abbreviations for child pornography by pedophiles, and to take measures to protect minors from accidental contact with these predators through apps like Kik.
    • Despite claims to combat child pornography, Kik's moderation is insufficient, leading to a vast amount of inappropriate content being posted. Be cautious when using chat apps and report any inappropriate material.
    • Organizations are working hard to combat child sexual abuse facilitated by Kik, but the app's inaction raises questions about its commitment to the cause. The trauma suffered by children subjected to explicit content involving minors can be severe.
    • Lack of attention to child exploitation and revenge porn on Kik is dangerous. It's important for media to raise awareness and demand accountability from companies like MediaLab.
    • Kik must be proactive in monitoring their platform to delete and prevent illegal images, as Section 230 currently protects them from consequences if they fail to take action.
    • Reporting child sexual abusive material to National Center for Missing and Exploited Children is crucial, and companies should take up the responsibility of monitoring and reporting instances of child pornography on their platforms to provide a safe environment for all their users.
    • Parent company of Yik Yak, Whisper, and Kik fails to adhere to COPPA laws and settle legal issues. Whisper breach compromised underage users' data. Kik faces allegations of violating COPPA, lacks moderation, and attracts scammers and prostitutes.
    • Social media apps must adhere to clear rules and policies to ensure user safety and compliance with local laws. App store removal is necessary to prevent illegal activities and protect users, emphasizing the importance of content moderation.
    • Kik has a serious child porn problem, while other major chat apps do not. A hacker uncovered the issue when he joined a clan focused on the problem and used a code to gather information on a suspected pedophile.
    • Kik users are taking a proactive approach to combating online child exploitation by leveraging fear tactics to target and shut down offending chat rooms.
    • The power of online vigilantes to combat problems such as child pornography can be dangerous and potentially harmful, as their methods often involve violating terms of use and personal privacy. It is important to be responsible and ethical online.
    • Kik is a controversial app that is being used for illegal activities, but there is no clear solution on how to control it. Some believe it should be shut down while others see it as a valuable tool to catch perpetrators.

    đź“ť Podcast Summary

    Exploring the Pros and Cons of the Kik Mobile App

    Kik is a mobile app that enables users to chat with one another easily, irrespective of the kind of phone they have. Its anonymity feature works as a double-edged sword, providing the users the freedom to be themselves and also creating a dark side where individuals engage in risky behaviors. Also, the app has a strong network effect, which has driven its growth, thanks to its friend-adding feature. However, despite the app's potential, it has had its ups and downs due to inadequate maintenance. The Canadian company behind Kik, Kik Interactive, saw an explosion in Kik's popularity after Chinese company Tencent invested USD 50 million in the app to make it the WeChat of the West.

    Kik's legal battle over Kin and the consequences.

    Kik, a chat app for teens, created Kin, their own cryptocurrency to make money, but faced legal issues with SEC as they treated it like a security. The legal battle changed everything about Kik. The team focused entirely on Kin, abandoned the chat app, and Kik Interactive announced its shut down in October 2019. The app was later sold to MediaLab AI, who owns it now. This shows the risks involved in creating a cryptocurrency and treating it as a security. For companies to succeed in the long run, they need to prioritize building a sustainable business model and not solely focus on quick profitability through cryptocurrencies.

    Kik's Profitable Business Model and Risks of Porn Trading

    Kik, owned by MediaLab AI, has over 300 million users and is profitable due to the constant display of ads. Though the target audience of Kik is 13-24 years old, there are porn channels and groups where pictures, videos, and requests for porn trading are active. As long as the porn is legal and the actors involved are of legal age, it is legal to post porn on Kik. Joining porn groups require verification, and the content varies from group to group. Doctor got started in porn trading due to the active trading community. Though posting porn online is legal generally, caution should be exercised when joining porn groups on Kik.

