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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" in 2018 and 2019, and the "Most Entertaining" in 2022, Smashing Security has had over eight million downloads. Past guests include Garry Kasparov, Mikko Hyppönen, and Rory Cellan-Jones.
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).

Smashing Security Graham Cluley, Carole Theriault

    • Technology
    • 4.7 • 50 Ratings

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" in 2018 and 2019, and the "Most Entertaining" in 2022, Smashing Security has had over eight million downloads. Past guests include Garry Kasparov, Mikko Hyppönen, and Rory Cellan-Jones.
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).

    286: Hackers doxxed, Pornhub probs, and Co-op security measures

    286: Hackers doxxed, Pornhub probs, and Co-op security measures

    Pornhub has a problem, the UK's Co-op supermarket is accused of big brother tactics, and we take a look at a security researcher's attempt to reveal the true identify of hackers.


    All this and much much more is discussed in the latest edition of the "Smashing Security" podcast by computer security veterans Graham Cluley and Carole Theriault, joined this week by Maria Varmazis.


    Visit https://www.smashingsecurity.com/286 to check out this episode’s show notes and episode links.


    Follow the show on Twitter at @SmashinSecurity, or on the Smashing Security subreddit, or visit our website for more episodes.


    Remember: Follow us on Apple Podcasts, or your favourite podcast app, to catch all of the episodes as they go live. Thanks for listening!


    Warning: This podcast may contain nuts, adult themes, and rude language.


    Theme tune: "Vinyl Memories" by Mikael Manvelyan.
    Assorted sound effects: AudioBlocks.
    Special Guest: Maria Varmazis.
    Sponsored By:
    Gigamon: Gigamon's latest report into the state of ransomware reveals how insider threats are evolving, what impact cyber insurance and the ‘blame culture’ are having on the cybersecurity industry, and why deep observability is the new frontier for tackling the ransomware crisis.

    Download it at gigamon.com/smashingBitwarden: A password manager is an important tool for generating and saving secure credentials for every online account. Bitwarden makes it easy to stay secure and for businesses to share logins with team members and departments. Open source with published 3rd party security audits, Bitwarden is transparent and secure, utilizing end-to-end and zero knowledge encryption with source code that can be scrutinized by all.

    Learn how Bitwarden can help you do business faster and more securely at bitwarden.com/smashing and start a free business plan trial today.Support Smashing Security
    Links:
    On security researcher's newsletter, exposing cybercriminals behind ransomware — CyberScoop.‘Imma Make U Dig Ur Own Grave’: He Doxes Ransomware Hackers and Gets Death Threats in Return — Vice.Intrusion Truth - Five Years of Naming and Shaming China’s Spies — Kim Zetter.Who Is 'Intrusion Truth,' Group Exposing Alleged Chinese Hackers? — Daily Dot.The Leopards Eating People's Faces Party meme — Know Your Meme.Tweet by Bill Ackman.Judge Refuses Visa’s Request to Escape Pornhub-Related Lawsuit — The New York Times.How to Prevent and Handle Robberies and Theft in Retail — Vend Retail Blog.Abuse of shopworkers is on the rise – coronavirus brought it to our attention and now we need to act — The Conversation.‘Tackling violence and abuse in retail must be one of the industry’s highest priorities’ — Retail Week.Convenience store spy cameras face legal challenge — BBC News.Looking back at the career of Bernard Cribbins — YouTube.Tribute to David Warner — YouTube.Webb Compare — John Christensen.Support Maria Varmazis on the Pan-Mass Challenge.Smashing Security merchandise (t-shirts, mugs, stickers and stuff)

    • 53 min
    285: Uber's hidden hack, tips for travel, and AI accent fixes

    285: Uber's hidden hack, tips for travel, and AI accent fixes

    Uber may not face prosecution over its handling of a 2016 data breach - but its former chief security head does; how to defend your digital devices' data while on vacation, and how to change your accent with artificial intelligence.


    All this and much much more is discussed in the latest edition of the "Smashing Security" podcast by computer security veterans Graham Cluley and Carole Theriault, joined this week by Paul Ducklin.


    Plus don't miss our featured interview with Ian Farquhar of Gigamon.


