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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.

    Countries Are Trying to Hack Coronavirus Vaccines From Each Other

    Countries Are Trying to Hack Coronavirus Vaccines From Each Other

    The US has accused Russia and China of trying to hack research groups that are working on a coronavirus vaccine. Is that a bad thing?
     
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    • 17 min
    How Hackers Took Control of Twitter

    How Hackers Took Control of Twitter

    Motherboard reporter Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai hosts this special episode of Cyber. He's joined by Joseph Cox, who reported on the Twitter hack that had the accounts of Elon Musk, Joe Biden, and Apple amongst others tweet out a cryptocurrency scam.
     
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    • 35 min
    The Hacker Who's Hacking Ventilators to Save Lives

    The Hacker Who's Hacking Ventilators to Save Lives

    It’s a tale as old as our digital era: Tech enthusiasts wanting to repair their devices without the authorization of the company that makes them. Apple, for example, is notoriously awful at allowing users access to easy fixes of iPhones or Macbooks and instead offers expensive options with one of its “geniuses.” And like everything in our society, the current pandemic has exposed these right to repairs practises for what they are: Ridiculous. Our Motherboard EIC Jason Koebler is here to tell us about a Polish hacker who is saving ventilators.
     
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    • 45 min
    Hit Men, Drug Traffickers: The Criminal Phone Service Hacked By Cops

    Hit Men, Drug Traffickers: The Criminal Phone Service Hacked By Cops

    It’s straight out of a hacking thriller: drug dealers. Murderers. Extortionists. Traffickers. Hit men. All using an encrypted network to openly talk about their illicit trades, amassing millions in messages. 


    Then, like the magical hacks of a CSI cyber episode, the cops were in the network and went on the offensive.


    In one of his wildest stories to date, and that’s saying something, we have the great Motherboard reporter Joseph Cox on the show this week to tell us all about his wild cybercrime scoop.
     
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    • 29 min
    Is America Still Number One At Hacking?

    Is America Still Number One At Hacking?

    It used to be that American hackers and the NSA were the unquestionable world’s best. Following the many revelations from the Snowden leaks, it became clear the U.S. government had not only violated the civil liberties of American citizens, but the NSA had done an excellent job hacking, well, everything. It hacked the phones of world leaders (including key allies) and made major geopolitical rivals China and Russia very nervous.


    But, like everything else in the world, American hegemony in cyberspace has quickly faded as the proverbial American empire looks like it's in quick decline for a variety of obvious reasons. And when it comes to hacking powers across the world, it’s been widely reported that everyone from China to private mercenaries have caught up to the hacking skills of American hackers. 


    So for our Independence Day edition of CYBER, Motherboard reporter Lorenzo Francheschi Bicchiarrai and host Ben Makuch are discussing America’s standing among the world powers of cyberspace.
     
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    • 39 min
    Huawei's Chief Security Officer on 5G and Government Spying

    Huawei's Chief Security Officer on 5G and Government Spying

    The US government is in a race with China to provide the world with 5G networks. Some call it the new arms race, as both Washington and Beijing go from country to country trying to negotiate for its companies to provide the future of the internet’s architecture. Part of that has been Trump himself slagging Huawei and undermining the Chinese company as national security risk: The allegation being the company would give the Chinese government a mainline into spying on countries across the world. While some experts agree those fears are well founded, some of the bravade is undoubtedly part of the game of geopolitics. Today on the show we have Andy Purdy, Chief Security Officer for Huawei Technologies USA, to discuss the concerns around the company’s technologies.
     
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4.4 out of 5
324 Ratings

324 Ratings

JimTurner ,

I like Ben, don’t need the segment at the end.

As another review stated, the Jason K segments are even leading me to like Ben less. I’m listening to this show less frequently, and that shouldn’t be. I’ll make an effort if you make an effort. Thank you for this free product that I DO enjoy. Thanks again.

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I like the podcast but when it gets too opinionated I turn it off or when the guy who smacks his lips before every time he talks, gets annoying too. Stick to cool tech news and current events.

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Lip smacking

Lorenzo’s lip smacking is distracting.

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