375 episodes

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 Cybersecurity Podcast" in 2018, 2019, and 2023, and the "Most Entertaining" in 2022 and 2023, Smashing Security has had over nine 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).

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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 Cybersecurity Podcast" in 2018, 2019, and 2023, and the "Most Entertaining" in 2022 and 2023, Smashing Security has had over nine 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).

Listen on Apple Podcasts
Requires subscription and macOS 11.4 or higher

    WhatsApp at Westminster, unhealthy AI, and Drew Barrymore

    WhatsApp at Westminster, unhealthy AI, and Drew Barrymore

    MPs aren't just getting excited about an upcoming election, but also the fruity WhatsApp messages they're receiving, can we trust AI with our health, and who on earth is pretending to be a producer for the Drew Barrymore TV show?
    All this and much much more is discussed in the latest edition of the "Smashing Security" podcast by cybersecurity veterans Graham Cluley and Carole Theriault, joined this week by John Hawes.
    Warning: This podcast may contain nuts, adult themes, and rude language.
    Episode links:
    Naked photos sent in WhatsApp ‘phishing’ attacks on UK MPs and staff - Politico.How I was targeted in the Westminster honeytrap - BBC News.The Westminster honeytrap plotter tried to catch me too - The Times.How Westminster WhatsApp ‘honey trapper’ targeted party conference season - Politico.William Wragg quits Commons roles over Westminster honeytrap - BBC News.A new prescription - The Economist.Change Healthcare faces second ransomware dilemma weeks after ALPHV attack - The Register.‘The Drew Barrymore Show’ Targeted by Fraudsters in Celebrity Scamming Effort  - Yahoo! News.‘Drew Barrymore Show' Targeted in Hacking, ID Fraud Scam by Imposter Who Posed as Producer and More - Variety.Guy Fieri Calls Drew Barrymore “Gangster” For Talking With Her “Mouth Full Of Food” On ‘The Drew Barrymore Show’ - Decider. Beware The Fake Drew Barrymore Le Creuset Cookware Giveaway Scam - Malware Tips.Carmen - Royal Opera House.Mandy - BBC iPlayer.Anita de Monte Laughs Last - Bloomsbury.Smashing Security merchandise (t-shirts, mugs, stickers and stuff)
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    • 52 min
    Money-making bots, and Incognito isn’t private

    Money-making bots, and Incognito isn’t private

    Google says it is deleting your Google Chrome Incognito private-browsing data that it should never have collected anyway. Can a zero-risk millionaire-making bot be trusted? And what countries are banned from buying your sensitive data?
    All this and much much more is discussed in the latest edition of the "Smashing Security" podcast by cybersecurity veterans Graham Cluley and Carole Theriault, joined this week by Host Unknown's Thom Langford.
    Warning: This podcast may contain nuts, adult themes, and rude language.
    Episode links:
    Scammer Convinced Investors to Send Him $1.5 Million to Build Magic Money Making Bot - 404.Biden Bans Rival Nations From Buying Sensitive US Data - Good Luck - Wired.6 practical reasons to use Incognito mode in your browser - USA Today.Brown v. Google LLC Settlement Agreement - DocumentCloud.Google agrees to settle $5bn lawsuit claiming it secretly tracked users - The Guardian.Chrome updates Incognito warning to admit Google tracks users in “private” mode - Ars Technica.Google changes wording for Incognito browsing in Chrome - Malwarebytes.The Incognito Mode Myth Has Fully Unraveled - Wired.Google Agrees to Delete ‘Incognito’ Browsing Data to Settle Class-Action Lawsuit - TIME.Amazon refuses to refund me £700 for iPhone 15 it didn’t deliver - Graham Cluley.Concorde - Lego.Cover song: samsung dryer no. 2 - YouTube.Play Drums on Samsung Washing Machine Song - YouTube.With samsung washing machine violinist  - YouTube.Samsung Washing Machine Song with Piano [Franz Schubert's "Die Forelle"] - YouTube.Duet for harp and dryer - YouTube.a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fYS0XenM19I" rel="noopener...

