85 episodes

Each week the CyberWire’s Hacking Humans Podcast looks behind the social engineering scams, phishing schemes, and criminal exploits that are making headlines and taking a heavy toll on organizations around the world. We talk to social engineering experts, security pros, cognitive scientists, and those practiced in the arts of deception (perhaps even a magician or two). We also hear from people targeted by social engineering attacks and learn from their experiences.

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Each week the CyberWire’s Hacking Humans Podcast looks behind the social engineering scams, phishing schemes, and criminal exploits that are making headlines and taking a heavy toll on organizations around the world. We talk to social engineering experts, security pros, cognitive scientists, and those practiced in the arts of deception (perhaps even a magician or two). We also hear from people targeted by social engineering attacks and learn from their experiences.

    Flipping the script.

    Flipping the script.

    Dave's phone is blowing up with smishing attempts. Joe shares a story about fake license renewal attempts from The New Zealand Transportation Agency. The catch of the day flips the script on their attacker. Later in the show Carole Theriault speaks with Jamie Bartlett, the brains and host behind The Missing Cryptoqueen, an amazing BBC podcast about trying to get to the bottom of the OneCoin scam.
    Links to stories:
    Fresh Apple #Phishing found
    The catch of the day
    Thanks to our sponsor, KnowBe4.

    • 31 min
    Life in the (second) age of pirates.

    Life in the (second) age of pirates.

    Dave has an account from a man who was almost scammed by an impersonation of his own close friend. Joe has the story of a sophisticated phishing scheme involving Microsoft Office 365. The catch of the day goes all the way back to the age of pirates. Carole Theriault interviews Andrew Brandt from Sophos regarding their 2020 threat report.
    Links to stories:
    Tricky Phish Angles for Persistence, Not Passwords
    SophosLabs 2020 Threat Report 
    Thanks to our sponsor, KnowBe4.

    • 32 min
    Ransomware is a reality.

    Ransomware is a reality.

    Dave has a master list of cyberbadness. Joe has some handy red flags this tax season straight from our beloved IRS. The catch of the day features an alluring proposition from someone who is probably not "Sofia". Our guest is Devon Kerr with Elastic Security Intelligence and Analytics who shares his insights about Ransomware. 
    Links to stories:
    7 types of virus – a short glossary of contemporary cyberbadness
    Thanks to our sponsor, KnowBe4.

    • 29 min
    Leading by example and positive reenforcement.

    Leading by example and positive reenforcement.

    Dave has a warning from a galaxy far, far away. Joe has a report of a scam attempt on a listener who fancies fancy pens. The catch of the day features a Tinder dating app bot scam. Our guest is Dennis Dillman from Barracuda Networks, sharing his thoughts on employee training.
    Links to stories:
    https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/fake-star-wars-streaming-sites-steal-fans-credit-cards/
    Thanks to our sponsor, KnowBe4.

    • 29 min
    Telling The Truth In A Dishonest Way - Rebroadcast

    Telling The Truth In A Dishonest Way - Rebroadcast

    Today's episode is a re-broadcast of an episode from August 2018. 
    Dave looks at Hollywood script pitch event scams. Joe describes a romance scam murder scheme. Spontaneously combusting ATM cards. Guest Jayson E. Street from SphereNY describes his security awareness engagements.
    Links to stories mentioned in this week's show:
    https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/why-are-wannabe-screenwriters-getting-scammed-1130919
    https://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2018/08/17/romance-scam-victim-allegedly-plotted-to-kill-her-mother-for-cash/

    • 30 min
    Managing access and insider threats.

    Managing access and insider threats.

    Joe's wife has been getting suspicious shipping notices. Dave describes a phone scam where crooks intercept phone calls. The catch of the day turns the tables on a would-be scammer. Carole Theriault speaks with Peter Draper from Gurucul about their 2020 Insider Threat Report.
    Links to stories:
    https://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/police-warn-of-new-phone-scam-where-criminals-intercept-your-calls-1.4706758

    Thanks to our show sponsor KnowBe4.

    • 32 min

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