Introducing Motherlode, a Ranieri & Co. production. The gripping story about the birth of computer hacking from an unlikely centre - Melbourne Australia. It was here teenage boys, and they were mostly boys, hacked into some of the biggest organisations in the world.
It’s also where a young hacker, Julian Assange, cut his teeth on computers and went on to develop Wikileaks, the most disruptive website the world has seen. But Wikileaks didn’t just spring up out of nowhere. It was 20 years in the making. Motherlode reveals the technological and political motivations behind it.
Episode 7 - Intelligence Agency of the People
Wikileaks was at least 20 years in the making. Described as a “radical form of muck-raking”, it was a unique convergence of technology, a new brand of politics and university maths puzzles.
Episode 6 - Cypherpunks
A new brand of politics was taking hold online. Left leaning liberals and free market libertarians combined to create something new.
Episode 5 - International Subversives
The next hacker group to hit the scene, International Subversives went further, hacked more and were unashamedly political.
Episode 4 - The Party's Over
It took a while for the Australian Federal Police to take hacking seriously, but when they finally did, the party was over.
Episode 3 - Flag Planting Happiness
Melbourne hackers were getting a reputation around the world, and none more so than the group known as The Realm.
Episode 2 - You’ve Been Wanked
The beginning of Hacktivism: the Wank Worm infects thousands of computers around the world.
If I had…
…a top 125 things a traveller should know about Melbourne list. This would be number 9. Right up there. A great podcast about the early hacking scene in Melbourne/the world. The initial content and content flow borrow a lot from the film “In the realm of hacking”, 2003. If you have scene that then the first bunch of episodes are a bit of a rerun of story. For first timers well worth it. Also, they are the only studio that doesn’t say “now to a break” or have a musical segway. A bit cheeky and I’d suggest they change that for it blends too easily to the content itself. Will be interested to hear and update for when Assange freely makes his way home to Australia with the help from our Government.
Fascinating and very well structured series
Highly recommended. I love a good podcast about hacking. But I was pleasantly surprised to see how the series evolves and sheds light on recent events. If you like Darknet Diaries you will like this.
Understanding recent history explains current events on critical issues of data, privacy, and governance. Compulsory listening.