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Collective Intelligence Podcast, Episode 2 Patrick Wardle

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Episode 2 of the Collective Intelligence Podcast features an interview with well-known Mac security researcher Patrick Wardle, chief research officer of Digita Security. Patrick has done important work uncovering vulnerabilities affecting the MacOS platform, as well as researching malware samples targeting Mac machines. 

In this episode, Flashpoint Editorial Director Mike Mimoso and Patrick discuss two pieces of Mac malware that have been made public since the start of the year. The first is CrossRAT, a remote access Trojan linked to a global cyber espionage campaign called Dark Caracal, while the other is MaMi, a MacOS DNS hijacker that also has the ability to replace a machine’s root certificate and spy on the user’s web traffic. 

Mike and Patrick also have a bigger discussion on the continued misperceptions around the security of Mac computers and why it’s important for users to understand the risks to a platform many still believe to be impervious to hackers. 

Read Patrick’s research on CrossRAT and MaMi

Download the podcast here, or listen below. 

The Collective Intelligence Podcast, presented by Flashpoint and hosted by Editorial Director Mike Mimoso, features regular interviews with a diverse set of industry experts and Flashpoint analysts on the latest information security news and industry trends.


About the author: Mike Mimoso

Michael Mimoso brings over a decade of experience in IT security news reporting to Flashpoint. As Editorial Director, he collaborates with marketing, analyst, and leadership teams to share the company’s story. Prior to Flashpoint, Mike was as an Editor of Threatpost, where he covered security issues and cybercrime affecting businesses and end-users.

Prior to joining Threatpost, Mike was Editorial Director of the Security Media Group at TechTarget and Editor of Information Security magazine where he won several ASBPE national and regional writing awards. In addition, Information Security was a two-time finalist for national magazine of the year. He has been writing for business-to-business IT publications for 11 years, with a primary focus on information security.

Earlier in his career, Mike was an editor and reporter at several Boston-area newspapers. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Stonehill College in North Easton, Massachusetts.