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.

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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  • 222: Facebook, deepfakes, and April Fools scandals - with Nina Schick

    April 8th, 2021  |  55 mins 15 secs
    april fools, data breach, deepfakes, facebook, privacy

    Deepfake expert Nina Schick joins us as we discuss synthetic media, Facebook's latest data fiasco, and some less-than-brilliant April Fool's tricks.

  • 221: God bless his hairy palms

    April 1st, 2021  |  49 mins 19 secs
    conti, data breach, extortion, fatface, identity theft, malware, mobikwik, privacy, property, ransomware

    FatFace stumps up $2 million to its ransomware extortionists, an IT administrator is caught with his pants down, Mobikwik blames its users for a data breach, and we burgle a house... virtually.

  • 220: Ransoms, scandals, and glitter bombs

    March 25th, 2021  |  47 mins 39 secs
    acer, data breach, facebook, glitter bomb, hoax, password, ransomware, revil, sci hub

    PC manufacturer Acer might have received a $50 million ransom demand, a warning spreads on Facebook about a trick being used by hackers, and why are the City of London's police not happy about Sci Hub?

  • 219: Cheerleaders, dating apps, and crisis PR

    March 18th, 2021  |  55 mins 54 secs
    cheerleaders, crisis, dating, deepfakes, garbo, public relations, tinder

    How are cheerleaders being creeped out by deepfakes? What might Tinder tell potential dates about your murky past? And how should companies respond to the press when a security breach occurs?

  • 218: Microsoft, McAfee, and mayhem

    March 11th, 2021  |  49 mins 52 secs
    cryptocurrency, hafnium, john mcafee, malware, microsoft, microsoft exchange server, twitter, vulnerability

    Is it the end of the road for John McAfee? Is PornHub more legitimate than Facebook? And do you know as much as you think you do about the Microsoft Exchange Server mega-hack?

  • 217: Would you cuddle this revolting robot? - with Robert Llewellyn

    March 4th, 2021  |  54 mins 23 secs
    electric vehicle, iot, irobot, kryten, red dwarf, robot, roomba, software update, tesla

    Actor, presenter and writer Robert Llewellyn, famous for playing the part of Kryten in the science-fiction comedy "Red Dwarf," joins us as we discuss robots gone rogue, electric vehicle nightmares, and creepy companions.

  • 216: Playboy, prison, and digital ploys - with Garry Kasparov

    February 25th, 2021  |  55 mins 17 secs
    chess, playboy, prison, queen's gambit, romance scams, sextortion, snow, texas

    World-chess-champion-turned-activist Garry Kasparov returns to the show as we discuss a romance scammer with plenty of time on his hands, the surge in sextortion, and how social media is being swamped with claims of fake snow.

  • 215: Sexy cows banned on Facebook

    February 18th, 2021  |  47 mins 43 secs
    capitol, cows, cryptocurrency, facebook, fbi, meme, scam, sedition hunters

    The FBI is hoping that its hunt for Capitol rioters will go viral, a cryptocurrency con lets its perpetrator live the high life... for a while, and just what does Facebook have against cows and a team of cricketers?

  • 214: Lockdown love scams, SolarWinds, and a data deletion bungle

    February 11th, 2021  |  48 mins 6 secs
    backdoor, data loss, database, malware, police, scams, solarwinds, valentine

    Fingerprints and DNA records have been deleted from the UK's police database, the SolarWinds hack continues to wreak havoc and raise questions, and we have some advice for how to fall in love safely under lockdown...

  • 213: No security smarts at Mensa, long-term identity theft, and GameStop's share frenzy

    February 4th, 2021  |  1 hr 1 min
    data breach, encryption, gamestop, harvard university, identity theft, mensa, password, shares, short selling

    Mensa - the social club for people with high IQs - is accused of not being so smart about security, an Indian TV journalist gets an unbelievable job offer from Harvard, and we take a look at what's being going on with GameStop short selling.

  • 212: Dutch leaks, Peeping Toms, and researchers under fire

    January 28th, 2021  |  44 mins 12 secs
    apt, cctv, coronavirus, data breach, google, malware, netherlands, north korea, privacy, surveillance, vulnerability

    Google warns security researchers that North Korean hackers are pretending to be their buddies, sensitive information connected to Coronavirus testing is available for sale in the Netherlands, and is a Peeping Tom at your home security provider spying on you through CCTV?

  • 211: Fleeking, COVID-19 hacking, and Bitcoin balls-ups

    January 21st, 2021  |  47 mins 23 secs
    bitcoin, covid-19, cryptocurrency, data breach, fleek, hacking, michael caine, privacy, vaccine, wales

    Your privacy may be at risk if you're on Fleek, hackers not only steal COVID-19 vaccine data but then tamper with it to spread mistrust, and the Bitcoin bungles keep on coming...

  • 210: DC rioters ID'd, Energydots, and ransomware gets you in a pickle

    January 14th, 2021  |  1 hr 2 mins
    capitol, cellmate, crowd source, emf, energydots, qiui, ransomware, riot, washington dc

    Penile penal problems, identifying rioters in Washington DC, and can a sticker protect you from radiation?

  • 209: Vengeful ex-staff, bad Santas, and iOS app nutrition facts

    December 17th, 2020  |  1 hr 5 secs
    amazon aws, apple, christmas, cisco, ios, opera, privacy, rogue employee, santa, scam, zodiac killer

    Watch out for Santas wearing hoodies! A rogue employee takes down WebEx for thousands of people, and Apple forces apps to show a privacy health warning.

  • 208: Hidden treasure, COVID tracker trauma, and happy holidays with IoT

    December 10th, 2020  |  1 hr 11 mins
    aliens, christmas, coronavirus, covid-19, iot, privacy, tracking, treasure, vulnerability

    Was hidden treasure found with help from a hack? What security lessons can be learnt from a controversial police raid in Florida? And are you ready for safer online get-togethers this Christmas?

  • 207: Cyber biowarfare, giant ladybugs, and strippers

    December 3rd, 2020  |  1 hr 12 mins
    amazon, bioterrorism, cfaa, chess, cyber biosecurity, dna, farming, iot, ransomware, synthetic dna, the queen's gambit

    Fears are raised about cyber bioterrorists, there's a widespread blackout for IoT devices caused by a cloud cock-up, and what role do strippers play in a revamp of the United States's computer crime laws?