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A helpful and hilarious take on the week's tech SNAFUs.

Computer security industry veterans Graham Cluley and Carole Theriault chat with guests about cybercrime, hacking, and online privacy. It's not your typical cybersecurity podcast...

Winner of the "Best Cybersecurity Podcast" in 2018, 2019, and 2023, and the "Most Entertaining" in 2022 and 2023, Smashing Security has had over nine million downloads. Past guests include Garry Kasparov, Mikko Hyppönen, and Rory Cellan-Jones.

Follow the podcast on Twitter at @smashinsecurity, and subscribe for free in your favourite podcast app. New episodes released at 7pm EST every Wednesday (midnight UK).

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A helpful and hilarious take on the week's tech SNAFUs.

Computer security industry veterans Graham Cluley and Carole Theriault chat with guests about cybercrime, hacking, and online privacy. It's not your typical cybersecurity podcast...

Winner of the "Best Cybersecurity Podcast" in 2018, 2019, and 2023, and the "Most Entertaining" in 2022 and 2023, Smashing Security has had over nine million downloads. Past guests include Garry Kasparov, Mikko Hyppönen, and Rory Cellan-Jones.

Follow the podcast on Twitter at @smashinsecurity, and subscribe for free in your favourite podcast app. New episodes released at 7pm EST every Wednesday (midnight UK).

Listen on Apple Podcasts
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    The fake deepfake, and Estate insecurity

    The fake deepfake, and Estate insecurity

    Remember when a US mother was accused of distributing explicit deepfake photos and videos to try to get her teenage daughter's cheerleading rivals kicked off the team? Well, there has been a surprising development. And learn how cybercriminals have been stealing boomers' one-time-passcodes via a secretive online service.
    All this and more is discussed in the latest edition of the "Smashing Security" podcast by cybersecurity veterans Graham Cluley and Carole Theriault.
    Warning: This podcast may contain nuts, adult themes, and rude language.
    Episode links:
    ‘Got that boomer!’: How cybercriminals steal one-time passcodes for SIM swap attacks and raiding bank accounts - TechCrunch.Cheerleader's mom created deepfake videos to allegedly harass her daughter's rivals - ABC News.Bucks County mom doctored videos to harass girls on daughter's cheerleading sqaud, prosecutors say - Philly Voice.Spone v. Reiss, Civil Action 23-0147 - Casetext.Mother 'used deepfake to frame cheerleading rivals' - BBC News.She was accused of faking an incriminating video of teenage cheerleaders. She was arrested, outcast and condemned. The problem? Nothing was fake after all - The Guardian.Parkrun - Wikipedia.Parkrun UK.Oxfordshire Artweeks 2024 - Artweeks homepage. Carole’s art website - carole.wtfSmashing Security merchandise (t-shirts, mugs, stickers and stuff)
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    • 40 min
    Unmasking LockBitsupp, company extortion, and a Tinder fraudster

    Unmasking LockBitsupp, company extortion, and a Tinder fraudster

    The kingpin of the LockBit ransomware is named and sanctioned, a cybersecurity consultant is charged with a $1.5 million extortion, and a romance fraudster stole £80,000 from women he met on Tinder.
    All this and much much more is discussed in the latest edition of the "Smashing Security" podcast by cybersecurity veterans Graham Cluley and Carole Theriault, joined this week by “Ransomware Sommelier” Allan Liska.
    Warning: This podcast may contain nuts, adult themes, and rude language.
    Episode links:
    Former Cybersecurity Consultant Arrested For $1.5 Million Extortion Scheme Against IT Company - US Department of Justice.United States vs Vincent Cannady (PDF) - US Department of Justice.LockBit leader unmasked and sanctioned - NCA.Romance fraudster defrauded women of £80,000 - BBC News.15 of the Most Trustworthy Accents in the UK Revealed - Country Living.Omoton phone car mount - Omoton.Stories are weapons by Annalee Newitz - WW Norton.All the Beauty in the World: A Museum Guard's Adventures in Life, Loss and Art by Patrick Bringley - Penguin.Smashing Security merchandise (t-shirts, mugs, stickers and stuff)
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    Kiteworks – Step into the future of secure managed file transfer with Kiteworks.Vanta – Expand the scope of your security program with market-leading compliance automation… while saving time and money. Smashing Security listeners get 20% off!Kolide – Kolide ensures that if your device isn’t secure it can’t access your cloud apps. It’s Device Trust for Okta. Watch the demo today!
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    • 51 min
    The closed loop conundrum, default passwords, and Baby Reindeer

