This week, Jeff, Ahmed and I start off by looking at Facebook apparently shelving the idea of an Instagram for children following mounting pressure from privacy advocates.

From there we look at a bizarre story involving a hamster and cryptocurrency, quickly followed by news from China that crypto is effectively banned in the country.

Moving on, we take a look at two stories from the Washington Post, the first a concerning story about office workers being put under increased surveillance on their work laptops, and the second looking at why the FBI held back a decryptor key to the recent REvil ransomware attacks.

Also included in this week’s episode is two interviews with GReAT, the first looking at the story of a modern-day rootkit with research teammates Mark Lechtik, Aseel Kayal, Paul Rascagneres, and Vasily Berdnikov and the second about a possible connection between the DarkHalo APT and Kazuar.

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Facebook suspends plan to launch Instagram Kids app as critics circle
Mr Goxx, the crypto-trading hamster beating human investors
China declares all crypto-currency transactions illegal
FBI held back ransomware decryption key from businesses to run operation targeting hackers
Keystroke tracking, screenshots, and facial recognition: The boss may be watching long after the pandemic ends


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