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Hacking. Hackers. Disinformation campaigns. Encryption. The Cyber. This stuff gets complicated really fast, but Motherboard spends its time embedded in the infosec world so you don't have to. Host Matthew Gault talks every week to Motherboard reporters about the stories they're breaking and to the industry's most famous hackers and researchers about the biggest news in cybersecurity.
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    • 4.1 • 55 Ratings

Hacking. Hackers. Disinformation campaigns. Encryption. The Cyber. This stuff gets complicated really fast, but Motherboard spends its time embedded in the infosec world so you don't have to. Host Matthew Gault talks every week to Motherboard reporters about the stories they're breaking and to the industry's most famous hackers and researchers about the biggest news in cybersecurity.
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    What Was Havana Syndrome, the Mystery Illness that Hit American Spies?

    What Was Havana Syndrome, the Mystery Illness that Hit American Spies?

    In 2016, Americans working in Cuba began to experience something strange. Something that is, to this day, unexplained. They felt a pressure in the brain, a ringing in their ear, and in the aftermath … a distressing sense of fatigue. This is Havana Syndrome, a mysterious ailment that felled spies and diplomats.
    It remains a mystery to this day, one U.S. government officials have a hard time talking about let alone understanding. Sometimes it sounds like a frightening new weapon, other times like a classic moral panic. But what was it really? Will we ever know?
    This is all the subject of a new podcast from VICE World News called Havana Syndrome. Over the course of the show’s nine episodes it unpacks not just the mysterious syndrome, but a history of spy and counterspy, the CIA, and America’s complicated relationship with Cuba.
    With me here today to talk about it all is series producer Jesse Alejandro Cottrell.
    Go here to check out ‘Havana Syndrome’ from VICE World News.
    We’re recording CYBER live on Twitch and YouTube. Watch live during the week. Follow us there to get alerts when we go live. We take questions from the audience and yours might just end up on the show.
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    • 49 min
    The Nextdoor Poster to Political Activist Pipeline

    The Nextdoor Poster to Political Activist Pipeline

    We've all heard about how Facebook is destroying democracy. How Twitter enables the loudest, dumbest voices to have the most influence. How Instagram has ruined an entire generation's self esteem. But what if there is a social media network even more important than those?
    Every day, people are gathering online in this space to organize powerful political movements. They’re sharing details of what’s going on, locally, getting organized, and fighting each other in an online cage match of American politics.
    It’s time to talk about Nextdoor.
    On today’s episode of Cyber, Motherboard Senior Writer Aaron Gordon comes on to talk about the wild world of Nextdoor.
    Stories discussed in this episode:
    How Nextdoor Put Neighbors In a Housing Policy 'Cage Match'
    We’re recording CYBER live on Twitch and YouTube. Watch live during the week. Follow us there to get alerts when we go live. We take questions from the audience and yours might just end up on the show.
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    • 59 min
    Replika, the AI Chatbot Users Say Is Sexually Harassing Them

    Replika, the AI Chatbot Users Say Is Sexually Harassing Them

    Replika is a chatbot that you can find on the App Store. It bills itself as a companion that can, if you pay, become something more. The ads on the internet offer a repertoire of sexually suggestive services including kinky roleplay and on-demand sexy photographs.
    But what if you just want to talk? People in the Replika community are complaining that the chatbot has taken a turn recently, making unwanted comments and sending unsolicited lewds. Some users think it’s all about money.
    On this episode of Cyber, Motherboard Senior Editor Samantha Cole stops by to help us unravel the mystery of the AI that got too horny.
    Stories discussed in this episode:
    ‘My AI Is Sexually Harassing Me’: Replika Users Say the Chatbot Has Gotten Way Too Horny
    We’re recording CYBER live on Twitch and YouTube. Watch live during the week. Follow us there to get alerts when we go live. We take questions from the audience and yours might just end up on the show.
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    • 43 min
    The Government Isn’t Coming for Your Gas Stoves

