Hacking Humans

Hacking Humans

Join Dave Bittner and Joe Carrigan each week as they look behind the social engineering scams, phishing schemes, and criminal exploits that are making headlines and taking a heavy toll on organizations around the world.
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Recent Episodes

Ep 197 | 5.26.22

Combating social engineering.

Ann Johnson, Security Executive at Microsoft and host of the Afternoon Cyber Tea podcast, joins Dave to discuss social engineering and ways to help prevent it, as well as the different types of social engineering she's seen from her experience, Dave and Joe share some listener follow up about macros in Office documents, Joe has two stories this week, one is on how Seth Green lost over 300K in NFTs, and the other is on a new scam with Chatbots on phishing emails, Dave's story is on how a California man was arrested for siphoning money, our catch of the day comes from listener Sadik who shares a suspicious looking email telling him, that his Norton service is about to expire.

Ep 196 | 5.19.22

Voice authentication taking hold.

Mark Horne, Chief Marketing Officer at Pindrop, joins Dave to discuss voice authentication, Dave and Joe have some follow up about business phishing (BECs) from listeners Nick and Michael, Joe's story has a romance scam where criminals pretend to be celebrities, and Dave's story is about the increase in phishing downloads due to cyber criminals using SEO to leverage their lures, and we've got 2 catches of the day for you from listener Peter on free Dyson vacuums and one from Joe with a plea from Vladimir Putin asking for money.

Ep 195 | 5.12.22

Business phishing: Who's biting the bait?

Matthew Connor, Founder of Conscious Security, discusses a study he conducted while working with F-Secure, the study targeted 82,402 individuals with one of four phishing emails, he goes into the findings of the study and certain insight this study has brought, Joe's story is on the popular app Zelle and how users are loosing thousands of dollars due to scams, and Dave's story is on three big tech giants announcing plans to expand support for a common passwordless sign-in standard created by the FIDO Alliance, our catch of the day comes from listener Areus on text messages exchanged between two strangers and where the conversation leads.

Ep 194 | 4.28.22

The dark side of business email attacks.

John Wilson, Senior Fellow Threat Research at Agari by HelpSystems, discusses business email compromise attacks, Joe shares three stories on different types of scams, the first being a mystery shopper scam, where the scammer tries to get you to buy gift cards at a grocery store, the second one is on, scammers posing as DTE Energy representatives, seeking bill payments, and the final one is about someone showing up to a victims door and demanding money to collect “Money owed” for a family member, Dave's story is on criminals who are using apple pay to scam their way into going on spending sprees, our catch of the day comes from listener Jon, who shares how two men claimed to be owed money after Jon's death, when in fact, John was very alive.

Ep 193 | 4.21.22

On the front lines of fraud protection.

Pete Barker, director of Fraud and Identity at SpyCloud offers critical insights on the alarming evolution of fraud and how consumers and enterprises can protect themselves, Joe and Dave share some listener follow up from listener Micah on a catch of the day from last week, Joe's story is on a woman who was scammed out of $15,000 and shares her experience on how the hackers were able to gather so much info and money from her, Dave's story is on an android malware scheme that allows cybercriminals to intercept customer calls to their banks, our catch of the day comes from listener John, who shares a scam from people claiming to be Amazon, saying that the users secret phrase has been incapacitated.

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Hacking Humans
Dave Bittner
Joe Carrigan
Dave Bittner, is a security podcast host and one of the founders at CyberWire. He's a creator, producer, videographer, actor, experimenter, and entrepreneur. He's had a long career in the worlds of television, journalism and media production, and is one of the pioneers of non-linear editing and digital storytelling.
Joe Carrigan, is a Senior Security Engineer with the Johns Hopkins University Information Security Institute. He has been a Software Engineer for over twenty years and has been working in the security field for more than ten years focusing on usable security and security awareness. He has experience in a broad range of fields including authentication systems, embedded systems, data migration, and network communication.
Schedule: Thursdays
Creator: CyberWire, Inc.
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