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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.

Latest Episodes

How Cameo’s Private Celebrity Videos Were Open to the World

It used to be that if you wanted to interact with your favourite celebrity you’d have to do elaborate things like camp out near a red carpet in Hollywood, lying in wait, until you finally got the chance to scream-ask Queen Bey for her autograph amongst a gaggle of other fans. Well, in 2020, like everything else in this world, including our dating lives, our health, and voting there’s an app for paying celebrities to give you personalized shoutout videos. That’s right, the app Cameo provides you a list of celebrities ranging from Snoop Dogg to Michael Rappaport, that you can select, pay, and then receive everything from a personalized ‘happy birthday’ to a ‘get well soon’ from your favourite celeb. But through a flaw in its website's design, a security researcher discovered that many of these personal videos were available to anyone, including those that had been set to 'private'. Motherboard then wrote code to find the private videos en masse. Joseph Cox, Motherboard reporter of cybercrime and sketchiness extraordinaire, tells CYBER how he broke the story and got Gilbert Gotfried to verify the flaw on Cameo’s site with a personal message using that lovable voice of his. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

30 MIN1 d ago
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How Cameo’s Private Celebrity Videos Were Open to the World

Jeff Bezos’ Meteoric Rise, and Kickstarter’s Historic New Union

EWhen we think of the titans of industry, we used to think of names like Rockefeller, Carnegie, and Vanderbilt. But today, in 2020, we have new names that dominate the world economy: Zuckerberg, Cook, Musk, andThiel. Above them stands one man: Jeff Bezos. Although those names control industries that are less obvious than the sprouting giant steel bridges or skyscrapers of the Second Industrial Revolution, their products arguably have just as big of an impact on our lives. Silicon Valley has become the epicenter of innovation and industry, where apps and devices dictate what our very society looks like. But lately, the sheen is coming off of these monolithic, billion-dollar companies. And while giants likeFacebookhave facedquestionsabout how its platform was used to manipulate our political system and Apple has beencriticisedfor its abusive labor practices in China, one company is only recentlycoming under the collective microscope: Amazon. Jeff Bezos’ empire has enjoyed a meteoric rise. And now, Amazon has become one of the most powerful, single corporate entities in the entire world. But what does that mean for all of us? In an excellentnew documentaryfor PBS’s FRONTLINE, journalist James Jacoby examines Amazon with a fine toothed-comb. From its treatment of its factory workers,Ring, to Alexa, and asking the same question throughout: Has Amazon gone too far? This week, we have Jacoby on the show to tell us more. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

42 MIN1 w ago
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Jeff Bezos’ Meteoric Rise, and Kickstarter’s Historic New Union

Stealing Luxury Cars Has Never Looked So Easy

ELuxury cars, like everything else in this entire world, including sex toys, pacemakers, firearms, the electric grid, and ISIS, can be hacked. But most people aren't hackers, which is why a device that can automatically hack a keyless entry vehicle by the push of a button is quite useful for car thieves The so-called “relay attack” is ideal for the era of increasingly digitized vehicles,requires something called a “keyless repeater” to fake the signal of the keys to a targeted car andultimately gain entry. After that, it’s as easy as what Whiz Khalifa once said in his famous song "Black & Yellow’:" No keys, push to start. And the keyless repeater is sold online for a few thousand dollars by a man who goes by the alias “EvanConnect” who shared a video of the whole process with Motherboard reporter Joseph Cox. It turns out thathis device can specifically be used to hack snazzy cars made by upscale companies like Mercedes Benz, Rolls Royce, and Fiat. This week on CYBER, Cox is b...

28 MIN2 w ago
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Stealing Luxury Cars Has Never Looked So Easy

The Truths Behind UFOs, and The App That Blew Up The Iowa Caucus

EOn this week's CYBER Cipher, we have Breaking News about the app that delayed the Iowa Caucus results, how it was made, and the company that made it. But first: it’s finally here. And I know it’s slightly off brand, But. I. Do. Not. Care. Because, who needs cybersecurity when aliens could exist? THEY COULD INVADE? Whatever they are or could be, here at Motherboard we have one of the best reporters on the UFO beat on the planet, MJ Banias. And recently he’s done some groundbreaking reporting on, well, aliens. But he’s done it in such a way that has peaked the interest of skeptics and made something that is normally thought to be conspiracy theory fodder, something to take seriously. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

41 MIN3 w ago
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The Truths Behind UFOs, and The App That Blew Up The Iowa Caucus

