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Each week the CyberWire’s Hacking Humans Podcast looks behind the social engineering scams, phishing schemes, and criminal exploits that are making headlines and taking a heavy toll on organizations around the world. We talk to social engineering experts, security pros, cognitive scientists, and those practiced in the arts of deception (perhaps even a magician or two). We also hear from people targeted by social engineering attacks and learn from their experiences.

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Each week the CyberWire’s Hacking Humans Podcast looks behind the social engineering scams, phishing schemes, and criminal exploits that are making headlines and taking a heavy toll on organizations around the world. We talk to social engineering experts, security pros, cognitive scientists, and those practiced in the arts of deception (perhaps even a magician or two). We also hear from people targeted by social engineering attacks and learn from their experiences.

    Hi, I'm trying to steal your money.

    Hi, I'm trying to steal your money.

    Dave shares the most bizarrely honest phone scam of all time, Joe has a pretend PayPal phishing scam, the Catch of the Day finally lets Dave show us his best Blanche Devereaux, and later in the show Christopher Hadnagy from Social Engineer LLC returns with an update on the trends he’s been tracking.

    Links to stories:
    Active PayPal Phishing Scam Targets SSNs, Passport Photos
    Current PayPal phishing campaign or "give me all your personal information"
    Thanks to our sponsor, KnowBe4.

    • 30 min
    Fake news and misplaced trust.

    Fake news and misplaced trust.

    Joe shares a collection of romance scams from the great plains, Dave has a report which uncovered a root system of fake news, the catch of the day comes straight from... Warren Buffett? Later in the show Carole Theriault speaks with Lisa Forte from Red Goat on how her experiences working with the police have informed her perspective on the human factors in cyber security.
    Links to stories:
    Don't Get CatPhished This Valentine's Day By a Scammer
    These Fake Local News Sites Have Confused People For Years. We Found Out Who Created Them.
    Researchers propose detecting deepfakes with surprising new tool: Mice
    Thanks to our sponsor, KnowBe4.

    • 34 min
    I wouldn't want my computer to be disappointed.

    I wouldn't want my computer to be disappointed.

    Dave finally has good news. Joe shares a fake website created by the US Trading Commission... which doesn't exist. The catch of the day threatens FULL DATA LOSS! Later in the show, Anna Collard is the founder of security content publisher of Popcorn Training – a South African company that promotes Cyber Security awareness by using story-based techniques. Our conversation centers on the state of cyber security in Africa.
    Links to stories:
    DOJ sues US telecom providers for connecting Indian robocall scammers
    The aforementioned DOJ complaint
    Uncle Sam compensates you for data leaks (yeah, right)
    Thanks to our sponsor, KnowBe4.

    • 30 min
    They had no idea.

    They had no idea.

    Dave shares a particularly exposing sextortion scam. Joe has a story of a million-dollar scam that targeted college students in Miami just trying to pay their tuition. The catch of the day comes straight from The U.S. President. Later in the show, part two of Carole Theriault's interview with Jamie Bartlett, the brains and host behind The Missing Cryptoqueen, an amazing BBC podcast about trying to get to the bottom of the OneCoin scam.
    Links to stories:
    Fresh New Nest Video Extortion Scam Plays Out Like a Spy Game
    WeChat and stolen credit cards: How scammers victimized Miami Chinese college students
    Thanks to our sponsor, KnowBe4.

    • 31 min
    Flipping the script.

    Flipping the script.

    Dave's phone is blowing up with smishing attempts. Joe shares a story about fake license renewal attempts from The New Zealand Transportation Agency. The catch of the day flips the script on their attacker. Later in the show Carole Theriault speaks with Jamie Bartlett, the brains and host behind The Missing Cryptoqueen, an amazing BBC podcast about trying to get to the bottom of the OneCoin scam.
    Links to stories:
    Fresh Apple #Phishing found
    The catch of the day
    Thanks to our sponsor, KnowBe4.

    • 31 min
    Life in the (second) age of pirates.

    Life in the (second) age of pirates.

    Dave has an account from a man who was almost scammed by an impersonation of his own close friend. Joe has the story of a sophisticated phishing scheme involving Microsoft Office 365. The catch of the day goes all the way back to the age of pirates. Carole Theriault interviews Andrew Brandt from Sophos regarding their 2020 threat report.
    Links to stories:
    Tricky Phish Angles for Persistence, Not Passwords
    SophosLabs 2020 Threat Report 
    Thanks to our sponsor, KnowBe4.

    • 32 min

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