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...
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August 30th, 2018 | 37 mins 18 secs
bomb chicken, data breach, dating, domains, email, gibbons, godless spellchecker, privacy
How do fraudsters exploit abandoned domains to steal your company's secrets? How can you better protect your privacy when looking for love online? And who has the longest arms in the animal kingdom?
August 23rd, 2018 | 51 mins 54 secs
apple, bmw, cars, copyright, land rover, porn
Is your used car still connected to its old owner? Just how did Apple manage to identify the teenager hacker who stole 90GB of the firm's files? And why on earth would a firm of lawyers start producing pornographic videos? You'll be surprised by the answers!
August 16th, 2018 | 48 mins 14 secs
alex jones, chess, def con, infowars, las vegas, octopath traveler, privacy, sextortion, twitter
Just how did sextortionists get (some) of the digits in your phone number? Why are some hackers saying they won't be going to DEF CON in Las Vegas anymore? And should Alex Jones from InfoWars be banned from Twitter?
August 9th, 2018 | 36 mins 47 secs
android, ddos, fcc, fortnite, google play, overcooked, verizon, vpn
Fortnite players are told they'll have to disable a security setting on Android, the FCC finally admits that it wasn't hit by a DDoS attack, and Verizon's VPN smallprint raises privacy concerns.
August 2nd, 2018 | 44 mins 31 secs
bitcoin, cosco, cryptocurrency, data breach, dixons, legion, port out, ransomware, sim swap, slow burn
Ransomware rears its head again, Dixons Carphone reveals its data breach was almost 1000% worse than they previously thought, a man is accused of stealing five million dollars worth of cryptocurrency through hijacking mobile phones, and a Canadian guy called Norman is rushing to get the typewriters out of storage.
July 26th, 2018 | 42 mins 55 secs
drugs, google, google chrome, http, https, venmo
Websites still using HTTP are marked as "not secure" by Chrome, 85,000 Google employees haven't been phished for a year, and if you're buying drugs via PayPal’s Venmo app you should say goodbye to privacy.
July 19th, 2018 | 44 mins 32 secs
amazon, donald trump, elon musk, facial recognition, google, hacking, ice, jeff bezos, privacy, russia, surveillance, vladimir putin, walmart
Regardless of whether Donald Trump believes Russia hacked the Democrats in the run-up to the US Presidential election or not, we explain how they did it. And Carole explores some of the creepier things being done in the name of surveillance.
July 12th, 2018 | 39 mins 5 secs
caves, data breach, elon musk, justified, rescue, thailand, timehop, what3words, youtube
Crypto scamming Thai cave scoundrels! $25 million to make anti-fake news videos! TimeHop data breach! Phone number port out scams!
July 5th, 2018 | 37 mins 10 secs
bob's burgers, data leak, dating, doctor who, facebook, jodie whittaker, privacy
Doctor Who's TARDIS has sprung a data leak, Facebook's creepy patents are unmasked, and an app to keep women safe on dates has surprising origins.
June 28th, 2018 | 33 mins 54 secs
biometrics, domestic abuse, hmrc, iot, privacy, smartphone, spying, voice prints
Who's been collecting the voice prints of millions of people saying "My voice is my password"? Why has it become tougher for law enforcement to scoop up cellphone data? And who's been turning up your central heating?
June 21st, 2018 | 27 mins 32 secs
chromecast, clarinet, email, google, google home, password, privacy, this american life, vulnerability
Hell hath no fury like a jealous clarinetist's girlfriend! Your Google ChromeCast could be letting stalkers find out where you live! And why on earth is Graham recommending people write their passwords down in a book!?
June 14th, 2018 | 39 mins
bitcoin, coinrail, cryptocurrency, football, gun control, hiking, password, russia, tapas, tv5 monde, vpnfilter, world cup
Coinrail cryptocurrency exchange goes offline after hack, Russia appears to be 'live testing' cyber attacks, and Florida stopped running background checks on gun buyers because of forgotten password.
June 7th, 2018 | 25 mins 32 secs
awards, botnet, evil genius, internet of things, owari, simplenote, standard notes, wessex water
The mastermind behind the Owari botnet doesn't seem to have learnt anything from his victims, someone at Wessex Water forgets to remove an embarrassing sentence from a letter sent to customers, and we're officially the best security podcast!
May 31st, 2018 | 34 mins 25 secs
alexa, amazon, brave, facebook, papua new guinea, pornhub, privacy, vpn
Papua New Guinea is planning a month-long nationwide ban of Facebook, PornHub wants to keep your online activities more private, and Amazon Alexa forwards a married couple's private conversation to a random contact.
May 24th, 2018 | 51 mins 13 secs
a very english scandal, ben whishaw, donald trump, encryption, fbi, hugh grant, jeremy thorpe, moment, mugshots, paddington 2, percentages, sharenting
A website which demands money if you want your police mugshot removed, could "sharenting" lead to a rise in fraud and identity theft, and how could the FBI have overcounted encrypted phones so badly?
May 17th, 2018 | 43 mins 51 secs
dog, facial recognition, google assistant, google duplex, hacking, phishing, signal
Dogs are trained to sniff out hackers' hard drives, facial recognition takes an ugly turn, and do you trust Google to book your hair appointment?