    Visit https://www.smashingsecurity.com/285 to check out this episode’s show notes and episode links.


    Follow the show on Twitter at @SmashinSecurity, or on the Smashing Security subreddit, or visit our website for more episodes.


    Remember: Follow us on Apple Podcasts, or your favourite podcast app, to catch all of the episodes as they go live. Thanks for listening!


    Warning: This podcast may contain nuts, adult themes, and rude language.


    Theme tune: "Vinyl Memories" by Mikael Manvelyan.
    Assorted sound effects: AudioBlocks.
    Special Guests: Ian Farquhar and Paul Ducklin.
    Sponsored By:
    Gigamon: Gigamon's latest report into the state of ransomware reveals how insider threats are evolving, what impact cyber insurance and the ‘blame culture’ are having on the cybersecurity industry, and why deep observability is the new frontier for tackling the ransomware crisis.

    Download it at gigamon.com/smashingSolCyber: If the bad guys aren’t being discriminating about who they’re attacking, how can you settle for anything less than Fortune 500 level security?

    SolCyber delivers Fortune 500 level cybersecurity for small and medium-sized enterprises. When you’re being targeted by the same bad guys, nothing else will do. A curated stack of leading technologies and around-the-clock SOC support, all simply priced per user. Let SolCyber do the heavy lifting.Bitwarden: A password manager is an important tool for generating and saving secure credentials for every online account. Bitwarden makes it easy to stay secure and for businesses to share logins with team members and departments. Open source with published 3rd party security audits, Bitwarden is transparent and secure, utilizing end-to-end and zero knowledge encryption with source code that can be scrutinized by all.

    Learn how Bitwarden can help you do business faster and more securely at bitwarden.com/smashing and start a free business plan trial today.Support Smashing Security
    Links:
    Uber Enters Non-Prosecution Agreement Related to 2016 Data Breach — US Department of Justice.Former Uber Security Chief Joe Sullivan Must Face Driver Fraud Charges — Bloomberg.Uber to pay $148 million in data breach settlement — TechCrunch.Uber paid hackers $100,000 to keep data breach quiet — Graham Cluley.Uber CISO's trial underscores the importance of truth, transparency, and trust — CSO Online.7 cybersecurity tips for your summer vacation! — Naked Security.Sanas demo.Sanas Raises $32M for Breakthrough AI Technology for Real-Time Accent Translation — Sanas press release.This 6-Million-Dollar AI Changes Accents as You Speak — IEEE Spectrum.Call centre workers can use AI to mimic your accent on the phone — New Scientist.A little less accent, a little more customer service — ComputerWorld.What Is Accent Reduction? — Accent Advisor.Compound pejoratives on Reddit – from 'buttface' to 'wankpuffin' — Colin Morris.Melissa computer virus — Wikipedia.Dedham Hall.3D capture of Carole Theriault — Polycam.Smashing Security merchandise (t-shirts, mugs, stickers and stuff)

    • 1 hr 8 min
    284: The Most Wanted Missing CryptoQueen

    284: The Most Wanted Missing CryptoQueen

    In this special edition of the "Smashing Security" podcast, computer security veterans Graham Cluley and Carole Theriault welcome back author and journalist Jamie Bartlett - host of "The Missing CryptoQueen" podcast.


    Jamie tells us about his new book, which shares more details about the disappearance of cryptocurrency scammer Dr Ruja Ignatova, and the subsequent hunt by law enforcement.


    Visit https://www.smashingsecurity.com/284 to check out this episode’s show notes and episode links.


    Follow the show on Twitter at @SmashinSecurity, or on the Smashing Security subreddit, or visit our website for more episodes.


    Remember: Follow us on Apple Podcasts, or your favourite podcast app, to catch all of the episodes as they go live. Thanks for listening!


    Warning: This podcast may contain nuts, adult themes, and rude language.


    Theme tune: "Vinyl Memories" by Mikael Manvelyan.
    Assorted sound effects: AudioBlocks.
    Special Guest: Jamie Bartlett.
    Sponsored By:
    Cyber Security Inside podcast: The Cyber Security Inside podcast brings you the most important and timely security topics as well as other industry experts for insightful conversations. It breaks down complicated tech talk into plain english, helping listeners keep up to speed on topics like cybernetics, intelligent systems, NFTs, and federated learning, in ways we can all understand.