    From Defender to Raider: The Story of Azrael's Role in the World of Kik Chat Rooms

    Azrael modified his Kik client to defend chat rooms from raiders but eventually became a raider himself. He joined a clan named Raindrop that focused on taking over toxic chats. They would spam these channels with text and pictures, making it difficult for users to read messages and ruining the chat experience. He also learned to exploit Kik to pivot off and help people. Though it may seem like a harmless activity, this behavior could lead to cyberbullying and personal information leaks. Therefore, it is important to be responsible online and respect others' privacy and safety.

    The addictive feeling of power in trading and fulfilling requests leads to a dark turn.

    The feeling of power is addictive in a lot of ways and many people like to engage in trading not just for the kink but to have a sense of control and recognition. Doc spent way too much time fulfilling porn requests for people through trading, finding it oddly fun because it was a challenge. Despite being a mobile-only app, he accumulated more than 8,000 items and was able to recognize them well enough to quickly fulfill specific requests. However, things are about to get really dark from here onwards as Doc stumbles upon a request he doesn't know how to fulfill.

    The Dangerous Language of Pedophiles and the Growing Threat of Illegal Content on Kik

    The use of code words and abbreviations like CP to refer to child pornography is prevalent among pedophiles and can be a signal that the user is seeking illegal content. As age becomes a deciding factor in the value of pornographic content, collectors tend to overlook the unethical dimensions of the content and focus on its perceived value in their collection. The wider availability of apps like Kik poses serious threats to pre-teen children who may unknowingly come into contact with pedophiles seeking illegal content. It is crucial for parents and authorities to understand the extent of this problem and take measures to prevent such exploitation of minors.

    Kik's Ineffective Moderation and the Prevalence of Inappropriate Content

    Kik is a chat app known for its widespread availability of pornographic and child pornographic content. While Kik claims to have partnered with Microsoft to combat child pornography, it is not clear how effective their measures are. Kik apparently only reacts to reported content for scanning and removal. There are millions of images being posted every minute, and it is likely too expensive and difficult to scan every image for potential child pornography. Thus, Kik's moderation is not thorough enough and fails to prevent the posting of inappropriate content. It's important to be cautious when using chat apps and to report any inappropriate material.

    Kik's Response to Child Sexual Abuse a Cause of Concern

    Kik, a messenger app, has been involved in numerous child sexual abuse cases. The app facilitates the distribution of sexually explicit content involving minors. The trauma suffered by the children subjected to such content can be severe, and organizations are working hard to stop its spread. However, Kik seems to have abandoned its social media and help portals, which is a matter of concern. The Kik team's response to addressing the issue of child sexual abuse on their platform seems inadequate. While they suggest reporting such content to local law enforcement authorities, their own support links are dead or lead to Twitter accounts inactive for years. Such inaction by Kik raises questions about its commitment to combating child sexual abuse on its platform.

    MediaLab's Neglect of Safety Advisory Board Puts Kik Users at Risk

    MediaLab, the company that owns Kik, seems to have abandoned the app. Despite having a Safety Advisory Board listed on their website, it appears that none of the advisors are still actively involved. Attempts to contact Kik Support and Kik Safety have been fruitless, and it seems that the app is being maintained with a bare minimum of effort. This lack of attention is particularly troubling when it comes to child exploitation and revenge porn, which are known issues on the platform. Kik was once responsive to requests to remove non-consensual images, but this service has become unreliable in recent years. The media needs to focus more on the dangers of apps like Kik in order to hold companies like MediaLab accountable.

    Kik's Lack of Moderation and Responsibility for Illegal Images

    Kik doesn't moderate their platform, and unless they are made aware of illegal images, they don't know it's happening. However, if Kik becomes aware of such images and fails to take actions, they are knowingly doing it and in a much bigger trouble. The frustrating part is that Kik doesn't seem to be held responsible for the problems they're allowing to happen because of Section 230, which makes the platform not responsible for the user's actions. The only solution is to incentivize platforms to take the initiative to delete illegal images and monitor their platforms.

