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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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    • 4.2 • 416 Ratings

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.

    Unmasking a Notorious Nazi Shitposter

    Unmasking a Notorious Nazi Shitposter

    Fascists love to perfect a look. Hugo Boss’ Nazi Uniforms, the striking headquarters of the Italian Fascist party, and the sleek presentation of Islamic State’s Dabiq all have one thing in common—they’re visually striking.


    So too with today’s extremists. Neo-Nazis from Atomwaffen Division to the Order of the 9 Angles have a certain aesthetic flair. And that’s largely down to a few influential artists. VICE extremism reporter and Cyber host Ben Makuch recently went in search of ‘Dark Foreigner:’ The Artist Who Fueled a Neo-Nazi Terror Movement. 
     
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    • 29 min
    It's Not The Heat, It's The Humidity That's Killing Us

    It's Not The Heat, It's The Humidity That's Killing Us

    A heat dome in the Western part of the continent reached 117 degrees. A town in British Columbia burned to the ground, and temperatures in Europe are shattering records. Climate change is here and it’s killing us. But it’s not just the heat. It’s the humidity. That’s why scientists are studying “wet bulb conditions”— or temperatures at which humans spontaneously die.


    What, exactly, are “wet bulb” conditions and when do we need to start worrying about them? Can we do anything to stop them? Are people already dying? Here to answer these questions and more is Motherboard intern Audrey Carleton, who has been covering this for the site.
     
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    • 36 min
    Why Silicon Valley Is Obsessed With This Ancient Philosophy

    Why Silicon Valley Is Obsessed With This Ancient Philosophy

    More than 1,800 years ago, Marcus Aurelius wrote, “When you wake up in the morning, tell yourself: The people I deal with today will be meddling, ungrateful, arrogant, dishonest, jealous, and surly.” If you’ve ever thought the same before logging into social media, you aren’t alone. In addition to being Emperor of Rome, Aurelius is one of the founders of Stoicism—an ancient philosophy that’s recently become widely popular among the Silicon Valley elite.


    But what do ancient Roman philosophers have to do with billionaire tech bros like Jack Dorsey? A lot, it turns out. Vice Senior Staff Writer Shayla Love wrote the ultimate stoicism explainer and she’s here with us today to talk about what it means that the world’s rich and powerful are turning to ancient texts for life advice.
     
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    • 34 min
    My First Hack: Turning The School’s Heat On With My Telephone

    My First Hack: Turning The School’s Heat On With My Telephone

    Andrew Tierney, better known online as Cybergibbons, earned his reputation hacking things like thermostats, home alarms, and other hardware like cryptocurrency wallets. 
    So it makes a lot of sense that his first ever hack back in the 90s was to take control of his high school’s heating system from his bedroom. Here's the story of Andrew's first hack.
     
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    Live Eye Pays Remote Workers to Spy

    Live Eye Pays Remote Workers to Spy

    Imagine you’re at work, it’s a long day and you lean back in your chair only to hear a chime and a disembodied voice.The voice fills the room and it tells you to stop leaning and get back to work.
    There’s a sense that someone is always watching and ready to reprimand you for the slightest infraction.


    That’s the promise of Live Eye—a CCTV camera system which, for a monthly fee, will monitor a store's security cameras 24/7 and step in if there’s trouble. It sells itself as a safety feature, but as a new report from Motherboard's Todd Feathers’ shows …. It’s anything but safe.
     
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    The Latest On Amazon Dehumanizing Its Workers

    The Latest On Amazon Dehumanizing Its Workers

    Just as Amazon founder and richest man in the world, Jeff Bezos, announced that he was going into space via his private rocket company and news broke that he pays shockingly little on his income taxes, New York state is set to pass a groundbreaking antitrust law that will challenge the labor practices of the tech giant. 


    At the same time, Motherboard reporter Lauren Gurley broke the news of yet-more ill treatment of Amazon workers that will blow your mind. With more on that she’s on this week’s show to tell us more.
     
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    • 28 min

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5
416 Ratings

416 Ratings

Nitrouspwns ,

Well

Until the political topics comes up, it’s great. But when I’m hearing about cyber, the last thing I want to hear is how someone leans politically… unsubscribing, unfortunately.

SWIFTERTHANEVA ,

Keep it about the Topic...

One star, stay focused on the topic

permanentdaylight ,

Used to be better

This podcast used to be a lot better - it felt like the stories were more substantial and well reported. In the past 18 months the quality seems to have really dropped off. A lot of the “stories” they do now are basically just quick summaries, no depth to them at all. Often for interviews it doesn’t even seem like they prepare questions or notes ahead of time...a lot of filler words and monotone and just generally sounding bored. Meh.

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