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Smashing Security

Graham Cluley, Carole Theriault

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Join computer security industry veterans Graham Cluley and Carole Theriault as they chat with guests about cybercrime, hacking, and online privacy. Follow the podcast on Twitter at @SmashinSecurity. New episodes released every Thursday. Bonus "splint...Show More

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113: FaceTime, Facebook, faceplant

45:50 | Jan 31st

A FaceTime bug allows callers to see and hear you before you answer the phone, Facebook's Nick Clegg tries to convince us the social network is changing its ways, and IoT hacking is big in Japan. All this and much much more is discussed in the lates...Show More

112: Payroll scams, gold coin heists, web giants spanked

43:07 | Jan 24th

Business email compromise evolves to target your company's payroll, how the world's largest gold coin was stolen from a Berlin museum, and are internet giants feeling the heat yet over data security? All this and much much more is discussed in the l...Show More

111: When rivals hack, and "extreme" baby monitors

40:56 | Jan 17th

Why a business spat resulted in Liberia falling off the internet, how the US Government shutdown is impacting website security, and the perplexing world of extreme IoT devices. All this and much much more is discussed in the latest edition of the "S...Show More

110: What? You can get paid to leave Facebook?

51:08 | Jan 10th

Twitter and the not-so-ethical hacking of celebrity accounts, study discovers how you can pay someone to quit Facebook for a year, and the millions of dollars you can make from uncovering software vulnerabilities. All this and much much more is dis...Show More

109: Grinches target Amazon and Reddit, stealing Christmas from the poor

46:58 | Dec 20th, 2018

Join us for our special Christmas episode as we tell tales of printer hacking, website defacement, Grinches, and how Google is snooping on your private YouTube videos. All this and much much more is discussed in the latest edition of the "Smashing S...Show More

108: Hoaxes, Huawei and chatbots - with Mikko Hyppönen

48:42 | Dec 13th, 2018

The curious case of George Duke-Cohan, Huawei's CFO finds herself in hot water, and the crazy world of mobile phone mental health apps. All this and much much more is discussed in the latest edition of the "Smashing Security" podcast by computer sec...Show More

107: Sextorting the US army, and a Touch ID scam

44:16 | Dec 6th, 2018

Fitness apps exploit TouchID through a sneaky user interface trick, tech giants claim to have a plan to banish passwords, and you won't believe who was behind a sextortion scam that targeted over 400 members of the US military. All this and much muc...Show More

106: Google Maps, Fed phishing, and Grinch bots

1:00:50 | Nov 29th, 2018

How are scammers stealing your money through Google Maps? Why did the FBI create a fake FedEx website? And how are US senators hoping to stop Grinch bots ruining Christmas? All this and much much more is discussed in the latest edition of the "Smash...Show More

105: Facebook, Nietzsche, Tesla, and Nicole

44:17 | Nov 22nd, 2018

Tesla takes customer service a step too far, is it a romantic gesture or stalking when you email 246 women called Nicole, and Carole finds herself in a Facebook dilemma. All this and much much more is discussed in the latest edition of the "Smashing...Show More

104: The world's most evil phishing test, and cyborgs in the workplace

54:47 | Nov 15th, 2018

Does your employer want to turn you into a cyborg? Was this phishing test devised by an evil genius? And how did a cinema chain get scammed out of millions, time and time again...? Oh, and the subject of erasable pens comes up again. All this and m...Show More

103: An Instagram nightmare, crazy iPhone deaths, and election hack claims

52:59 | Nov 8th, 2018

One travel blogger finds you don't have to be Kylie Jenner to be targeted by an Instagram hacker. When 40 iPhones at a hospital mysteriously die, what could be the explanation? And, surprise surprise, political parties in the USA are throwing around...Show More

102: Ethical dilemmas, Girl Scouts, and porn-loving US officials

47:42 | Nov 1st, 2018

Who deserves to die in a driverless car crash? Who has been sniffing around the Girl Scouts' email account? And just how long would it take for a geologist to visit 9,000 adult web pages? All this and much much more is discussed in the latest editio...Show More

101: Rule 34, Twitter scams, and Facebook fails

50:32 | Oct 24th, 2018

A Facebook friend request leads to arrest, Twitter scams ride again via promoted ads, and adult websites expose their members. Oh, and Graham finds out what Rule 34 is. All this and much much more is discussed in the latest edition of the "Smashing ...Show More

