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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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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.

    The Anti-Trafficking Movement and Afghanistan

    The Anti-Trafficking Movement and Afghanistan

    When America withdrew from Afghanistan it left people behind. Interpreters, aid workers, allies, and even some U.S. citizens remained in the country as the Taliban took over. Since the official U.S. military exit, dozens of groups have sprung up to try to help people safely flee the country. 


    Not all of them are competent, but most of them are asking for money.


    Vice Motherboard features editor Tim Marchman and senior Staff Writer Anna Merlan looked into this for a piece titled The Anti-Trafficking Movement Is Pivoting to Afghanistan. Marchman is here today to talk with us about the weird world of online led anti-trafficking groups and how they’ve latched onto Afghanistan as their newest cause.
     
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    • 28 min
    Darknet Diaries Presents: The Pentagon's Online War Against ISIS

    Darknet Diaries Presents: The Pentagon's Online War Against ISIS

    On Cyber this week we bring you an episode from the podcast Darknet Diaries by Jack Rhysider. In 2016, America went to war against ISIS at the head of an international coalition. The U.S. sent ships, soldiers, and material to the Middle East to fight off the Islamic State. It also sent cyber warriors to combat ISIS online. This is the story of Operation Glowing Symphony, an inside look at how the U.S. hacked the Islamic State and how the future of war is completely online.
     
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    • 1 hr 11 min
    Twitch Hacked!

    Twitch Hacked!

    An anonymous poster on 4Chan published 135 gigabytes of what appears to be internal data stolen from Twitch, including exactly how much money the platform’s biggest streamers make on Twitch. 
    On Wednesday, the poster published a link to a torrent of 135 GB, calling it "an extremely poggers leak" which allegedly includes source code for all Twitch clients for different operating systems, an unreleased Steam competitor, and internal tools that Twitch's security team uses. 
     
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    • 29 min
    Company That Handles Billions of Text Messages Was Hacked (and WTF is going on at Facebook?)

    Company That Handles Billions of Text Messages Was Hacked (and WTF is going on at Facebook?)

    Syniverse, a company that is a critical part of the global telecommunications infrastructure used by AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon and several others around the world such as Vodafone and China Mobile, quietly disclosed that hackers were inside its systems for years, impacting more than 200 of its clients and potentially millions of cellphone users worldwide. Plus! Facebook is extremely down. What's going on?
     
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    • 40 min
    Facebook's Content Moderators Are Leaving Their Jobs With PTSD

    Facebook's Content Moderators Are Leaving Their Jobs With PTSD

    If you’re on Facebook then there’s a company you’ve probably never heard of that makes it bearable. Accenture. The little-known consulting firm is one of the biggest companies in the booming market of content moderation. But you’ll probably never hear its name come out of the lips of Mark Zuckerberg or Sheryl Sandberg.


    When it comes to the world’s largest social media site, you either love it or you hate it. But chances are you don’t want to see a video of a dog skinned alive while you’re checking in on people from high school. That’s where Accenture comes in. AI gets rid of a lot, but sometimes a human has to make a call. The psychic cost of that work is devastating but it’s worth a lot of money to Facebook.


    Here to help us understand the bizarrely secret world of Facebook’s content moderation is Mike Issac of The New York Times. Isaac is a best-selling author who just co-wrote a story about all this titled The Silent Partner Cleaning Up Facebook for $500 Million a Year.
     
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    • 39 min
    How Amazon's Astro Robot Will Track Everything You Do

    How Amazon's Astro Robot Will Track Everything You Do

    Amazon's new robot called Astro is designed to track the behavior of everyone in your home to help it perform its surveillance and helper duties, according to leaked internal development documents and video recordings of Astro software development meetings obtained by Motherboard. The system's person recognition system is heavily flawed, according to two sources who worked on the project.


    The documents, which largely use Astro's internal codename "Vesta" for the device, give extensive insight into the robot's design, Amazon's philosophy, how the device tracks customer behavior as well as flow charts of how it determines who a "stranger" is and whether it should take any sort of "investigation activity" against them.
     
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    • 21 min

Customer Reviews

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432 Ratings

432 Ratings

shawnthor ,

Not hearing anything political…

See a lot of reviews talking about politics. Might be all you are thinking about.. not hearing anything political. Good content.

gna_b31 ,

Learn the latest

They do cover the latest technology news. However, it puts me to sleep in no time. I wish it had a little catchy music or sounds to keep my mind on track. Hosts are a tad boring and a quiet background. If u are able to stay awake it would be a great podcast to keep up with the latest.

eric12345678910 ,

Too left wing

The hosts and the guests are oblivious and condescending when talking about political things, they act like if someone thinks a certain way, then they’re just not valid, or out of touch with reality - it’s because the hosts themselves are in some sort of coastal bubble. Some topics are interesting, but each episode usually devolves into a left wing echo chamber, and I do isn’t come here for that. These people are the overly universitied (as opposed to educated). Unsubscribing.

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