    Reporting Instances of Child Pornography to Keep Children Safe

    Reporting instances of child sexual abusive material to National Center for Missing and Exploited Children is crucial for enhancing the databases of known child porn hashes as well as reporting it to law enforcement. In 2020, the Cyber Tip Line received 21 million reports of child sexual abusive material from which 300,000 reports were made by the public and the rest came from companies themselves who saw the explicit material on their platform. Kik's parent company, MediaLab, reported 14,000 times to the Cyber Tip Line in 2020. It is important for companies to take up the responsibility of monitoring and reporting instances of child porn on their platforms to provide a safe environment for all their users.

    MediaLab's Lack of Efforts to Protect Children's Online Privacy

    MediaLab, the parent company of Yik Yak, Whisper, and Kik, lacks adequate measures to safeguard children's online privacy. The Child Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) prohibits collecting data of children under thirteen, but Kik has been found to have users under thirteen on its platform. Like TikTok, Kik may be in violation of COPPA laws, but proving it in court can be difficult. MediaLab has faced legal problems in the past, and owning Whisper has created additional problems due to a breach in which 1.3 million users below the age of fifteen had their data compromised. The company settled and paid victims, but the app continues to lack sufficient moderation and attracts scammers and prostitutes.

    App Store Moderation Guidelines and the Importance of User Safety

    Google and Apple have clear guidelines for app moderation and content control on their app stores. Violating these policies can result in the removal of an app. Kik, a chat app, has been removed from two app stores in the past due to legal issues and now faces the possibility of being removed from Apple and Google app stores due to child endangerment issues. User-generated content must be moderated, and Kik has not been able to prove its moderation efforts. While app store removal is putting a lot of burden on private companies, it is necessary to ensure user safety and comply with local laws. Clear rules and policies for social media apps are required to prevent illegal activities and protect users.

    Kik's Child Porn Problem Uncovered by Hacker

    Kik has a serious child porn problem, as evidenced by numerous news articles and reports highlighting the issue. Other major chat apps like WhatsApp, WeChat, and Signal don't have similar problems. Azrael, a hacker, discovered the extent of the problem when he joined a clan focused solely on the issue. They wanted him to bait or gather information on suspected pedophiles. He used a code to gather information on one suspected pedophile that revealed their IP and location. This information was reported to the new clan admins, who were not aware of what Azrael was doing.

    Kik clans take down pedophiles and child-porn traders.

    There are Kik clans that target pedophiles and child-porn traders, using bots and spamming codes to raid and close down offending chat rooms. The fear factor is a major tactic, with hundreds of rooms targeted so far. Members use multiple Kik apps on mobile devices, relying heavily on phishing and fear to scare offenders. Even one little mistake could stop a raid as it involves multiple tasks, but it is a rush for those involved. These raids might not be effective all the time, but it sends a strong message, with some offenders being force-closed, and receiving hateful messages almost as if a bot takes over, sent to a lot of people quickly.

    The Dark Side of Online Vigilantism

    Kik is plagued by the problem of spamming and child pornography, and the lack of effective action from Kik leads to vigilanteism. Azrael, a member of a chat-raiding clan, uses his powers for good to combat child porn and send info to the FBI. However, his methods include phishing and doxxing, which violates Kik's terms of use, and his actions cause harm. The power that comes with such authority can be dangerous, which is why Doc freaked out when he realized the potential risk of the contacts he had. He eventually agreed to delete his collection of items, however hard it felt, and thus made a step towards being responsible and ethical online.

    The Debate Over Kik - Shut it Down or Use it to Catch Predators?

    The discussion revolves around the controversial app Kik, which is being used by predators to share illegal content. While some believe that the app should be shut down like Parler, others feel that it can be used as a tool to catch the perpetrators. The police have used a honeypot strategy in the past, but there seems to be no major coordination between them and Kik. The mixed emotions and experiences of the participants show the complex nature of the problem. Although some feel that Kik should be held to the same standards as other social media platforms and removed from app stores, others see it as a valuable learning tool. Ultimately, there seems to be no clear solution to the problem of how to control illegal activities on Kik.

