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 seven 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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  • 243: Breaking news, Apple zero-clicks, and bad blood

    September 16th, 2021  |  48 mins 26 secs
    apple, cryptocurrency, litecoin, malware, nso group, spyware, theranos, vulnerability, walmart

    A Walmart press release says it's jumping aboard the cryptocurrency bus - but is it true? Theranos's Elizabeth Holmes goes on trial, and have you updated your Apple gadgets to protect against the latest NSO Group spyware attack?

  • 242: ProtonMail privacy questioned, and Banksy blunder

    September 9th, 2021  |  56 mins 50 secs
    banksy, encryption, facebook, france, nft, privacy, protonmail, switzerland

    ProtonMail finds itself in a privacy pickle, the big problem with Facebook's algorithmic amplification, and strange things are happening on Banksy's website.

  • 241: Flipping dating apps, and crypto rewards for criminals

    September 2nd, 2021  |  47 mins 40 secs
    afghanistan, biometrics, bitcoin, bumble, cryptocurrency, dating apps, privacy, stalking, taliban

    How to find your match on the Bumble dating app, convicted criminals make money out of cryptocurrency, and there are concerns about data in Afghanistan.

  • 240: 3D printer hijacks, crypto fails, and a tech billionaire’s revenge

    August 26th, 2021  |  51 mins 7 secs
    3d printing, cracker, cryptocurrency, divorce, hacking, spaghetti detective, vulnerability

    A bug unravels 3D printer security, cryptocurrency sites can't stop getting hacked, and hear our special guest spill a cup of tea while inhabiting his wife's knicker drawer.

  • 239: TikTok vigilantes, sloppy IoT, and Wikipedia woe

    August 19th, 2021  |  51 mins 56 secs
    iot, nazi, realtek, swastika, the great londini, tiktok, vigilante, vulnerability, wikipedia

    The Great Londini has gathered a two million strong army to out TikTok trolls, there's a bad supply chain vulnerability in many IoT devices, and how did Wikipedia pages end up covered in Nazi swastikas?

  • 238: Fashion captain, fraud family, and DEF CON. D'oh!

    July 29th, 2021  |  53 mins 30 secs
    def con, fraud family, idor, netherlands, petitpotam, police, privacy, vulnerability

    Pygmy hippopotamus bugs, DEF CON's data slip-up, and phishing fraudsters have their collars felt.

  • 237: NuNa, NuNu, NaNa

    July 22nd, 2021  |  1 hr 2 mins
    freedom phone, iphone, malware, nso group, pegasus, ransomware, spyware

    Spy software known as Pegasus has been used to carry out surveillance on the smartphones of journalists, activists, and political leaders. Can a "Freedom Phone" be trusted? And a ransomware-hit law firm demonstrates how not to keep its customers informed.

  • 236: Stingrays, soccer, and smart homes

    July 15th, 2021  |  1 hr 36 secs
    columbo, facebook, football, iot, privacy, racism, romance scam, smart homes, stingray, twitter

    How did investigators ask a romance scammer out on a date, smart homes continue to play dumb, and is it time for social media sites to do more about racist football fans?

  • 235: REvil returns, TikTok grows, and Gettr defaced

    July 8th, 2021  |  59 mins 9 secs
    gettr, kaseya, malware, privacy, ransomware, revil, tiktok, vulnerability

    A ransomware gang has exploited a security hole in software used by many businesses, and are demanding $70 million for a decryption tool. Plus we take a close look at TikTok, and a website which seems to have entirely ripped-off Twitter.

  • 234: Cozy Bear, dildo scams, and robo hires and fires

    July 1st, 2021  |  56 mins 26 secs
    amazon, cozy bear, data breach, dildo, flex, malware, microsoft, nobelium

    Microsoft warns about a hacking gang that is far from cuddly, algorithms rather than managers are firing people, and our guest receives a surprising email from "Amazon"...

  • 233: Peloton problems, romance regret, and Weiner woes

    June 24th, 2021  |  1 hr 22 mins
    peloton, romance scam, treadmill, twitter, ukraine, vulnerability, zack weiner

    We take a look at why Peloton is being accused of ransomware-like behaviour, how one man lost $250,000 in a romance scam, and how a chap called Weiner has found himself in a political pickle.

  • 232: Zoomolympics and language matters

    June 17th, 2021  |  50 mins 39 secs
    blacklist, coq, data breach, ea games, electronic arts, ioc, japan, olympics, videogames, whitelist

    Video gaming giant Electronic Arts suffers a hack following slack security, the Japanese Olympics are proving unpopular with everyone apart from cybercriminals, and le coq est mort.

  • 231: Sexy snaps and encrypted chat traps

    June 10th, 2021  |  1 hr 8 mins
    an0m, anom, apple, australian federal police, encryption, fbi, privacy, usa today

    Criminals are caught in a encrypted chat trap, should you trust Apple's repair team with your sexy snaps, and do you think the FBI should be able to tell who has been reading the USA Today website?

  • 230: Flash card f-up and energy pipe pilfering

    June 3rd, 2021  |  41 mins 18 secs
    cryptomining, david berglas, flashcards, magic, nuclear weapons, west cork

    The US military has been caught exposing its nuclear weapons secrets, and we explore the world of nerdy miners.

  • 229: Dating leaks, right to repair, and a stinky bishop

    May 27th, 2021  |  1 hr 11 mins
    cheese, data leak, dating, encrochat, fingerprints, phishing, right to repair

    A big cheese ends up in jail, a Japanese dating site spills the dirt after a hack, and we learn all about the right to repair.

  • 228: Pipeline pickle, Blockchain bollocks, and Eufy SNAFU - with Rory Cellan-Jones

    May 20th, 2021  |  1 hr 12 mins
    bitcoin, blockchain, colonial pipeline, cryptocurrency, darkside, dogecoin, elon musk, eufy, ransomware

    The Colonial Pipeline attack has shone light on the activities of the Darkside ransomware gang, we take a skeptical look at cryptocurrencies and the blockchain, and Eufy security cameras suffer an embarrassing security failure.