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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 reporte…


How Scary Is Critical Infrastructure Hacking?
Nov 14 • 35 min
Some of the most fascinating hacks are the types that don’t just pwn a shady malware company, the trade secrets of America or embarass the Democratic National Committee, but the kinds that target water systems, nuclear power plants and the oil and gas…
How Google Torpedoed A Cybersecurity Rising Star
Nov 7 • 33 min
It’s the classic story of a corporate giant swallowing up a darling startup into its ranks and destroying its core business. Originally a spawn of the Alphabet company—Google’s parent umbrella—Chronicle was a cybersecurity startup considered by many to be…
The Assassination of Blogger Martin Kok
Oct 31 • 27 min
The tale started with an encrypted phone company, Morroccan gangsters, the Scottish mafia, and a blogger. It ended with an assassination outside of a sex club in Amsterdam. Last week, Motherboard reporter Joseph Cox broke the news that MPC—a Scottish…
Inside the U.S. Cyber Army
Oct 24 • 49 min
The U.S. military prides itself on being one of the most powerful militaries on the face of the earth. The best trained, the best equipped with the latest wartech, the most mobile, with a power projection around the world. It’s why, sadly, as the Bureau…
Girls Do Porn
Oct 17 • 26 min
The operators of a site called Girls Do Porn have been indicted on charges of sex trafficking. Meanwhile, 22 women have sued the company, saying they were coerced into doing porn. How did the company get away with it for so long? For information regarding…
How Neo-Nazi Terrorists Are Organizing Online
Oct 10 • 29 min
Neo-Nazi terrorists are taking a page from ISIS’ playbook and carrying out calculated, horrific, mass casualty attacks all over the world to shock and scare of the public. And they’re taking another tip from the infamous terrorist group: using internet…
Lyft and Uber Are Having a Terrible, Awful, No-Good Time
Oct 4 • 28 min
The last few months have been decidedly horrible for rideshare apps Uber and Lyft, which were once the darlings of Wall Street investors who contributed billions of dollars in venture capital to help them disrupt an entire industry. Now, there’s trouble…
The Spy Who (Allegedly) Screwed Us
Sep 26 • 36 min
Catch the rat. Find the mole. It’s the classic scenario of a spy thriller. Recently, a top spy in the Five Eyes collective—the secretive espionage and intel sharing alliance between agencies in the U.S., U.K., Canada, New Zealand and Australia—was caught…
The Private Surveillance System Tracking Cars in America
Sep 19 • 26 min
In just a few taps and clicks, the system, made by a private company, shows where a car has been seen throughout the U.S. Tipped by a private investigator source, Joseph Cox broke the news that a powerful system used by an industry including repossession…
The Biggest iPhone Hack In History, Explained
Sep 12 • 26 min
At the end of August, researchers at Google dropped a bombshell: they had discovered malicious websites that they said were indiscriminately spreading iPhone malware for years. At certain points the websites were even using zero day exploits; attacks that…
The Cyberwar In Yemen
Sep 5 • 24 min
By most accounts, the war in Yemen is a brutal and lethal tragedy of the modern world that has claimed the lives of thousands of people. With the backing of western military industrial power, the Saudi-led coalition has undertaken a relentless bombing…
How to Track Malware
Aug 29 • 28 min
We’ve all heard of high profile hacks, like Stuxnet which basically took out the Iranian nuclear program, or that time when Seth Rogen’s stoner comedy made North Korea really, really pissed off and they hacked Sony. And the key to all of these hacks is…
Forget Russian Trolls, American Voting Systems Can Be Hacked
Aug 22 • 24 min
Imagine a world where one of our most critical instruments of democracy, voting systems, are connected to the internet where they are potentially vulnerable to hacking. Well, thanks to the work of Motherboard contributor Kim Zetter, we now know that’s the…
Inside Def Con: World’s Biggest Hacker Gathering
Aug 15 • 18 min
For over 25 years, hackers, spies, cops, Silicon Valley bros, technologists and even politicians descend upon Las Vegas, Nevada for what’s become the pre-eminent hacker conference in the entire world: Def Con. For information regarding your data privacy,…
Why The FBI Arrested the Hacker Who Saved the World From WannaCry (with Marcy Wheeler)
Aug 8 • 18 min
Two years ago, Marcus Hutchins, better known by his hacker name ‘MalwareTech,’ was at the Las Vegas International Airport awaiting his flight back home to the United Kingdom (UK). He was hungover and coming back from Def Con, the biggest hacker conference…
The Phone Farmers Who Fake Netflix Ad Views for Cash
Aug 1 • 14 min
Did you know you could make money watching Netflix trailers on your phone? Did you know that people have earned close to $2,000 a month programming hundreds of phones to watch Netflix trailers, video game trailers, celebrity gossip shows, and sports? But…
One of the World’s Most Wanted Hackers Speaks
Jul 25 • 16 min
The last time Phineas Fisher agreed to an interview with Motherboard, they made us recreate the whole thing with a puppet. This time around, Phineas Fisher—one of the world’s most wanted hackers—wanted to make a statement on CYBER to deny he’s an agent of…