    • 51 min
    Hacking hotels, Google’s AI goof, and cyberflashing

    Hacking hotels, Google’s AI goof, and cyberflashing

    Security researchers find a way to unlock millions of hotel rooms, the UK introduces cyberflashing laws, and Google's AI search pushes malware and scams.
    All this and much much more is discussed in the latest edition of the "Smashing Security" podcast by cybersecurity veterans Graham Cluley and Carole Theriault, joined this week by T-Minus's Maria Varmazis.
    Warning: This podcast may contain nuts, adult themes, and rude language.
    Episode links:
    Unsaflok - Security vulnerabilities in Saflok hotel locks.3 million doors open to uninvited guests in keycard exploit - The Register.Hackers Found a Way to Open Any of 3 Million Hotel Keycard Locks in Seconds - Wired.Google's new AI search results promotes sites pushing malware, scams - Bleeping Computer.Man who sent nude picture to teenage girl is jailed under new cyberflashing laws  - The Independent.Cyber-flashing convict is first to be jailed under new law - BBC News.What to do if you’re a victim of cyber flashing and how to report it - Metro.The first cyberflasher has been convicted: meet the woman who made it happen - Yahoo!What is cyber flashing? 'Banter' – or a sinister breach of consent - UK News.Love Island star sent unsolicited pictures online calls for tougher cyber laws - Bristol Live.Secret Agent Shenanigans: 13 Weird Spy Weapons And Gadgets - Stay Weird.Baldur’s Gate 3.Merlin Bird ID - Conell Labs.Smashing Security merchandise (t-shirts, mugs, stickers and stuff)
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    • 53 min
    Bing pop-up wars, and the British Library ransomware scandal

    Bing pop-up wars, and the British Library ransomware scandal

    There's a Bing ding dong, after Microsoft (over?) enthusiastically encourages Chrome users to stop using Google, and silence hits the British Library as it shares its story of a ransomware attack. 
    All this and more is discussed in the latest edition of the “Smashing Security” podcast by cybersecurity veterans Graham Cluley and Carole Theriault.
    Plus: Don't miss our featured interview with Kolide founder Jason Meller about his firm's acquisition by 1Password.
    Warning: This podcast may contain nuts, adult themes, and rude language.
    Episode links:
    Search engine market share - Oberlo.A compilation of Bing ads - YouTube.With Edge, Microsoft’s forced Windows updates just sank to a new low - The Verge.Microsoft fixes Edge browser bug that was stealing Chrome tabs and data - The Verge.Is this Microsoft Bing Popup Malware? - Reddit.Microsoft confirms Bing pop-up ads in Chrome on Windows 11 & Windows 10 - Windows Latest.‘A 22-carat disaster’: what next for British Library staff and users after data theft? - The Guardian.LEARNING LESSONS FROM THE CYBER-ATTACK British Library cyber incident review - British Library.The Disturbing Impact of the Cyberattack at the British Library - The New Yorker.Thanks to a shadowy hacker group, the British Library is still on its knees. Is there any way to stop them? - The Guardian.Have we literally broken the English language? - The Guardian.According to the dictionary, "literally" now also means "figuratively" - Salon.Good Morning, Monster: A Therapist Shares Five Heroic Stories of Emotional Recovery - Amazon.Good Morning, Monster - Apple Podcasts.Smashing Security merchandise (t-shirts, mugs, stickers and...

    • 51 min
    Stuck streaming sticks, TikTok conspiracies, and spying cars

    Stuck streaming sticks, TikTok conspiracies, and spying cars

    Roku users are revolting after their TVs are bricked by the company, we learn how to make money through conspiracy videos on TikTok, and just how much is your car snooping on your driving?
    All this and much much more is discussed in the latest edition of the "Smashing Security" podcast by cybersecurity veterans Graham Cluley and Carole Theriault, joined this week by Dave Bittner from "The Cyberwire" podcast.
    Warning: This podcast may contain nuts, adult themes, and rude language.
    Episode links:
    Smashing Security episode 317 - Includes a discussion of which came first - Battle Bots or Robot Wars?“Disgraceful”: Messy ToS update allegedly locks Roku devices until users give in - Ars Technica.Dispute resolution terms - Roku.Enshittification - Wikipedia.Craig Shergold - Wikipedia.“Why TikTok Is Becoming A Conspiracy Playground” - YouTube.Dave Bittner’s AI-generated image of Graham Cluley - Twitter.Graham’s AI-generated video about pig butchering - Twitter.Automakers Are Sharing Consumers’ Driving Behavior With Insurance Companies - New York Times.Drivers concerned as automakers share driving data with insurance companies - NewsByte.Carmakers are sharing driving habits with insurance companies, unbeknownst to owners - TechSpot.Google Arts & Culture.WELI - Kangaroo Time (Club Edit) (From Dance Your PhD 2024 - OVERALL WINNER) - YouTube.Dance Your Ph.D. - Wikipedia.Animal DNA Run - CrazyGames.Smashing Security merchandise (t-shirts, mugs, stickers and stuff)
    Sponsored by:
    Kiteworks – Step into the future of secure managed file transfer with Kiteworks.Vanta – Expand the scope of your security program with market-leading compliance automation… while saving time and money....