100: One flippin' hundred

52:24 | Oct 17th, 2018

Yes, Smashing Security has reached its 100th episode! Despite our celebratory mood, we don't forget to take a look at the security stories of the last week - including an alarming IoT failure and a dating app disaster for Donald Trump devotees. All...Show More

099: Passwords - A Smashing Security splinter (replay)

16:45 | Oct 10th, 2018

With Carole in the wilds of Canada, and Graham knee-deep in a security conference in Glasgow, we drag an episode out from the archives of February 2017 - looking at the thorny subject of passwords. Join computer security veterans Graham Cluley, Caro...Show More

098: A Facebook omnishambles

51:28 | Oct 3rd, 2018

Millions of Facebook user accounts put at risk after hack! The UK Conservative party's conference app causes a privacy omnishambles! And Facebook (again) has been doing something naughty with the phone numbers you give it for security reasons! Oh, an...Show More

097: Dash cam surveillance, robocall plague, and Zoho woe

44:14 | Sep 26th, 2018

Why was Zoho's website taken offline by its own domain registrar? How are dash cams making you less secure? And why are robocalls on the rise in the United States? All this and much much more is discussed in the latest edition of the "Smashing Secur...Show More

096: Bribing Amazon staff, and blinking deepfakes

33:50 | Sep 19th, 2018

Amazon staff are being bribed to delete negative reviews and leak data, deepfakes are getting more dangerous, an update on John McAfee's bitcoin bet, and our guest gets a shock... All this and much much more is discussed in the latest edition of the...Show More

095: British Airways hack, Mac apps steal browser history, and one person has 285,000 texts leaked

42:21 | Sep 12th, 2018

Malicious script is being blamed for the British Airways hack, Trend Micro's apps are booted out of the Mac App Store for snaffling private data, and Paul Manafort's daughter wants Twitter to remove a link. All this and much much more is discussed i...Show More

094: Rogue browser extensions, Twitter presence, and how to cheat in exams

52:00 | Sep 6th, 2018

What's the danger when browser extensions go bad? Is Twitter sharing your online status a boon for stalkers? And which of the show's hosts is going to admit to cheating in their exams? All this and much much more is discussed in the latest edition o...Show More

093: Abandoned domains and dating app dangers

37:18 | Aug 29th, 2018

How do fraudsters exploit abandoned domains to steal your company's secrets? How can you better protect your privacy when looking for love online? And who has the longest arms in the animal kingdom? All this and more is discussed in the latest editi...Show More

092: Hacky sack hack hack

51:54 | Aug 22nd, 2018

Is your used car still connected to its old owner? Just how did Apple manage to identify the teenager hacker who stole 90GB of the firm's files? And why on earth would a firm of lawyers start producing pornographic videos? You'll be surprised by the...Show More

091: Sextortion, Las Vegas hotels, and Alex Jones

48:14 | Aug 15th, 2018

Just how did sextortionists get (some) of the digits in your phone number? Why are some hackers saying they won't be going to DEF CON in Las Vegas anymore? And should Alex Jones from InfoWars be banned from Twitter? All this and much much more is di...Show More

090: Fortnite for Android, and the FCC's DDoS BS

36:47 | Aug 8th, 2018

Fortnite players are told they'll have to disable a security setting on Android, the FCC finally admits that it wasn't hit by a DDoS attack, and Verizon's VPN smallprint raises privacy concerns. All this and much much more is discussed in the latest...Show More

089: Data breaches, ransomware, Bitcoin robberies, and typewriters

44:31 | Aug 1st, 2018

Ransomware rears its head again, Dixons Carphone reveals its data breach was almost 1000% worse than they previously thought, a man is accused of stealing five million dollars worth of cryptocurrency through hijacking mobile phones, and a Canadian gu...Show More

088: PayPal’s Venmo app even makes your drug purchases public

42:55 | Jul 25th, 2018

Websites still using HTTP are marked as "not secure" by Chrome, 85,000 Google employees haven't been phished for a year, and if you're buying drugs via PayPal’s Venmo app you should say goodbye to privacy. All this and much much more is discussed in...Show More

087: How Russia hacked the US election

44:32 | Jul 18th, 2018

Regardless of whether Donald Trump believes Russia hacked the Democrats in the run-up to the US Presidential election or not, we explain how they did it. And Carole explores some of the creepier things being done in the name of surveillance. All th...Show More

