In today’s podcast we hear that Trojanized USB sticks are out in the wild. So are phishing emails complete with backdoors and spyware payloads. Intel reports (and mitigates) a major firmware vulnerability in Core processors. The DarkOverlord and third-party risk. ShadowWali backdoors afflict Japanese enterprises. The LizardSquad may be back, but you still shouldn’t listen to them, still less pay them protection. Neustar looks at DDoS trends. Ben Yelin from the UMD Center for Health and Homeland Security explains tractor hacking. Nehemiah Security’s Paul Farrell thinks we need to mind the security basics. And do info ops heighten the contradictions?