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 four 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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Episodes

  • 052: Facebook tackles vengeful scumbags, and a sex toy privacy boob

    November 16th, 2017  |  39 mins 27 secs
    android, ddos, facebook, google, privacy, revenge porn, sex toy, vulnerability

    Is your dildo listening to you? Do you trust Facebook with your most intimate photos? And just how did a vengeful DDoSer come up with that nickname?

  • 051: Robots, romance, passwords, and CrunchyRoll

    November 9th, 2017  |  41 mins 33 secs
    agony aunt, crunchyroll, doctor who, malware, passwords, privacy, robot, sophia, star trek, stranger things

    Passwords are under the microscope again, CrunchyRoll leads anime fans to malware, a sexy robot gains Saudi citizenship, and Carole begins her career as an agony aunt.

  • 050: MailChimp, Piers Morgan, and The Dark Overlord

    November 2nd, 2017  |  42 mins 41 secs
    data breach, mailchimp, piers morgan, spam, the dark overlord

    There's little time to celebrate our 50th episode, because there are rants to be had about MailChimp's switch to single opt-in, Piers Morgan gets upset with Graham on Twitter, and the Dark Overlord hacking gang are up to some pretty horrid tricks.

  • 049: Hacking funeral homes, crypto mining websites, and careful with that hairspray

    October 26th, 2017  |  44 mins 56 secs
    cryptocurrency, laptop ban, monero, scam

    Scammers show a lack of imagination after hacking a funeral home, more websites are secretly stealing visitors' resources to mine for cryptocurrency, and everyone is very confused about the USA's airline laptop ban.

  • 048: KRACK, North Korea, and an 18th century cyber attack

    October 19th, 2017  |  33 mins 44 secs
    automon, blokus, durian, krack, mammoth screen, north korea, opposite number, the victorian internet, vulnerability, wi-fi, wpa2

    KRACK! Has the Wi-Fi vulnerability got you worried? Did North Korea hack a British TV company? And what have Dutch police learnt from Pokémon?

  • 047: Kaspersky, AI, and a well-handled data breach

    October 12th, 2017  |  40 mins 35 secs
    artificial intelligence, chess, data breach, disqus, garry kasparov, kaspersky, nsa, russia

    America turns the heat up on Kaspersky anti-virus, Disqus announces a data breach, Elon Musk plans a bolthole on Mars to escape our robot overlords, and Graham gets to play chess with Garry Kasparov.

  • 046: Good beard bad beard

    October 5th, 2017  |  38 mins 17 secs
    chrome, dream market, google, https, sex toy

    Bearded man entangled in dark web drugs market bust, Google researches how to make browser security warnings less confusing, and (ahem) "bedroom entertainment systems" probed for security holes.

  • 045: Deloitte fail, CCleaner, and dotards on Twitter

    September 28th, 2017  |  36 mins 25 secs
    ccleaner, deloitte, donald trump, klingon, malware, star trek, twitter, wildergorn

    Deloitte suffers an embarrassing hack, CCleaner spreads malware, and Twitter explains why it isn't planning to ban Donald Trump from Twitter anytime soon.

  • 044: Bonus behind the scenes - shower time

    September 26th, 2017  |  6 mins 59 secs
    facetime, iphone, shower

    Carole wants to know why Graham keeps Facetiming her from the shower.

  • 043: Backups - a necessary evil?

    September 21st, 2017  |  29 mins 18 secs
    backups, cloud, ransomware, tina turner

    When did you last backup your data? How and what should you backup? And where should you store them?

  • 042: Equifax, BlueBorne, and the iPhone X

    September 14th, 2017  |  45 mins 47 secs
    apple, blueborne, bluetooth, chess, chessable, data breach, equifax, facial recognition, identity theft, iphone x, squinch, vulnerability

    Equifax's shambolic response to its huge data breach, a scary-sounding Bluetooth exploit, and Apple's iPhone X comes with Face ID.

  • 041: Hacking Instagram, facial failures, and spying bosses

    September 7th, 2017  |  46 mins 10 secs
    brian krebs, doxagram, facial recognition, instagram, malwaretech, marcus hutchins, notting hill carnival, spyware, the big sick

    It's easy to phone up a celebrity on Instagram following security breach, facial recognition at Notting Hill Carnival can't tell the girls from the boys, and companies are spying on their workers' activities.

  • 040: The show that cost Troy Hunt 14 dollars

    August 31st, 2017  |  47 mins 34 secs
    2fa, donald trump, drone, hoax, hurricane harvey, instagram, onliner, selena gomez, sharks, spam, the phoenix comic, twitter, william c bradford

    Are public figures lying about being hacked? What were online criminals doing with 711 million email addresses? And how could scammers profit from Hurricane Harvey?

  • 039: Woah - are we talking to a cyborg?

    August 24th, 2017  |  46 mins 1 sec
    cyborg, dominos, https, iot, nfc, overcooked, robot, ropemaker, vulnerability

    Hackers could change emails in your inbox after they are delivered, the web is getting more and more encrypted, and hacked robots can be commanded to umm... stab you.

  • 038: Gents! Stop airdropping your pics!

    August 17th, 2017  |  44 mins 55 secs
    airdrop, bluetooth, brute force, car hacking, chess, email, garry kasparov, iot, lovefilm, malwaretech, marcus hutchins, sam harris, smart lock

    WannaCry hero Marcus Hutchins (aka MalwareTech) pleads not guilty to malware charges, the Scottish parliament is hit by a brute force attack, IoT smart locks aren't so smart, and.. ahem.. someone is sending intimate pics via AirDrop to unsuspecting commuters.

  • 037: Boobs, dragons and data breaches

    August 10th, 2017  |  37 mins 38 secs
    bit9, carbon black, data breach, disney, extortion, game of thrones, hbo, marcus hutchins, privacy

    Hackers are holding HBO to ransom after a massive data breach, and have leaked the phone numbers and email addresses of "Game of Thrones" cast members. Has security firm Carbon Black been leaking customers's sensitive files while trying to scan them? And Disney's mobile apps are accused of spying on kids...