086: Elon Musk submarine scams and 2FA bypass

39:05 | Jul 11th, 2018

The world has been gripped with the story of that soccer team, those poor boys... but enough about England's World Cup hopes being dashed, it's time for another episode of "Smashing Security". Crypto scamming Thai cave rescue scoundrels! $25 million...Show More

085: Doctor Who, Facebook patents, and Bob's Burgers

37:10 | Jul 4th, 2018

Doctor Who's TARDIS has sprung a data leak, Facebook's creepy patents are unmasked, and an app to keep women safe on dates has surprising origins. All this and much much more is discussed in the latest edition of the "Smashing Security" podcast by c...Show More

084: No! My voice is not my password

33:54 | Jun 27th, 2018

Who's been collecting the voice prints of millions of people saying "My voice is my password"? Why has it become tougher for law enforcement to scoop up cellphone data? And who's been turning up your central heating? All this and much much more is d...Show More

083: Fake email derails clarinetist's dream

27:32 | Jun 20th, 2018

Hell hath no fury like a jealous clarinetist's girlfriend! Your Google ChromeCast could be letting stalkers find out where you live! And why on earth is Graham recommending people write their passwords down in a book!? Join computer security veteran...Show More

082: World Cup cybersecurity, crypto crashes, and a bang of a password fail

39:00 | Jun 13th, 2018

Coinrail cryptocurrency exchange goes offline after hack, Russia appears to be 'live testing' cyber attacks, and Florida stopped running background checks on gun buyers because of forgotten password. All this and much much more is discussed in the l...Show More

081: Hacker no-hopers, Wessex Water has a word, and we win an award

25:32 | Jun 7th, 2018

The mastermind behind the Owari botnet doesn't seem to have learnt anything from his victims, and someone at Wessex Water forgets to remove an embarrassing sentence from a letter sent to customers... All this and much much more is discussed in the l...Show More

080: Country bans Facebook, eavesdropping Alexa, and PornHub VPN

34:25 | May 30th, 2018

The country of Papua New Guinea is planning a month-long nationwide ban of Facebook, PornHub wants to keep your online activities more private, and Amazon Alexa forwards a married couple's private conversation to a random contact. All this and much ...Show More

079: Mugshots, mobile mania, and back end gurus

51:13 | May 23rd, 2018

A website which demands money if you want your police mugshot removed, could "sharenting" lead to a rise in fraud and identity theft, and how could the FBI have overcounted encrypted phones so badly? All this and much much more is discussed in the l...Show More

078: Hounds hunt hackers, too-human Google AI, and ethnic recognition tech - WTF?

43:51 | May 16th, 2018

Dogs are trained to sniff out hackers' hard drives, facial recognition takes an ugly turn, and do you trust Google to book your hair appointment? All this and much much more is discussed in the latest edition of the "Smashing Security" podcast by co...Show More

077: Why Paris Hilton doesn’t use iCloud, lottery hacking, and Facebook dating

39:54 | May 9th, 2018

The tricky-to-pronounce Paytsar Bkhchadzhyan is jailed for hacking Paris Hilton, we hear the story of the man who hacked the lottery and almost got away with $16.5 million, and Facebook thinks it is the perfect partner to find you a date. All this a...Show More

076: Spying phones, hacked ski lifts, and World Password Day

44:00 | May 2nd, 2018

Cheap Android smartphones sold on Amazon have been sending customers' full text messages to a Chinese server, ski lifts are found to be the latest devices left open to abuse by hackers, and we remind you why password managers are a good idea on World...Show More

075: Quitting Facebook

28:08 | Apr 25th, 2018

Should you quit Facebook? How do you delete your Facebook account? What do you need to consider before leaving Facebook for good? And what's the easiest way to successfully go cold turkey on Facebook? Find out in this special splinter episode of the...Show More

074: Smashing Security isn't bullsh*t

48:42 | Apr 18th, 2018

Crime forums on Facebook, fraudsters pose as anti-fraud hotlines, and how big advertising companies are in bed with the rampant data collection of internet giants. All this and much much more is discussed in the latest edition of the "Smashing Secur...Show More

073: Rick Astley: Never gonna hack you up...

39:13 | Apr 11th, 2018

Politician admits to hacking a rival's website, T-Mobile Austria ends up in a Twitter security storm, and siren systems are hit by a Rick Astley attack. All this and much much more is discussed in the latest edition of the "Smashing Security" podcas...Show More

072: Why are firms so cr*p with our private data?

