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Hacking. Hackers. Disinformation campaigns. Encryption. The Cyber. This stuff gets complicated really fast, but Motherboard spends its time embedded in the infosec world so you don't have to. Host Ben Makuch talks every week to Motherboard reporters Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai and Joseph Cox about the stories they're breaking and to the industry's most famous hackers and researchers about the biggest news in cybersecurity.

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Hacking. Hackers. Disinformation campaigns. Encryption. The Cyber. This stuff gets complicated really fast, but Motherboard spends its time embedded in the infosec world so you don't have to. Host Ben Makuch talks every week to Motherboard reporters Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai and Joseph Cox about the stories they're breaking and to the industry's most famous hackers and researchers about the biggest news in cybersecurity.

    The Feds Say He’s a Crime Boss, He Says He’s Just a Tech CEO

    The Feds Say He’s a Crime Boss, He Says He’s Just a Tech CEO

    Encrypted messaging apps. We all love them. You don’t have to be doing anything shady to want to make sure your messages are end-to-end encrypted. And for most people there’s dozens of options. Signal, Wicker, even WhatsApp boasts end-to-end encryption.


    But what if you need something a little more secure? That’s where encrypted phone companies like Sky Global and Phantom come in. These companies cater to a more discerning clientele with a need for a more secure messaging environment. Which is part of how they get into such trouble with the feds.


    With us today is Motherboard journalist Joseph Cox. He’s gonna tell us about his newest feature: Crime Boss or Tech CEO? An Encrypted Phone Company Sues the Government to Save Itself.


    We’re recording CYBER love on Twitch. Follow us on Twitch to get alerts when we go live. We take questions from the audience. Yours just might end up on the show.
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    • 34 min
    Introducing: A Show About Animals

    Introducing: A Show About Animals

    Today we are sharing an episode from one of our newest series -- A Show About Animals. This season, we tell the strange and wonderful story of the wildly famous Koko the “talking” Gorilla. 


    In the early 1970s, a grad student named Penny Patterson set out to investigate a big question: is language unique to humans? So she begins an ambitious experiment -- with the help of a young gorilla named Koko. Pretty soon, Penny says Koko is learning sign language. But, of course, that’s not the whole story. 


    You can listen to our weekly series, A Show About Animals, in all the places you get your podcasts. 


    A Show About Animals is hosted and reported by Arielle Duhaime-Ross and produced by Julia Nutter and Pete Lang-Stanton. Our associate producer is Leily Rezvani. Sound design and original score by Pran Bandi, with additional support from Steve Bone. 


    Annie Aviles is our executive editor. Our executive producer and VP of Vice Audio is Kate Osborn. 


    Special thanks to Maximo Anderson for fact-checking.
     
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    • 36 min
    What Apple’s New Repair Store Means for the Right-to-Repair

    What Apple’s New Repair Store Means for the Right-to-Repair

    Apple recently announced a plan to sell customers manuals and parts that will let them fix their own iPhone 12s and 13s. It’s a huge win for the right to repair, but what are the specifics of the plan and what does it mean for the future of the repair movement in America?


    This week on Cyber, Matthew Gault and Motherboard editor-in-chief Jason Koebler sat down with heavyweights of the right-to-repair movement to answer that question. This conversation between iFixit CEO Kyle Wiens, Repair.org’s Gay Gordon-Byrne, and U.S. PIRG’s Nathan Proctor covers everything from John Deere tractors to lies Apple tells when it’s lobbying against the right-to-repair.


    A non-comprehensive list of the Motherboard reporting mentioned in this episode:


    Half the Country Is Now Considering Right to Repair Laws


    FTC Formally Adopts Right to Repair Platform


    Apple Is Lobbying Against Your Right to Repair iPhones, New York State Records Confirm


    Apple Is Telling Lawmakers People Will Hurt Themselves if They Try to Fix iPhones


    Why American Farmers Are Hacking Their Tractors With Ukrainian Firmware


    John Deere–Backed Lobbying Groups Host Anti-Right to Repair Conference


    Department of Commerce Says We Need Fewer Repair Restrictions


    Apple Said It Will Stop Breaking Face ID on Independently-Repaired iPhone 13s
     
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    • 57 min
    The Metaverse Is the Ultimate Surveillance Tool

    The Metaverse Is the Ultimate Surveillance Tool

    The Metaverse. The term was coined by author Neal Stephenson in his book Snow Crash. It was a digital playground where people were only limited by their imagination.
    Facebook has changed its name to Meta and says it’s trying to make the metaverse a reality. Now, other companies are rushing to get a piece of Mark Zuckerberg’s vision of the future. Here to help me puzzle out the nightmarish world Silicon Valley billionaires want for us is Motherboard Senior Editor Janus Rose and panopticon expert and professor of English at Macomb Community College Chris Gilliard.


    This wide-ranging conversation starts with Rose’s recent piece, “Zuckerberg’s Meta Endgame Is Monetizing All Human Behavior”, but it gets into the deeper and systemic issues around machine learning, artificial intelligence, and the kind of future we want.


    We’re recording CYBER love on Twitch. Follow us on Twitch to get alerts when we go live. We take questions from the audience. Yours just might end up on the show.
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    • 1 hr 6 min
    Hackers Are Outsourcing Social Engineering to Bots

    Hackers Are Outsourcing Social Engineering to Bots

    We’ve all gotten phone calls from someone trying to talk to us about our car’s extended warranty, even if we don’t own a car. But has a robot ever called you to try to get the code your bank sends you when you log on? If it hasn’t happened, it might very soon.


    It’s the subject of Motherboard staff writer Joseph Cox’s new piece: The Booming Underground Market for Bots That Steal Your 2FA Codes.


    We’re recording CYBER love on Twitch. Follow us on Twitch to get alerts when we go live. We take questions from the audience. Yours just might end up on the show.


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    • 35 min
    Motherboard Does Dune: Geopolitics and War

    Motherboard Does Dune: Geopolitics and War

    BONUS SERIES: Dune is out! And it's the biggest movie in America. In this special series, Motherboard and friends dissect all things Dune. In this episode, we look at how Frank Herbert approaches war, geopolitics,and desert power and how Denis Villeneuve handles it in the blockbuster movie.
     
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    • 1 hr 4 min

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