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A person pulling up wires from a deep hole.

Maddie Stone is a security researcher for Google’s Project Zero. In this episode we hear what it’s like battling zero day vulnerabilities.


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Darknet Diaries is created by Jack Rhysider.

Editing by Damienne. Assembled by Tristan Ledger.

Episode artwork by odibagas.

Mixing by Proximity Sound.

Theme music created by Breakmaster Cylinder. Theme song available for listen and download at bandcamp. Or listen to it on Spotify.


Recording equipment used this episode was the Shure SM7B, Zoom Podtrak P4, Sony MDR7506, in the Hindenburg editor.



JACK: I have a degree in Software Engineering, but can you remember a time in your life when there wasn’t such a thing as software engineers? I can’t. All my life it’s been a thing, but I bet my great-grandparents went their whole life without ever hearing about software engineering. So, let’s take a quick look backwards to find when software engineering popped into existence. [MUSIC] In the 1950s, NASA was doing some pretty amazing things; flying spaceships to the moon and beyond. These spaceships were loaded with lots of technology; antennas, radios, computers, cameras, software, and hardware. That’s just onboard the spaceship. You’ve seen these giant command centers they have, where Mission Control is. There are computers on everyone’s desk and giant screens in front of the room, and there are dozens of scientists and engineers in the room, yet not a single one of them was a software engineer, because the term had not been used at any point in the 1950s. In the 1960s, NASA developed the Mariner Space Program. The goal here was to send unmanned spaceships to Mercury, Mars, and Venus, to take photos of them.

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