33:41 | Apr 4th, 2018

Grindr, MyFitnessPal, and Panera Bread. They've all had data breach scares of varying degrees this week. Some handled the security breaches well, some didn't. We took a look at how well different firms are respecting your data privacy. All this and ...Show More

071: Pony-tailed pundit ponders privacy problems

41:36 | Mar 28th, 2018

Endangering your friends online, the fibs told by VPN vendors, developments from the world of cryptomining, and Carole shares an animated GIF with Mikko and Graham. All this and much much more is discussed in the latest edition of the "Smashing Secu...Show More

070: Facebook and Cambridge Diabolica

40:38 | Mar 22nd, 2018

It’s not fair to describe what happened at Facebook and Cambridge Analytica as a data breach - it’s much worse than that. An autonomous Uber vehicle kills a pedestrian. And sextortion continues to be a serious problem. All this and much much more ...Show More

069: Cryptomining, China, and Bob Ross

42:11 | Mar 15th, 2018

How come Apple's Mac App Store authorised a buggy app that mined for cryptocurrency in the background? How can a Mosquito attack steal data from an air-gapped computer? And is China keeping score on its social media-loving citizens? All this and muc...Show More

068: Malware from outer space!

44:57 | Mar 8th, 2018

If aliens did contact us would it be safe to open the email? Why would MoviePass track film lovers after they leave the cinema? Would you know how to get around Malaysia when your car rental website lets you down? And will Graham please stop talkin...Show More

067: Cyber stalking and gun control

35:39 | Mar 1st, 2018

Incognito mode on your browser not as private as you think, consumer spyware companies get hacked, Graham is accused of "multitasking" in his hotel room, and Carole champions the students of Parkland, Florida. All this and much much more is discusse...Show More

066: Passwords, pirates, and postcards

39:31 | Feb 22nd, 2018

Flight simulators packed with password-grabbing malware, Facebook fighting Russian trolls, and how vulnerability researchers fear being sued. All this and much much more is discussed in the latest edition of the "Smashing Security" podcast by comput...Show More

065: Cryptominomania, Poppy, and your Amazon Alexa

49:42 | Feb 15th, 2018

Cryptomining goes nuclear, YouTube for Kids gets scary, and TV ads have been given the green light to mess with your Amazon Alexa. All this and much much more is discussed in the latest edition of the "Smashing Security" podcast by computer securit...Show More

064: So just a "teeny tiny" security issue then?

43:56 | Feb 8th, 2018

A Namecheap vulnerability allows strangers to make subdomains for your website, Troy Hunt examines password length, and ex-Google and Facebook employees are fighting to protect kids from social media addiction. All this and much much more is discuss...Show More

063: Carole's back!

45:26 | Feb 1st, 2018

Fitness trackers breaching your privacy, how anyone can create convincing celebrity porn, and how ransomware authors are getting ripped off by scammers. All this and much much more is discussed in the latest edition of the "Smashing Security" podcas...Show More

062: Tinder spying, Amazon shoplifting, and petrol pump malware

44:10 | Jan 25th, 2018

Your Tinder swipes can be spied upon, Amazon is opening high street stores that don't require any staff, and Russian fuel pumps are being infected with malware in an elaborate scheme to make large amounts of money. With Carole on a top secret specia...Show More

061: Fallout over Hawaii missile false alarm

50:28 | Jan 18th, 2018

User interfaces and poor procedures lead to pandemonium in Hawaii, hackers are attempting to trick victims into opening cryptocurrency-related email attachments, and yet more pox-ridden apps are found in Android's Google Play store. All this and muc...Show More

060: Meltdown, Spectre, and personal devices in the White House

40:16 | Jan 11th, 2018

The chips are down, as tech companies struggle to protect against the Meltdown and Spectre flaws. The White House is getting tough on leakers by banning personal devices from the West Wing. And someone has been embedding a Bitcoin wallet into their h...Show More

059: An intro to Bitcoin and Blockchain

26:28 | Jan 4th, 2018

In this special "splinter" episode of the "Smashing Security" podcast we take a look at Bitcoin and Blockchain. What's all the fuss about cryptocurrencies? How can you protect your Bitcoin wallet? And how does the Blockchain work? Lots of questions,...Show More

058: Face ID, Firefox, and Windows SNAFUs, plus Bitcoin FOMO

42:46 | Dec 21st, 2017

Is Face ID racist? Has Mr Robot infected your Firefox browser? Has Microsoft pushed a buggy password manager onto your Windows PC? All this and much much more is discussed in the special first birthday edition of the "Smashing Security" podcast by c...Show More

