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Hacking Humans Podcast

Each week the CyberWire’s Hacking Humans Podcast looks behind the social engineering scams, phishing schemes, and criminal exploits that are making headlines and taking a heavy toll on organizations around the world. We talk to social engineering experts, security pros, cognitive scientists, and those practiced in the arts of deception (perhaps even a magician or two). We also hear from people targeted by social engineering attacks and learn from their experiences.

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Focus, technology, and training fight phishing — Hacking Humans.
8.9.18

Dave describes a phishing attempt to infiltrate U.S. election systems. Joe shares a story of government agencies receiving malicious CDs in the mail. University employees are lured by greed. And David Baggett from Inky joins us to describe phishing techniques...

Luring unsuspecting money mules — Hacking Humans.
8.2.18

Joe describes clever gift card scams. Dave follows up on last week's proposal to waste phone scammer's time. A more plausible phishing scheme comes through. Guest David Shear from Flashpoint describes methods scammers use to lure people into being money...

Nothing up my sleeve — Hacking Humans.
7.26.18

Dave shares a story of deception right out of Hollywood. Joe proposes changing the financial incentives for scammers. A porn-shaming catch of the day courtesy of Johannes Ullrich. An interview with atomic physicist and close-up magician Adam West.

Think like an attacker — Hacking Humans.
7.19.18

Joe describes a con law enforcement agencies use to lure crooks. Dave shares a tech support scam spreading in chat forums. A listener from Dublin has a fake Apple email. We welcome Rachel Tobac, CEO of SocialProof Security.

Presidential prank, pensioner pilfered — Hacking Humans.
7.12.18

Dave recounts the news that US President Trump likely fell for a prank phone call. Joe outlines the sad story of a woman robbed of her retirement savings. Twitter account recovery scams. Charles Arthur, author of Cyber Wars - Hacks that Shocked the Business...

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