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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 Matthew Gault talks every week to Motherboard reporters 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 Matthew Gault talks every week to Motherboard reporters 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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    Why Congress's Fears of Russian Space Nukes Is Political Theatre

    Why Congress's Fears of Russian Space Nukes Is Political Theatre

    Cyber is a show covering a diverse range of topics. We’ve covered everything from crypto to AI to online cults. If it touches technology or online culture, we’ll talk about it. That’s how you get an episode like today’s, which is both a deep dive into professional wrestling’s latest scandal and a discussion of the latest existential threat: nuclear weapons in space.
    Vice features editor Timothy Marchman can do it all. First, Marchman walks us through the newest allegations against WWE boss Vince McMahon. It’s a civil case that may have wider ramifications for how the U.S. handles non-disclosure agreements. Then we get into a bit of Congressional kayfabe: the reports that Russia wants to put nuclear weapons in space.
    Co-Defendant in Vince McMahon Sex Trafficking Lawsuit Says He Was a Victim Too
    NDAs Vince McMahon Signed Behind WWE's Back May Be Worthless, Say Experts
    Despite Denials, WWE Management Knew Wrestler Said She Had Been Raped on Military Base
    WWE Wrestler Ashley Massaro Accused Vince McMahon of Sexually Preying on Wrestlers in Previously Unreleased Statement​
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    AI Deepfakes Are Everywhere and Congress is Completely Out of Their Depth

    AI Deepfakes Are Everywhere and Congress is Completely Out of Their Depth

    An AI-generated Biden called voters in New Hampshire ahead of the primary and told them to stay home. X locked down the search term “Taylor Swift” after AI-generated nudes of the pop giant flooded the platform. In the wake of both scandals, Congress has struggled with how to fight back against the flood of fake bullshit. Keeping the world from drowning in fakes affects all of us, but some of the cures sound worse than the sickness.
    This week on Cyber, Motherboard Senior Editor Janus Rose and Fight for the Future’s Lia Holland come on to talk about the limits of legislation around AI-generated scams and abuse.
    Stories discussed in this episode.
    Congress Is Trying to Stop AI Nudes and Deepfake Scams Because Celebrities Are Mad
    Taylor Swift Is Living Every Woman’s AI Porn Nightmare
    ‘Palworld’ Is Tearing the Internet Apart
    An AI-Generated Content Empire Is Spreading Fake Celebrity Images on Google
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    • 50 min
    Tech Used to Be Bleeding Edge, Now it’s Just Bleeding

    Tech Used to Be Bleeding Edge, Now it’s Just Bleeding

    Ten years ago, Big Tech reached a peak. Facebook had wormed its way into the lives of billions of people. The mainstream news covered iPhones releases like they were Taylor Swift concerts. Elon Musk was promising to colonize Mars and fill the streets with self-driving cars. In 2024, the wheels have come off all these dreams. Musk has filled the sky with satellites, but no colonists, and constantly fights people on X. Self-driving cars are killing people. Apple has released a $3,500 VR headset that’s been met with middling reviews. And Facebook’s only recent innovation is eating its own tail to churn out massive profits.
    How did it come to this? This week on Cyber, PR provocateur and tech critic Ed Zitron stops by to tell us about everything he saw at the Consumer Electronics Show, the problem with most tech journalism, and why we all turned against Big Tech. He’ll explore these topics more in depth on his new podcast, Better Offline, which launches later this month.
    Stories discussed in this episode:
    Better Offline
    Rabbit AI Introduction Video
    Where’s Your Ed At
    How Tech Outstayed Its Welcome
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    How to Read Leaked Datasets Like a Journalist

    How to Read Leaked Datasets Like a Journalist

    We live in a golden age of data. Every day, hacktivists release terabytes of data on sites like DDoSecrets, but sorting through it all requires some technical knowledge. What if you don’t know XML from SQL let alone how to write a simple Python script?
    Micah Lee is the director of information security for The Intercept and he’s on Cyber today to talk about his new book: Hacks, Leaks, and Revelations. The book is a manual for people who want to learn how to parse and organize hacked datasets. It also contains stories of how Lee and others handled famous cases such as Blueleaks, neo-Nazi Discord chat rooms, and the Parler leak. If you’re not interested in diving into corporate or government secrets, you might learn something about how to protect your own data.
    Hacks, Leaks, and Revelations: The Art of Analyzing Hacked and Leaked Data
    Stories discussed in this episode:
    How to Authenticate Large Datasets
    Tech Companies and Governments Are Censoring the Journalist Collective DDoSecrets
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    • 55 min
    What a Novel About an AI Documenting the Last Human Says About Our Real Dystopia

    What a Novel About an AI Documenting the Last Human Says About Our Real Dystopia

    The unreliable narrator of After World, the new novel from author Debbie Urbanski, is an AI tasked with writing a book about Sen, the last human on Earth. In this world, humanity is done. The world is moving on without us and Sen was born for a purpose: to watch the planet change itself without humanity. After World is a story about artificial intelligence, climate change, and what we can hope to leave behind for our children in a doomed future. 
    On today’s episode of Cyber, Emily and Matthew sit down with Urbanski to discuss all of it.
    Stories discussed in this episode:
    The original short story: An Incomplete Timeline of What We Tried
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    • 53 min
    The Future of Nukes Involves AI and Nobody Knows What Happens Next

    The Future of Nukes Involves AI and Nobody Knows What Happens Next

    According to the hype, artificial intelligence is changing everything. The truth is more complicated, but that doesn’t mean that companies and governments aren’t rushing to embrace the new technology. It’s even being used to update an old and destructive technology: nuclear weapons.
    America is modernizing its force, Russia is building new kinds of nuclear weapons, and China is increasing its nuclear stockpile. At the same time, all three countries are looking to AI to outsource the dangerous and deadly work of apocalyptic destruction.
    But what, exactly, does that look like? When it comes to nukes and AI, it’s time to embrace the horrors of uncertainty. This week’s guest is Edward Geist, a policy researcher at the RAND Corporation. His latest book is Deterrence Under Uncertainty: Artificial Intelligence and Nuclear Warfare.
    It’s a conversation that’s both fascinating and frightening with one major theme: we don’t know nearly enough. “One lamentable parallel between nuclear weapons and artificial intelligence is that both topics elicit an astonishing degree of magical thinking from otherwise intelligent people, including some with genuine expertise,” Geist wrote in his book.
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