Episode276

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PaulDotCom Security Weekly - Episode 276 for Thursday February 2nd, 2012.

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Interview: Joe Stewart

Joe Stewart is the Director of Malware Research for Dell SecureWorks’ Counter Threat Unit℠ research team. As a leading expert on malware and Internet threats, he is a frequent commentator on security issues for leading media outlets such as The New York Times, MSNBC, Washington Post, USA Today and others.

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  1. What kind of work does the Counter Threat Unit concentrate on?
  2. Tell us about HTRAN and Shady Rat

Guest Tech Segment: Jon Oberheide

  1. Tell us about your Do Not Root Robots research and the dangers of "jailbreaking".
  2. How do the Android Market Interactions work?
  3. What are the problems with the web version of the Android Market distribution model?
  4. Can we trust the Android permissions model? Can the permissions be circumvented by an app?
  5. What did your RootStrap app do to make it deserved of the honor of being the first app to be remote-killed/wiped by Google from users’ devices using their GTalkService mechanism?
  6. What about post-rooting self protection? Can an app keep itself persistent?
  7. How is Android different than iOS in terms of your research?
  8. Does Android deserve its reputation for malware or are recent malware outbreaks such as Symantec's recent Android.Counterclank claim of mass infection?
  9. What do you think of Charlie Miller's recent research that caused his being booted out of the Apple Developer's program?
  10. What other research are you looking into at the moment? What's next for Team Joch?

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