    The closed loop conundrum, default passwords, and Baby Reindeer

    The UK Government takes aim at IoT devices shipping with weak or default passwords, a man spends two years incarcerated after being mistaken for the person who stole his identity, and are you au fait with the latest scams?
    All this and much more is discussed in the latest edition of the “Smashing Security” podcast by cybersecurity veterans Graham Cluley and Carole Theriault, joined this week by Paul Ducklin.
    Warning: This podcast may contain nuts, adult themes, and rude language.
    Episode links:
    New laws to protect consumers from cyber criminals come into force in the UK - UK Government.Mirai - Wikipedia.Identity theft victim wrongly locked up for 2 years is exonerated at last - Paul Ducklin.Amount of fraud in UK more than doubled to £2.3bn in 2023, report finds - The Guardian.5 scams you need to know about in 2024 - Which? News.How fraudsters are getting fake articles onto Facebook - BBC News.Five Scams To Beware In 2024 - Forbes Advisor UK.Eerie ‘breathing’ mistake to listen out for exposes costly AI ‘audio deepfake' scam calls that take just seconds to make - The Sun.How to spot fraud - UK Government.Etymology Monday: David Crystal on the word ‘gaggle’ - Literary Minded.Moon - Wikipedia.Baby Reindeer - Netflix.Why row over Baby Reindeer sleuths will change real-life drama for ever - The Guardian.Smashing Security merchandise (t-shirts, mugs, stickers and stuff)
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    Sonrai’s Cloud Permissions Firewall – A one-click solution to least privilege without disrupting DevOps. Start a 14 day free trial now!Vanta – Expand the scope of your security program with market-leading compliance automation… while saving time and money. Smashing Security listeners get 20% off!a href="https://www.kolide.com/smashing" rel="noopener...

    • 54 min
    Keeping the lights on after a ransomware attack

    Keeping the lights on after a ransomware attack

    Leicester City Council suffers a crippling ransomware attack, and a massive data breach, but is it out of the dark yet? And as election fever hits India we take a close eye at deepfakery.
    All this and more is discussed in the latest edition of the "Smashing Security" podcast by cybersecurity veterans Graham Cluley and Carole Theriault.
    Warning: This podcast may contain nuts, adult themes, and rude language.
    Episode links:
    When a breach goes from 25 documents to 1.3 terabytes… - Graham Cluley.Leicester street lights stuck on all day due to cyber attack - Leicester Mercury.Top AI researchers race to detect ‘deepfake’ videos: ‘We are outgunned - Washington Post.AI deepfakes threaten to upend global elections. No one can stop them - Washington Post.Models, dead netas, campaigning from jail: How AI is shaping Lok Sabha polls - India Today.Why Elections Take So Long in India - The New York Times.How A.I. Tools Could Change India’s Elections  - The New York Times.Bollywood deepfakes fuel AI election meddling fears in India - GG2.World Explained: How India's politicians are using AI to reach voters in the world’s most populous country - The Scotsman.12 Angry Men - Wikipedia.VIA Rail.Smashing Security merchandise (t-shirts, mugs, stickers and stuff)
    Sponsored by:
    Sonrai's Cloud Permissions Firewall - A one-click solution to least privilege without disrupting DevOps. Start a 14 day free trial now!Vanta – Expand the scope of your security program with market-leading compliance automation… while saving time and money. Smashing Security listeners get 20% off!Kolide – Kolide ensures that if your device isn’t secure it can’t access your cloud apps. It’s Device Trust for Okta. Watch the demo today!
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    • 42 min
    Gary Barlow, and a scam turns deadly

