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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  • 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...

  • 158: The man behind The Missing Cryptoqueen

    December 12th, 2019  |  1 hr 12 mins
    alexa, amazon, dr ruja ignotova, dridex, evil corp, hacking, malware, nhs, onecoin, russia, the missing cryptoqueen

    We're joined by special guest Jamie Bartlett, of the chart-topping "The Missing Cryptoqueen" podcast, in this bumper episode where we discuss his investigation into the OneCoin cryptocurrency scam, the Russian cybercriminals behind Evil Corp, and the mysterious leaks about the NHS that have turned oh-so-political...

  • 157: A biometric knuckle duster

    December 5th, 2019  |  1 hr 5 mins
    biometrics, disney+, fingerprint, hacking, kaspersky, nordvpn, vpn

    What is Kaspersky's ugly ring for? Is there something suspicious about how NordVPN lets you stream Disney+? And why did a hacker impersonate a music producer?

    Plus we have a bonus feature interview with Rachael Stockton from Logmein, the folks behind LastPass, all about behavioral biometrics!

  • 156: Better safe than Sony

    November 27th, 2019  |  22 mins 31 secs
    data breach, hacking, north korea, sony, the interview

    In this clip from a special bonus episode produced for our Patreon supporters, Graham Cluley and Carole Theriault discuss the 2014 hack of Sony Pictures - reportedly carried out by North Korea for the very oddest of reasons...

  • 155: Juice jacking, YouTube hacking, password slacking

    November 21st, 2019  |  50 mins 38 secs
    aberfan, banking, dolly parton, juice jacking, malware, password, privacy, the crown, usb, youtube

    A bank has some of the worst password advice ever, travellers are told to be wary when USB charging their smartphones and laptops, and a gamer has his YouTube account hacked.

  • 154: A buttock of biometrics

    November 14th, 2019  |  50 mins 2 secs
    apple, credit card, ddos, fitness, google, health data, labour, monopoly

    The UK's Labour Party kicks off its election campaign with claims that it has suffered a sophisticated cyber-attack, Apple's credit card is accused of being sexist, and what is Google up to with Project Nightingale?

  • 153: Cybercrime doesn’t pay (but Uber does)

    November 7th, 2019  |  49 mins 50 secs
    blackmail, cctv, data breach, insider trading, iot, ransomware, uber, washington dc

    The cybercrime lovebirds who hijacked Washington DC's CCTV cameras in the run-up to Donald Trump's inauguration, the truffle-snuffling bankers at the centre of an insider-trading scandal, and the hackers that Uber paid hush money to hide a security breach.

  • 152: Cats, hoodies, and rent

    October 31st, 2019  |  54 mins 22 secs
    art, cats, dogs, edward snowden, hoodies, iot, pet feeders, rent, vulnerability

    What's the problem with IoT-enabled pet feeders? Can hacking ever be illustrated without a hoodie? And just how are landlords using smart home technology to snoop upon their residents?

  • 151: Frankly, sometimes paying the ransom is a good idea

    October 24th, 2019  |  55 mins 49 secs
    alexa, amazon, backups, baltimore, digital assistants, google, google home, passwords, phishing, privacy, ransomware, smart speakers

    Remember how the City of Baltimore was badly hit by ransomware earlier this year? Turns out that wasn't the end of their problems. Also, Carole takes a look at how smart speakers can be hacked to trick you into giving criminals your passwords or even credit card details. And we discuss the findings of the LastPass global password security report.

  • 150: Liverpool WAGs, Facebook politics, and a selfie stalker

    October 17th, 2019  |  51 mins 22 secs
    elizabeth warren, facebook, football, instagram, liverpool, privacy, selfie, stalker

    Footballers' wives go to war over Instagram leaks, it turns out fake news is fine on Facebook (just so long as it's in a political ad), and things take a horrific turn in Japan, as a stalker uses a scary technique to find out where his pop idol lives.

  • 149: Falling in love with fraudsters

    October 10th, 2019  |  46 mins 24 secs
    dating, gps, hacking, insider threat, mafia, tracking, yahoo

    We take a trip to Staten Island, New York, to hear how a case of cyberstalking resulted in the arrest of 20 alleged mobsters, learn about the nude photo-loving insider threat at Yahoo, and discover how fraudsters might be boosting's profits.

  • 148: Billboard boobs, face forensics, and Alexa gets way too personal

    October 3rd, 2019  |  50 mins 24 secs
    alexa, amazon, billboard, deepfake, hacking, porn, privacy

    Drivers are distracted by a hacked billboard, Maria takes a deeper look at how the deepfake problem has... uh... deepened, and Carole is less than happy about Amazon's announcement about new Alexa integrations.

  • 147: Don't Snapchat and drive

    September 26th, 2019  |  49 mins 59 secs
    data breach, driving, milton keynes, mobile, privacy, recruitment, skills gap

    How is private medical data leaking onto the streets of Milton Keynes, what is widening the cybersecurity skills gap, and how is Australia controversially tackling the problem of drivers using their mobile phones?

  • 146: Password secrets and baking brownies

    September 19th, 2019  |  38 mins 56 secs

    In the latest edition of the "Smashing Security" podcast, hosted by computer security veterans Graham Cluley and Carole Theriault, Carole has suffered an injury, we journey back in time to one of our earliest episodes to discuss the perils of passwords, and Rachael Stockton from LastPass drops by for a chat.

  • 145: Apple and Google willy wave while home assistants spy - DoH!

    September 12th, 2019  |  44 mins 21 secs
    alexa, android, apple, dns, doh, google, home assistant, https, ios, malware, nintendo wii, siri

    Apple is furious with Google over iPhone hacking attacks against Uyghur Muslims in China, DNS-over-HTTPS is good for privacy but makes ISPs angry, and concern over digital assistants listening to our private moments continues to rise.

  • 144: Google helps the FBI, Twitter Jack’s hijack, and car data woes

    September 5th, 2019  |  51 mins 34 secs
    android, car, doctor who, fbi, google, jack dorsey, location services, privacy, terrance dicks, twitter

    Should Google really be helping the FBI with a bank robbery? What's the story behind the Twitter CEO claiming there's a bomb in their offices? And how much does your car really know about you?

    And we mourn the loss of Doctor Who legend Terrance Dicks...