140 episodes

Explore true stories of the dark side of the Internet with host Jack Rhysider as he takes you on a journey through the chilling world of hacking, data breaches, and cyber crime.

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    • Technology
    • 4.9 • 123 Ratings

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Explore true stories of the dark side of the Internet with host Jack Rhysider as he takes you on a journey through the chilling world of hacking, data breaches, and cyber crime.

Listen on Apple Podcasts
Requires subscription and macOS 11.4 or higher

    Gollumfun (Part 2)

    Gollumfun (Part 2)

    Brett Johnson, AKA Gollumfun (twitter.com/GOllumfun) was involved with the websites Counterfeit Library and Shadow Crew. He tells his story of what happened there and some of the crimes he committed.

    In part 2, his past catches up to him.

    Listen to more of Brett on his own show. https://www.thebrettjohnsonshow.com/.

    • 1 hr 20 min
    Gollumfun Part 1

    Gollumfun Part 1

    Brett Johnson, AKA Gollumfun (twitter.com/GOllumfun) was involved with the websites Counterfeit Library and Shadow Crew. He tells his story of what happened there and some of the crimes he committed.

    Sponsors
    Support for this show comes from Axonius. The Axonius solution correlates asset data from your existing IT and security solutions to provide an always up-to-date inventory of all devices, users, cloud instances, and SaaS apps, so you can easily identify coverage gaps and automate response actions. Axonius gives IT and security teams the confidence to control complexity by mitigating threats, navigating risk, decreasing incidents, and informing business-level strategy — all while eliminating manual, repetitive tasks. Visit axonius.com/darknet to learn more and try it free.

    Support for this show comes from Linode. Linode supplies you with virtual servers. Visit linode.com/darknet and get a special offer.

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Maddie

    Maddie

    Maddie Stone is a security researcher for Google’s Project Zero. In this episode we hear what it’s like battling zero day vulnerabilities.

    Sponsors
    Support for this show comes from Zscalar. Zscalar zero trust exchange will scrutinize the traffic and permit or deny traffic based on a set of rules. This is so much more secure than letting data flow freely internally. And it really does mitigate ransomware outbreaks. The Zscaler Zero Trust Exchange gives YOU confidence in your security to feel empowered to focus on other parts of your business, like digital transformation, growth, and innovation. Check out the product at zscaler.com.

    Support for this show comes from Thinkst Canary. Their canaries attract malicious actors in your network and then send you an alert if someone tries to access them. Great early warning system for knowing when someone is snooping around where they shouldn’t be. Check them out at https://canary.tools.


    Sources
    https://www.sophos.com/en-us/medialibrary/pdfs/technical%20papers/yu-vb2013.pdf
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s0Tqi7fuOSU
    https://www.vice.com/en/article/4x3n9b/sometimes-a-typo-means-you-need-to-blow-up-your-spacecraft

    • 56 min
    REvil

    REvil

    REvil is the name of a ransomware service as well as a group of criminals inflicting ransomware onto the world. Hear how this ransomware shook the world.

    A special thanks to our guest Will, a CTI researcher with Equinix.

    Sponsors
    Support for this show comes from Zscalar. Zscalar zero trust exchange will scrutinize the traffic and permit or deny traffic based on a set of rules. This is so much more secure than letting data flow freely internally. And it really does mitigate ransomware outbreaks. The Zscaler Zero Trust Exchange gives YOU confidence in your security to feel empowered to focus on other parts of your business, like digital transformation, growth, and innovation. Check out the product at zscaler.com.

    Support for this show comes from Arctic Wolf. Arctic Wolf is the industry leader in security operations solutions, delivering 24x7 monitoring, assessment, and response through our patented Concierge Security model. They work with your existing tools and become an extension of your existing IT team. Visit arcticwolf.com/darknet to learn more.

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Jeremiah

    Jeremiah

    Jeremiah Roe is a seasoned penetration tester. In this episode he tells us about a time when he had to break into a building to prove it wasn’t as secure as the company thought.

    You can catch more of Jeremiah on the We’re In podcast.

    Sponsors
    Support for this show comes from Axonius. The Axonius solution correlates asset data from your existing IT and security solutions to provide an always up-to-date inventory of all devices, users, cloud instances, and SaaS apps, so you can easily identify coverage gaps and automate response actions. Axonius gives IT and security teams the confidence to control complexity by mitigating threats, navigating risk, decreasing incidents, and informing business-level strategy — all while eliminating manual, repetitive tasks. Visit axonius.com/darknet to learn more and try it free.

    Support for this show comes from Snyk. Snyk is a developer security platform that helps you secure your applications from the start. It automatically scans your code, dependencies, containers, and cloud infrastructure configs — finding and fixing vulnerabilities in real time. Create your free account at snyk.co/darknet.

    • 51 min
    Synthetic Remittance

    Synthetic Remittance

    What do you get when you combine social engineering, email, crime, finance, and the money stream flowing through big tech? Evaldas Rimašauskas comes to mind. He combined all these to make his big move. A whale of a move.

    Sponsors
    Support for this show comes from Linode. Linode supplies you with virtual servers. Visit linode.com/darknet and get a special offer.

    Support for this show comes from Axonius. The Axonius solution correlates asset data from your existing IT and security solutions to provide an always up-to-date inventory of all devices, users, cloud instances, and SaaS apps, so you can easily identify coverage gaps and automate response actions. Axonius gives IT and security teams the confidence to control complexity by mitigating threats, navigating risk, decreasing incidents, and informing business-level strategy — all while eliminating manual, repetitive tasks. Visit axonius.com/darknet to learn more and try it free.

    • 20 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
123 Ratings

123 Ratings

Golzed ,

Fascinating!

Great storytelling. I don’t have much more that basic online proficiency & it doesn’t matter a bit. This is fascinating stuff.

Robbie Pearce ,

“Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” me please!

I’ll preface this first by saying I have never subscribed to a podcast until now. Jack and the team present these stories in a way that is both educational and engaging.

I have never found a series like this and after binging all currently available episodes I am left feeling that same emptiness we all did when Breaking Bad concluded. I need more. I want more. Where and how can I get more?

I work in security to a degree, not only has this made me better at my job, but I feel Darknet Diaries has made important topics so much more approachable to so many. The other week I played an episode while making lunch for my wife and we just sat and listened as we ate instead of throwing something on TV. THAT’S NEVER HAPPENED BEFORE! She doesn’t do podcasts, but this, THIS, has me sold.

Jack, please, I need more. Thank you!

YSimard ,

Next level storytelling

After binge using for the last few months I can say that I have listened to the whole back catalogue. Tech can be a bit dry and often we are caught in the current moment. I love how the stories are told, right from the start with some of the tech we all grew up or fell in love with. The dark stories could have been any of us at different crossroads and highlights just how easy it can be to be sucked in. Thank you fella!

BTW, I have 2 factor authentication on all my platforms, I click on nothing and regularly change all my passwords to the maximum number of characters allowed.

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