8 episodes

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.

Motherlode Ranieri & Co.

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.8 • 84 Ratings

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

    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.

    • 54 min
    Episode 6 - Cypherpunks

    Episode 6 - Cypherpunks

    A new brand of politics was taking hold online. Left leaning liberals and free market libertarians combined to create something new.

    • 46 min
    Episode 5 - International Subversives

    Episode 5 - International Subversives

    The next hacker group to hit the scene, International Subversives went further, hacked more and were unashamedly political.

    • 42 min
    Episode 4 - The Party's Over

    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.

    • 35 min
    Episode 3 - Flag Planting Happiness

    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.

    • 48 min
    Episode 2 - You’ve Been Wanked

    Episode 2 - You’ve Been Wanked

    The beginning of Hacktivism: the W**k Worm infects thousands of computers around the world.

    • 39 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
84 Ratings

84 Ratings

Oxford1779 ,

Fascinating

Understanding recent history explains current events on critical issues of data, privacy, and governance. Compulsory listening.

CathGG1 ,

Loved It!

Was a great listen, just loved hearing about the early days of hacking, good background if you are interested at all in what is happening to Julian Assange.

TorsWattoe ,

Blew my mind

Great podcast.

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