Darknet Diaries

Episodes

EP 94: Mariposa Botnet

Chris Davis has been stopping IT security threats for decades. In this episode he tells a few tales of some threats that he helped stop.

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EP 93: Kik

Kik is a wildly popular chat app. Their website says that 1 in 3 American teenagers use Kik. But something dark is brewing on Kik.

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EP 92: The Pirate Bay

The Pirate Bay is a website, a search engine, which has an index of torrent files. A lot of copyrighted material is listed on the site, but the site doesn't store any of the copyrighted material. It just points the user to where you can download i...

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EP 91: webjedi

What happens when an unauthorized intruder gets into the network of a major bank? Amélie Koran, aka webjedi, was there for one of these intrusions and tells us the story of what happened.

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EP 90: Jenny

Meet Jenny Radcliffe, the People Hacker. She's a social engineer and physical penetration tester. Which means she gets paid to break into buildings and test their security. In this episode she tells us a few stories of some penetration testing job...

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EP 89: Cybereason: Molerats in the Cloud

The threat research team at Cybereason uncovered an interesting piece of malware. Studied it and tracked it. Which lead them to believe they were dealing with a threat actor known as Molerats.

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EP 88: Victor

Victor looks for vulnerabilities on the web and reports them responsibly. This is the story about discloser number 5780.

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EP 86: The LinkedIn Incident

In 2012, LinkedIn was the target of a data breach. A hacker got in and stole millions of user details. Username and password hashes were then sold to people willing to buy. This episode goes over the story of what happened.

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EP 84: Jet-setters

How bad is it if you post your boarding pass on Instagram? Our guest Alex decides to figure this out for themself and has quite a story about what happened. We also hear from TProphet who’s here to give us some travel hacks to save tons on airfare...

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EP 83: NSA Cryptologists

In this episode we interview two NSA Cryptologists, Marcus J. Carey and Jeff Man. We hear their story of how they got into the NSA and what they did while there.

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EP 82: Master of Pwn

The Zero Day Initiative runs a contest called Pwn2Own. The contest calls the best hackers in the world to demonstrate they can hack into software that should be secure. Like browsers, phones, even cars. Whoever can demonstrate the most vulnerabili...

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EP 81: The Vendor

This is the story of a darknet marketplace vendor we'll name V. He tells his story of how he first became a buyer, then transitioned into seller.

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EP 80: The Whistleblower

In this episode we hear a story from a social engineer who's job it is to get people to do things they don't want to do. Why? For profit.

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EP 79: Dark Basin

What do you do when you find yourself the target of a massive hacking campaign, and you are getting thousands of phishing emails and someone following you in your car. You might turn to Citizen Lab who has the ability to research who is behind thi...

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EP 78: Nerdcore

Nerdcore music is music for nerds. In this episode we hear from some of the musicians who make Nerdcore music.

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EP 77: Olympic Destroyer

In February 2018, during the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang South Korea, a cyber attack struck, wiping out a lot of the Olympic's digital infrastructure. Teams rushed to get things back up, but it was bad. Malware had repeatedly wiped the domain c...

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EP 76: Knaves Out

This is the story about how someone hacked into JP Morgan Chase, one of the biggest financial institutions in the world. It's obvious why someone would want to break into a bank right? Well the people who hacked into this bank, did not do it for o...

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EP 75: Compromised Comms

From 2009 to 2013 the communication channels the CIA uses to contact assets in foreign countries was compromised. This had terrifying consequences.

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EP 74: Mikko

Poker is a competitive game. Unlike other casino games, poker is player vs player. Criminal hackers have understood this for a while and sometimes hack the other players to get an edge. And that small edge can result in millions of dollars in winn...

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EP 73: WannaCry

In May 2017 the world fell victim to a major ransomware attack known as WannaCry. One of the victims was UK's national health service. Security researchers scrambled to try to figure out how to stop it and who was behind it.

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EP 72: Bangladesh Bank Heist

This story is about a bank robbery with the objective to steal 1 billion dollars. Which makes this the largest bank robbery in history. And it was all done over a computer.

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EP 71: FDFF

In this episode, we're going into the depths of North Korea to conduct one of the greatest hacks of all time. To find a way to inject information into a country run by totalitarian regime.

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EP 70: Ghost Exodus

Ghost Exodus is a hacker. He conducted various illegal activities online. Some of which he documents on YouTube. He's also a great musician. He got into some trouble from his hacking. This is his story.

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EP 69: Human Hacker

We all know that computers and networks are vulnerable to hacking and malicious actors, but what about us, the humans who interface with these devices? Con games, scams, and strategic deception are far older than computers, and in the modern era, ...

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EP 68: Triton

A mysterious mechanical failure one fateful night in a Saudi Arabian chemical plant leads a cast of operational technology researchers down a strange path towards an uncommon, but grave, threat. In this episode, we hear how these researchers disco...

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EP 67: The Big House

John Strand is a penetration tester. He's paid to break into computer networks and buildings to test their security. In this episode we listen to stories he has from doing this type of work.

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EP 66: Freakyclown

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.

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EP 65: PSYOP

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 lear...

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