Drugs, Cannibals, and Identity Theft: The Truth Behind The Dark Web

The Dark Web has been around for as long as the internet has existed, but most people still don't know what it actually is. From easily obtained illicit drugs to rumors of cannibalism and human trafficking, it's been difficult for the average person to separate fact from fiction. On this week's Cyber, we've invited VP of Research at Terbium Labs and Dark Web expert Emily Wilson to talk us through what the Dark Web actually is, a few of its most infamous websites, and how it's a part of more people's everyday lives. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

36 MINJAN 30
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Drugs, Cannibals, and Identity Theft: The Truth Behind The Dark Web

Jeff Bezos Is Hacked and Uber Is Capitalism at its Worst

EIn a special breaking edition of Cyber Cipher, Joseph Cox sits down with us to go over the alleged hacking of Jeff Bezos' phone by Saudi Arabia. After the break we have one of Motherboard’s newest reporters on the Uber beat, Edward Ongweso Jr., to tell us all about Uber and its troubles. When Uber truly came onto the scene in the mid-2010s it completely up ended an entire, century-old cab industry. And revolutionized the way we pay for taxis, how we hail them and how we interact with them. But behind the thin-veneer of a shiny, billion dollar rideshare company is a host of real problems from employment standards to driver abuses. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

33 MINJAN 23
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Jeff Bezos Is Hacked and Uber Is Capitalism at its Worst

Whatever Happened To Anonymous?

At its height, the hacktivist collective known as Anonymous was the bane of Scientologists, the FBI, CIA, Mastercard, Paypal, Middle Eastern dictatorships, and in its latest effective iterations, even ISIS. But in recent years, Anonymous has all but disappeared. It leaves a legacy: It single-handedly brought back the Guy Fawkes mask as a true symbol of civil disobedience, was the obvious inspiration for the hit TV show Mr. Robot, and is also associated with all sorts of more nefarious and negative aspects of trolling culture. In its wake, hacktivism hasn’t dried up altogether, either, with entities like Phineas Fisher still making headlines and taking up its mantle as an online vigilante force challenging the powerful. This week on CYBER we have Biella Coleman, a professor of anthropology at McGill University in Montreal who wrote the comprehensive book on the group—Hacker, Hoaxer, Whistleblower, Spy: The Many Faces of Anonymous—to talk about what became of the infamous collectiv...

46 MINJAN 16
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Whatever Happened To Anonymous?

Iranian Hacker Hysteria

If you’re at all plugged into the global news cycle, you’ll know the U.S. assassinated Iran’s General Qassem Soleimani, a commander in the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and leader of the secretive Quds Force. Since that night, experts have been wondering what the blowback from Tehran will be. Naturally, in the age of cyberwarfare, people are getting pretty worried about thethreat of Iranian hackers, who, if you were to believe some newscasts, are practically hiding in your modem. There are some real and some overblown threats from Iranian hackers now facing the U.S. In fact, theDepartment of Homeland Security issued a warningthat it was logging increased cyberattacks emanating from the Iranian regime on American networks. But how worried should we be? On this week’s CYBER we have Motherboard reporter Joseph Cox who is already trackingalleged Iranian hackersdefacing American websites, to discuss what Tehran’s hackers are actually capable of hacking. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

28 MINJAN 9
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Iranian Hacker Hysteria

Re-run: Edward Snowden on Julian Assange, the Mueller Report, and Press Freedom

On this week's CYBER we're re-upping our longform interview of none other than Mr. Edward Snowden, a person who might've affected the infosec world more than any singular human over the last decade. We'll be back next week with a fresh new episode for our 2020 season. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

61 MINJAN 3
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Re-run: Edward Snowden on Julian Assange, the Mueller Report, and Press Freedom

Trolls, Hackers, Spies: The Cyber Decade

It occurred to us at Motherboard that for this final episode of CYBER in the 2010s we could recount the year in stories that we’ve done. Thereal scoops,traffic hogs, andthink pieces. But then again, this is the decade that changed infosec. This was the decade that made hackers critical players on the world stage, our personal digital information sacred, and our political systems fixed into some strange, social media hellscape. Since its founding in 2009,Motherboardhas seen it all with you. So on this episode of CYBER, our dear editor-in-chief Jason Koebler and host Ben Makuch will take you through from the beginning of the decade to its end: from Guy Fawkes masks, strings of weaponized code to your brain being manipulated by a Facebook ad. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

