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.

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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  • 057: Mikko Hyppönen - live from the sauna - talks Bitcoin security

    December 14th, 2017  |  40 mins 34 secs
    amazon, amazon key, bitcoin,, donald trump, equifax, rare exports, social security number

    How to protect yourself from Bitcoin hackers, why you should think twice before giving Amazon the keys to your house, and how a private investigator tried to hack Donald Trump's tax returns.

  • 056: Peeping Toms, prison hacks, and parliamentary passwords

    December 7th, 2017  |  41 mins 11 secs
    airbnb, little alchemy, nadine dorries, parliament, passwords, prison, the leftovers, twitter

    Why you should check your Airbnb for hidden cameras, a hacker attempts a different kind of jailbreak, and British MPs prove that they really are clueless when it comes to cybersecurity.

  • 055: Uber, net neutrality, and website hacks

    November 30th, 2017  |  28 mins 5 secs
    bitcoin, bulletproof, data breach, doctor who, malware, net neutrality, privacy, uber, youtube

    Uber covers up a data breach, the noose tightens on net neutrality, and Bulletproof's website spills the data beans.

  • 054: A great big fat macOS bug

    November 29th, 2017  |  8 mins 9 secs
    apple, high sierra, macos, password, root, vulnerability

    Yes, you can log into macOS High Sierra's root account with no password.

  • 053: Game of Thrones, a major Amazon cloud leak, and web tracking gone crazy

    November 23rd, 2017  |  40 mins 31 secs
    amazon, baby driver, game of thrones, hbo, paddington 2, privacy, tracking, uber

    The FBI think they've identified the HBO hacker, the US military have been caught with a leaky bucket, and web tracking has just got scarier than ever.

  • 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.