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

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  • 281: Debug ransomware and win $1,000,000, period-tracking apps, and AI gets emotional

    June 30th, 2022  |  59 mins 47 secs
    abortion, ai, bug bounty, facial recognition, lockbit, period tracker, privacy, ransomware

    A new version of the LockBit ransomware offers a bug bounty, women uninstall period-tracking apps in fear of how their data might be used against them, and Microsoft's facial recognition tech no longer wants to know how you're feeling.

  • 280: Hot tub hijinx, and a sentient AI

    June 23rd, 2022  |  40 mins 19 secs
    ai, data breach, google, hot tub, hot tub time machine, iot, jacuzzi, lamda, privacy, van gogh, vulnerability

    Internet-connected jacuzzis find themselves in hot water, and a Google engineer claims that their AI has developed feelings.

  • 279: Encrypted notes, and a deadly case of AirTag spying

    June 16th, 2022  |  36 mins 50 secs
    airtag, apple, blockchain, cryptocurrency, encryption, kgb, relationships, soviet union, surveillance

    How did a saxophonist sneak sensitive information in and out of the Soviet Union? How might an Apple AirTag have led to murder? And isn't the world of cryptocurrency and blockchain doing just great?

  • 278: Tim Hortons, avoiding sanctions, and good faith security research

    June 9th, 2022  |  40 mins 25 secs
    hacking, lockbit, mandiant, privacy, ransomware, revil, sanctions, tim hortons, tracking, white hat

    Trouble brews with the Tim Hortons app, Mandiant gets in a tussle with a Russian ransomware gang, and should good faith security researchers be at risk of prosecution?

  • 277: Bad bots, cheeky ransoms, and good deepfakes

    June 2nd, 2022  |  51 mins 10 secs
    bots, charity, deepfakes, google, ransomware

    Ransom acts of kindness are top of our mind, as we also explore how bad bots are hogging more and more of the internet's activity, and look at how deepfakes could be a good thing after all.

  • 276: Webcam extortion, Michael Fish, and food foul-ups

    May 26th, 2022  |  54 mins 30 secs
    browser, food, hacking, michael fish, nude photos, privacy, screencastify, sextortion, supply chain, vulnerability, webcam

    A browser extension bug let malicious websites spy on webcams, hackers threaten the global food supply chain, and Michael Fish (not that one...) hacked into his female classmates' online accounts, hunting for nude photos and videos.

  • 275: Jail for Bing, and mental health apps may not be good for you

    May 19th, 2022  |  1 hr 5 mins
    hacking, malware, mental health, privacy, ransomware, telegram, vulnerability

    A man hacks his employer to prove its security sucks, Telegram provides a helping hand to the Eternity Project malware, and what the heck do mental health apps think they're up to?

  • 274: Hands off my biometrics, and a wormhole squirmish

    May 12th, 2022  |  49 mins 10 secs
    biometrics, carl sagan, clearview ai, cryptocurrency, domain, facial recognition, wormhole

    Clearview AI receives something of a slap in the face, and who is wrestling over an internet wormhole?

  • 273: Password blips, and who's calling the airport?

    May 5th, 2022  |  50 mins 11 secs
    denial of service, dublin airport, noise, passwords, sms, telephone

    We find out why calls to Dublin airport's noise complaints line have soared, and Carole quizzes Graham to celebrate World Password Day.

  • 272: Going ape over the Kardashians, and the face of romance scams

    April 28th, 2022  |  50 mins 23 secs
    bored ape yacht club, cryptocurrency, instagram, kardashians, kim kardashian, online dating, roblox, scam, wallet

    Members of The Bored Ape Yacht Club get that sinking feeling, a face unwittingly launches hundreds of romance scams, and is an as-yet unseen Kim Kardashian sex tape a load of old Roblox?

  • 271: Crypto break-in, Google blurring, and mics not muting

    April 21st, 2022  |  50 mins 46 secs
    apple, cryptocurrency, google, icloud, metamask, microphone, privacy, russia, social engineering, ukraine, zoom

    A man loses $650,000 from his cryptocurrency wallet after his Apple iCloud account is hacked, video conferencing apps may not be muting your mic quite the way you imagined, and Google has unblurred military bases in Russia... or has it?

  • 270: Bearded Barbie, EDR scams, and hobbyist crime detectives

    April 14th, 2022  |  51 mins 1 sec
    barbie, catfishing, data breach, dna, edr, facebook, hamas, israel, malware, police

    Pulchritudinous women with glossy long hair are targeting Israeli officials via Facebook - but why? Scammers have found a new way to gain access to your most sensitive information - but how? And armchair detectives are helping investigating cold cases involving DNA - but should they?

  • 269: Trezor Deep Throat, a CCTV stalker, and Amazon's list of banned words

    April 7th, 2022  |  50 mins 9 secs
    amazon, cctv, cryptocurrency, data breach, hardware wallet, mailchimp, malware, phishing, stalking, trezor

    There's monkey business involving cryptocurrency thieves and MailChimp, a stalker exploits his ex-partner's CCTV cameras, and what are the naughty words Amazon doesn't want its staff using?

  • 268: LinkedIn deepfakes, doxxing Russian spies, and a false alarm

    March 31st, 2022  |  48 mins 38 secs
    ai, autocorrect, deepfake, doxxing, espionage, linkedin, ringcentral, russia, ukraine

    Strange goings-on on LinkedIn, Ukraine publishes a list of alleged Russian FSB agents, and police in Pittsburgh investigate an odd report of an active shooter.

  • 267: Virtual kidnapping, two helipads, and a naughty Apple employee

    March 24th, 2022  |  53 mins 50 secs
    apple, banking, bitcoin, cryptocurrency, fraud, kidnapping, malware, npm, open source, protestware, russia, supply chain, ukraine

    A Russian bank tells its customers to stop installing security updates, an Apple employee ends up in hot water, and learn our tips to avoid being virtually kidnapped.

  • 266: Cyberflashing, Kaspersky, and secret spies

    March 17th, 2022  |  58 mins 21 secs
    airdrop, airtag, apple, bluetooth, bsi, cyberflashing, dick pics, eugene kaspersky, germany, kaspersky, osint, russia, ukraine

    Germany tells consumers to stop using Kaspersky anti-virus products, OSINT reveals a secret government department (with help from an Apple AirTag), and the UK says it's taking a hard line on cyberflashing.