125 episodes

The wildest computer hacks you could ever imagine. 500 million dollars disappear into thin air. Two teenagers disrupt a rocket launch. Foreign spies rig an election. Hosted by author and cybersecurity expert Ran Levi, Malicious Life unravels complex, dramatic historical events, with interviews from people who were actually there. Lock your door, wipe your hard drive, and come listen to fascinating stories from the cyber underground.

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The wildest computer hacks you could ever imagine. 500 million dollars disappear into thin air. Two teenagers disrupt a rocket launch. Foreign spies rig an election. Hosted by author and cybersecurity expert Ran Levi, Malicious Life unravels complex, dramatic historical events, with interviews from people who were actually there. Lock your door, wipe your hard drive, and come listen to fascinating stories from the cyber underground.

    The State of Credit Card Security [ML B-Side]

    The State of Credit Card Security [ML B-Side]

    In 2005, when Albert Gonzalez was hacking his way into the networks of many retail chains in the US, credit cards were still very insecure: magnetic stripes and signed receipts did little to stop smart hackers such as Gonzalez and his crew. Sherri Davidoff talks to Nate Nelson about the past and present state of credit card security.

    • 22 min
    Albert Gonzalez, Part 3

    Albert Gonzalez, Part 3

    In early 2007, a Secret Service agent operating out of San Diego takes a flight halfway across the world. He’s going to meet with Europe’s most prolific stolen card salesman. It is this meeting that will be the beginning of the end for Albert Gonzalez and his 'All Star' crew of hackers, international businessmen and mules.

    • 31 min
    DerbyCon – Dave Kennedy [ML B-Side]

    DerbyCon – Dave Kennedy [ML B-Side]

    DerbyCon was all about making the community - a family. Dave Kennedy, one of the founders of DerbyCon, talks about the unique vibe of the conference, his fear of clowns, and why he'll never - NEVER - listen to a Busta Rhymes album again.

    • 36 min
    Albert Gonzalez, Part 2

    Albert Gonzalez, Part 2

    Working with the Secret Service, Albert Gonzalez was outstanding. He was such a good employee, in fact, that they had him do seminars, and speak at government conferences. At one point he met personally with the then Director of the Secret Service. Albert gave a presentation, and got to shake the man’s hand.

    It’s a remarkable redemption story, you’d have to say. There was just one caveat. You see, Albert Gonzalez went from stealing millions of credit cards to quarterbacking the largest cyber crime bust in U.S history. And then? He went back to the Dark Side.

    • 37 min
    Jeff Moss: DEF CON [ML B-Side]

    Jeff Moss: DEF CON [ML B-Side]

    Jeff Moss, founder of the DEF CON Hacker convention (and also the BlackHat convention), talks to Eliad about the origins of DEF CON, its "interesting" relationship with law enforcement agencies, and some of the notable shenanigans the conference attendees pulled off over the years...

    • 36 min
    Albert Gonzalez, Part 1

    Albert Gonzalez, Part 1

    It was as a teenager that Albert Gonzalez--one of the few greatest cybercriminals in history--developed the obsession that would go on to ruin his life. Gonzalez and some of his friends would go on to pull off some of the most remarkable crimes in the history of computers - but they just didn’t know when to stop. If they did, they might have gotten away with it. They might not have ruined their lives.

    • 27 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
702 Ratings

702 Ratings

10339821 ,

Been a long time listener.Just have to say that guest Sherri Davidoff is terrific!

I just listened to your interview with Sherri Davidoff talking to Nate Nelson about the state of credit card security. She is top notch.

I'm extremely happy that you are able to find and host such interesting presenters. The quality of this presentation helps us all who work in IT. It is informative, fast paced, and holds my attention (which is extremely difficult). It is presented at a level that most businesses or "somewhat technical" people will readily understand.

She's a fantastic speaker with an ability to quickly describe technical details in a simple manner. This is hard for me to say, but I've participated in just about every level of IT and consulting for over 40 years with over 2 million miles traveled. So I know a pro when I hear it.

Anyhow, I love her insight and cadence in presenting her knowledge. She's very prepared and passionate about what she speaks of. I would enjoy her return any time - the more - the merrier.

Thank you for your great podcast - one of the best out there.

Best wishes,
Jeff
USA

Husky62108 ,

Very Interesting Podcast

I work in the IT field and have been looking for a new podcast. Most IT podcasts are dry but Malicious Life is sexy. It has suspense, drama and comedy all rolled into one. This is my new favorite IT podcast.

NewbyDood ,

Top Notch Podcast

Ren does a fantastic job telling interesting stories. This is one of the podcasts leading me to creating an Apple ID just to say thanks for such a great podcast. Keep the hits coming!

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