    Listen now at cybersecurityinside.com/smashingBitwarden: A password manager is an important tool for generating and saving secure credentials for every online account. Bitwarden makes it easy to stay secure and for businesses to share logins with team members and departments. Open source with published 3rd party security audits, Bitwarden is transparent and secure, utilizing end-to-end and zero knowledge encryption with source code that can be scrutinized by all.

    Learn how Bitwarden can help you do business faster and more securely at bitwarden.com/smashing and start a free business plan trial today.Drata: Is your organization finding it difficult to achieve compliance and scale its security posture? As G2’s highest rated cloud compliance software, Drata streamlines your SOC 2, ISO 27001, PCI DSS, GDPR & HIPAA compliance and provides 24-hour continuous control monitoring so you focus on scaling securely. Drata is also the only compliance automation platform with a private tenant database. That’s like having your cake and securing it too

    Countless security professionals from companies including Notion, FullStory, & BambooHR have shared how crucial it has been to have Drata as a trusted partner in the compliance process.

    Listeners of Smashing Security can get 10% off Drata and waived implementation fees at smashingsecurity.com/drata
    Support Smashing Security
    Links:
    The Missing CryptoQueen podcast — BBC.The Missing CryptoQueen book — Penguin.Missing Cryptoqueen: FBI adds Ruja Ignatova to top ten most wanted — BBC News.Smashing Security merchandise (t-shirts, mugs, stickers and stuff)

    • 42 min
    283: Disney's social dumpster fire, Anom phones, and TikTok tragedies

    283: Disney's social dumpster fire, Anom phones, and TikTok tragedies

    A self-proclaimed "super hacker" causes problems in the Magic Kingdom, criminals regret trusting Anom phones, and lawsuits are filed against TikTok.


    All this and much much more is discussed in the latest edition of the "Smashing Security" podcast by computer security veterans Graham Cluley and Carole Theriault, joined this week by Anna Brading.


    Plus don't miss our featured interview with Scott McCrady, the CEO of SolCyber Managed Security Services.


    Visit https://www.smashingsecurity.com/284 to check out this episode’s show notes and episode links.


    Follow the show on Twitter at @SmashinSecurity, or on the Smashing Security subreddit, or visit our website for more episodes.


    Remember: Follow us on Apple Podcasts, or your favourite podcast app, to catch all of the episodes as they go live. Thanks for listening!


    Warning: This podcast may contain nuts, adult themes, and rude language.


    Theme tune: "Vinyl Memories" by Mikael Manvelyan.
    Assorted sound effects: AudioBlocks.
    Special Guests: Anna Brading and Scott McCrady.
    Sponsored By:
    Snyk: The Secure Developer is a conversational and insightful podcast, that bridges the gap between dev and sec. Hosted by Guy Podjarny, one of the guys behind Snyk, it's a security podcast that developers will enjoy listening to and learning from.

    They have already released over 100 episodes, and I think many of you would get a lot from listening to it too.

    Check out The Secure Developer podcast at smashingsecurity.com/thesecuredeveloperSolCyber: If the bad guys aren’t being discriminating about who they’re attacking, how can you settle for anything less than Fortune 500 level security?

    SolCyber delivers Fortune 500 level cybersecurity for small and medium-sized enterprises. When you’re being targeted by the same bad guys, nothing else will do. A curated stack of leading technologies and around-the-clock SOC support, all simply priced per user. Let SolCyber do the heavy lifting.Bitwarden: A password manager is an important tool for generating and saving secure credentials for every online account. Bitwarden makes it easy to stay secure and for businesses to share logins with team members and departments. Open source with published 3rd party security audits, Bitwarden is transparent and secure, utilizing end-to-end and zero knowledge encryption with source code that can be scrutinized by all.