057: Mikko - live from the sauna - talks Bitcoin security

40:34 | Dec 14th, 2017

How to protect yourself from Bitcoin hackers, why you should think twice before giving Amazon the keys to your house, and how a private investigator tried to hack Donald Trump's tax returns. All this and much much more is discussed in the latest edi...Show More

056: Peeping Toms, prison hacks, and parliamentary passwords

41:11 | Dec 7th, 2017

Why you should check your Airbnb for hidden cameras, a hacker attempts a different kind of jailbreak, and British MPs prove that they really are clueless when it comes to cybersecurity. All this and much much more is discussed in the latest edition ...Show More

055: Uber, net neutrality, and website hacks

28:05 | Nov 30th, 2017

Uber covers up a data breach, the noose tightens on net neutrality, and Bulletproof's website spills the data beans. All this and much much more is discussed in the latest edition of the "Smashing Security" podcast by computer security veterans Grah...Show More

054: A great big fat macOS bug

08:09 | Nov 29th, 2017

Yes, you can log into macOS High Sierra's root account with no password. In this special "emergency" edition of the podcast computer security veterans Graham Cluley and Carole Theriault discuss the breaking news of a serious Apple macOS bug that all...Show More

053: Game of Thrones, a major Amazon cloud leak, and web tracking gone crazy

40:31 | Nov 23rd, 2017

The FBI think they've identified the HBO hacker, the US military have been caught with a leaky bucket, and web tracking has just got scarier than ever. All this and much much more is discussed in the latest edition of the "Smashing Security" podcast...Show More

052: Facebook tackles vengeful scumbags, and a sex toy privacy boob

39:27 | Nov 16th, 2017

Is your dildo listening to you? Do you trust Facebook with your most intimate photos? And just how did a vengeful DDoSer come up with that nickname? All this and much much more is discussed in the latest edition of the "Smashing Security" podcast by...Show More

051: Robots, romance, passwords, and CrunchyRoll

41:33 | Nov 9th, 2017

Passwords are under the microscope again, CrunchyRoll leads anime fans to malware, a sexy robot gains Saudi citizenship, and Carole begins her career as an agony aunt. All this and much much more is discussed in the latest edition of the "Smashing S...Show More

050: MailChimp, Piers Morgan, and The Dark Overlord

42:41 | Nov 2nd, 2017

There's little time to celebrate our 50th episode, because there are rants to be had about MailChimp's switch to single opt-in, Graham upsets Piers Morgan on Twitter, and the Dark Overlord hacking gang are up to some pretty horrid tricks. All this a...Show More

049: Hacking funeral homes, crypto mining websites, and careful with that hairspray

44:56 | Oct 25th, 2017

Scammers show a lack of imagination after hacking a funeral home, more websites are secretly stealing visitors' resources to mine for cryptocurrency, and everyone is very confused about the USA's airline laptop ban. All this and much much more is di...Show More

048: KRACK, North Korea, and an 18th century cyber attack

33:44 | Oct 18th, 2017

KRACK! Has the Wi-Fi vulnerability got you worried? Did North Korea hack a British TV company to prevent a "slanderous farce" from being made? And what have Dutch police learnt from Pokémon? All this and much much more is discussed in the latest edi...Show More

047: Kaspersky, AI, and a well-handled data breach

40:35 | Oct 11th, 2017

America turns the heat up on Kaspersky anti-virus, Disqus announces a data breach, Elon Musk plans a bolthole on Mars to escape our robot overlords, and Graham gets to play chess with Garry Kasparov. All this and much much more is discussed in the l...Show More

046: Good beard bad beard

38:17 | Oct 4th, 2017

Bearded man entangled in dark web drugs market bust, Google researches how to make browser security warnings less confusing, and (ahem) "bedroom entertainment systems" probed for security holes. All this and more is discussed in the latest edition o...Show More

045: Deloitte fail, CCleaner, and dotards on Twitter

36:25 | Sep 27th, 2017

Deloitte suffers an embarrassing hack, CCleaner spreads malware, and Twitter explains why it isn't planning to ban Donald Trump from Twitter anytime soon. All this and more is discussed in the latest edition of the "Smashing Security" podcast by com...Show More

044: Bonus behind the scenes - shower time

06:59 | Sep 25th, 2017

Carole wants to know why Graham keeps FaceTiming her from the shower. Can you help solve the mystery? ("Bonus" behind-the-scenes content.) Follow the show on Twitter at @SmashinSecurity, or visit our website for more episodes. Remember: Subscribe...Show More

043: Backups - a necessary evil?

