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 277 | 2.15.24

Looking forward in 2024.

Aaron Walton, Threat Intel Analyst from Expel is discussing some things to look out for in 2024. Joe and Dave share some listener follow up from Mateusz, who shares some positive news with us. Dave's story is about a romance scammer coming clean after failing to woo CBS News reporter, Erica Johnson. Joe's story is on the latest decision from the FCC, and how they voted to ban scam robocalls that use AI-generated voices. Our catch of the day comes from listener Chuck, just in time for tax season, he warns against a phishing scam he received about his taxes.

Ep 276 | 2.8.24

Scamming just isn't what it used to be.

This week, we are joined by host of N2K's T-Minus Space Daily podcast, Maria Varmazis, she sits down with Joe and Dave to discuss sextorion materials that were found on popular social media apps such as, TikTok, Instagram, Snapchat and YouTube. Joe and Dave share quite a bit of follow up, Joe starts with an anonymous listener writing in sharing their story on gift card scams. Dave shares another anonymous listeners comments, sharing about what they think of Andy Cohen going public on how he got scammed. Finally, Joe and Dave hear from a listener by the name of "The Computrix," who says they need to defend Walmart. Dave share's his story about the most common phishing email themes of 2023. Joe's got the story of ransomware not being paid the same way as it used to be by companies, and share the two different angles on that. Our catch of the day comes from listener William, who writes in with a phishing scam that caught his eye.

Ep 275 | 2.1.24

Quiz scam nightmare.

Jaeson Schultz, Technical Leader from Cisco Talos, is discussing "Spammers abuse Google Forms’ quiz to deliver scams." Dave's story discusses the disturbing new trick up a scammers sleeve to get you to fall for their schemes. Joe has two stories this week, the first a warning to those who pick up scammers phone calls and what that can lead to after gaining access to your voice. Joe's second story follows a band of organized thieves and how they have been targeting high-end homes across Metro Detroit. Our catch of the day comes from listener Van, who writes in to share a fun catch from a scammer who left a voicemail.

Ep 274 | 1.25.24

Phishing for mail.

Abhilash Garimella from Bolster joins to discuss a USPS phishing campaign abusing freemium dynamic DNS and SaaS providers. Dave and Joe share some follow up, one was from listener Mike who wrote in to tell us about a breach at Resend, another was regarding a previous episode on grief and the internet, and finally Joe and Dave discuss a listeners response to a previous episode regarding an SMS scam a listener wrote in about. Dave shares a story on Walmarts relaxed security methods and how scammers may be exploiting them. Joe shares a couple articles relating to the ever growing pop star Taylor Swift and how criminals are using her face to scam. Our catch of the day comes from Joe this week, and he shares an interesting looking email he received from "Apple."

Ep 273 | 1.18.24

It's the intricate deceptions that get you.

This week we are joined by the host of T-Minus, N2Ks very own Maria Varmazis brings her own story and discusses with Dave and Joe. We start off with Joe, and he brings in the story of Andy Cohen and how he fell victim to a credit card scam and shares what he had learned through the experience. Maria shares Arctic Wolf Labs' story and how they have investigated several cases of Royal and Akira ransomware victims being targeted in follow-on extortion attacks dating back to October of 2023. Lastly, Dave shares his story warning YouTube users about videos promoting cracked software that is distributing Lumma Stealer. Our catch of the day comes from listener Jon, he shares and email that had made it through his spam filter.

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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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