The Gate 15 Interview EP 19. Ronnie Tokazowski, Principal Threat Advisor at Cofense on Business Email Compromise (BEC), 419 scams, Indian food, and so much more!
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In this episode of The Gate 15 Interview, Andy Jabbour speaks with Ronnie Tokazowski, Principal Threat Advisor at Cofense. Ronnie is a recognized expert cybersecurity researcher with success in reverse engineering both crimeware and Advanced Persistent Threat malware, including creation of decoders and indicators for detecting malicious attacks. When he’s not frustrating bad guys, Ronnie is an accidental YouTuber, likes cooking, spicy food, and memes. Ronnie on Twitter, @iHeartMalware. Ronnie’s YouTube channel: Ronnie Rants.
In the discussion we address:
Ronnie’s background and the work he’s doing at Cofense
Business Email Compromise (BEC)
Voodoo (no, seriously…)
“(at Cofense), we try to go back to the human…” – Ronnie Tokazowski, during our discussion, 10 Jan 2022
A few references mentioned in or relevant to our discussion include:
What 6 Years of Success in a Global Takedown Operation Looks Like, and How You Can Do It, Too, a Medium post by Ronnie, 02 Jan
Faith-Based Information Sharing and Analysis Organization (FB-ISAO)
FBI on Business Email Compromise (numerous links to BEC related information from the FBI)
FBI 2020 IC3 Annual Report & 2020 State Reports
G4 Boyz x G4Choppa "Scam Likely" (Official Video)
G4 Boyz feat. G4Choppa - SBA Job (Official Music Video)
G4Choppa & G4 Boyz - “In Scam We Trust” (Official Music Video - WSHH Exclusive)
Here’s Ronnie providing some commentary: Fun with Fraudsters - Reacting to SBA Job by G4 Boyz
Cofense Wins AI-Based Cybersecurity Solution of the Year in 2021 CyberSecurity Breakthrough Awards, 05 Oct 2021
Cofense Joins Microsoft Intelligent Security Association (MISA), 26 Oct 2021
Channel Insider: Best Email Security Providers & Services 2022, 23 Dec 2021
Traffic Light Protocol (TLP) Definitions And Usage, via CISA
In our discussion, Ronnie mentions Brian Krebs’ Krebs on Security blog (and on Twitter, @briankrebs). Some links to his BEC-related posts can be accessed here.