    Learn how Bitwarden can help you do business faster and more securely at bitwarden.com/smashing and start a free business plan trial today.Support Smashing Security
    Links:
    Official Disneyland Instagram Account Hacked This Morning! — The Disney blog.Disneyland social media accounts hacked, offensive messages posted — Hot for Security.We Got the Phone the FBI Secretly Sold to Criminals — Vice.Parents Sue TikTok, Saying Children Died After Viewing ‘Blackout Challenge’ — The New York Times.Lawmakers Want Social Media Companies to Stop Getting Kids Hooked — Wired.How Social Media Tricks Us Into Thinking We Are Paying Attention — Forbes.Facebook could be sued for addicting children under California bill — Ars Technica.Kids Are Using Social Media More Than Ever, Study Finds — New York Times.2021 Facebook leak — Wikipedia.California Parents Could Soon Sue for Social Media Addiction — Gizmodo.Absurd Trolley Problems.Weird or Confusing.Google Quick, Draw!Unfinished London — Jay Foreman on YouTube.Smashing Security merchandise (t-shirts, mugs, stickers and stuff)

    • 54 min
    282: Raising money through ransomware, China's mega-leak, and hackers for hire

    282: Raising money through ransomware, China's mega-leak, and hackers for hire

    A hacked university might have made a profit after paying a cryptocurrency ransom, China suffers possibly the biggest data breach in history, and Reuters investigates digital mercenaries.


    All this and much much more is discussed in the latest edition of the "Smashing Security" podcast by computer security veterans Graham Cluley and Carole Theriault, joined this week by The Cyberwire's Dave Bittner.


    Visit https://www.smashingsecurity.com/282 to check out this episode’s show notes and episode links.


    Follow the show on Twitter at @SmashinSecurity, or on the Smashing Security subreddit, or visit our website for more episodes.


    Remember: Follow us on Apple Podcasts, or your favourite podcast app, to catch all of the episodes as they go live. Thanks for listening!


    Warning: This podcast may contain nuts, adult themes, and rude language.


    Theme tune: "Vinyl Memories" by Mikael Manvelyan.
    Assorted sound effects: AudioBlocks.
    Special Guest: Dave Bittner.
    Sponsored By:
    Bitwarden: A password manager is an important tool for generating and saving secure credentials for every online account. Bitwarden makes it easy to stay secure and for businesses to share logins with team members and departments. Open source with published 3rd party security audits, Bitwarden is transparent and secure, utilizing end-to-end and zero knowledge encryption with source code that can be scrutinized by all.

    Learn how Bitwarden can help you do business faster and more securely at bitwarden.com/smashing and start a free business plan trial today.Support Smashing Security
    Links:
    Dutch university paid $220,000 ransom to hackers after Christmas attack — Graham Cluley.Remarkable development in investigation into Maastricht University cyberattack — Maastricht University.Dutch University profits from returned ransomware payment — The Register.Favorable exchange rate on a fake cryptoexchange — Kaspersky.Tweet from @cz_binance about mega-leak.Vast Cache of Chinese Police Files Offered for Sale in Alleged Hack — Wall Street Journal.How mercenary hackers sway litigation battles — Reuters.Countering hack-for-hire groups — Google.The business of hackers-for-hire threat actors — TechRepublic.Fransdita Muafidin on Instagram.Giant Cats Disturbing Civilization — Geeks are sexy.Watch Good Luck to You, Leo Grande — Hulu.Good luck to you Leo Grande (Trailer) — YouTube.This is Love podcast.Cain's Jawbone — Wikipedia.Smashing Security merchandise (t-shirts, mugs, stickers and stuff)

    • 45 min
    281: Debug ransomware and win $1,000,000, period-tracking apps, and AI gets emotional

    281: Debug ransomware and win $1,000,000, period-tracking apps, and AI gets emotional

    A new version of the LockBit ransomware offers a bug bounty, women uninstall period-tracking apps in fear of how their data might be used against them, and Microsoft's facial recognition tech no longer wants to know how you're feeling.


    All this and much much more is discussed in the latest edition of the "Smashing Security" podcast by computer security veterans Graham Cluley and Carole Theriault, joined this week by Thom Langford from The Host Unknown podcast.


    Plus don't miss our featured interview with Bitwarden founder and CTO Kyle Spearrin.


    Visit https://www.smashingsecurity.com/281 to check out this episode’s show notes and episode links.