How Palantir’s Spy Tool for Cops Works
Jul 18 • 19 min
A Silicon Valley company with a history of CIA funding, a suite of highly sought after intelligence software tools, and a gallivanting billionaire founder with connections to the Trump Administration is set to become one of the biggest IPOs in recent…
The Connection Between a Deadly Gunfight and Phone Location Data
Jul 11 • 13 min
In the span of six seconds and 20 gunshots and three dead bodies hit the ground of a Nissan dealership in Texas. And somebody was tracking one of their cell phones remotely. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Inside Jigsaw, Google’s ‘Internet Justice League’
Jul 2 • 21 min
For years, Google’s internet freedom moonshot Jigsaw has gotten glowing attention for its ambitious projects. But current and former employees, along with leaked documents and internal messages, reveal a grim reality behind the scenes. Motherboard’s…
Is Your Password Secure? Probably Not
Jun 27 • 19 min
For decades, experts have known that a simple alphanumeric password isn’t enough to secure our identities online, but nothing has changed. In this episode, we’re talking to Wendy Nather, a veteran of the infosec world who knows a thing or two about…
The Zuckerberg Deepfake Heard Around the World
Jun 21 • 26 min
Last week a video of Mark Zuckerberg emerged online. The video showed Facebook’s CEO speaking to the camera in his office, but what he was saying didn’t seem right. This deepfake of Mark Zuckerberg was perhaps the biggest troll of Facebook in recent…
What Happens When a US Border Protection Contractor Gets Hacked?
Jun 13 • 25 min
On this week’s episode of CYBER, Joseph Cox and Motherboard EIC Jason Koebler discuss the breach of a Customs and Border Protection contractor that exposed pictures of drivers in Pennsylvania, and the implications for the future of data retention. This…
The Politician Fighting The Spyware Industry
Jun 7 • 24 min
On this week’s CYBER host Ben Makuch sat down with Dutch politician Marietje Schaake to discuss the future of cyberweapons, how governmental regulation on spyware should mirror the conventional arms industry, and how Brexit might make Britain a haven for…
The Grugq
May 30 • 42 min
Ben Makuch sits down with one of InfoSec’s only true celebrities: The Grugq (who recently added the name ‘Thaddeus’ to his Twitter account, which has over 100,000 followers.) For the uninformed, the Grugq is a South African hacker, security research,…
Who’s Afraid of Huawei?
May 21 • 29 min
In this week’s CYBER podcast, we spoke to VICE News reporter William Turnton, who just spent a week in China as part of a bizzarre Huawei junket. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Why There’s No Need to Panic About a ‘Cyber 9/11’
May 14 • 25 min
On this week’s episode of CYBER, we spoke to Robert Lee, a former NSA analyst and infrastructure hacking expert, about the state of critical infrastructure, the threats it faces, and why there’s still no need to panic. For information regarding your data…
Manhattan’s District Attorney Explains How She Prosecutes Cybercrime
May 7 • 32 min
Elizabeth Roper, the chief of the cybercrime and identity theft bureau in the Manhattan District Attorney’s office explains how one of the country’s most important prosecutors goes after cybercriminals. For information regarding your data privacy, visit…
How a Hacker Tracked Thousands of Cars and Gained the Ability To Kill Their Engines
Apr 30 • 22 min
In this week’s CYBER podcast, we spoke about Motherboard’s scoop on a hacker who breached two GPS tracking companies. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Edward Snowden on Julian Assange, the Mueller Report, and Press Freedom
Apr 22 • 61 min
In this week’s CYBER podcast, we sat down with Edward Snowden to talk about his life in Russia, WikiLeaks, Julian Assange, and press freedom in the United States and beyond. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
How ‘Unicorn Riot’ Exposes The Far Right Online
Apr 15 • 34 min
This week, CYBER speaks to Freddy Martinez, one of the members of Unicorn Riot, an activist and media collective that’s been tracking and exposing nazis, racists, and other far-right people on the internet. For information regarding your data privacy,…
How the ‘New York Times’ Protects its Journalists From Hackers and Spies
Apr 8 • 29 min
This week, CYBER speaks to Runa Sandvik, the senior director of information security at The New York Times about how she helps the Times journalists stay safe online and help them protect sources. For information regarding your data privacy, visit…
Why The ASUS Supply Chain Hack Is a Big Deal
Apr 1 • 20 min
On this week’s episode of CYBER, we sat down with Kim Zetter, the legendary cybersecurity reporter and the author of the original news story on the ASUS hack. Zetter walked us through this specific hack, and also told us about previous supply chain…
Why Hackers Are Stoked That Beto O’Rourke Was One Of Them
Mar 27 • 34 min
This week, CYBER speaks to Oxblood Ruffin, a long-time member of the legendary hacking group Cult of The Dead Cow, or cDc. Ruffin told us about the cDc, its historical importance, and why it’s a big deal that a US presidential candidate was once part of…
How Online Disinformation Affects the Real World
Mar 20 • 36 min