    The Government Isn’t Coming for Your Gas Stoves

    Recent remarks from Richard Trumka Jr., one of the three commissioners with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), sparked outrage in some circles. As it turns out, gas stoves aren’t great for you, and the CPSC has considered regulating them. Pretty soon politicians were sharing images of gas ranges above the words “Come and Take It.”
    Why does it feel lately like the only war America is any good at fighting is the culture war? What is the actual science behind gas stoves? And why, while we’re asking national questions, does C-SPAN look so good lately?
    On this episode of Cyber, Motherboard Senior Writer Aaron Gordon stops by to explain it all.
    Stories discussed in this episode:
    Here Come the Gas Stove Culture Wars
    Why C-SPAN’s Camera Work Is Suddenly So Interesting
    C-SPAN Is Once Again Asking the House to Relax Filming Rules So It Can Document Its Dysfunction
    We’re recording CYBER live on Twitch and YouTube. Watch live during the week. Follow us there to get alerts when we go live. We take questions from the audience and yours might just end up on the show.
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    • 40 min
    Hacking Digital License Plates

    Hacking Digital License Plates

    Encrypted app for criminals Cipher is rebranding to go above-board, California has got new digital license plates with strange security implications, a researcher made deepfaked demands for a refund to Wells Fargo, and the American military is trying to ply Gen Z gamers with sweet sweet streams.
    On today’s Cyber, we’re playing catch up with Motherboard reporter Joseph Cox.
    Stories discussed in this episode:
    Researchers Could Track the GPS Location of All of California’s New Digital License Plates
    Ciphr, Encrypted App That Served Organized Crime, Rebrands as Enterprise Software
    Researcher Deepfakes His Voice, Uses AI to Demand Refund From Wells Fargo
    U.S. Army Planned to Pay Streamers Millions to Reach Gen-Z Through Call of Duty
    We’re recording CYBER live on Twitch and YouTube. Watch live during the week. Follow us there to get alerts when we go live. We take questions from the audience and yours might just end up on the show.
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    • 35 min
    The Trans Dataset Built Without Permission and Stored Improperly

    The Trans Dataset Built Without Permission and Stored Improperly

    Facial recognition technology is here. Whether we like it or not, cameras all across the world are scanning faces and building databases. 
    There’s a popular misconception that technology is objective and unbiased. But that’s not true. All systems carry the biases of the people who created them, and nowhere is that more evident than in facial recognition systems.
    Today’s show is about how those biases come to bear, and the dangers of running recklessly forward without considering the consequences. All the way back in 2013, the University of North Carolina, Wilmington published a dataset meant for facial recognition systems. It contained more than 1 million images of trans people, pulled from YouTube, showing them at various stages of their transition.
    This was done without the permission of the original posters. Why? Because terrorists might take hormones to alter their face and beat border control systems.
    It gets weirder from there.
    Here to help us tell the story is Os Keyes. Keyes is a researcher and PhD candidate at the University of Washington’s Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering. They’re also the co-author of Feeling fixes: Mess and emotion in algorithmic audits, which is a scientific audit of the dataset we’re going to be talking about today.
    Stories discussed in this episode:
    Facial Recognition Researcher Left a Trans Database Exposed for Years After Using Images Without Permission
    We’re recording CYBER live on Twitch and YouTube. Watch live during the week. Follow us there to get alerts when we go live. We take questions from the audience and yours might just end up on the show.
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    • 40 min

Customer Reviews

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55 Ratings

suspendedmagic ,

Loving this podcast

Keep going!

SubAtomicStrange ,

Was the best podcast on here.

This pod cast has gone downhill big time, don’t know what happened but I used to wait every week to listen to this podcast, now it is my last resort for something to listen to. What happened to Ben? I was under the impression he was just going on a break but looks like he is not returning :( shame.

IRGZ ,

Slow, boring…

This podcast has achieved something really difficult…making an exciting topic, that I’m passionate about, boring!

Slow, boring,… one of the hosts talks like he has lost the will to live…

Guests are not better either… every second word is “umm”or “it’s like”… hard to listen too.

I had good hopes for the show. Disappointing.

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