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 four 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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  • 174: Garry Kasparov and Animal Crossing

    April 16th, 2020  |  46 mins 26 secs
    android, animal crossing, chess, coronavirus, fleeceware, garry kasparov, ios

    World-chess-champion-turned-activist Garry Kasparov joins us as we discuss celebrity lookalikes, smartphone fleeceware, the impact Coronavirus is having on security, and how a popular new video game is being used for political ends.

  • 173: 5G fiascos, Zoom gloom, and butt biometrics

    April 9th, 2020  |  1 hr 3 mins
    5g, biometrics, coronavirus, home schooling, privacy, toilet, zoom

    We take a look at the stinky backside of surveillance, gas about the latest video-conferencing threats, and jump into the murky world of 5G conspiracy theories.

  • 172: UncleF***Face

    April 2nd, 2020  |  51 mins 7 secs
    coronavirus, facebook portal, hoax, houseparty, privacy, spyware, surveillance, zoom

    Carole details how companies are sneakily spying on their stay-at-home workers, Mikko Hyppönen discusses the trustworthiness of video chat apps, and Graham gets embarrassed when he admits he's bought a Facebook Portal for his in-laws.

  • 171: WhatsApp hoaxes, Zoombombs, and 8-bit love

    March 26th, 2020  |  45 mins 30 secs
    coronavirus, dr negrin, hoax, pornhub, retro, scam, sextortion, whatsapp, zoom, zoombombing

    Blackmailers are threatening to infect your family with Coronavirus, trolls are making Zoom an unsafe place for those of a sensitive disposition, and what is the mysterious Dr Negrin audio message spreading on WhatsApp?

  • 170: PornHub, Coronavirus apps, and remote working

    March 19th, 2020  |  47 mins 21 secs
    coronavirus, malware, pornhub, ransomware, remote working, tracking

    It's a self-isolated Coronavirus special as we discuss with our quarantined special guest how COVID-19 is making itself felt in the world of cybersecurity, and we offer tips on how to better protect yourself if you're unexpectedly working from home.

  • 169: Burglaries, breaches, and bidets

    March 12th, 2020  |  51 mins 5 secs
    burglary, coronavirus, data breach, google, location data, microsoft, ultimate chicken horse, virgin media

    How one guy's exercise routine made him a burglary suspect, how multi-factor authentication can cause headaches as well as stop hacks, and how Virgin Media got itself in a pickle over its sloppy data security.

  • 168: The Bitcoin fraud factory

    March 5th, 2020  |  52 mins 10 secs
    bitcoin, clearview, cryptocurrency, facial recognition, scam, twitter, ukraine

    Fraudsters steal millions from those hoping to jump on the Bitcoin bandwagon, Twitter verifies a fake US politician, and it's another face palm for facial recognition.

  • 167: Coronavirus scams and an exaggerated lion

    February 27th, 2020  |  56 mins 21 secs
    bitcoin, business email compromise, coronavirus, exaggerated lion, romance scams, scams

    Scammers from Africa are preying on US businesses, a drug dealer makes a mistake when hiding his Bitcoin fortune, and the Coronavirus pandemic is causing scams to soar and raising questions about facial recognition.

  • 166: What the Dickens! Ad ban thank you scam

    February 20th, 2020  |  42 mins 1 sec
    charles dickens, david copperfield, dick pics, google, google ads, twitter

    How to stop dick pics on Twitter, and a new way bad guys are extorting money from websites earning cash from Google ads.

  • 165: Cheapfakes, deepfakes, and Ashley Madison

    February 13th, 2020  |  48 mins 29 secs
    ashley madison, cheapfakes, deepfakes, emotet, extortion, malware, wi-fi

    Wi-Fi hopping malware, the return of Ashley Madison extortion scams, and should social media be doing anything about cheapfakes?

  • 164: A bitter pill to swallow

    February 6th, 2020  |  34 mins 14 secs
    art, google maps, hacking, healthcare, john constable, medical, opioid, painting, scam, traffic jam

    A gallery is tricked into giving millions to a fraudster, software tells doctors to push opioids onto patients, and an artist finds a novel way to trick Google Maps into thinking there's a traffic jam.

  • 163: Russian heists and Ring wrongs

    January 30th, 2020  |  58 mins 7 secs
    amazon, cryptocurrency, jeff bezos, just a minute, malware, marina hyde, maryland, nicholas parsons, ring, russia

    Should possessing malware be illegal in itself? How did a Russian cryptocurrency exchange millionaire lose his fortune? And what on earth are Amazon Ring doorbell cams up to now?

  • 162: Robocalls, health hacks, and facial recognition fears

    January 23rd, 2020  |  52 mins 17 secs
    data breach, facial recognition, harvey weinstein, medical, nhs, robocall

    A hospital gets hacked because of an ex-employee's grudge, robocalls are on the rise, and we share a scary story about the future of facial recognition.

  • 161: Love, lucky dips, and 23andMe

    January 16th, 2020  |  42 mins 21 secs
    23andme, credential stuffing, data breach, dna, genetics, hacking, love hotel, messiah, national lottery

    The man who hacked the UK National Lottery didn't end up a winner, Japanese Love hotel booking tool suffers a data breach, and just what is 23andMe planning to do with your DNA?

  • 160: SNAFUs! MS Word, Amazon Ring, and TikTok

    January 9th, 2020  |  53 mins 6 secs
    amazon, amazon ring, dracula, fraud, microsoft word, ricky gervais, the witcher, tiktok

    We discuss how Microsoft Word helped trap a multi-million dollar fraudster, how Amazon Ring may be recording more than you're comfortable with, and how teens are flocking to TikTok (and why that might be a problem).

  • 159: Rap, robbery, and IoT holiday hell

    December 19th, 2019  |  55 mins 3 secs
    banking, car, christmas, die hard, facebook, fraud, instagram, iot, odometer, rap

    A rapping bank worker is accused of stealing from the vault, the devices that can hide your car's true mileage, and why it may be a case of "No No No" rather than "Ho Ho Ho" when it comes to IoT toys this Christmas.

    And as Carole sups the mulled wine, Graham has problems with his internet connection...