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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  • 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?

  • 206: Robo dogs, deepfakes and dirty deceptions with Tim Harford

    November 26th, 2020  |  1 hr 7 mins
    art, deepfake, forgery, painting, robot dog, robotics, vermeer

    Author and broadcaster Tim Harford joins us as we discuss the merits of robotic canine security guards, deepfakes, and the curious tale of an art forgery.

  • 205: Zoom password pinching and Parler problems

    November 19th, 2020  |  48 mins 8 secs
    cambridge analytica, costaricto, hangout, malware, parler, privacy, shoulder pads, skype, video call, webcam, zoom

    Watch out for a whole different type of shoulder-surfing, researchers uncover the CostaRicto hackers-for-hire gang, and we take a peek at who is behind Parler.

  • 204: Green buttons, Olympic attacks, and... an apology

    November 12th, 2020  |  1 hr 12 mins
    donald trump, election, legalese, malware, notpetya, olympics, ransomware, the armstrongs, voting machines, vulnerability, xss

    Darknet Diaries host Jack Rhysider joins us to discuss a cybersecurity goof in the wake of the US presidential elections, the US finally fingering the hackers responsible for disrupting the Winter Olympics in South Korea, and to take a long hard look at long hard legal mumbojumbo...

  • 203: Testing times, naming names, and the bald truth about AI

    November 5th, 2020  |  1 hr 10 mins
    ai, artificial intelligence, cve, doom, examinations, football, naming, privacy, proctoring, raspberry pi, students, vulnerability

    Students are being spied on as they do online exams, how did a televised football match reveal the truth about artificial intelligence, and what on earth is the Canny Lumpsucker vulnerability?

  • 202: The Wu-Tang Clan are Among Us

    October 29th, 2020  |  1 hr 12 mins
    among us, aoc, fraud, spam, voting, voting machines, wu-tang clan

    Voting machines are under the microscope, scammers are posing as rap stars, and American politician AOC isn't the only one who's been getting into the Among Us game.

  • 201: Robin Hood, Flippy, and the web ad bubble

    October 22nd, 2020  |  1 hr 12 mins
    ads, burger, charity, cryptocurrency, darkside, malware, mongoose, ransomware, robot

    The Darkside ransomware gang thinks it's a modern-day Robin Hood when it donates extorted Bitcoins to charity, the micro-targeted ad industry could pop like a bubble, and would you trust a burger-flipping robot?

  • 200: Two flipping hundred

    October 15th, 2020  |  1 hr 11 mins
    ballet, career, cyber, cybersecurity, cybersex, fatima, privacy, smart watch, women

    We're in celebratory mood as we celebrate our 200th episode, but there's still time to discuss Fatima the ballerina who the UK government wants to become a cybersecurity expert, why women are quitting the tech industry, and a smartwatch which might be putting your kids at risk.

  • 199: A few tech cock-ups, and one cock lock-up

    October 8th, 2020  |  55 mins 11 secs
    cage, cellmate, coronavirus, covid-19, interview, iot, qiui, sex toy, tengia, tracing, vulnerability

    An internet-connected adult toy could leave its users encaged, the official NHS COVID-19 contact-tracing app alarms users, and would you be happy if a robot interviewed you for a job?

  • 198: Chucky the coffee maker

    October 1st, 2020  |  1 hr 7 mins
    climate change, coffee, cryptomining, hank the cow dog, iot, privacy, ransomware, the beatles, tracking, vulnerability

    Coffee machines catching ransomware, Blacklight shines a torch on website tracking, and a woman is freaked out that a complete stranger can turn off her home's security system.

  • 197: Greedy bosses, game cheats, and virtual beheadings

    September 24th, 2020  |  52 mins 48 secs
    cheating, counter-strike: global offensive, cs:go, doctor who, facial recognition, fortnite, fraud, hacking, pubg, trees, twitter, video game, zoom

    Why are Zoom and Twitter making some people disappear? How are Counter-Strike: Global Offensive cheats getting their just desserts? And the founder of a anti cyber-fraud firm is charged with fraud.