Darknet Diaries

Darknet Diaries

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True stories from the dark side of the Internet


66: freakyclown
May 26 • 55 min
Freakyclown is a physical penetration tester. His job is to break into buildings to test the security of the building. In this episode we hear stories of some of these missions he’s been on. Thanks to Freakyclown for coming on the show and telling your…
Presenting: The Jordan Harbinger Show featuring Jack Barsky former KGB Spy
May 22 • 30 min
This week, while we are busy making a new episode of Darknet Diaries, so we are going to play for you an episode from another podcast we think you’ll really like. It’s called the Jordan Harbinger show. In this episode he interviews Jack Barsky, a former…
65: PSYOP
May 12 • 73 min
PSYOP, or “Psychological Operations”, is something the US military has been doing to foreign audiences for decades. But what exactly is it? And what’s the difference between white, gray, and black PSYOP missions? We talk to PSYOP specialists to learn…
64: The Athens Shadow Games
Apr 28 • 77 min
Vodafone Greece is the largest telecom provider in Greece. But in 2004 a scandal within the company would pin them to be top of the news cycle in Greece for weeks. Hackers got in the network. And what they were after took everyone by surprise. Sponsors…
63: w0rmer
Apr 14 • 58 min
The hacker named w0rmer was active within AnonOps. These are Anonymous Operations which often organize and wage attacks on websites or people often with the purpose of social justice. Eventually w0rmer joined in on some of these hacking escapades which…
62: Cam
Mar 31 • 63 min
Cam’s story is both a cautionary tale and inspirational at the same time. He’s been both an attacker and defender. And not the legal kind of attacker. He has caused half a million dollars in damages with his attacks. Attacks that arose from a feeling of…
61: Samy
Mar 17 • 63 min
Samy Kamkar is a hacker. And while he’s done a lot of stuff, he’s best known for creating the Samy Worm. Which spread its way through a popular social media site and had crazy results. Thanks to our guest Samy Kamkar for telling his story. Learn more…
60: dawgyg
Mar 3 • 45 min
This is a story about the hacker named “dawgyg” and how he made over $100,000 in a single day, from hacking. Thanks to our guest dawgyg for telling his story. Sponsors This episode is sponsored by SentinelOne - to learn more about their endpoint security…
59: The Courthouse
Feb 18 • 83 min
In this episode we hear from Gary and Justin. Two seasoned penetration testers who tell us a story about the time when they tried to break into a courthouse but it went all wrong. Sponsors This episode was sponsored by Detectify. Try their web…
58: OxyMonster
Feb 4 • 62 min
OxyMonster sold drugs on the darknet at Dream Market. Something happened though, and it all came crashing down. Sponsors This episode was sponsored by Detectify. Try their web vulnerability scanner free. Go to…
57: MS08-067
Jan 21 • 61 min
Hear what goes on internally when Microsoft discovers a major vulnerability within Windows. Guest Thanks to John Lambert for sharing this story with us. Sponsors Support for this episode comes from ProCircular. Use the team at ProCircular to conduct…
56: Jordan
Jan 7 • 46 min
This is the story of Jordan Harbinger. A bit of a misfit teenager, who was always on the edge of trouble. In this story we hear what happened that lead to a visit from the FBI. Guest Thanks to Jordan Harbinger for sharing his story with us. You can find…
55: NoirNet
Dec 25, 2019 • 17 min
A holiday special episode. A private pen tester takes on a job that involves him with another eccentric pen tester, a mischievious smile, and his quest to gain access to the network. Guest Thanks to TinkerSec for telling us the story. Sources…
54: NotPetya
Dec 24, 2019 • 60 min
The story of NotPetya, seems to be the first time, we see what a cyber war looks like. In the summer of 2017 Ukraine suffered a serious and catastrophic cyber attack on their whole country. Hear how it went down, what got hit, and who was responsible.…
53: Shadow Brokers
Dec 10, 2019 • 52 min
The NSA has some pretty advanced, super secret, hacking tools. What if these secret hacking tools were to end up in the wrong person’s hands? Well, that happened. Guest Thanks to Jake Williams from Rendition Security for telling us the story. Sponsors…
52: Magecart
Nov 26, 2019 • 51 min
Credit card skimming is growing in popularity. Gas pumps all over are seeing skimmers attached to them. It’s growing in popularity because it’s really effective. Hackers have noticed how effective it is and have began skimming credit cards from websites.…
51: The Indo-Pak Conflict
Nov 12, 2019 • 48 min