In the lead up to the 2016 US presidential elections, the Russian government allegedly used internet trolls, fake Facebook accounts, and hackers in a coordinated disinformation campaign. What did we learn from it? And how is the world preparing to deal…
The Prototype iPhones Hackers Use to Research Apple’s Most Sensitive Code
Mar 7 • 32 min
Very few people have heard of them, but “dev-fused” iPhones sold on the grey market are one of the most important tools for the best iOS hackers in the world. Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai talks about his blockbuster investigation, and host Ben Makuch…
The Cybersecurity Industrial Complex
Mar 4 • 24 min
Last year, investors poured $5 billion in cybersecurity startups. The whole industry will be worth $170 billion in three years, according to a recent estimate. There’s so many infosec companies it’s hard to keep track of them. And yet, are we all really…
How Hackers Break into iCloud-Locked iPhones
Feb 19 • 27 min
In spring, 2017, a teenager walked up behind a woman leaving the Metro in Northeast Washington DC and put her in a chokehold: “Be quiet,” he said. And “delete your iCloud.” He grabbed her iPhone 6S and ran away. The iCloud security feature has cut down on…
How Google Tracks Hackers
Feb 11 • 26 min
Tracking hacking groups has become a booming business. Dozens of so-called “threat intelligence” companies keep tabs on them and sell subscriptions to feeds where they provide customers with up to date information on what the most advanced cyber criminals…
The Spyware Sting Operation
Feb 5 • 41 min
Citizen Lab, a human rights watchdog, tracks governments who do bad things online, and learned that slain journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s phone was bugged. Soon after that revelation, Citizen Lab’s researchers began getting weird requests to meet in person…
The Penetration Tester
Jan 28 • 29 min
This week, we talk to Jek, a physical penetration tester whose job is to infiltrate offices, data centers, store stockrooms, and other supposedly “secure” locations and either steal information or install a tool so that other hackers can exfiltrate data.…
I Gave a Bounty Hunter $300. Then He Located Our Phone
Jan 24 • 42 min
Earlier this month, Motherboard sent $300 to a bounty hunter. Within moments, he sent us a Google Maps screenshot with the real-time location data of a phone that we’d asked him to track. Motherboard editor-in-chief Jason Koebler and senior staff writer…
[BONUS] Malicious Life: The Ashley Madison Hack
Jan 24 • 29 min
This week, CYBER presents an episode from Malicious Life, one of our favorite hacking podcasts. In this episode, host Ran Levi takes a deep dive into how Ashley Madison, “the dating site for people who want to have an affair,” got hacked. More…
The PewDiePie Hacks
Jan 15 • 23 min
In November, 50,000 printers started suddenly printing a message urging recipients to subscribe to PewDiePie—YouTube’s most popular star ever, with 80 million subscribers. It came with a warning, too: That the printers were hacked because they were…
The Dark Overlord and the 9/11 Insurance Files Hack
Jan 4 • 24 min
A few hours before midnight on New Year’s Eve, the mysterious hacking group the Dark Overlord tweeted a link to an encrypted file: “We’ll be providing many answers about 9/11 conspiracies through our 18,000 secret documents leak.” This is just the latest…
The Base
Dec 31, 2018 • 27 min
CYBER host Ben Makuch and reporter Mack Lamoureux recently spent months embedded on in a secretive social network called “The Base,” which is used by American neo-Nazis to organize real-life meetups. For information regarding your data privacy, visit…
How to Track Government Hackers and APTs
Dec 24, 2018 • 30 min
Fancy Bear, APT10, Lazarus Group, Charming Kitten. These are all the names given to government hacker groups. And if you pay any attention to cybersecurity news you heard about Russian hackers, Chinese hackers, and groups that are usually called…
The Motherboard Guide to Not Getting Hacked
Dec 17, 2018 • 38 min
In the coming weeks, millions of people will get new phones, computers, Amazon Echos, Google Homes, Smart Coffee Makers, and other internet of things devices. All of these things come with their own privacy, surveillance, and hacking risks, but there are…
Inside the Messy World of Nintendo Switch Hacking
Dec 3, 2018 • 12 min
Pirates recently dumped Super Smash Bros. Ultimate around two weeks before it was scheduled to hit stores. Motherboard senior staff writer Joseph Cox takes us inside the messy world of Nintendo Switch hacking and piracy. The Switch piracy community—much…
America’s Voting Machines Are Vulnerable to Election Hacking
Nov 19, 2018 • 15 min
When you say “election hacking” it means something different than the Kremlin’s disinformation campaigns. On this episode of CYBER, we talk about what real election hacking is with Motherboard contributor Kim Zetter, who just wrote a piece for New York…
SIM Hijacking and the Phone Number Ransom
Nov 12, 2018 • 25 min
Imagine if your phone suddenly stopped working. And then you couldn’t login to Facebook, Instagram, your email, or bank account. Your phone switches back on, and you get a call. On the other end of the line is a guy telling you he’s stolen your phone…
Introducing CYBER: A Hacking Podcast by MOTHERBOARD
Nov 8, 2018 • 1 min
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. CYBER is coming next week, and will help you understand what’s…