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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  • 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.

  • 098: A Facebook omnishambles

    October 4th, 2018  |  51 mins 28 secs
    2fa, conference, conservative, facebook, hack, star trek, the one show, vulnerability

    Millions of Facebook user accounts put at risk after hack! The UK Conservative party's conference app causes a privacy omnishambles! And Facebook (again) has been doing something naughty with the phone numbers you give it for security reasons! Oh, and Maria gets very excited about something to do with Star Trek.

  • 097: Dash cam surveillance, robocall plague, and Zoho woe

    September 27th, 2018  |  44 mins 14 secs
    dash cam, domain, iot, phishing, privacy, robocall, vulnerability, zoho

    Why was Zoho's website taken offline by its own domain registrar? How are dash cams making you less secure? And why are robocalls on the rise in the United States?

  • 096: Bribing Amazon staff, and blinking deepfakes

    September 20th, 2018  |  33 mins 50 secs
    amazon, bitcoin, data breach, deepfakes, john mcafee

    Amazon staff are being bribed to delete negative reviews and leak data, deepfakes are getting more dangerous, an update on John McAfee's bitcoin bet, and our guest gets a shock...

  • 095: British Airways hack, Mac apps steal browser history, and one person has 285,000 texts leaked

    September 13th, 2018  |  42 mins 21 secs
    apple, british airways, browser, hacking, mac app store, malware, paul manafort, privacy, trend micro

    Malicious script is being blamed for the British Airways hack, Trend Micro's apps are booted out of the Mac App Store for snaffling private data, and Paul Manafort's daughter wants Twitter to remove a link.

  • 094: Rogue browser extensions, Twitter presence, and how to cheat in exams

    September 6th, 2018  |  52 mins
    browser, cheating, chrome, examinations, extension, google, mega, privacy, proctoru, twitter

    What's the danger when browser extensions go bad? Is Twitter sharing your online status a boon for stalkers? And which of the show's hosts is going to admit to cheating in their exams?

  • 093: Abandoned domains and dating app dangers

    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?