    Recent Episodes from Darknet Diaries

    145: Shannen

    145: Shannen
    Shannen Rossmiller wanted to fight terrorism. So she went online and did. Read more about her from her book “The Unexpected Patriot: How an Ordinary American Mother Is Bringing Terrorists to Justice”. An affiliate link to the book on Amazon is here: https://amzn.to/3yaf5sI. Thanks to Spycast for allowing usage of the audio interview with Shannen. Sponsors Support for this show comes from Varonis. Do you wonder what your company’s ransomware blast radius is? Varonis does a free cyber resilience assessment that tells you how many important files a compromised user could steal, whether anything would beep if they did, and a whole lot more. They actually do all the work – show you where your data is too open, if anyone is using it, and what you can lock down before attackers get inside. They also can detect behavior that looks like ransomware and stop it automatically. To learn more visit www.varonis.com/darknet. Support for this show comes from Axonius. The Axonius solution correlates asset data from your existing IT and security solutions to provide an always up-to-date inventory of all devices, users, cloud instances, and SaaS apps, so you can easily identify coverage gaps and automate response actions. Axonius gives IT and security teams the confidence to control complexity by mitigating threats, navigating risk, decreasing incidents, and informing business-level strategy — all while eliminating manual, repetitive tasks. Visit axonius.com/darknet to learn more and try it free. Support for this show comes from ThreatLocker®. ThreatLocker® is a Zero Trust Endpoint Protection Platform that strengthens your infrastructure from the ground up. With ThreatLocker® Allowlisting and Ringfencing™, you gain a more secure approach to blocking exploits of known and unknown vulnerabilities. ThreatLocker® provides Zero Trust control at the kernel level that enables you to allow everything you need and block everything else, including ransomware! Learn more at www.threatlocker.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    144: Rachel

    144: Rachel
    Rachel Tobac is a social engineer. In this episode we hear how she got started doing this and a few stories of how she hacked people and places using her voice and charm. Learn more about Rachel by following her on Twitter https://twitter.com/RachelTobac or by visiting https://www.socialproofsecurity.com/ Daniel Miessler also chimes in to talk about AI. Find out more about him at https://danielmiessler.com/. Sponsors Support for this show comes from Varonis. Do you wonder what your company’s ransomware blast radius is? Varonis does a free cyber resilience assessment that tells you how many important files a compromised user could steal, whether anything would beep if they did, and a whole lot more. They actually do all the work – show you where your data is too open, if anyone is using it, and what you can lock down before attackers get inside. They also can detect behavior that looks like ransomware and stop it automatically. To learn more visit www.varonis.com/darknet. Support for this show comes from Axonius. The Axonius solution correlates asset data from your existing IT and security solutions to provide an always up-to-date inventory of all devices, users, cloud instances, and SaaS apps, so you can easily identify coverage gaps and automate response actions. Axonius gives IT and security teams the confidence to control complexity by mitigating threats, navigating risk, decreasing incidents, and informing business-level strategy — all while eliminating manual, repetitive tasks. Visit axonius.com/darknet to learn more and try it free. Support for this show comes from ThreatLocker®. ThreatLocker® is a Zero Trust Endpoint Protection Platform that strengthens your infrastructure from the ground up. With ThreatLocker® Allowlisting and Ringfencing™, you gain a more secure approach to blocking exploits of known and unknown vulnerabilities. ThreatLocker® provides Zero Trust control at the kernel level that enables you to allow everything you need and block everything else, including ransomware! Learn more at www.threatlocker.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    143: Jim Hates Scams