29:18 | Sep 20th, 2017

In this special "splinter" episode of the "Smashing Security" podcast we tackle the tricky subject of backups - when did you last backup your data? how and what should you backup? and where should you store them? Lots of questions and Graham gets to...Show More

042: Equifax, BlueBorne, and the iPhone X

45:47 | Sep 14th, 2017

Equifax's shambolic response to its huge data breach, a scary-sounding Bluetooth exploit, and Apple's iPhone X comes with Face ID. All this and more is discussed in the latest edition of the "Smashing Security" podcast by computer security veterans ...Show More

041: Hacking Instagram, facial failures, and spying bosses

46:10 | Sep 7th, 2017

It's easy to phone up a celebrity on Instagram following security breach, facial recognition at Notting Hill Carnival can't tell the girls from the boys, and companies are spying on their workers' activities. All this and more is discussed in the la...Show More

040: The show that cost Troy Hunt 14 dollars

47:34 | Aug 30th, 2017

Are public figures lying about being hacked? What were online criminals doing with 711 million email addresses? And how could scammers profit from Hurricane Harvey? All this and more is discussed in the latest edition of the "Smashing Security" podc...Show More

039: Woah - are we talking to a cyborg?

46:01 | Aug 24th, 2017

Hackers could change emails in your inbox after they are delivered, the web is getting more and more encrypted, and hacked robots can be commanded to umm... stab you. All this and more is discussed in the latest edition of the "Smashing Security" po...Show More

038: Gents! Stop airdropping your pics!

44:55 | Aug 17th, 2017

WannaCry hero Marcus Hutchins (aka MalwareTech) pleads not guilty to malware charges, the Scottish parliament is hit by a brute force attack, IoT smart locks aren't so smart, and.. ahem.. someone is sending intimate pics via AirDrop to unsuspecting c...Show More

037: Boobs, dragons and data breaches

37:38 | Aug 10th, 2017

Hackers are holding HBO to ransom after a massive data breach, and have leaked the phone numbers and email addresses of "Game of Thrones" cast members. Has security firm Carbon Black been leaking customers's sensitive files while trying to scan them...Show More

036: Flash? Clunk flush... and hacking security researchers

44:57 | Aug 3rd, 2017

A security threat researcher is badly hacked in a revenge attack. Some people want to save Adobe Flash, but is that wise? And a poorly-secured electronic billboard starts displaying offensive images... All this and more is discussed in the latest ed...Show More

035: Up the Roomba with mandatory Chinese spyware

37:24 | Jul 26th, 2017

China is forcing people to install smartphone spyware, young cyberoffenders are offered rehab, and robot vacuum cleaners want to sell maps of the inside of your house to tech firms. All this and more is discussed in the latest edition of the "Smashi...Show More

034: The pen is mightier than the password

48:35 | Jul 20th, 2017

The UK government wants you to give your credit card details to porn sites, Ashley Madison offers compensation to the people whose lives it ruined, and an adult website wants you to pass its unorthodox and below-the-belt biometric identity check... g...Show More

033: 1Password, net neutrality, and spatchcock chicken

42:04 | Jul 13th, 2017

Is password manager 1Password treating its customers unfairly? Are autonomous cars driving us around the bend? And what is this Net Neutrality thing anyway? All this and more is discussed in the latest edition of the "Smashing Security" podcast by ...Show More

032: The iPhone 8, a data breach at the AA, and a mystery no show

35:26 | Jul 6th, 2017

The iPhone 8 is on its way and may use 3D facial recognition rather than a fingerprint sensor to lock out intruders, and the UK's Automobile Association claims it hasn't leaked any credit card data, so why is it getting so upset about security resear...Show More

031: Petya (don't know the name of this ransomware)

44:37 | Jun 29th, 2017

Another major ransomware outbreak rattles the world - but no-one can decide what it's called, the danger posed to driverless cars by kangaroos, and do you really want an Amazon Echo Show? All this and more is discussed in the latest edition of the "...Show More

030: GDPR - The good and the bad

26:43 | Jun 22nd, 2017

In this special "splinter" episode, regular hosts Graham Cluley and Carole Theriault are joined by special guest Kevin Gorsline to discuss the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), and what it means for your business even if you...Show More