    Gary Barlow, and a scam turns deadly

    Take That's Gary Barlow chats up a pizza-slinging granny from Essex via Facebook, or does he? And a scam takes a sinister turn - for both the person being scammed and an innocent participant - in Ohio.
    All this and more is discussed in the latest edition of the "Smashing Security" podcast by cybersecurity veterans Graham Cluley and Carole Theriault.
    Warning: This podcast may contain nuts, adult themes, and rude language.
    Episode links:
    Animal Crossing with Garry Kasparov - Smashing Security.Gary Barlow - Wikipedia.I was catfished by a fake Gary Barlow on Facebook - Daily Mail.Video shows Clark County man charged with murder confront Uber driver - Springfield News.Uber driver, 61, shot dead by Ohio man, 81, who was being targeted by scammers - Daily Mail.Boxfit classes - Better.Waschii - PocketSized SolarHeated Washjing Machine - Indiegogo.Smashing Security merchandise (t-shirts, mugs, stickers and stuff)
    Sponsored by:
    Kiteworks – Step into the future of secure managed file transfer with Kiteworks.Vanta – Expand the scope of your security program with market-leading compliance automation… while saving time and money. Smashing Security listeners get 20% off!Kolide – Kolide ensures that if your device isn’t secure it can’t access your cloud apps. It’s Device Trust for Okta. Watch the demo today!
    SUPPORT THE SHOW:
    Tell your friends and colleagues about “Smashing Security”, and leave us a review on Apple Podcasts or Podchaser.
    Become a supporter via Patreon or Apple Podcasts for ad-free episodes and our early-release feed!

    FOLLOW US:
    Follow us on Twitter at @SmashinSecurity, or Mastodon, or on the Smashing Security subreddit, and a href="https://www.smashingsecurity.com/" rel="noopener noreferrer"...

    • 37 min
    WhatsApp at Westminster, unhealthy AI, and Drew Barrymore

    WhatsApp at Westminster, unhealthy AI, and Drew Barrymore

    MPs aren't just getting excited about an upcoming election, but also the fruity WhatsApp messages they're receiving, can we trust AI with our health, and who on earth is pretending to be a producer for the Drew Barrymore TV show?
    All this and much much more is discussed in the latest edition of the "Smashing Security" podcast by cybersecurity veterans Graham Cluley and Carole Theriault, joined this week by John Hawes.
    Warning: This podcast may contain nuts, adult themes, and rude language.
    Episode links:
    Naked photos sent in WhatsApp ‘phishing’ attacks on UK MPs and staff - Politico.How I was targeted in the Westminster honeytrap - BBC News.The Westminster honeytrap plotter tried to catch me too - The Times.How Westminster WhatsApp ‘honey trapper’ targeted party conference season - Politico.William Wragg quits Commons roles over Westminster honeytrap - BBC News.A new prescription - The Economist.Change Healthcare faces second ransomware dilemma weeks after ALPHV attack - The Register.‘The Drew Barrymore Show’ Targeted by Fraudsters in Celebrity Scamming Effort  - Yahoo! News.‘Drew Barrymore Show' Targeted in Hacking, ID Fraud Scam by Imposter Who Posed as Producer and More - Variety.Guy Fieri Calls Drew Barrymore “Gangster” For Talking With Her “Mouth Full Of Food” On ‘The Drew Barrymore Show’ - Decider. Beware The Fake Drew Barrymore Le Creuset Cookware Giveaway Scam - Malware Tips.Carmen - Royal Opera House.Mandy - BBC iPlayer.Anita de Monte Laughs Last - Bloomsbury.Smashing Security merchandise (t-shirts, mugs, stickers and stuff)
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    • 52 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
286 Ratings

286 Ratings

USA Mknitter ,

October 18, 2023 — You are NOT boring!

You both are NOT boring! Even though I am “across the pond,” I love listening to you, and the great insights and jokes (and your laughs) in your podcasts. Please don’t stop!

jd2020 ,

Really?

Wow. I would like the time I wasted listening to half of an episode back please. I’m sure SS appeals to someone. I’m just not sure who that would be.

TasneemPenn2013 ,

In my Top 3 Fave CS Podcasts!

I make it a point to listen to a variety of podcasts to stay current on the news, and this is in the top 3 for me.

Carole, fricking love the wit but also the professional ads…you’re a big part of what made me double back after my first listen to really appreciate the banter atop the industry insight from Graham.

Thank you and please keep making episodes while I listen to all of the ones made so far.

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