    143: Jim Hates Scams
    Jim Browning has dedicated himself to combatting scammers, taking a proactive stance by infiltrating their computer systems. Through his efforts, he not only disrupts these fraudulent operations but also shares his findings publicly on YouTube, shedding light on the intricacies of scam networks. His work uncovers a myriad of intriguing insights into the digital underworld, which he articulately discusses, offering viewers a behind-the-scenes look at his methods for fighting back against scammers. Jim’s YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/JimBrowning Sponsors Support for this episode comes from NetSuite. NetSuite gives you visibility and control of your financials, planning, budgeting, and of course - inventory - so you can manage risk, get reliable forecasts, and improve margins. NetSuite helps you identify rising costs, automate your manual business processes, and see where to save money. KNOW your numbers. KNOW your business. And get to KNOW how NetSuite can be the source of truth for your entire company. Visit www.netsuite.com/darknet to learn more. This episode is sponsored by Intruder. Growing attack surfaces, dynamic cloud environments, and the constant stream of new vulnerabilities stressing you out? Intruder is here to help you cut through the chaos of vulnerability management with ease. Join the thousands of companies who are using Intruder to find and fix what matters most. Sign up to Intruder today and get 20% off your first 3 months. Visit intruder.io/darknet. This show is sponsored by Shopify. Shopify is the best place to go to start or grow your online retail business. And running a growing business means getting the insights you need wherever you are. With Shopify’s single dashboard, you can manage orders, shipping, and payments from anywhere. Sign up for a one-dollar-per-month trial period at https://shopify.com/darknet. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    142: Axact

    142: Axact
    Axact sells fake diplomas and degrees. What could go wrong with this business plan? Sponsors Support for this episode comes from NetSuite. NetSuite gives you visibility and control of your financials, planning, budgeting, and of course - inventory - so you can manage risk, get reliable forecasts, and improve margins. NetSuite helps you identify rising costs, automate your manual business processes, and see where to save money. KNOW your numbers. KNOW your business. And get to KNOW how NetSuite can be the source of truth for your entire company. Visit www.netsuite.com/darknet to learn more. Support for this show comes from ThreatLocker®. ThreatLocker® is a Zero Trust Endpoint Protection Platform that strengthens your infrastructure from the ground up. With ThreatLocker® Allowlisting and Ringfencing™, you gain a more secure approach to blocking exploits of known and unknown vulnerabilities. ThreatLocker® provides Zero Trust control at the kernel level that enables you to allow everything you need and block everything else, including ransomware! Learn more at www.threatlocker.com. This show is sponsored by Shopify. Shopify is the best place to go to start or grow your online retail business. And running a growing business means getting the insights you need wherever you are. With Shopify’s single dashboard, you can manage orders, shipping, and payments from anywhere. Sign up for a one-dollar-per-month trial period at https://shopify.com/darknet. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    141: The Pig Butcher

    141: The Pig Butcher
    The #1 crime which results in the biggest financial loss is BEC fraud. The #2 crime is pig butchering. Ronnie Tokazowski https://twitter.com/iHeartMalware walks us through this wild world. Sponsors Support for this episode comes from NetSuite. NetSuite gives you visibility and control of your financials, planning, budgeting, and of course - inventory - so you can manage risk, get reliable forecasts, and improve margins. NetSuite helps you identify rising costs, automate your manual business processes, and see where to save money. KNOW your numbers. KNOW your business. And get to KNOW how NetSuite can be the source of truth for your entire company. Visit www.netsuite.com/darknet to learn more. Support for this show comes from Drata. Drata streamlines your SOC 2, ISO 27001, PCI DSS, HIPAA, GDPR & many other compliance frameworks, and provides 24-hour continuous control monitoring so you focus on scaling securely. Listeners of Darknet Diaries can get 10% off Drata and waived implementation fees at drata.com/darknetdiaries. This show is sponsored by Shopify. Shopify is the best place to go to start or grow your online retail business. And running a growing business means getting the insights you need wherever you are. With Shopify’s single dashboard, you can manage orders, shipping, and payments from anywhere. Sign up for a one-dollar-per-month trial period at https://shopify.com/darknet. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    139: D3f4ult

