MSP Dispatch (Audio)
MSP Dispatch (Audio)
Evil XDR Research, Microsoft’s New VASA-1 Showcase, Record Low Ransomware Payments | 4/23/2024

MSP Dispatch is your source for news, community events, and commentary in the MSP channel.  

Hosted by: Tony Francisco and guest co-host Tom Lawrence

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On this episode of MSP Dispatch featuring guest co-host Tom Lawrence, we cover a researcher turning Palo Alto software into perfect malware, Microsoft showing off VASA-1 an AI framework that makes human headshots talk, and Ransomware payments dropping to a record low of 28% in Q1 2024.

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Community Events:

  • 4/23 In-Person Event | The Cyber Defense Lab – Built for MSPs: Chicago, IL
  • 4/25 In-Person Event | MSP Revenue Generator: Boston, MA
  • 4/26 @ 2:00 pm ET | Cybersecurity Leadership Virtual Summit

MSP Media Network:

  • 4/24 @ 10:00 am ET | AI Roundup Episode 70
  • 4/26 @ 11:00 am ET | MSP Community Live Episode 33
  • 4/26 @ 12:00 pm ET | Bits and Books Ep. 8: Deliberate Discomfort by Jason B.A. Van Camp

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0:00 Teaser

0:54 Intro Banter

1:49 Evil XDR: Researcher Turns Palo Alto Software Into Perfect Malware

8:04 Microsoft Shows Off VASA-1, an AI Framework That Makes Human Headshots Talk, Sing

13:44 Ransomware Payments Drop to Record Low of 28% in Q1 2024

20:11 Slack Rolls Out Its AI Tools to All Paying Customers

20:49 GitHub Comments Abused To Push Malware via Microsoft Repo URLs

21:24 Discord Wants To Void Your Right To Sue Them in Court

21:57 LastPass Users Targeted in Phishing Attacks Good Enough To Trick Even the Savvy

22:43 Resource of the week

23:26 Community Events

25:12 Sign-off

27:24 Outtakes