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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.

Darknet Diaries Jack Rhysider

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    • 4.9 • 4.6K 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

    NSO

    NSO

    The NSO Group creates a spyware called Pegasus which gives someone access to the data on a mobile phone. They sell this spyware to government agencies around the world. How is it used and what kind of company is the NSO Group?

    Thanks to John Scott-Railton and Citizen Lab for investigating this and sharing their research.

    Sponsors
    Support for this show comes from Detectify. Try their web vulnerability scanner free. Go to https://detectify.com/?utm_source=podcast&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=DARKNET

    Support for this show comes from Ping Identity, champions of identity for the global enterprise. Give your users a loveable login solution. Visit www.pingidentity.com/.

    Support for this show comes from Blinkist. They offer thousands of condensed non-fiction books, so you can get through books in about 15 minutes. Check out Blinkist.com/DARKNET to start your 7 day free trial and get 25% off when you sign up.

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    Sources

    https://citizenlab.ca/2016/08/million-dollar-dissident-iphone-zero-day-nso-group-uae/
    https://www.lookout.com/trident-pegasus-enterprise-discovery
    https://www.cbsnews.com/news/interview-with-ceo-of-nso-group-israeli-spyware-maker-on-fighting-terror-khashoggi-murder-and-saudi-arabia-60-minutes/
    https://citizenlab.ca/2018/10/the-nso-connection-to-jamal-khashoggi/
    https://www.vice.com/en/article/8899nz/nso-group-pitched-phone-hacking-tech-american-police
    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-cyber-nso-exclusive-idUSKBN1ZT38B
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magic_Lantern_%28software%29
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J1lVL2m_tp0
    https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/29/technology/whatsapp-nso-lawsuit.html
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y6e_ctKqSqM
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NhwGV1xHt8Y
    https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2021/07/the-pegasus-project/
    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/jul/18/revealed-leak-uncovers-global-abuse-of-cyber-surveillance-weapon-nso-group-pegasus
    https://www.nsogroup.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/ReportBooklet.pdf

    • 1 hr 12 min
    The Spy

    The Spy

    Igor works as a private investigator in NYC. He’s often sitting in cars keeping a distant eye on someone with binoculars. Or following someone through the busy streets of New York. In this episode we hear about a time when Igor was on a case but sensed that something wasn’t right.

    Sponsors
    Support for this show comes from Exabeam. Exabeam lets security teams see what traditional tools can’t, with automated threat detection and triage, complete visibility across the entire IT environment and advanced behavioral analytics that distinguishes real threats from perceived ones, so security teams stay ahead and businesses keep moving — without fear of the unknown. When the security odds are stacked against you, outsmart them from the start with Exabeam. Learn more at https://exabeam.com/DD.

    Support for this show comes from Blinkist. They offer thousands of condensed non-fiction books, so you can get through books in about 15 minutes. Check out Blinkist.com/DARKNET to start your 7 day free trial and get 25% off when you sign up.

    View all active sponsors.

    Sources
    Article: The Case of the Bumbling Spy
    Podcast: The Catch and Kill Podcast with Ronan Farrow

    • 1 hr 13 min
    Zero-Day Brokers

    Zero-Day Brokers

    Zero day brokers are people who make or sell malware that's sold to people who will use that malware to exploit people. It's a strange and mysterious world that not many people know a lot about. Nicole Perlroth, who is a cybersecurity reporter for the NY Times, dove in head first which resulted in her writing a whole book on it.

    Affiliate link for book: This is How They Tell Me The World Ends


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    Sponsors
    Support for this show comes from IT Pro TV. Get 65 hours of free training by visiting ITPro.tv/darknet. And use promo code DARKNET.

    Support for this show comes from Privacy.com. Privacy allows you to create anonymous debit cards instantly to use for online shopping. Visit privacy.com/darknet to get a special offer.

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    Sources

    Nicole's Book: This is How They Tell Me the World Ends
    https://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/31/technology/chinese-hackers-infiltrate-new-york-times-computers.html

    • 52 min
    The Pizza Problem

    The Pizza Problem

    What if someone wanted to own your Instagram account? Not just control it, but make it totally theirs. This episode tells the story of how someone tried to steal an Instagram account from someone.

    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 Blinkist. They offer thousands of condensed non-fiction books, so you can get through books in about 15 minutes. Check out Blinkist.com/DARKNET to start your 7 day free trial and get 25% off when you sign up.

    View all active sponsors.

    Sources

    Vid: The $5 Million Phone Hack 📱True Life Crime

    Attribution
    Darknet Diaries is created by Jack Rhysider.

    Episode artwork by odibagas.

    Audio cleanup by Proximity Sound.

    Theme music created by Breakmaster Cylinder. Theme song available for listen and download at bandcamp. Or listen to it on Spotify.

    Equipment
    Recording equipment used this episode was the Shure SM7B, Zoom Podtrak P4, Sony MDR7506 headphones, and Hindenburg audio editor.

    • 47 min
    The Police Station Incident

    The Police Station Incident

    Nicole Beckwith wears a lot of hats. She’s a programmer, incident responder, but also a cop and a task force officer with the Secret Service. In this episode she tells a story which involves all of these roles.
    https://twitter.com/NicoleBeckwith
    Sponsors
    Support for this show comes from IT Pro TV. Get 65 hours of free training by visiting ITPro.tv/darknet. And use promo code DARKNET.
    Support for this show comes from Exabeam. Exabeam lets security teams see what traditional tools can’t, with automated threat detection and triage, complete visibility across the entire IT environment and advanced behavioral analytics that distinguishes real threats from perceived ones, so security teams stay ahead and businesses keep moving — without fear of the unknown. When the security odds are stacked against you, outsmart them from the start with Exabeam. Learn more at https://exabeam.com/DD.
    View all active sponsors.
    Sources

    https://www.secjuice.com/unusual-journeys-nicole-beckwith/

    Talk from Nicole: Mind Hacks – Psychological profiling, and mental health in OSINT investigations

    Talk from Nicole: Who’s guarding the gateway?

    • 55 min
    Bonus 9: Mary the Web Developer

    Bonus 9: Mary the Web Developer

    Listen to a story from "Mary", a web developer, who got an offer to do some work that ended up being not at all what she expected. Source articles will not be posted due to Mary's request to remain anonymous.

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
4.6K Ratings

4.6K Ratings

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Best Podcast

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