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Kid in bushes listening to phone calls

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.


Thanks to Jordan Harbinger for sharing his story with us. You can find his podcast by searching for The Jordan Harbinger Show wherever you listen to podcasts.


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 access them. Great early warning system for knowing when someone is snooping around where they shouldn’t be. Check them out at https://canary.tools.

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  • The Death of Expertise by Tom Nichols
  • Bad Blood by John Carreyrou


Darknet Diaries is created by Jack Rhysider.

Artwork this episode by habblesthecat.

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

Additional music by Epidemic Sound.


Recording equipment used this episode was the Shure SM7B, a cloudlifter, Audient ID4, Sony MDR7506 headphones, and Hindenburg audio editor.



JACK: Hey, it’s Jack, host of the show. We’re about to hear a story from a friend of mine, Jordan. Jordan is one of those guys that has a million stories. Like, his life is just filled with crazy adventures; like this one time he was traveling and got kidnapped, but then escaped. Then on another trip he was kidnapped again and escaped again. He’s also been in North Korea I think a few times. But today, he’s going to tell us a story about a time when he was a teenager and got a visit from the FBI.

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