Kashmir is a region right in between India, Pakistan, and China. For the last 70 years Pakistan and India have fought over this region of the world, both wanting to take control of it. Tensions sometimes heat up which can result in people being killed.…
50: Operation Glowing Symphony
Oct 30, 2019 • 74 min
Operation Inherent Resolve was started in 2016 which aimed to combat ISIS. It was a combined joint task force lead by the US military. Operation Inherent Resolve sent troops, ships, and air strikes to Iraq and Syria to fire weapons upon ISIS military.…
49: Elliot
Oct 15, 2019 • 47 min
In this episode we meet Elliot Alderson (@fs0c131y) from Twitter. Who is this strange masked person? What adventures have they gotten themselves into? Many stories will be told. The mask will be lifted. Sponsors This episode was sponsored by Thinkst…
48: Operation Socialist
Oct 1, 2019 • 50 min
This is the story about when a nation state hacks into a company within another nation. Sponsors This episode was sponsored by IT Pro TV. Get 65 hours of free training by visiting ITPro.tv/darknet. And use promo code DARKNET25 to get 25% off. This episode…
47: Project Raven
Sep 17, 2019 • 63 min
This is the story about an ex-NSA agent who went to work for a secret hacking group in the UAE. Sponsors This episode was sponsored by Thinkst Canary. Their canaries attract malicious actors in your network and then send you an alert if someone tries to…
46: XBox Underground (Part 2)
Sep 3, 2019 • 86 min
This is the story about the XBox hacking scene and how a group of guys pushed their luck a little too far. This is part 2 of a 2 part series. Sponsors This episode was sponsored by IT Pro TV. Get 65 hours of free training by visiting ITPro.tv/darknet.…
45: XBox Underground (Part 1)
Aug 20, 2019 • 82 min
This is the story about the XBox hacking scene and how a group of guys pushed the hacking a little too far. This is part 1 of a 2 part series. Sponsors This episode was sponsored by Nord VPN. Visit https://nordvpn.com/darknet and use promo code “DARKNET”.…
44: Zain
Aug 6, 2019 • 36 min
Ransomware is ugly. It infects your machine and locks all the the data and to unlock you have to pay a fee. In this episode we dive into some of the people behind it. Sponsors This episode was sponsored by CMD. Securing Linux systems is hard, let CMD help…
43: PPP
Jul 23, 2019 • 62 min
This is the story about how I acquired a black badge from DEFCON (pictured above). We also hear the story about who PPP is, and their CTF journey at DEFCON. This episode was sponsored by Nord VPN. Visit https://nordvpn.com/darknet and use promo code…
42: Mini-Stories: Vol 2
Jul 9, 2019 • 56 min
Three stories in one episode. Listen in on one of Dave Kennedy’s penetration tests he conducted where he got caught trying to gain entry into a datacenter. Listen to a network security engineer talk about the unexpected visitor found in his network and…
41: Just Visiting
Jun 25, 2019 • 51 min
Join JekHyde and Carl on a physical penetration test, a social engineering engagagement, a red team assessment. Their mission is to get into a building they shouldn’t be allowed, then plant a rogue computer they can use to hack into the network from a…
40: No Parking
Jun 11, 2019 • 62 min
Take a ride with a red teamer. A physical penetration tester as he tries to make his away into unauthorized areas, steal sensitive documents, hack into the computers, and escape with company property. This episode was sponsored by CMD. Securing Linux…
39: 3 Alarm Lamp Scooter
May 28, 2019 • 52 min
A talk at Defcon challenged people to find a way to destroy a hard drive. A young man was inspired by this challenge and was determined to find a way to destroy a hard drive. But this is not a typical young man, with a typical plan. For pictures of Daniel…
38: Dark Caracal
May 14, 2019 • 56 min
A journalist wrote articles critical of the Kazakhstan government. The government did not like this and attempted to silence her. But perhaps they went more than just that. Perhaps they tried to spy on her. The EFF investigated this case and went down a…
37: LVS
Apr 30, 2019 • 30 min
The Venetian casino in Las Vegas Nevada was the largest hotel in the world until 2015. The parent company is Las Vegas Sands (LVS) which owns 10 properties around the world. And the CEO and founder of LVS is Sheldon Adelson. One day the CEO said something…
36: Jeremy from Marketing
Apr 16, 2019 • 63 min
A company hires a penetration tester to pose as a new hire, Jeremy from Marketing, to see how much he can hack into in his first week on the job. It doesn’t go as planned. Thanks to @TinkerSec for telling us this story. This episode was sponsored by Nord…
35: Carbanak
Apr 2, 2019 • 42 min