    139: D3f4ult
    This is the story of D3f4ult (twitter.com/_d3f4ult) from CWA. He was a hacktivist, upset with the state of the way things were, and wanted to make some changes. Changes were made. Sponsors Support for this show comes from Axonius. The Axonius solution correlates asset data from your existing IT and security solutions to provide an always up-to-date inventory of all devices, users, cloud instances, and SaaS apps, so you can easily identify coverage gaps and automate response actions. Axonius gives IT and security teams the confidence to control complexity by mitigating threats, navigating risk, decreasing incidents, and informing business-level strategy — all while eliminating manual, repetitive tasks. Visit axonius.com/darknet to learn more and try it free. Support for this show comes from Thinkst Canary. Their canaries attract malicious actors in your network and then send you an alert if someone tries to access them. Great early warning system for knowing when someone is snooping around where they shouldn’t be. Check them out at https://canary.tools. Support for this show comes from Quorum Cyber. Their mantra is: “We help good people win.” If you’re looking for a partner to help you reduce risk and defend against the threats that are targeting your business — and especially if you are interested in Microsoft Security — reach out to Quorum Cyber at www.quorumcyber.com/darknet-diaries. Sources https://www.vice.com/en/article/z3ekk5/kane-gamble-cracka-back-online-after-a-two-year-internet-ban https://www.wired.com/2015/10/hacker-who-broke-into-cia-director-john-brennan-email-tells-how-he-did-it/ https://www.hackread.com/fbi-server-hacked-miami-police-data-leaked/ https://archive.ph/Si79V#selection-66795.5-66795.6 https://wikileaks.org/cia-emails/John-Brennan-Draft-SF86/page-7.html Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    138: The Mimics of Punjab

    138: The Mimics of Punjab
    This episode is about scammers in the Punjab region. Tarun (twitter.com/taruns21) comes on the show to tell us a story of what happened to him. Naomi Brockwell (twitter.com/naomibrockwell) makes an appearance to speak about digital privacy. To learn more about protecting your digital privacy, watch Naomi’s YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/@NaomiBrockwellTV. And check out the books Extreme Privacy (https://amzn.to/3L3ffp9) and Beginner’s Introduction to Privacy (https://amzn.to/3EjuSoY). Sponsors Support for this show comes from Axonius. The Axonius solution correlates asset data from your existing IT and security solutions to provide an always up-to-date inventory of all devices, users, cloud instances, and SaaS apps, so you can easily identify coverage gaps and automate response actions. Axonius gives IT and security teams the confidence to control complexity by mitigating threats, navigating risk, decreasing incidents, and informing business-level strategy — all while eliminating manual, repetitive tasks. Visit axonius.com/darknet to learn more and try it free. Support for this show comes from SpyCloud. It’s good practice to see what data is getting passed around out there regarding you, your employees, your customers, and your business. The dark web is a place where this data is traded and shared. SpyCloud will help you find what out there about you and give you a report so you can be aware. Then they’ll continuously monitor the dark web for any new exposures you should be aware of. To learn more visit spycloud.com/darknetdiaries. Support for this show comes from ThreatLocker. ThreatLocker has built-in endpoint security solutions that strengthen your infrastructure from the ground up with a zero trust posture. ThreatLocker’s Allowlisting gives you a more secure approach to blocking exploits of known and unknown vulnerabilities. ThreatLocker provides zero trust control at the kernel level. Learn more at www.threatlocker.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    137: Predator

