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 seven million downloads. Past guests include Garry Kasparov, Mikko Hyppönen, and Rory Cellan-Jones.

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Episodes

  • 259: Techquilibrium and mediocre linguistic escapades

    January 27th, 2022  |  42 mins 48 secs
    addiction, brand new cherry flavor, dopamine, it's a knockout, mental health, smartphone, twitter, wordle

    Wordle - good or bad for the world? Whatever your opinion, at least someone wants to spoil players' fun. Meanwhile, we take a look at the threat mobile phones can pose to your mental health.

  • 258: Tesla remote hijacks and revolting YouTubers

    January 20th, 2022  |  33 mins 4 secs
    david colombo, google, nft, tesla, vulnerability, vulnerability disclosure, youtube

    Carole's still on jury service, but the show must go on! We take a look at how some Tesla owners are at risk of having their expensive cars remotely hijacked, and why YouTubers are up in arms over NFTs.

  • 257: Pokemon-hunting cops and the Spine Collector scammer

    January 13th, 2022  |  44 mins 16 secs
    books, jingles, pest control, pokemon, pokemon go, police, publishing, scam, spine collector, steven pinker, surveillance

    Who has been playing video games rather than hunting down criminals? How is a man alleged to have stolen manuscripts of unpublished books from celebrity authors? Which pot contains an elephant? And why has Graham been listening to podcasts about pest control marketing?

  • 256: Virgin Media just won't take no for an answer, NFT apes, and bad optics

    December 16th, 2021  |  50 mins 9 secs
    facial recognition, log4j, log4shell, nft, opensea, spam, virgin media, vulnerability

    After a brief discussion of the Log4Shell vulnerability panic, we chat about how Virgin Media has got itself into hot water, a fat-fingered fumble at the Bored Ape Yacht Club, and how to hack around your sleeping girlfriend's facial recognition.

  • 255: Revolting receipts, a Twitter fandango, and shopkeeper cyber tips

    December 9th, 2021  |  53 mins 27 secs
    antiwork, ecommerce, printer, privacy, small business, twitter, vulnerability

    "Demonically" possessed devices print out antiwork propaganda, advice on how to secure your store, and is Twitter's new photo privacy policy practical?

  • 254: A dead hamster, a brass pen, and The Beatles

    December 2nd, 2021  |  37 mins 53 secs
    charity, cryptocurrency, get back, hamster, mr goxx, peter jackson, quadriga, the beatles

    Cryptocurrency traders suffer a hamster-related loss, beware of charity scammers this holiday season, and do you have the patience to sit through Peter Jackson's eight-hour Beatles documentary?

  • 253: Cybercrime unicorns, HVAC hacks, and NFT piracy - with Mikko Hyppönen

    November 25th, 2021  |  48 mins 5 secs
    cybercrime, hacking, hvac, nft, password, piracy, vulnerability, wireless

    Heating systems are left vulnerable to attack in the high courts, cybercrime unicorns have become a reality (but what are they?), over 15 Terabytes of NFTs are made available for anyone to download ... and Carole reveals her Pick of the Year.

  • 252: Hotel hacks, workplace spies, and the FBI

    November 18th, 2021  |  1 hr 1 min
    booking.com, data breach, email, fbi, hotel, middle east, privacy, spyware, surveillance, vinny troia, vulnerability

    Booking.com got hacked five years ago, and didn't tell its customers... but now we know who might have been behind it. Bossware rears its ugly head again in the workplace, spying on employees. And did you receive a warning email from the FBI?

  • 251: PrawnHub, Tesla recall, and IoT luggage

    November 11th, 2021  |  41 mins 59 secs
    angling, dns, iot, pornhub, privacy, tesla, twitter, vulnerabilities

    Fishing fanatics find themselves in deep water, Teslas go haywire after an update, and is there actually some good news about IoT?

  • 250: Yes, you heard that correctly. Two hundred and fifty

    November 4th, 2021  |  1 hr 1 min
    2fa, cryptocurrency, job hunting, paypal, sms, social engineering, squid game

    A game about Squid Game pulls the rug from under cryptocurrency investors in what appears to be a scam, PayPal hackers use a devious trick to break into 2FA-protected accounts, and have you received a job offer that's too good to be true?

  • 249: Devious licks, Netflix, and sensitive hackers

    October 28th, 2021  |  47 mins 6 secs
    big data, conti, darkmatter, netflix, ransomware, tiktok

    Ransomware attackers have got hurt feelings, what does Netflix know about you, and why are schoolkids stealing lavatory seats?

  • 248: Press F12 to hack

    October 21st, 2021  |  45 mins 31 secs
    amazon, data breach, facial recognition, missouri, responsible disclosure, ring, vulnerability

    A journalist is threatened with prosecution after choosing to "View Source" on a public webpage, Amazon Ring owners might be in line for a hefty fine if their neighbours complain, and is the school lunch queue a good place for facial recognition?

  • 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?