ATM hacking. Hollywood has been fantasizing about this since the 1980’s. But is this a thing now? A security researcher named Barnaby Jack investigated ATMs and found them to be vulnerable. Once he published his data the ATM hacking scene rose in…
34: For Your Eyes Only
Mar 19, 2019 • 53 min
Nude selfies. This episode is all about nude selfies. What happens if you take one and give it to a vengeful boyfriend. What happens when a hacker knows you have them and wants to steal them from your phone. What happens is not good. This episode was…
33: RockYou
Mar 5, 2019 • 42 min
In 2009 a hacker broke into a website with millions of users and downloaded the entire user database. What that hacker did with the data has changed the way we view account security even today. This episode was sponsored by CuriosityStream. A streaming…
32: The Carder
Feb 19, 2019 • 41 min
A carding kingpin was tracked by the Secret Service. How did he steal the cards? Where was he stealing them from? How much was he making doing this? And where did he go wrong? Find out all this and more as we listen to how the Secret Service investigated…
31: Hacker Giraffe
Feb 5, 2019 • 58 min
In late November 2018, a hacker found over 50,000 printers were exposed to the Internet in ways they shouldn’t have been. He wanted to raise awareness of this problem, and got himself into a whole heap of trouble. For show notes and links visit…
30: Shamoon
Jan 22, 2019 • 37 min
In 2012, Saudi Aramco was hit with the most destructive virus ever. Thousands and thousands of computers were destroyed. Herculean efforts were made to restore them to operational status again. But who would do such an attack? Very special thanks goes to…
29: Stuxnet
Jan 8, 2019 • 43 min
Stuxnet was the most sophisticated virus ever discovered. It’s target was a nuclear enrichment facility in Iran. This virus was successfully able to destroy numerous centrifuges. Hear who did it and why. Special thanks to Kim Zetter for joining us this…
28: Unit 8200
Dec 15, 2018 • 50 min
Israel has their own version of the NSA called Unit 8200. I was curious what this unit does and tried to take a peek inside. Hear what I found by listening along to this episode. This episode was sponsored by Nord VPN. Visit https://nordvpn.com/darknet…
27: Chartbreakers
Dec 1, 2018 • 49 min
Something is wrong with the Apple Podcasts top charts. As a podcaster, this personally annoyed and intrigued me. I investigate how this is happening and who is behind it. For show notes visit https://darknetdiaries.com/episode/27. This episode was…
26: IRS
Nov 15, 2018 • 37 min
The IRS processes $3 trillion dollars a year. A lot of criminals want to get a piece of that. In 2015 the IRS had a large data breach. Hundreds of thousands of tax records were leaked. What happened and who was behind this? Listen to this episode to find…
25: Alberto
Nov 1, 2018 • 44 min
Alberto Hill was sent to prison for a long time for hacking. For a crime he said he did not commit. Listen to his story and you be the judge on whether he’s guilty or not. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
24: Operation Bayonet
Oct 15, 2018 • 41 min
Darknet markets are online black markets. They are highly illegal, and dangerous to run. Hear exactly how dangerous it was for Alphabay and Hansa dark markets. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
23: Vladimir Levin
Oct 1, 2018 • 30 min
When banks started coming online, they almost immediately started being targeted by hackers. Vladimir Levin was one of the first ever known hacker to try to rob a bank. He succeeded a little, and failed a lot. Vladimir would go down in the history books…
22: Mini-Stories: Vol 1
Sep 15, 2018 • 41 min
Three stories in one! In this episode we hear about a penetration test from Mubix that he’ll never forget, a incident response from Robert M. Lee which completely stunned him, and a social engineering mission from Snow. Podcast recommendation: Moonshot.…
21: Black Duck Eggs
Sep 1, 2018 • 28 min
Ira Winkler’s specialty is assembling elite teams of special forces and intelligence officers to go after companies. Ira shares a story about a time he and his team broke into a global 5 company. A company so large that theft of intellictual property…
20: mobman
Aug 15, 2018 • 48 min
Chances are, if you were downloading shady programs in the early 2000’s, you were infected with malware he wrote called SubSeven. Hacking changed mobman’s life. Hear how it happened by listening to this episode. Image for this episode created by…
19: Aurora
Aug 1, 2018 • 30 min
In 2009, around Christmas time, something terrible was lurking in the network at Google. Google is the most popular website on the Internet. It’s so popular many people just think Google is the Internet. Google hires many of the most talented minds and…
18: Jackpot
Jul 1, 2018 • 23 min
