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 169 | 10.14.21

Physical pen testing: You've got to be able to think on your feet.

Guest Marina Ciavatta CEO at Hekate talks with Dave about some of her social engineering and pen testing experiences, Dave's got a story is about getting your family to use a password manager, Joe's story is about NFTs (non-fungible tokens) and scams that have arisen around them, and our Catch of the Day is from listener William and it turns out Dave is in trouble with the IRS again on this one.

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Ep 168 | 10.7.21

Measuring security awareness proactively.

Guest Zach Schuler of NINJIO joins Dave to discuss measuring the effectiveness of awareness training, Joe's got a story about a school nurse who was scammed with a "Bank of America" Zelle transaction, Dave's story is about a phone scam a therapist received from a local "Sheriff's office," and our Catch of the Day is from Hacking Humans Senior producer Jennifer Eiben about some pricey potatoes and chocolate chip cookies she "ordered."

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Ep 167 | 9.30.21

Capture the Flag, Black Badges and social engineering tricks.

Guest Chris Kirsch, DefCon 25 Social Engineering Capture The Flag winner and Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer at Rumble, talks with our UK Correspondent Carole Theriault about his experience at the event, Dave's story is about scammers bypassing social engineering and going directly to pitch employees to install ransomware, Joe's got a story about travel scams he came across while planning a recent trip, our Catch of the Day comes from Reddit about some text messages which cause emotions to flare.

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Ep 166 | 9.23.21

They won't ask for sensitive information over the phone.

Guest Alex Hinchliffe, Threat Intelligence Analyst from Unit 42 at Palo Alto Networks joins Dave to talk about some of his team's ransomware research, Joe's story is about a new jury duty scam that is out there (hint, they will not call you on the phone), Dave's got a story about Microsoft rolling out passwordless login options, our Catch of the Day comes from a listener named Lucio who shared several social engineering ploys with us.

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Ep 165 | 9.16.21

Sometimes, deepfake victims don't want to be convinced it is fake.

Guest Etay Maor of Cato Networks joins Dave Bittner to discuss the impact that deepfakes will have on our society, we share some fun feedback on the Lightning Rod story edit, Dave's story talks about how some of the most successful and lucrative online scams employ a “low-and-slow” approach, Joe's story is about 2 Arkansas farmer that scammed investors out of money for wind turbines, but used it for houses, cars and Disney World, and our Catch of the Day is from an unnamed listener with a supposed iPhone invoice.

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Hacking Humans
Host(s)
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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