    137: Predator
    A new type of mercenary spyware came on the radar called Predator. It’ll infect a mobile phone, and then suck up all the data from it. Contacts, text messages, location, and more. This malware is being sold to intelligence agencies around the world. In this episode we hear from Crofton Black at Lighthouse Reports who spent 6 months with a team of journalists researching this story which was published here: https://www.lighthousereports.com/investigation/flight-of-the-predator/. We also hear from Bill Marczak and John Scott-Railton from Citizen Lab. If you want to hear about other mercenary spyware, check out episodes 99 and 100, about NSO group and Pegasus. To hear another episode about Greece check out episode 64 called Athens Shadow Games. Sponsors Support for this show comes from Axonius. The Axonius solution correlates asset data from your existing IT and security solutions to provide an always up-to-date inventory of all devices, users, cloud instances, and SaaS apps, so you can easily identify coverage gaps and automate response actions. Axonius gives IT and security teams the confidence to control complexity by mitigating threats, navigating risk, decreasing incidents, and informing business-level strategy — all while eliminating manual, repetitive tasks. Visit axonius.com/darknet to learn more and try it free. Support for this show comes from Varonis. Do you wonder what your company’s ransomware blast radius is? Varonis does a free cyber resilience assessment that tells you how many important files a compromised user could steal, whether anything would beep if they did, and a whole lot more. They actually do all the work – show you where your data is too open, if anyone is using it, and what you can lock down before attackers get inside. They also can detect behavior that looks like ransomware and stop it automatically. To learn more visit www.varonis.com/darknet. Support for this show comes from Akamai Connected Cloud (formerly Linode). Akamai Connected Cloud supplies you with virtual servers. Visit linode.com/darknet and get a special offer. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    136: Team Xecuter

    136: Team Xecuter
    Team Xecuter was a group involved with making and selling modchips for video game systems. They often made mods that allowed the video game system to rip games or play pirated games. It was a crowd favorite in the modding scene. Until it all fell apart. The story of what happened to Team Xecuter must be heard to believe. This episode features Gary Bowser. You can find more about Gary here: https://twitter.com/Bowser_GaryOPA https://garyopa.com/ https://www.gofundme.com/f/garyopa-restarting-his-life?utm_location=darknetdiaries Sponsors Support for this show comes from Axonius. The Axonius solution correlates asset data from your existing IT and security solutions to provide an always up-to-date inventory of all devices, users, cloud instances, and SaaS apps, so you can easily identify coverage gaps and automate response actions. Axonius gives IT and security teams the confidence to control complexity by mitigating threats, navigating risk, decreasing incidents, and informing business-level strategy — all while eliminating manual, repetitive tasks. Visit axonius.com/darknet to learn more and try it free. Support for this show comes from Thinkst Canary. Their canaries attract malicious actors in your network and then send you an alert if someone tries to access them. Great early warning system for knowing when someone is snooping around where they shouldn’t be. Check them out at https://canary.tools. Support for this show comes from ThreatLocker. ThreatLocker has built-in endpoint security solutions that strengthen your infrastructure from the ground up with a zero trust posture. ThreatLocker’s Allowlisting gives you a more secure approach to blocking exploits of known and unknown vulnerabilities. ThreatLocker provides zero trust control at the kernel level. Learn more at www.threatlocker.com. Sources https://www.washingtonpost.com/archive/politics/1994/10/27/ringleader-pleads-guilty-in-phone-fraud/56e551bb-a727-43e8-a3ca-1c1f4cf6ef82/ https://www.justice.gov/sites/default/files/usao/legacy/2010/10/12/usab4304.pdf https://www.eurogamer.net/nintendo-to-appeal-not-guilty-judgement-of-flash-cart-sellers-7 https://www.gamesindustry.biz/nintendo-pounces-on-global-piracy-outfit https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/two-members-notorious-videogame-piracy-group-team-xecuter-custody https://medium.com/swlh/watch-paint-dry-how-i-got-a-game-on-the-steam-store-without-anyone-from-valve-ever-looking-at-it-2e476858c753#.z05q2nykc https://www.lemonde.fr/police-justice/article/2022/05/27/voler-des-societes-qui-font-des-milliards-qu-est-ce-que-j-en-ai-a-faire-max-louarn-c-ur-de-hackeur_6127821_1653578.html https://www.theverge.com/2020/11/20/21579392/nintendo-big-house-super-smash-bros-melee-tournament-slippi-cease-desist https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U7VwtOrwceo https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5sNIE5anpik Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices