Maria Varmazis is a marketing freelancer and writer for cybersecurity companies around the world. She is also your favorite Trekkie.
January 9th, 2020 | 53 mins 5 secs
amazon, amazon ring, dracula, fraud, microsoft word, ricky gervais, the witcher, tiktok
We discuss how Microsoft Word helped trap a multi-million dollar fraudster, how Amazon Ring may be recording more than you're comfortable with, and how teens are flocking to TikTok (and why that might be a problem).
December 5th, 2019 | 1 hr 5 mins
biometrics, disney+, fingerprint, hacking, kaspersky, nordvpn, vpn
What is Kaspersky's ugly ring for? Is there something suspicious about how NordVPN lets you stream Disney+? And why did a hacker impersonate a music producer?
Plus we have a bonus feature interview with Rachael Stockton from Logmein, the folks behind LastPass, all about behavioral biometrics!
October 3rd, 2019 | 50 mins 23 secs
alexa, amazon, billboard, deepfake, hacking, porn, privacy
Drivers are distracted by a hacked billboard, Maria takes a deeper look at how the deepfake problem has... uh... deepened, and Carole is less than happy about Amazon's announcement about new Alexa integrations.
August 8th, 2019 | 54 mins 51 secs
8chan, banking, cloudflare, dating, monzo, passcode, pin, romance scam, the boys
Is the PIN you use for your bank card secure? How did one woman get duped into giving a romance scammer $200,000? And Cloudflare and other online services take aim at a vile corner of the internet...
July 18th, 2019 | 44 mins 8 secs
hacking, instagram, keyboard, lawyers, porn, vulnerability
Erection your honour! Lawyers find themselves behind bars after they make porn movies in an attempt to scam internet users, boffins in Israel detail a way to steal data from an air-gapped computer, and Instagram coughs up $30,000 after a researcher finds a simple way to hack into anybody's account.
June 13th, 2019 | 48 mins 14 secs
apple, cbp, data breach, firestorm, gerry anderson, ios, iphone, troll, twitter
United States Customs and Border Protection had sensitive data stolen, but the hackers didn't have to breach its network. Apple has ambitious plans to make iPhone users safer online. And trolls are using Twitter lists to target their victims.
May 23rd, 2019 | 51 mins 34 secs
2fa, china, google, hackers, phishing, scam, social media
Don't hire a hacker, they might scam you! What works and what doesn't when it comes to protecting your email account? And China's controversial social credit system comes under the microscope.
April 11th, 2019 | 30 mins 45 secs
In this special "splinter" episode of the "Smashing Security" podcast from September 2017 we tackle the tricky subject of backups - When did you last backup your data? How and what should you backup? And where should you store them?
Lots of questions and Graham gets to do his Tina Turner impression.
March 28th, 2019 | 47 mins 37 secs
asus, data breach, hotel, malware, motel, privacy, shadowhammer, supply chain
An app leaking private conversations and intimate photographs is ignoring requests to fix the problem, hackers poison a security update sent to ASUS PCs, and how to protect your privacy in motel rooms.
February 28th, 2019 | 57 mins 24 secs
facebook, insurance, linkedin, malware, perfect night in, rude words, swatting, tetris, twitter
Why is Tampa's mayor tweeting about blowing up the airport? Are hackers trying to connect with you via LinkedIn? And has Maria succeeded in her attempt to survive February without Facebook?
Plus, after last week's discussion about the legal battle between Mondelez and Zurich Insurance, we have a chat with security veteran Martin Overton to take a deeper look into cyberinsurance.
January 10th, 2019 | 51 mins 8 secs
bear brook, bug bounty, exploit, facebook, hacking, louis theroux, marie kondo, twitter, vulnerability, zerodium
Twitter and the not-so-ethical hacking of celebrity accounts, study discovers how you can pay someone to quit Facebook for a year, and the millions of dollars you can make from uncovering software vulnerabilities.
November 29th, 2018 | 1 hr 50 secs
business email compromise, fbi, fedex, google maps, grinch bot, passwords, phishing, scam
How are scammers stealing your money through Google Maps? Why did the FBI create a fake FedEx website? And how are US senators hoping to stop Grinch bots ruining Christmas?
October 25th, 2018 | 50 mins 32 secs
bitcoin, cia, data breach, elon musk, facebook, privacy, scam, the good place, twitter
A Facebook friend request leads to arrest, Twitter scams ride again via promoted ads, and adult websites expose their members. Oh, and Graham finds out what Rule 34 is.
October 4th, 2018 | 51 mins 28 secs
2fa, conference, conservative, facebook, hack, star trek, the one show, vulnerability
Millions of Facebook user accounts put at risk after hack! The UK Conservative party's conference app causes a privacy omnishambles! And Facebook (again) has been doing something naughty with the phone numbers you give it for security reasons! Oh, and Maria gets very excited about something to do with Star Trek.
August 16th, 2018 | 48 mins 14 secs
alex jones, chess, def con, infowars, las vegas, octopath traveler, privacy, sextortion, twitter
Just how did sextortionists get (some) of the digits in your phone number? Why are some hackers saying they won't be going to DEF CON in Las Vegas anymore? And should Alex Jones from InfoWars be banned from Twitter?
July 5th, 2018 | 37 mins 10 secs
bob's burgers, data leak, dating, doctor who, facebook, jodie whittaker, privacy
Doctor Who's TARDIS has sprung a data leak, Facebook's creepy patents are unmasked, and an app to keep women safe on dates has surprising origins.