Smashing Security

News and views from the world of cybersecurity, hacking, and internet threats

About the show

A helpful and hilarious take on the week's tech SNAFUs. Computer security industry veterans Graham Cluley and Carole Theriault chat with guests about cybercrime, hacking, and online privacy. It's not your typical cybersecurity podcast...

Winner of the "Best Security Podcast 2018" and "Best Security Podcast 2019", Smashing Security has had over six million downloads. Past guests include Garry Kasparov, Mikko Hyppönen, and Rory Cellan-Jones.

Follow the podcast on Twitter at @SmashinSecurity, and subscribe for free in your favourite podcast app. New episodes released at 7pm EST every Wednesday (midnight UK).

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  • 247: Rickrolling submarine secrets

    October 14th, 2021  |  49 mins 49 secs
    data leak, espionage, facebook, instagram, nick clegg, rick astley, submarine, us navy

    A married couple are accused of selling nuclear sub secrets, Facebook continues to make young lives a misery, and a school hacker lets loose one heck of a prank.

  • 246: Facebook has fallen

    October 7th, 2021  |  1 hr 5 mins
    facebook, hospital, instagram, malware, ransomware, ryuk, whatsapp

    Facebook suffers a massive (and very public) failure, Britain announces plans for counter-attacking nation states in cyberspace, and there's a tragic story related to ransomware.

  • 245: The Julian Assange assassination plot, and IoT toilets

    September 30th, 2021  |  36 mins 42 secs
    cia, ecuador, iot, julian assange, russia, toilet, wikileaks

    While Julian Assange was killing time in the Ecuador's embassy in London, the CIA were trying to dream up ways to kill him, and urine trouble if you put your trust in an IoT lavatory.

  • 244: Facebook Ray-Bans, VPN spies, and AI camouflage

    September 23rd, 2021  |  51 mins 22 secs
    darkmatter, espionage, expressvpn, facebook, facial recognition, google glass, iphone, ray-ban, spyware, vpn

    How much do you trust the people who work at your VPN provider? How are folks fighting facial recognition? And what on earth is Ray-Ban thinking getting into bed with Facebook?

  • 243: Breaking news, Apple zero-clicks, and bad blood

    September 16th, 2021  |  48 mins 26 secs
    apple, cryptocurrency, litecoin, malware, nso group, spyware, theranos, vulnerability, walmart

    A Walmart press release says it's jumping aboard the cryptocurrency bus - but is it true? Theranos's Elizabeth Holmes goes on trial, and have you updated your Apple gadgets to protect against the latest NSO Group spyware attack?

  • 242: ProtonMail privacy questioned, and Banksy blunder

    September 9th, 2021  |  56 mins 50 secs
    banksy, encryption, facebook, france, nft, privacy, protonmail, switzerland

    ProtonMail finds itself in a privacy pickle, the big problem with Facebook's algorithmic amplification, and strange things are happening on Banksy's website.

  • 241: Flipping dating apps, and crypto rewards for criminals

    September 2nd, 2021  |  47 mins 40 secs
    afghanistan, biometrics, bitcoin, bumble, cryptocurrency, dating apps, privacy, stalking, taliban

    How to find your match on the Bumble dating app, convicted criminals make money out of cryptocurrency, and there are concerns about data in Afghanistan.

  • 240: 3D printer hijacks, crypto fails, and a tech billionaire’s revenge

    August 26th, 2021  |  51 mins 7 secs
    3d printing, cracker, cryptocurrency, divorce, hacking, spaghetti detective, vulnerability

    A bug unravels 3D printer security, cryptocurrency sites can't stop getting hacked, and hear our special guest spill a cup of tea while inhabiting his wife's knicker drawer.

  • 239: TikTok vigilantes, sloppy IoT, and Wikipedia woe

    August 19th, 2021  |  51 mins 56 secs
    iot, nazi, realtek, swastika, the great londini, tiktok, vigilante, vulnerability, wikipedia

    The Great Londini has gathered a two million strong army to out TikTok trolls, there's a bad supply chain vulnerability in many IoT devices, and how did Wikipedia pages end up covered in Nazi swastikas?

  • 238: Fashion captain, fraud family, and DEF CON. D'oh!

    July 29th, 2021  |  53 mins 30 secs
    def con, fraud family, idor, netherlands, petitpotam, police, privacy, vulnerability

    Pygmy hippopotamus bugs, DEF CON's data slip-up, and phishing fraudsters have their collars felt.

  • 237: NuNa, NuNu, NaNa

    July 22nd, 2021  |  1 hr 2 mins
    freedom phone, iphone, malware, nso group, pegasus, ransomware, spyware

    Spy software known as Pegasus has been used to carry out surveillance on the smartphones of journalists, activists, and political leaders. Can a "Freedom Phone" be trusted? And a ransomware-hit law firm demonstrates how not to keep its customers informed.

  • 236: Stingrays, soccer, and smart homes

    July 15th, 2021  |  1 hr 36 secs
    columbo, facebook, football, iot, privacy, racism, romance scam, smart homes, stingray, twitter

    How did investigators ask a romance scammer out on a date, smart homes continue to play dumb, and is it time for social media sites to do more about racist football fans?

  • 235: REvil returns, TikTok grows, and Gettr defaced

    July 8th, 2021  |  59 mins 9 secs
    gettr, kaseya, malware, privacy, ransomware, revil, tiktok, vulnerability

    A ransomware gang has exploited a security hole in software used by many businesses, and are demanding $70 million for a decryption tool. Plus we take a close look at TikTok, and a website which seems to have entirely ripped-off Twitter.

  • 234: Cozy Bear, dildo scams, and robo hires and fires

    July 1st, 2021  |  56 mins 26 secs
    amazon, cozy bear, data breach, dildo, flex, malware, microsoft, nobelium

    Microsoft warns about a hacking gang that is far from cuddly, algorithms rather than managers are firing people, and our guest receives a surprising email from "Amazon"...

  • 233: Peloton problems, romance regret, and Weiner woes

    June 24th, 2021  |  1 hr 22 mins
    peloton, romance scam, treadmill, twitter, ukraine, vulnerability, zack weiner

    We take a look at why Peloton is being accused of ransomware-like behaviour, how one man lost $250,000 in a romance scam, and how a chap called Weiner has found himself in a political pickle.

  • 232: Zoomolympics and language matters

    June 17th, 2021  |  50 mins 39 secs
    blacklist, coq, data breach, ea games, electronic arts, ioc, japan, olympics, videogames, whitelist

    Video gaming giant Electronic Arts suffers a hack following slack security, the Japanese Olympics are proving unpopular with everyone apart from cybercriminals, and le coq est mort.