029: Exploits to get your English teeth into

38:08 | Jun 15th, 2017

Microsoft gives us a Patch Tuesday shock, malware grows up for the Mac, and your mouse movements might reveal if you're an identity thief. All this and more is discussed in the latest edition of the "Smashing Security" podcast by computer security...Show More

024: Reality Winner, Gordon Ramsay and a leaky bucket

38:08 | Jun 8th, 2017

Evidence of Russia hacking the US election leaks from the NSA and Reality is not a winner, confidential data is accidentally exposed in the cloud by a defence contractor, and Gordon Ramsay has a few choice words for his hacking father-in-law. All th...Show More

023: Covfefe

40:27 | May 31st, 2017

Hackers are blackmailing cosmetic surgery patients, and threatening to release their naked photos. A British Airways IT snafu causes travel chaos for thousands. And Germany is threatening to throw hefty fines at Facebook if it can't police its conten...Show More

022: Walk this way... to defeat biometrics

31:47 | May 25th, 2017

The Samsung Galaxy S8 claims that its iris recognition technology provides "airtight security", but the Chaos Computer Club knows better and shows how it can be easily bypassed. Australian researchers create a wearable gizmo that authenticates you th...Show More

021: WannaCry - Who's to blame?

35:15 | May 18th, 2017

The WannaCry ransomware has struck! But before we tackle that subject, and who we should blame for one of the highest profile malware attacks for years, we discuss how HP has been unwittingly capturing the keystrokes of its laptop users. Then we brie...Show More

020: Phishing for Donald Trump

30:45 | May 10th, 2017

Gizmodo's attempt to reveal Donald Trump's administration ineptitude when it comes to cybersecurity fails to impress.  Mac users are warned that the HandBrake DVD-ripping app has been compromised by malware.  And will the US Army insist IT security p...Show More

019: The Love Bug virus

29:20 | May 3rd, 2017

On May 4th 2000, the Love Bug virus (also known as ILOVEYOU or LoveLetter) rapidly spread around the world, clogging up email systems. Computer security veterans Graham Cluley and Carole Theriault are joined this week by special guest John Hawes for ...Show More

018: Windows is a virus. True or False?

30:42 | Apr 27th, 2017

Security firm Webroot drops a clanger when it declared Windows was malicious and borked customers' PCs, millennials are streaming a lot of movies illegally, and blackmailers are targeting members of the Ashley Madison cheating site again. All this an...Show More

017: Data breaches, zero day exploits, and toenail clippings

30:37 | Apr 20th, 2017

Hotel malware has been stealing guests' payment card details... again, should businesses relay delay rolling out vulnerability patches, and Burger King's Whopper TV ad campaign tries to take advantage of viewers' Google Home devices with predictable ...Show More

016: Wonga wronga!

27:15 | Apr 13th, 2017

Spyware companies are filmed plotting to break global sanctions to ship surveillance and spying equipment to dodgy authoritarian regimes, an unsecured database exposed diabetics’ sensitive data, and a massive data breach leaves hundreds of thousands ...Show More

015: Bad vibrations

26:54 | Apr 5th, 2017

Don't let an internet-enabled sex toy make your most private moments oh-so-public. Samsung's wannabe-Android-killer is found lacking.  And did you hear about the firm that is micro-chipping its employees?  All this and more is discussed by computer s...Show More

014: Protecting webmail - a Smashing Security splinter

30:33 | Mar 30th, 2017

What can you do to better protect your online email accounts? In this special "splinter" episode (or should it be a "shard"?) regular hosts Graham Cluley and Carole Theriault discuss with Paul Ducklin tips on how to defend your Gmail/Yahoo/Hotmail/Ou...Show More

013: Assault with a deadly tweet

33:58 | Mar 23rd, 2017

Graham is embarrassed by a Twitter security snafu. How an animated GIF could prove deadly. Social engineering threats against your workforce. And will you be able to do any work on your laptop next time you catch an airplane?  All this and more is di...Show More

012: Eau de Eugene Kaspersky

28:43 | Mar 16th, 2017

Androids pre-installed with malware - can the supply chain be trusted? Will WikiLeaks help vendors get zero-days fixed? And what on earth has the Kaspersky marketing department dreamt up this time? Graham Cluley, Carole Theriault and special guest Ni...Show More

011: WikiLeaks and the CIA

33:45 | Mar 9th, 2017

Has the CIA been using a Weeping Angel to spy on you via your Smart TV? Have WhatsApp, Telegram and Signal been compromised? What is the secret of the SATAN ransomware? And can you avoid having your data searched as you pass through border control? C...Show More

