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" in 2018 and 2019, and the "Most Entertaining" in 2022, Smashing Security has had over eight 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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  • 254: A dead hamster, a brass pen, and The Beatles

    December 2nd, 2021  |  37 mins 53 secs
    charity, cryptocurrency, get back, hamster, mr goxx, peter jackson, quadriga, the beatles

    Cryptocurrency traders suffer a hamster-related loss, beware of charity scammers this holiday season, and do you have the patience to sit through Peter Jackson's eight-hour Beatles documentary?

  • 253: Cybercrime unicorns, HVAC hacks, and NFT piracy - with Mikko Hyppönen

    November 25th, 2021  |  48 mins 5 secs
    cybercrime, hacking, hvac, nft, password, piracy, vulnerability, wireless

    Heating systems are left vulnerable to attack in the high courts, cybercrime unicorns have become a reality (but what are they?), over 15 Terabytes of NFTs are made available for anyone to download ... and Carole reveals her Pick of the Year.

  • 252: Hotel hacks, workplace spies, and the FBI

    November 18th, 2021  |  1 hr 1 min, data breach, email, fbi, hotel, middle east, privacy, spyware, surveillance, vinny troia, vulnerability got hacked five years ago, and didn't tell its customers... but now we know who might have been behind it. Bossware rears its ugly head again in the workplace, spying on employees. And did you receive a warning email from the FBI?

  • 251: PrawnHub, Tesla recall, and IoT luggage

    November 11th, 2021  |  41 mins 59 secs
    angling, dns, iot, pornhub, privacy, tesla, twitter, vulnerabilities

    Fishing fanatics find themselves in deep water, Teslas go haywire after an update, and is there actually some good news about IoT?

  • 250: Yes, you heard that correctly. Two hundred and fifty

    November 4th, 2021  |  1 hr 1 min
    2fa, cryptocurrency, job hunting, paypal, sms, social engineering, squid game

    A game about Squid Game pulls the rug from under cryptocurrency investors in what appears to be a scam, PayPal hackers use a devious trick to break into 2FA-protected accounts, and have you received a job offer that's too good to be true?

  • 249: Devious licks, Netflix, and sensitive hackers

    October 28th, 2021  |  47 mins 6 secs
    big data, conti, darkmatter, netflix, ransomware, tiktok

    Ransomware attackers have got hurt feelings, what does Netflix know about you, and why are schoolkids stealing lavatory seats?

  • 248: Press F12 to hack

    October 21st, 2021  |  45 mins 31 secs
    amazon, data breach, facial recognition, missouri, responsible disclosure, ring, vulnerability

    A journalist is threatened with prosecution after choosing to "View Source" on a public webpage, Amazon Ring owners might be in line for a hefty fine if their neighbours complain, and is the school lunch queue a good place for facial recognition?

  • 247: Rickrolling submarine secrets

    October 14th, 2021  |  49 mins 49 secs
    data leak, espionage, facebook, instagram, nick clegg, rick astley, submarine, us navy

    A married couple are accused of selling nuclear sub secrets, Facebook continues to make young lives a misery, and a school hacker lets loose one heck of a prank.

  • 246: Facebook has fallen

    October 7th, 2021  |  1 hr 5 mins
    facebook, hospital, instagram, malware, ransomware, ryuk, whatsapp

    Facebook suffers a massive (and very public) failure, Britain announces plans for counter-attacking nation states in cyberspace, and there's a tragic story related to ransomware.

  • 245: The Julian Assange assassination plot, and IoT toilets

    September 30th, 2021  |  36 mins 42 secs
    cia, ecuador, iot, julian assange, russia, toilet, wikileaks

    While Julian Assange was killing time in the Ecuador's embassy in London, the CIA were trying to dream up ways to kill him, and urine trouble if you put your trust in an IoT lavatory.

  • 244: Facebook Ray-Bans, VPN spies, and AI camouflage

    September 23rd, 2021  |  51 mins 22 secs
    darkmatter, espionage, expressvpn, facebook, facial recognition, google glass, iphone, ray-ban, spyware, vpn

    How much do you trust the people who work at your VPN provider? How are folks fighting facial recognition? And what on earth is Ray-Ban thinking getting into bed with Facebook?

  • 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?