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Darknet Diaries

53 EpisodesProduced by Jack RhysiderWebsite

Explore the dark side of the Internet with host Jack Rhysider as he takes you on a journey through the chilling world of privacy hacks, data breaches, and cyber crime. The masterful criminal hackers who dwell on the dark side show us just how vulnerable we all are.

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53: Shadow Brokers

December 10th, 2019

52:04

The NSA has some pretty advanced, super secret, hacking tools. What if these secret hacking tools were to end up in the wrong person’s hands? Well, …

Ep 52: Magecart

November 26th, 2019

51:05

Credit card skimming is growing in popularity. Gas pumps all over are seeing skimmers attached to them. It’s growing in popularity because it’s …

Ep 51: The Indo-Pak Conflict

November 12th, 2019

48:49

Kashmir is a region right in between India, Pakistan, and China. For the last 70 years Pakistan and India have fought over this region of the world, …

Ep 50: Operation Glowing Symphony

October 30th, 2019

1:14:10

Operation Inherent Resolve was started in 2016 which aimed to combat ISIS. It was a combined joint task force lead by the US military. Operation …

Ep 49: Elliot

October 15th, 2019

47:17

In this episode we meet Elliot Alderson (@fs0c131y) from Twitter. Who is this strange masked person? What adventures have they gotten themselves …

Ep 48: Operation Socialist

October 1st, 2019

50:40

This is the story about when a nation state hacks into a company within another nation.

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Ep 47: Project Raven

September 17th, 2019

1:03:49

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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Ep 46: XBox Underground (Part 2)

September 3rd, 2019

1:26:29

This is the story about the XBox hacking scene and how a group of guys pushed their luck a little too far.

This is part 2 of a 2 part series.

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Ep 45: XBox Underground (Part 1)

August 20th, 2019

1:22:19

This is the story about the XBox hacking scene and how a group of guys pushed the hacking a little too far.

This is part 1 of a 2 part series.

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Ep 44: Zain

August 6th, 2019

36:46

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 43: PPP

July 23rd, 2019

1:02:51

This is the story about how I acquired a black badge from DEFCON (pictured above).

We also hear the story about who PPP is, and their CTF journey at DEFCON.

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Ep 42: Mini-Stories: Vol 2

July 9th, 2019

56:15

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 …

Ep 41: Just Visiting

June 25th, 2019

51:16

Join JekHyde and Carl on a physical penetration test, a social engineering engagagement, a red team assessment. Their mission is to get into a …

Ep 40: No Parking

June 11th, 2019

1:02:28

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.

This episode was …

Ep 39: 3 Alarm Lamp Scooter

May 28th, 2019

52:24

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 …

Ep 38: Dark Caracal

May 14th, 2019

56:44

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 …

Ep 37: LVS

April 30th, 2019

30:23

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 founder of LVS is Sheldon …

Ep 36: Jeremy from Marketing

April 16th, 2019

1:03:14

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.

Thanks to @TinkerSec for telling us this story.

Ep 35: Carbanak

April 2nd, 2019

42:14

ATM hacking. Hollywood has been fantasizing about this since the 1980's. But is this a thing now? A security researcher named Barnaby Jack …

Ep 34: For Your Eyes Only

March 19th, 2019

53:55

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 …

Ep 33: RockYou

March 5th, 2019

42:33

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 32: The Carder

February 19th, 2019

41:29

A carding kingpin was tracked by the Secret Service. How did he steal the cards? Where was he stealing them from? How much was he making doing this? And where did he go wrong? Find out all this and more as we listen to …

Ep 31: Hacker Giraffe

February 5th, 2019

58:02

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 …

Ep 30: Shamoon

January 22nd, 2019

37:21

In 2012, Saudi Aramco was hit with the most destructive virus ever. Thousands and thousands of computers were destroyed. Herculean efforts were made …

Ep 29: Stuxnet

January 8th, 2019

43:06

Stuxnet was the most sophisticated virus ever discovered. It's target was a nuclear enrichment facility in Iran. This virus was successfully able to …

Ep 28: Unit 8200

December 15th, 2018

50:35

Israel has their own version of the NSA called Unit 8200. I was curious what this unit does and tried to take a peek inside. Hear what I found by listening along to this episode.

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Ep 27: Chartbreakers

December 1st, 2018

49:14

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 26: IRS

November 15th, 2018

37:21

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 …

Ep 25: Alberto

November 1st, 2018

44:35

Alberto Hill was sent to prison for a long time for hacking. For a crime he said he did not commit. Listen to his story and you be the judge on whether he's guilty or not.

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Ep 24: Operation Bayonet

October 15th, 2018

41:12

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 23: Vladimir Levin

October 1st, 2018

30:22

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 …

Ep 22: Mini-Stories: Vol 1

September 15th, 2018

41:41

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.

Ep 21: Black Duck Eggs

September 1st, 2018

28:19

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 …

Ep 20: mobman

August 15th, 2018

48:23

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 19: Aurora

August 1st, 2018

30:29

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 …

Ep 18: Jackpot

July 1st, 2018

23:05

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 17: Finn

June 3rd, 2018

47:19

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 16: Eijah

May 1st, 2018

37:40

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 …

Ep 15: Ill Tills

April 1st, 2018

35:21

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 …

Ep 14: #OpJustina

March 1st, 2018

27:12

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 …

Ep 13: Carna Botnet

February 15th, 2018

35:18

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 …

Ep 12: Crypto Wars

February 1st, 2018

30:30

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 …

Ep 11: Strictly Confidential

January 15th, 2018

21:32

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 …

Ep 10: Misadventures of a Nation State Actor

January 1st, 2018

35:25

In today's world of intelligence gathering, governments hack other governments. This episode takes you on a ride with a nation state actor to see exactly how it's done.

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Ep 9: The Rise and Fall of Mt. Gox

December 15th, 2017

30:53

Mt. Gox was the largest bitcoin exchange in the world. It suddenly went offline. What happened?

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Ep 8: Manfred (Part 2)

December 1st, 2017

30:08

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 …

Ep 7: Manfred (Part 1)

December 1st, 2017

25:16

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 6: The Beirut Bank Job

November 15th, 2017

31:19

Jayson E. Street tells us a story about the time he broke into a bank in Beirut Lebanon.

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Ep 5: #ASUSGATE

November 1st, 2017

27:07

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 …

Ep 4: Panic! at the TalkTalk Board Room

October 15th, 2017

40:23

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 …

Ep 3: DigiNotar, You are the Weakest Link, Good Bye!

October 1st, 2017

27:44

The 2011 DigiNotar breach changed the way browsers do security. In this episode, we learn what role a CA plays, how browsers work with CAs, and what …

Ep 2: The Peculiar Case of the VTech Hacker

September 15th, 2017

25:20

VTech makes toy tablets, laptops, and watches for kids. In 2015, they were breached. The hacker downloaded gigs of children's data. Discover what the hacker did once he took the data.

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Ep 1: The Phreaky World of PBX Hacking

September 1st, 2017

14:01

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 …

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