    Follow the show on Twitter at @SmashinSecurity, or on the Smashing Security subreddit, or visit our website for more episodes.


    Remember: Follow us on Apple Podcasts, or your favourite podcast app, to catch all of the episodes as they go live. Thanks for listening!


    Warning: This podcast may contain nuts, adult themes, and rude language.


    Theme tune: "Vinyl Memories" by Mikael Manvelyan.
    Assorted sound effects: AudioBlocks.
    Special Guests: Kyle Spearrin and Thom Langford.
    Sponsored By:
    Kolide: At Kolide, we believe the supposedly Average Person is the key to unlocking a new class of security detection, compliance, and threat remediation. So do the hundreds of organizations that send important security notifications to employees from Kolide’s Slack app.

    Collectively, we know that organizations can dramatically lower the actual risks they will likely face with a structured, message-based approach. More importantly, they’ll be able to engage end-users to fix nuanced problems that can’t be automated.

    Try Kolide Free for 14 Days; no credit card required.Snyk: Snyk is a developer security platform. Integrating directly into development tools, workflows, and automation pipelines, Snyk makes it easy for teams to find, prioritize, and fix security vulnerabilities in code, dependencies, containers, and infrastructure as code. Supported by industry-leading application and security intelligence, Snyk puts security expertise in any developer's toolkit.

    Get started right now, with a free forever account, at snyk.co/smashingBitwarden: A password manager is an important tool for generating and saving secure credentials for every online account. Bitwarden makes it easy to stay secure and for businesses to share logins with team members and departments. Open source with published 3rd party security audits, Bitwarden is transparent and secure, utilizing end-to-end and zero knowledge encryption with source code that can be scrutinized by all.

    Learn how Bitwarden can help you do business faster and more securely at bitwarden.com/smashing and start a free business plan trial today.Support Smashing Security
    Links:
    LockBit 3.0 introduces the first ransomware bug bounty program — Bleeping Computer.Fake copyright infringement emails install LockBit ransomware — Bleeping Computer.Why US women are deleting their period tracking apps — The Guardian.Privacy not included — Mozilla Foundation.The #1 Period Tracker on the App Store Will Hand Over Data Without a Warrant — Vice.Microsoft is removing emotion recognition features from its facial recognition tech — NBC News.Top 10 Emotional AI Examples in 2022 & Reasons for Success — AI Multiple.Analysis of Speech Features for Emotion Detection: A Review — IEEE Xplore.Microsoft's framework for building AI systems responsibly — Microsoft.The Swedish chemist shop sketch — As performed by Mel Smith and Rowan Atkinson on Not the Nine O'Clock News.Alley Cat — Wikipedia.Play Alley Cat — Internet Archive.Alley Cat Remeow Edition — Game Jolt.reMarkable.SOLAR podcast.Smashing Security merchandise (t-shirts, mugs, stickers and stuff)

    • 59 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
50 Ratings

50 Ratings

Velogiant ,

Fascinating and fun

Honestly these two and their guests make security with keeping up to date. There are so many times I crack up hearing their views and I look forward to each episode when I’m out for a walk. Hmm, maybe the neighbours now think I’m weird. Life’s too short to not laugh. Thanks so much for your podcast.

Nicna_is_happy ,

ALWAYS informative and entertaining

1/5 star reviews?! I shall defend their honour! This show always make me happy. The hosts have known each other for years and it shows. It's funny but in no way feels rehearsed, fake or so cheesy it hurts. They cover important topics that are in the news as well as smaller stories that you may not be aware of. The level of detail is in the sweet spot of enough detail to understand the story but not so detail heavy that it drags on. This is perfect for a tired/anxious stressed brain AND a happy brain interested in a real understanding. I never don't want to listen to Smashing Security when it appears in my playlist. Carole and Graham thank you from Australia for the time you put into this podcast. You are both amazing.

1starGuru ,

Flatmates thought I was crazy

I love listening to your podcast while cooking and my flatmate always wonder why I am laughing so hard with my pots and pans😂.
I love the humour and information. Brilliant hosts and guest. Catching up on the old episodes I love it❣️

PS: Carole’s painting are cool. Can I order?🤓

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