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Deception, influence, and social engineering in the world of cyber crime.

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    • Technology
    • 4.7 • 244 Ratings

Deception, influence, and social engineering in the world of cyber crime.

    Trusted Platform Module (TPM) (noun) [Word Notes]

    Trusted Platform Module (TPM) (noun) [Word Notes]

    A browser configuration control that prevents accessing resources within a private network.
    CyberWire Glossary link:
    Audio reference link: “TPM (Trusted Platform Module) - Computerphile,” Computerphile, 23 July 2021

    • 6 min
    Making the world a safer online place.

    Making the world a safer online place.

    Raj Sarkar, CMO from 1Password and Julien Benichou, Senior Director of Partnership, Strategy, and Execution from Gen.G, join Dave to discuss making the online world a safer place and talk about helping reduce the risk of gamers being the target of hackers. Joe and Dave share some followup from listener Ryan who writes in about the catch of the day from last week's episode, and what struck him most with the scam. Dave's story is on how the government was able to seize millions in stolen cryptocurrency. Joe's story is on a scam involving diamonds and how one scammer was caught, now sentenced to 12 years in prison. Our catch of the day comes from listener Jeremy who writes in about a suspicious email he received from one of his mothers friends. She wrote him asking if he could buy her gift cards and she would pay him back. He shares how he dealt with the scammer and informed his mom, one of her friends emails may have been compromised.
    Links to stories:

    How governments seize millions in stolen cryptocurrency

    Jeweler who sold Trump-Maples ring sentenced to 12 years in multimillion-dollar ‘Yellow Rose’ diamond scam


    Have a Catch of the Day you'd like to share? Email it to us at hackinghumans@thecyberwire.com or hit us up on Twitter

    • 49 min
    Private Network Access (PNA) (noun) [Word Notes]

    Private Network Access (PNA) (noun) [Word Notes]

    A browser configuration control that prevents accessing resources within a private network.
    CyberWire Glossary link:
    Audio reference link: “Chrome Limits Access to Private Networks,” by Daniel Lowrie, ITProTV, YouTube, 19 January 2022.

    • 5 min
    A return to office means a return to email scams.

    A return to office means a return to email scams.

    Romain Basset, Director of Customer Service, at Vade joins Dave to discuss the threat of initial contact spearphishing emails now that many employees are returning to the office. Dave and Joe share some listener follow up from listener Will who writes in about a troubling debate over if it should be "Joe and Dave" or "Dave and Joe." Will shares a website about ablaut reduplication, sharing his thoughts on the matter. Joe shares some good news following a story of a homeless man being robbed of $400,000 after a GoFundMe scam. Joe's story is on a woman who loses almost $150,000 over the phone with someone claiming to be a DEA agent. Dave's story is on a woman who gets scam calls up to 20 times a day. She was diagnosed with cancer in 2021, and can't afford to miss any calls from potential doctors or possible nurses trying to schedule appointments. Our catch of the day comes from listener Alex who writes in sharing how his Apple ID was hacked and locked, although the scammers got one crucial detail wrong, his email.
    Links to stories:

    Lincoln woman loses $149,000 in DEA phone scam

    GoFundMe scam: Kate McClure sentenced to 1 year in federal prison

    The nonstop scam economy is costing us more than just money


    Have a Catch of the Day you'd like to share? Email it to us at hackinghumans@thecyberwire.com or hit us up on Twitter

    • 47 min
    Extortion scams and the LGBTQ+ community.

    Extortion scams and the LGBTQ+ community.

    This week, Carole Theriault sits down to talk with Paul Ducklin from Sophos on extortion scams targeting LGBTQ+ communities. Joe and Dave share multiple pieces of listener follow up, the first from Matt and Kevin, who write in to share a Wikipedia link regarding N.B. (Nota Bene, or note well) and an ad from 1801. The second one is a write in from someone who is referred to as "P," who shares more information on the Facebook link shortener discussion. Finally, Joe and Dave get a great piece of listener feedback from listener and friend of the show Jonathan, who writes in about resist fingerprinting and how Firefox doesn't block fingerprinting. Dave's story is on trafficking victims being forced to scam people. Joe's story is on a credit union being targeted for phone scams. Our catch of the day comes from listener Ian, who shares how his son was trying to get college housing accommodations and went through Facebook, only to find out that not everyone is as trustworthy as they seem.
    Links to stories:

    From Industrial-Scale Scam Centers, Trafficking Victims Are Being Forced to Steal Billions

    Don’t fall for a scam targeting Ent Credit Union customers


    Have a Catch of the Day you'd like to share? Email it to us at hackinghumans@thecyberwire.com or hit us up on Twitter

    • 48 min
    Web 3.0 (noun)

    Web 3.0 (noun)

    The potential next evolution of the worldwide web that decentralizes interaction between users and content away from the big silicon valley social media platforms like Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube, and towards peer-to-peer interaction using blockchain as the underlying technology. 
    CyberWire Glossary link: https://thecyberwire.com/glossary/web-30
    Audio reference link: “What Elon Musk Just Said about Metaverse, Web3 and Neuralink,” By Clayton Morris, Crypto News Daily, YouTube. 2 December 2021.

    • 6 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
244 Ratings

244 Ratings

Jedi Wannabi ,

Informative and insightful, plus fun

Even if you're not deep into the cyber security world, this is a fun and interesting podcast. Sure, the delivery vehicle is cyber security, but the subject matter is really human nature and applicable everywhere.

Anon reviewer d00d ,

Cross promoted content is irrelevant

For some reason they have cross promoted content that is totally irrelevant. I assume they’re worried that word notes can’t survive as a stand alone as a podcast, so they subject the rest of us to it. OVER AND OVER AND OVER.

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Culturally insensitive

I am assuming it’s Dave Bittner that’s reading an email in an antiquated “Asian” accent (episode 165 around the 20 minute mark), but whether it’s him or not it’s culturally inappropriate / insensitive and should not have happened. It’s 2021 and you should know better, so please do better.

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