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

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  • 010: The dolls must be destroyed

    March 2nd, 2017  |  36 mins 10 secs
    boeing, cloudbleed, cloudpets, data breach, microsoft, windows 10

    A creepy teddybear leaks two million voicemail messages, Windows 10 pushes you into only installing vetted apps, and Boeing warns 36,000 employees their personal information could have been exposed after a worker sends a spreadsheet to his wife. All...

  • 009: False flags and hacker clues

    February 23rd, 2017  |  26 mins 22 secs
    cars, lazarus, malware, russia

    The Lazarus malware attempts to trick you into believing it was written by Russians, second-hand connected cars may be easier to steal, and is your child a malicious hacker? All this and more is discussed by computer security veterans Graham Cluley,...

  • Macs and malware - a Smashing Security splinter

    February 21st, 2017  |  16 mins 26 secs
    apple, mac, malware

    Do you run an anti-virus on your Mac?  Should you? In this special "splinter" episode (or should it be a "shard"?) regular hosts Graham Cluley, Carole Theriault and Vanja Svajcer discuss the malware threat for Apple Macs and MacBooks. SHOW NOTES:...

  • 008: I'll give you my Android when you pry it from my cold, dead paws

    February 16th, 2017  |  28 mins 14 secs
    android, crowdstrike, donald trump, facebook, malware, nss labs, stalkscan

    Handbags at dawn for CrowdStrike and NSS Labs! Donald Trump's insecure Android phone! File-less malware - is that so new? And StalkScan makes it easier to reveal what Facebook users have been carelessly sharing...  Computer security veterans...

  • Using public Wi-Fi - a Smashing Security splinter

    February 13th, 2017  |  21 mins 28 secs
    privacy, vpn, wi-fi

    The tricky problem of public Wi-Fi hotspots. In this special "splinter" episode (or should it be a "shard"?) regular hosts Graham Cluley, Carole Theriault and Vanja Svajcer discuss, and offer some advice and tips for computer users....

  • 007: ASCII art attack

    February 9th, 2017  |  22 mins 55 secs
    ascii art, donald trump, smart tv, twitter, vulnerability

    Printers start churning out ASCII art after a vigilante hacker hijacks 160,000 devices, a researcher reveals how you can get Donald Trump to tweet an embarrassing spoof video of himself, and has your smart TV been snooping on you? Computer security...

  • Email attachment malware - a Smashing Security splinter

    February 8th, 2017  |  18 mins 27 secs
    anna kournikova, avril lavigne, love bug, macros, malware, melissa

    Email attachment malware is the thorny topic tackled by computer security veterans Graham Cluley, Carole Theriault and Vanja Svajcer in this "splinter" episode from the Smashing Security team.  Listen to this before you click! Oh, and Carole...

  • Passwords - a Smashing Security splinter

    February 7th, 2017  |  13 mins 9 secs

    Passwords - everything you need to know about how to make them safer, and better secure your online accounts. In this special "splinter" episode (or should it be a "shard"?) regular hosts Graham Cluley, Carole Theriault and Vanja Svajcer discuss...

  • 006: A romantic ransomware hotel break

    February 2nd, 2017  |  28 mins 11 secs
    ad blocking, anti-virus, ransomware

    Were hotel guests really trapped in their rooms by ransomware? Does anti-virus increase your attack surface so much that it's not worth running at all? And 11% of people on the internet are running ad blockers, says company which blocks ad blockers....

  • 005: Upskirt insecurity

    January 26th, 2017  |  25 mins 5 secs
    data breach, malware, twitter, upskirt, vawtrak

    An alleged hacker finds the downside to car rental, a New York Times Twitter account announces Vladimir Putin is planning to launch a missile attack against the United States, and an "upskirt" website leaks its user data. Oh, and Vanja forces Graham...

  • 004: You don't mess with Brian Krebs

    January 19th, 2017  |  30 mins 32 secs
    botnet, brian krebs, malware, mirai, password, ransomware, spora

    The Spora ransomware offers you more than just your encrypted files back, Brian Krebs busts the alleged masterminds behind the Mirai botnet, and be careful that your IT staff aren't the only ones who know your corporate passwords. Computer security...

  • 003: Alexa! Get me an axe!

    January 12th, 2017  |  26 mins 33 secs
    alexa, amazon echo, donald trump, microsoft, mongodb, ptsd, russia

    Donald Trump and that secret dossier, MongoDB databases under attack, Microsoft employees suffering from PTSD and Alexa buying doll houses. Computer security veterans Graham Cluley, Vanja Svajcer and Carole Theriault chit-chat about the world of...

  • 002: Invest in carrier pigeons

    January 5th, 2017  |  22 mins 48 secs
    android, donald trump, facial recognition, malware, ukraine

    Donald Trump talks cybersecurity and explains how to keep your messages top secret, Ukrainian soldiers are being spied upon by Android malware and an artist has devised a novel way of avoiding facial recognition technology. Computer security veterans...

  • 001: One cup, two hotel guests

    December 22nd, 2016  |  27 mins 46 secs
    christmas, technical support

    We discuss the pains of providing tech support to family and friends, when writing down your passwords is actually a good idea, and muse on cloud backup services. Cool gadgetry, smart basketballs, below-par hotel services and, of course, Christmas.

  • 000: Coming up...

    December 20th, 2016  |  10 mins 53 secs

    Coming up in the first 100 episodes of Smashing Security...