46 MIN2019 DEC 26
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Trolls, Hackers, Spies: The Cyber Decade

Latest Episodes

How Cameo’s Private Celebrity Videos Were Open to the World

It used to be that if you wanted to interact with your favourite celebrity you’d have to do elaborate things like camp out near a red carpet in Hollywood, lying in wait, until you finally got the chance to scream-ask Queen Bey for her autograph amongst a gaggle of other fans. Well, in 2020, like everything else in this world, including our dating lives, our health, and voting there’s an app for paying celebrities to give you personalized shoutout videos. That’s right, the app Cameo provides you a list of celebrities ranging from Snoop Dogg to Michael Rappaport, that you can select, pay, and then receive everything from a personalized ‘happy birthday’ to a ‘get well soon’ from your favourite celeb. But through a flaw in its website's design, a security researcher discovered that many of these personal videos were available to anyone, including those that had been set to 'private'. Motherboard then wrote code to find the private videos en masse. Joseph Cox, Motherboard reporter of cybercrime and sketchiness extraordinaire, tells CYBER how he broke the story and got Gilbert Gotfried to verify the flaw on Cameo’s site with a personal message using that lovable voice of his. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

30 MIN1 d ago
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How Cameo’s Private Celebrity Videos Were Open to the World

Jeff Bezos’ Meteoric Rise, and Kickstarter’s Historic New Union

EWhen we think of the titans of industry, we used to think of names like Rockefeller, Carnegie, and Vanderbilt. But today, in 2020, we have new names that dominate the world economy: Zuckerberg, Cook, Musk, andThiel. Above them stands one man: Jeff Bezos. Although those names control industries that are less obvious than the sprouting giant steel bridges or skyscrapers of the Second Industrial Revolution, their products arguably have just as big of an impact on our lives. Silicon Valley has become the epicenter of innovation and industry, where apps and devices dictate what our very society looks like. But lately, the sheen is coming off of these monolithic, billion-dollar companies. And while giants likeFacebookhave facedquestionsabout how its platform was used to manipulate our political system and Apple has beencriticisedfor its abusive labor practices in China, one company is only recentlycoming under the collective microscope: Amazon. Jeff Bezos’ empire has enjoyed a meteoric rise. And now, Amazon has become one of the most powerful, single corporate entities in the entire world. But what does that mean for all of us? In an excellentnew documentaryfor PBS’s FRONTLINE, journalist James Jacoby examines Amazon with a fine toothed-comb. From its treatment of its factory workers,Ring, to Alexa, and asking the same question throughout: Has Amazon gone too far? This week, we have Jacoby on the show to tell us more. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

42 MIN1 w ago
Comments
Jeff Bezos’ Meteoric Rise, and Kickstarter’s Historic New Union

Stealing Luxury Cars Has Never Looked So Easy

ELuxury cars, like everything else in this entire world, including sex toys, pacemakers, firearms, the electric grid, and ISIS, can be hacked. But most people aren't hackers, which is why a device that can automatically hack a keyless entry vehicle by the push of a button is quite useful for car thieves The so-called “relay attack” is ideal for the era of increasingly digitized vehicles,requires something called a “keyless repeater” to fake the signal of the keys to a targeted car andultimately gain entry. After that, it’s as easy as what Whiz Khalifa once said in his famous song "Black & Yellow’:" No keys, push to start. And the keyless repeater is sold online for a few thousand dollars by a man who goes by the alias “EvanConnect” who shared a video of the whole process with Motherboard reporter Joseph Cox. It turns out thathis device can specifically be used to hack snazzy cars made by upscale companies like Mercedes Benz, Rolls Royce, and Fiat. This week on CYBER, Cox is b...

28 MIN2 w ago
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Stealing Luxury Cars Has Never Looked So Easy

The Truths Behind UFOs, and The App That Blew Up The Iowa Caucus

EOn this week's CYBER Cipher, we have Breaking News about the app that delayed the Iowa Caucus results, how it was made, and the company that made it. But first: it’s finally here. And I know it’s slightly off brand, But. I. Do. Not. Care. Because, who needs cybersecurity when aliens could exist? THEY COULD INVADE? Whatever they are or could be, here at Motherboard we have one of the best reporters on the UFO beat on the planet, MJ Banias. And recently he’s done some groundbreaking reporting on, well, aliens. But he’s done it in such a way that has peaked the interest of skeptics and made something that is normally thought to be conspiracy theory fodder, something to take seriously. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

