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: "Best Security Podcast 2018" and "Best Security Podcast 2019."

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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  • 130: Doctored videos, Bcc blunders, and a diva

    May 30th, 2019  |  48 mins 10 secs
    data breach, deepfakes, email, facebook, fake news, gdpr, google, malware, privacy, samantha-antoinette smith, twitter, video

    You won't believe who had to report themselves to the data protection agency for a breach, or who has been sharing doctored videos of political rivals, or how much money you can make selling a laptop infected with malware... and how Carole gets her diva on.

  • 129: Too Long; Didn't Listen

    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.

  • 128: Shackled ankles, photo scrapes, and SIM card swaps

    May 16th, 2019  |  50 mins 34 secs
    ankle bracelet, bitcoin, cryptocurrency, ever, facial recognition, police, privacy, sim swap

    A bad software update causes big headaches for Dutch police, but brings temporary freedom to criminals. SIM swaps are in the news again as fraudsters steal millions. And does your cloud photo storage service have a dirty little secret?

  • 127: I do love the Dutch

    May 9th, 2019  |  45 mins 23 secs
    ashley madison, cyberwarfare, drugslab, hamas, israel, roomba, scam, sextortion

    Israel strikes back at Hamas's hacking HQ, a new sextortion email comes with a twist, and Carole saves the world with some help from hacked Roomba vacuum cleaners.

  • 126: Zombie chickens and fast-food victims

    May 2nd, 2019  |  49 mins 10 secs
    black summer, business email compromise, chickens, domain name, jason statham, mcdonald's, romance scams, scams, spider-man

    What's the worst that can happen if you join a Hollywood hard man's Facebook page? What drove a man to hijack a website's name at gunpoint? And can you solve the mystery of the Canadian Hamburglar?

  • 125: Pick of the thief!

    April 25th, 2019  |  47 mins 18 secs
    apple, facial recognition, fingerprint, malwaretech, marcus hutchins, nokia, passwords, samsung

    WannaCry's "accidental hero" pleads guilty to malware charges, Samsung and Nokia have fingerprint fumbles, the NCSC publishes a list of 100,000 dreadful passwords, and Apple finds itself at the centre of an identity mix-up.

  • 124: Poisoned porn ads, the A word, and why why why Wipro?

    April 18th, 2019  |  52 mins 40 secs
    alexa, amazon, angler exploit kit, brian krebs, ddos, malvertising, malware, porn, ransomware, reveton, wipro

    The hacker who lived the high life after spreading malware via porn sites, Wipro demonstrates how to turn a cybersecurity crisis into a PR disaster, and why are humans listening in to your Alexa conversations?

  • 123: Backups - a necessary evil? (replay)

    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.

  • 122: The big fat con at Office Depot

    April 4th, 2019  |  48 mins 44 secs
    car alarm, facial recognition, malware, office depot, officemax, pc health check

    Office Depot and OfficeMax are fined millions for tricking customers into thinking their computers were infected with malware, car alarms can make your vehicle less secure, and facial recognition in apartment blocks comes under the microscope.

  • 121: Hijacked motel rooms, ASUS PCs, and leaky apps

    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.

  • 120: Silk Road with Deliveroo

    March 21st, 2019  |  48 mins 28 secs
    beto o'rourke, cult of the dead cow, drugs, flat earth, pi, telegram, telegrass, usb

    Online drug dealers get busted due to poor OPSEC! People are still failing to wipe their USB sticks properly! A potential presidential candidate is outed as a former hacker! Flat Earthers! Pi! Empathy!

  • 119: Hijacked homes, porn passports, and ransomware regret

    March 14th, 2019  |  54 mins 8 secs
    ageid, jon ronson, porn, ransomware, tetris, zillow

    A $150 million mansion is hijacked online, Brits will soon have to scan their passport to watch internet porn, and are organisations right to pay up when hit by ransomware?

  • 118: The 's' in IoT stands for security

    March 7th, 2019  |  42 mins 49 secs
    absher, didgeridoo, fleabag, iot, jibo, saudi arabi, skiing, snoring, vulnerability

    Twerking robot assistants, an app from Saudi Arabia that lets men track women, and a gnarly skiing security snarl-up!

    Oh, and find out how a didgeridoo could change your life and that of your loved ones.

  • 117: SWATs on a plane

    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.

  • 116: Stalking debtors, Facebook farce, and a cyber insurance snag

    February 21st, 2019  |  45 mins 55 secs
    back to the future, china, facebook, insurance, malware, nike, notpetya, tracking, vulnerability

    How would you track someone who owed you money? What was the colossal flaw Facebook left on its website for anyone to exploit and hijack accounts? And what excuse are insurance companies giving for not paying victims of the NotPetya malware millions of dollars?

  • 115: Love, Nests, and is 2FA destroying the world?

    February 14th, 2019  |  38 mins 52 secs
    2fa, apple, catfishing, google, iphone, nest

    Is two factor authentication such a pain in the rear end that it's costing the economy millions? Do you feel safe having a Google Nest in your home? And don't get caught by a catfisher this Valentine's Day.