Darknet Diaries

Episodes

EP 1: The Phreaky World of PBX Hacking

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 le...

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EP 4: Panic! at the TalkTalk Board Room

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.

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EP 5: #ASUSGATE

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...

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EP 7: Manfred (Part 1)

Manfred has had the most epic story of all online video game stories. For the last 20 years, he's been hacking online games.

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EP 8: Manfred (Part 2)

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 exac...

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EP 11: Strictly Confidential

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.

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EP 12: Crypto Wars

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 t...

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EP 13: Carna Botnet

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 vulnerability in the b...

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EP 14: #OpJustina

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.

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EP 15: Ill Tills

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 impo...

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EP 16: Eijah

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 th...

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EP 17: Finn

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.

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EP 18: Jackpot

A man addicted to gambling finds a bug in a video poker machine that lets him win excessive amounts of money.

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EP 19: Aurora

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 mind...

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EP 20: mobman

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.

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EP 21: Black Duck Eggs

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 prope...

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EP 22: Mini-Stories: Vol 1

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.

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EP 23: Vladimir Levin

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...

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EP 24: Operation Bayonet

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.

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EP 25: Alberto

In Feb 2017, a medical provider in Uruguay got hacked. The attacker stole a bunch of patient records and then used that to conduct extortion on the provider. They said they'd release the records of everyone with HIV unless they get $60,000 worth o...

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EP 26: IRS

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 ...

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EP 27: Chartbreakers

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.

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EP 28: Unit 8200

Israel has their own version of the NSA called Unit 8200. Listen along to learn what someone gets into the group, what they do, and what these members do once they leave the unit.

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EP 29: Stuxnet

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.

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EP 30: Shamoon

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?

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EP 31: Hacker Giraffe

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.

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EP 32: The Carder

A carding kingpin was tracked by the Secret Service. Listen to how the Secret Service built a case against him and what they did about it.

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EP 33: RockYou

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.

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EP 34: For Your Eyes Only

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. Something does happen, and it's not good.

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EP 35: Carbanak

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 ...

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EP 36: Jeremy from Marketing

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.

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EP 37: LVS

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 found of LVS is Sheldon Adelson. One day the CEO said som...

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EP 38: Dark Caracal

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 ...

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EP 39: 3 Alarm Lamp Scooter

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.

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EP 40: No Parking

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.

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EP 41: Just Visiting

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 fr...

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EP 42: Mini-Stories: Vol 2

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 networ...

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EP 43: PPP

This is the story about how I acquired a black badge from DEFCON. We also hear the story about who PPP is, and their CTF journey at DEFCON.

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EP 44: Zain

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.

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EP 47: Project Raven

This is the story about an ex-NSA agent who went to work for a secret hacking group in the UAE.

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