A man addicted to gambling finds a bug in a video poker machine that lets him win excessive amounts of money. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
17: Finn
Jun 3, 2018 • 47 min
A 14-year-old kid who finds himself bored in class decides to hack someone’s twitter account and ends up with more than he bargained for. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
16: Eijah
May 1, 2018 • 37 min
In 2007, a hacker named Eijah got fed up with the way DRM prevented him from being able to play the content he paid for. He decided to fight back against the AACS and find a way to circumvent the DRM. By the time Eijah was done, his life wasn’t the same.…
15: Ill Tills
Apr 1, 2018 • 35 min
A major retailer was hacked. Their point of sales machines were riddled with malware. Listen to hear how digital forensics and incident responders handled the situation. What malware was found? Where was it found? How was it stopped? And most importantly,…
14: #OpJustina
Mar 1, 2018 • 27 min
In 2013 a hospital was accused of conducting a medical kidnapping against a young girl name Justina. This enraged many people across the country, including members of anonymous. A DDOS attack was waged against the hospital. Learn more about your ad…
13: Carna Botnet
Feb 15, 2018 • 35 min
In 2012 the Carna Bot was built and unleashed on the world. But it didn’t have any intentions on doing anything malicious. It was built just to help us all understand the Internet better. This botnet used the oldest security vulnerable in the book. And…
12: Crypto Wars
Feb 1, 2018 • 30 min
In the 1990’s the Internet started to take shape. But the US goverment had strict laws regulating what type of cryptography is allowed to be used online. A few brave people stood up to the government in the name of civil rights and won the right to use…
11: Strictly Confidential
Jan 15, 2018 • 21 min
What happens when an innovative tech company, that’s trying to develop the next big thing, detects a hacker in their network? We hear the story from a digital forensics investigator which has a surprising result. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit…
10: Misadventures of a Nation State Actor
Jan 1, 2018 • 35 min
In today’s world of intelligence gathering, governments hack other governments. This episode takes you on a ride with a nation state actor to see exactly how it’s done. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9: The Rise and Fall of Mt. Gox
Dec 15, 2017 • 30 min
Mt. Gox was the largest bitcoin exchange in the world. It suddenly went offline. What happened? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
8: Manfred (Part 2)
Dec 1, 2017 • 30 min
Manfred found a way to turn his passion for video games and reverse engineering into a full time business. He exploited video games and sold virtual goods and currency for real money. This was his full time job. Listen to this episode to hear exactly how…
7: Manfred (Part 1)
Dec 1, 2017 • 25 min
Manfred has had the most epic story of all online video game stories. For the last 20 years, he’s been hacking online games. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6: The Beirut Bank Job
Nov 15, 2017 • 31 min
Jayson E. Street tells us a story about the time he broke into a bank in Beirut Lebanon. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5: #ASUSGATE
Nov 1, 2017 • 27 min
Security researcher Kyle Lovett bought a new Asus router in 2013. He found it was riddled with security vulnerabilties. He set out on a mission to resolve these vulnerabilities not only for his own router, but for thousands of others who were also…
4: Panic! at the TalkTalk Board Room
Oct 15, 2017 • 40 min
Mobile provider TalkTalk suffered a major breach in 2015. The CEO tried her best to keep angry customers calm and carry on. The UK government and Metropolitan Police investigate the breach. We get a rare glimpse of how the CEO handles the crisis. Learn…
3: DigiNotar, You are the Weakest Link, Good Bye!
Oct 1, 2017 • 27 min
The 2011 DigiNotar breach changed the way browsers do security. In this episode, we learn what role a CA plays, how browsers work with CAs, and what happens when a CA is breached. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2: The Peculiar Case of the VTech Hacker
Sep 15, 2017 • 25 min
VTech makes toy tablets, laptops, and watches for kids. In 2015, they were breached. The hacker downloaded gigs of children’s data. Discover what the hacker did once he took the data. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1: The Phreaky World of PBX Hacking
Sep 1, 2017 • 14 min
Farhan Arshad and Noor Aziz Uddin were captured 2 years after being placed on the FBI’s Cyber’s Most Wanted list for PBX hacking. In this episode, we explain PBX hacking and how hackers are racking up billions of dollars in phone bills. We also learn how…