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 Jamie Bartlett.

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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Episodes

  • 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.

  • 070: Facebook and Cambridge Diabolica

    March 22nd, 2018  |  40 mins 38 secs
    cambridge analytica, donald trump, driverless cars, facebook, sextortion, uber

    It’s not fair to describe what happened at Facebook and Cambridge Analytica as a data breach - it’s much worse than that. An autonomous Uber vehicle kills a pedestrian. And sextortion continues to be a serious problem.

  • 069: Cryptomining, China, and Bob Ross

    March 15th, 2018  |  42 mins 11 secs
    airgap, app store, apple, bob ross, china, cryptomining, mac, mosquito, rubik's cube

    How come Apple's Mac App Store authorised a buggy app that mined for cryptocurrency in the background? How can a Mosquito attack steal data from an air-gapped computer? And is China keeping score on its social media-loving citizens?

  • 068: Malware from outer space!

    March 8th, 2018  |  44 mins 57 secs
    aliens, car rental, cycling, eti, extra terrestrial, infocom, interactive fiction, malware, moviepass, privacy, text adventure, wethepeople

    If aliens did contact us would it be safe to open the email? Why would MoviePass track film lovers after they leave the cinema? Would you know how to get around Malaysia when your car rental website lets you down? And will Graham please stop talking about text adventure games?

  • 067: Cyber stalking and gun control

    March 1st, 2018  |  35 mins 39 secs
    browsers, gun control, incognito mode, privacy, private browsing, spyware, stalking, veil

    Incognito mode on your browser not as private as you think, consumer spyware companies get hacked, Graham is accused of "multitasking" in his hotel room, and Carole champions the students of Parkland, Florida.

  • 066: Passwords, pirates, and postcards

    February 22nd, 2018  |  39 mins 31 secs
    credit card, facebook, flight simulator, idn, malware, password, phishing, punycode, russia, vulnerability

    Flight simulators packed with password-grabbing malware, Facebook fighting Russian trolls, and how vulnerability researchers fear being sued.

  • 065: Cryptominomania, Poppy, and your Amazon Alexa

    February 15th, 2018  |  49 mins 42 secs
    amazon, amazon echo, cryptomining, furbies, poppy, youtube for kids

    Cryptomining goes nuclear, YouTube for Kids gets scary, and TV ads have been given the green light to mess with your Amazon Alexa.

  • 064: So just a "teeny tiny" security issue then?

    February 8th, 2018  |  43 mins 56 secs
    crepes, go, humane tech, namecheap, password, subdomain, vulnerability

    A Namecheap vulnerability allows strangers to make subdomains for your website, Troy Hunt examines password length, and ex-Google and Facebook employees are fighting to protect kids from social media addiction.

  • 063: Carole's back!

    February 1st, 2018  |  45 mins 26 secs
    bob dylan, deepfakes, dexter the peacock, fitness trackers, ransomware, strava, the other favorites, tor

    Fitness trackers breaching your privacy, how anyone can create convincing celebrity porn, how ransomware authors are getting ripped off by scammers, and much much more!

  • 062: Tinder spying, Amazon shoplifting, and petrol pump malware

    January 25th, 2018  |  44 mins 10 secs
    amazon, blake's seven, carrot weather, cuba, encryption, https, malware, tinder, wi-fi

    Your Tinder swipes can be spied upon, Amazon is opening high street stores that don't require any staff, and Russian fuel pumps are being infected with malware in an elaborate scheme to make large amounts of money.

  • 061: Fallout over Hawaii missile false alarm

    January 18th, 2018  |  50 mins 28 secs
    android, cryptocurrency, false alarm, google play, hawaii, malware, missile, nuclear, phishing, usb stick

    User interfaces and poor procedures lead to pandemonium in Hawaii, hackers are attempting to trick victims into opening cryptocurrency-related email attachments, and yet more pox-ridden apps are found in Android's Google Play store.

  • 060: Meltdown, Spectre, and personal devices in the White House

    January 11th, 2018  |  40 mins 16 secs
    biochip, biohacking, bitcoin, casefile, donald trump, fire and fury, meltdown, pomodoro, portal knights, ripple, spectre

    The chips are down, as tech companies struggle to protect against the Meltdown and Spectre flaws. The White House is getting tough on leakers by banning personal devices from the West Wing. And someone has been embedding a Bitcoin wallet into their hand...

  • 059: An intro to Bitcoin and Blockchain

    January 4th, 2018  |  26 mins 28 secs
    bitcoin, blockchain, cryptocurrency, wallet

    What's all the fuss about cryptocurrencies? How can you protect your Bitcoin wallet? And how does the Blockchain work?

  • 058: Face ID, Firefox, and Windows SNAFUs, plus Bitcoin FOMO

    December 21st, 2017  |  42 mins 46 secs
    apple, bitcoin, face id, facial recognition, firefox, keeper, microsoft, mr robot, windows

    Is Face ID racist? Has Mr Robot infected your Firefox browser? Has Microsoft pushed a buggy password manager onto your Windows PC?