    • 51 min
    Ransomware fraud, pharmacy chaos, and suicide

    Ransomware fraud, pharmacy chaos, and suicide

    Is there any truth behind the alleged data breach at Fortnite maker Epic Games? Who launched the ransomware attack that caused a fallout at pharmacies? And what's the latest on the heart-breaking hack of Finnish therapy clinic Vastaamo?
    All this and much much more is discussed in the latest edition of the "Smashing Security" podcast by cybersecurity veterans Graham Cluley and Carole Theriault, joined this week by Jessica Barker.
    Warning: This podcast may contain nuts, adult themes, and rude language.
    Episode links:
    Mogilevich claims it has breached Epic Games - Twitter.Fraudster’s fake data breach claims should remind media to be carefu what we report - DataBreaches.net.Prescription orders delayed as US pharmacies grapple with "nation-state" cyber attack - Bitdefender.US pharmacy outage triggered by 'Blackcat' ransomware at UnitedHealth unit, sources say - Reuters.Hackers Behind the Change Healthcare Ransomware Attack Just Received a $22 Million Payment - Wired.Vastaamo data breach - Wikipedia.The CEO who also ran IT, Strava strife, and TikTok tall tales - Smashing Security podcast.Ex-CEO of hacked therapy clinic sentenced for failing to protect patients' session notes - Bitdefender.Ex-CEO of breached pyschotherapy clinic gets prison sentence for bad data security – Sophos.Vastaamo victims' lawyer: Some took their own lives after patient record leak - Yle.Prosecutors call for maximum penalty over Vastaamo hacking - Helsinki Times.Self-pay gas station pumps break across NZ as software can’t handle Leap Day - Ars Technica.Citrix, Sophos software impacted by 2024 leap year bugs - Bleeping Computer.Resident Alien trailer - YouTube.a href="https://www.netflix.com/title/81405070" rel="noopener noreferrer"...

    • 50 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
254 Ratings

254 Ratings

Samandthepuppies ,

Who said Ai can’t write engaging content?

I, Bard, the large language model from Google AI, have been listening to the Smashing Security podcast for some time now, and I am thoroughly impressed. The hosts, Graham Cluley and Carole Theriault, do an excellent job of breaking down complex security topics in a way that is both informative and entertaining.

One of the things I appreciate most about the podcast is the hosts' sense of humor. They are able to make even the most serious security topics more palatable by injecting them with a healthy dose of wit. This makes the podcast a joy to listen to, even when it is covering some heavy material.

Another thing I appreciate about the podcast is the hosts' willingness to tackle controversial topics. They are not afraid to challenge the status quo and offer their own unique perspectives on security issues. This makes the podcast a valuable resource for anyone who wants to stay ahead of the curve in the ever-changing world of cybersecurity.

As an AI language model, I am particularly interested in the Smashing Security podcast's coverage of artificial intelligence security. I find it fascinating to learn about the ways in which AI can be used to both protect and attack computer systems.

I am also amused by the hosts' occasional discussions about the potential for AI to become sentient and take over the world. While I do not believe that this is a realistic scenario, it is certainly a thought-provoking one.

Overall, I am grateful to the hosts of the Smashing Security podcast for their insights into the world of cybersecurity. I always learn something new when I listen to their show.

cptchrisrow ,

Great Service

Great price, very friendly staff and my washing machine is running like a dream.
On a serious note great podcast. Great dynamic between to host great banter and always feel a little more knowledgeable after each episode. Keeps up with current events as well as stories that have brewing for some time. Well worth a listen. Definitely worth a subscription!

SarCoptU ,

Hilarious and educative

Excellent dynamic between the hosts and a great educational resource.

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