010: The dolls must be destroyed

36:10 | Mar 2nd, 2017

A creepy teddybear leaks two million voicemail messages, Windows 10 pushes you into only installing vetted apps, and Boeing warns 36,000 employees their personal information could have been exposed after a worker sends a spreadsheet to his wife. All ...Show More

009: False flags and hacker clues

26:22 | Feb 23rd, 2017

The Lazarus malware attempts to trick you into believing it was written by Russians, second-hand connected cars may be easier to steal, and is your child a malicious hacker? All this and more is discussed by computer security veterans Graham Cluley, ...Show More

Macs and malware - a Smashing Security splinter

16:26 | Feb 21st, 2017

Do you run an anti-virus on your Mac?  Should you? In this special "splinter" episode (or should it be a "shard"?) regular hosts Graham Cluley, Carole Theriault and Vanja Svajcer discuss the malware threat for Apple Macs and MacBooks. SHOW NOTES: 6...Show More

008: I'll give you my Android when you pry it from my cold, dead paws

28:14 | Feb 16th, 2017

Handbags at dawn for CrowdStrike and NSS Labs! Donald Trump's insecure Android phone! File-less malware - is that so new? And StalkScan makes it easier to reveal what Facebook users have been carelessly sharing...  Computer security veterans Graham C...Show More

Using public Wi-Fi - a Smashing Security splinter

21:28 | Feb 13th, 2017

The tricky problem of public Wi-Fi hotspots. In this special "splinter" episode (or should it be a "shard"?) regular hosts Graham Cluley, Carole Theriault and Vanja Svajcer discuss, and offer some advice and tips for computer users. SHOW NOTES: VPN ...Show More

007: ASCII art attack

22:55 | Feb 9th, 2017

Printers start churning out ASCII art after a vigilante hacker hijacks 160,000 devices, a researcher reveals how you can get Donald Trump to tweet an embarrassing spoof video of himself, and has your smart TV been snooping on you? Computer security v...Show More

Email attachment malware - a Smashing Security splinter

18:27 | Feb 8th, 2017

Email attachment malware is the thorny topic tackled by computer security veterans Graham Cluley, Carole Theriault and Vanja Svajcer in this "splinter" episode from the Smashing Security team.  Listen to this before you click! Oh, and Carole would li...Show More

Passwords - a Smashing Security splinter

13:09 | Feb 7th, 2017

Passwords - everything you need to know about how to make them safer, and better secure your online accounts. In this special "splinter" episode (or should it be a "shard"?) regular hosts Graham Cluley, Carole Theriault and Vanja Svajcer discuss the ...Show More

006: A romantic ransomware hotel break

28:11 | Feb 2nd, 2017

Were hotel guests really trapped in their rooms by ransomware? Does anti-virus increase your attack surface so much that it's not worth running at all? And 11% of people on the internet are running ad blockers, says company which blocks ad blockers. ...Show More

005: Upskirt insecurity

25:05 | Jan 26th, 2017

An alleged hacker finds the downside to car rental, a New York Times Twitter account announces Vladimir Putin is planning to launch a missile attack against the United States, and an "upskirt" website leaks its user data. Oh, and Vanja forces Graham ...Show More

004: You don't mess with Brian Krebs

30:32 | Jan 19th, 2017

The Spora ransomware offers you more than just your encrypted files back, Brian Krebs busts the alleged masterminds behind the Mirai botnet, and be careful that your IT staff aren't the only ones who know your corporate passwords. Computer security v...Show More

003: Alexa! Get me an axe!

26:33 | Jan 12th, 2017

Donald Trump and *that* secret dossier, MongoDB databases under attack, Microsoft employees suffering from PTSD and Alexa buying doll houses. Computer security veterans Graham Cluley, Vanja Svajcer and Carole Theriault chit-chat about the world of on...Show More

002: Invest in carrier pigeons

22:48 | Jan 5th, 2017

Donald Trump talks cybersecurity and explains how to keep your messages top secret, Ukrainian soldiers are being spied upon by Android malware and an artist has devised a novel way of avoiding facial recognition technology. Computer security veterans...Show More

001: One cup, two hotel guests

27:46 | Dec 26th, 2016

We discuss the pains of providing tech support to family and friends, when writing down your passwords is actually a good idea, and muse on cloud backup services. Cool gadgetry, smart basketballs, below-par hotel services and, of course, Christmas be...Show More