41 MIN3 w ago
Comments
The Truths Behind UFOs, and The App That Blew Up The Iowa Caucus

Drugs, Cannibals, and Identity Theft: The Truth Behind The Dark Web

The Dark Web has been around for as long as the internet has existed, but most people still don't know what it actually is. From easily obtained illicit drugs to rumors of cannibalism and human trafficking, it's been difficult for the average person to separate fact from fiction. On this week's Cyber, we've invited VP of Research at Terbium Labs and Dark Web expert Emily Wilson to talk us through what the Dark Web actually is, a few of its most infamous websites, and how it's a part of more people's everyday lives. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

36 MINJAN 30
Comments
Drugs, Cannibals, and Identity Theft: The Truth Behind The Dark Web

Jeff Bezos Is Hacked and Uber Is Capitalism at its Worst

EIn a special breaking edition of Cyber Cipher, Joseph Cox sits down with us to go over the alleged hacking of Jeff Bezos' phone by Saudi Arabia. After the break we have one of Motherboard’s newest reporters on the Uber beat, Edward Ongweso Jr., to tell us all about Uber and its troubles. When Uber truly came onto the scene in the mid-2010s it completely up ended an entire, century-old cab industry. And revolutionized the way we pay for taxis, how we hail them and how we interact with them. But behind the thin-veneer of a shiny, billion dollar rideshare company is a host of real problems from employment standards to driver abuses. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

33 MINJAN 23
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Jeff Bezos Is Hacked and Uber Is Capitalism at its Worst

Whatever Happened To Anonymous?

At its height, the hacktivist collective known as Anonymous was the bane of Scientologists, the FBI, CIA, Mastercard, Paypal, Middle Eastern dictatorships, and in its latest effective iterations, even ISIS. But in recent years, Anonymous has all but disappeared. It leaves a legacy: It single-handedly brought back the Guy Fawkes mask as a true symbol of civil disobedience, was the obvious inspiration for the hit TV show Mr. Robot, and is also associated with all sorts of more nefarious and negative aspects of trolling culture. In its wake, hacktivism hasn’t dried up altogether, either, with entities like Phineas Fisher still making headlines and taking up its mantle as an online vigilante force challenging the powerful. This week on CYBER we have Biella Coleman, a professor of anthropology at McGill University in Montreal who wrote the comprehensive book on the group—Hacker, Hoaxer, Whistleblower, Spy: The Many Faces of Anonymous—to talk about what became of the infamous collectiv...

46 MINJAN 16
Comments
Whatever Happened To Anonymous?

Iranian Hacker Hysteria

If you’re at all plugged into the global news cycle, you’ll know the U.S. assassinated Iran’s General Qassem Soleimani, a commander in the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and leader of the secretive Quds Force. Since that night, experts have been wondering what the blowback from Tehran will be. Naturally, in the age of cyberwarfare, people are getting pretty worried about thethreat of Iranian hackers, who, if you were to believe some newscasts, are practically hiding in your modem. There are some real and some overblown threats from Iranian hackers now facing the U.S. In fact, theDepartment of Homeland Security issued a warningthat it was logging increased cyberattacks emanating from the Iranian regime on American networks. But how worried should we be? On this week’s CYBER we have Motherboard reporter Joseph Cox who is already trackingalleged Iranian hackersdefacing American websites, to discuss what Tehran’s hackers are actually capable of hacking. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

28 MINJAN 9
Comments
Iranian Hacker Hysteria

Re-run: Edward Snowden on Julian Assange, the Mueller Report, and Press Freedom

On this week's CYBER we're re-upping our longform interview of none other than Mr. Edward Snowden, a person who might've affected the infosec world more than any singular human over the last decade. We'll be back next week with a fresh new episode for our 2020 season. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

61 MINJAN 3
Comments
Re-run: Edward Snowden on Julian Assange, the Mueller Report, and Press Freedom

Trolls, Hackers, Spies: The Cyber Decade

It occurred to us at Motherboard that for this final episode of CYBER in the 2010s we could recount the year in stories that we’ve done. Thereal scoops,traffic hogs, andthink pieces. But then again, this is the decade that changed infosec. This was the decade that made hackers critical players on the world stage, our personal digital information sacred, and our political systems fixed into some strange, social media hellscape. Since its founding in 2009,Motherboardhas seen it all with you. So on this episode of CYBER, our dear editor-in-chief Jason Koebler and host Ben Makuch will take you through from the beginning of the decade to its end: from Guy Fawkes masks, strings of weaponized code to your brain being manipulated by a Facebook ad. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

46 MIN2019 DEC 26
Comments
Trolls, Hackers, Spies: The Cyber Decade
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