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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  • 086: Elon Musk submarine scams and 2FA bypass

    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!

  • 085: Doctor Who, Facebook patents, and Bob's Burgers

    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.

  • 084: No! My voice is not my password

    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?

  • 083: Fake email derails clarinetist's dream

    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!?

  • 082: World Cup cybersecurity, crypto crashes, and a bang of a password fail

    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.

  • 081: Hacker no-hopers, Wessex Water has a word, and we win an award

    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!

  • 080: Country bans Facebook, eavesdropping Alexa, and PornHub VPN

    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.

  • 079: Mugshots, mobile mania, and back end gurus

    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?

  • 078: Hounds hunt hackers, too-human Google AI, and ethnic recognition tech - WTF?

    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?

  • 077: Why Paris Hilton doesn’t use iCloud, lottery hacking, and Facebook dating

    May 9th, 2018  |  39 mins 54 secs
    dating, facebook, hacking, icloud, kingdom rush, lottery, paris hilton

    Paris Hilton's hacker gets 57 months in the clink, we hear the story of the man who hacked the lottery and almost got away with $16.5 million, and Facebook thinks it is the perfect partner to find you a date.

  • 076: Spying phones, hacked ski lifts, and World Password Day

    May 3rd, 2018  |  44 mins
    abba, android, blu, chess, hacking, mobile, password, ski lift, smartphone, sound effects, vulnerability

    Cheap Android smartphones sold on Amazon have been sending customers' full text messages to a Chinese server, ski lifts are found to be the latest devices left open to abuse by hackers, and we remind you why password managers are a good idea on World Password Day. Oh, and our guest serenades us with a hit from the 1980s!

  • 075: Quitting Facebook

    April 26th, 2018  |  28 mins 8 secs
    facebook, privacy

    Should you quit Facebook? How do you delete your Facebook account? What do you need to consider before leaving Facebook for good? And what's the easiest way to successfully go cold turkey on Facebook?

  • 074: Smashing Security isn't bullsh*t

    April 19th, 2018  |  48 mins 42 secs
    action fraud, facebook, fraud, santa clarita diet, scam, social media, wpp

    Crime forums on Facebook, fraudsters pose as anti-fraud hotlines, and how big advertising companies are in bed with the rampant data collection of internet giants.

  • 073: Rick Astley: Never gonna hack you up...

    April 12th, 2018  |  39 mins 13 secs
    bertram fiddle, hacking, harriet harman, kemi badenoch, passwords, politicians, sirens, t-mobile, vulnerability

    Politician admits to hacking a rival's website, T-Mobile Austria ends up in a Twitter security storm, and siren systems are hit by a Rick Astley attack over the airwaves.

  • 072: Why are firms so cr*p with our private data?

    April 5th, 2018  |  33 mins 41 secs
    april fool, data breach, grindr, myfitnesspal, panera bread, privacy, vikings, vulnerability

    Grindr, MyFitnessPal, and Panera Bread. They've all had data breach scares of varying degrees this week. Some handled the security breaches well, some didn't. We took a look at how well different firms are respecting your data privacy.

  • 071: Pony-tailed pundit ponders privacy problems

    March 29th, 2018  |  41 mins 36 secs
    adventure games, cryptocurrency, cryptomining, facebook, internet archive, privacy, video games, vpn

    Endangering your friends online, the fibs told by VPN vendors, developments from the world of cryptomining, and Carole shares an animated GIF with Mikko and Graham.