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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  • 114: Darknet Diaries, death, and beauty apps

    February 7th, 2019  |  50 mins 27 secs
    android, cryptocurrency, darknet diaries, digital legacy, hacker giraffe, malware, pewdiepie

    Jack Rhysider from the "Darknet Diaries" podcast joins us to chat about his interview with the elusive Hacker Giraffe, how a death is preventing cryptocurrency investors from reaching their money, and how 'beauty camera' apps are redirecting users to phishing websites and stealing their selfies.

  • 113: FaceTime, Facebook, faceplant

    January 31st, 2019  |  45 mins 50 secs
    apple, facebook, facetime, iot, iphone, japan, privacy, vulnerability

    A FaceTime bug allows callers to see and hear you before you answer the phone, Facebook's Nick Clegg tries to convince us the social network is changing its ways, and IoT hacking is big in Japan.

  • 112: Payroll scams, gold coin heists, web giants spanked

    January 24th, 2019  |  43 mins 7 secs
    boars, business email compromise, coin, facebook, gdpr, google, payroll, privacy, the office quest

    Business email compromise evolves to target your company's payroll, how the world's largest gold coin was stolen from a Berlin museum, and are internet giants feeling the heat yet over data security?

  • 111: When rivals hack, and "extreme" baby monitors

    January 17th, 2019  |  40 mins 56 secs
    baby monitor, botnet, ddos, government, iot, liberia, mirai, ssl, tls, toto, vulnerability

    Why a business spat resulted in Liberia falling off the internet, how the US Government shutdown is impacting website security, and the perplexing world of extreme IoT devices.

  • 110: What? You can get paid to leave Facebook?

    January 10th, 2019  |  51 mins 8 secs
    bear brook, bug bounty, exploit, facebook, hacking, louis theroux, marie kondo, twitter, vulnerability, zerodium

    Twitter and the not-so-ethical hacking of celebrity accounts, study discovers how you can pay someone to quit Facebook for a year, and the millions of dollars you can make from uncovering software vulnerabilities.

  • 109: Grinches target Amazon and Reddit, stealing Christmas from the poor

    December 20th, 2018  |  46 mins 58 secs
    amazon, bigfoot, christmas, google, grinch, hacking, paul mccartney, pewdiepie, printer, reddit, ringo starr, t-series, womble, youtube

    Join us for our special Christmas episode as we tell tales of printer hacking, website defacement, Grinches, and how Google is snooping on your private YouTube videos.

  • 108: Hoaxes, Huawei and chatbots - with Mikko Hyppönen

    December 13th, 2018  |  48 mins 42 secs
    bomb hoax, chatbot, ddos, doom, george duke-cohan, hoax, huawei, making a murderer

    The curious case of George Duke-Cohan, Huawei's CFO finds herself in hot water, and the crazy world of mobile phone mental health apps.

  • 107: Sextorting the US army, and a Touch ID scam

    December 6th, 2018  |  44 mins 16 secs
    app store, apple, bertram fiddle, data breach, ios, marriott, mastercard, microsoft, passport, password, sextortion, touch id

    Fitness apps exploit TouchID through a sneaky user interface trick, tech giants claim to have a plan to banish passwords, and you won't believe who was behind a sextortion scam that targeted over 400 members of the US military.

  • 106: Google Maps, Fed phishing, and Grinch bots

    November 29th, 2018  |  1 hr 50 secs
    business email compromise, fbi, fedex, google maps, grinch bot, passwords, phishing, scam

    How are scammers stealing your money through Google Maps? Why did the FBI create a fake FedEx website? And how are US senators hoping to stop Grinch bots ruining Christmas?

  • 105: Facebook, Nietzsche, Tesla, and Nicole

    November 22nd, 2018  |  44 mins 17 secs
    email, facebook, nietzsche, privacy, tesla

    Tesla takes customer service a step too far, is it a romantic gesture or stalking when you email 246 women called Nicole, and Carole finds herself in a Facebook dilemma.

  • 104: The world's most evil phishing test, and cyborgs in the workplace

    November 15th, 2018  |  54 mins 47 secs
    business email compromise, cinema, cyborg, implant, nancy kerrigan, phishing, rfid, scam, tonya harding

    Does your employer want to turn you into a cyborg? Was this phishing test devised by an evil genius? And how did a cinema chain get scammed out of millions, time and time again...?

  • 103: An Instagram nightmare, crazy iPhone deaths, and election hack claims

    November 8th, 2018  |  52 mins 59 secs
    election, hacking, helium, instagram, iphone, kylie jenner, phishing

    One travel blogger finds you don't have to be Kylie Jenner to be targeted by an Instagram hacker. When 40 iPhones at a hospital mysteriously die, what could be the explanation? And, surprise surprise, political parties in the USA are throwing around hacking accusations.

  • 102: Ethical dilemmas, Girl Scouts, and porn-loving US officials

    November 1st, 2018  |  47 mins 42 secs
    cars, data breach, driverless cars, friends, girl guides, porn, trolley problem

    Who deserves to die in a driverless car crash? Who has been sniffing around the Girl Scouts' email account? And just how long would it take for a geologist to visit 9,000 adult web pages?

  • 101: Rule 34, Twitter scams, and Facebook fails

    October 25th, 2018  |  50 mins 32 secs
    bitcoin, cia, data breach, elon musk, facebook, privacy, scam, the good place, twitter

    A Facebook friend request leads to arrest, Twitter scams ride again via promoted ads, and adult websites expose their members. Oh, and Graham finds out what Rule 34 is.

  • 100: IoT failures, and Donald Trump dating disaster

    October 18th, 2018  |  52 mins 24 secs
    blue peter, data breach, dating, donald trump, iot, privacy, yale

    Yes, Smashing Security has reached its 100th episode! Despite our celebratory mood, we don't forget to take a look at the security stories of the last week - including an alarming IoT failure and a dating app disaster for Donald Trump devotees.

  • 099: Passwords - A Smashing Security splinter (replay)

    October 11th, 2018  |  16 mins 45 secs

    Passwords - everything you need to know about how to make them safer, and better secure your online accounts. In this replay of a special "splinter" episode Graham Cluley, Carole Theriault and Vanja Svajcer discuss the perennial problem of passwords and offer some advice and tips for computer users.