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Hackable?

37 EpisodesProduced by McAfeeWebsite

We see lots of movies and TV shows where hackers can infiltrate our lives with just a few keystrokes. But is it real? We’re here to find out. Malicious cat photos, sketchy Wi-Fi networks, rogue rentals, all-knowing webcams - those are just a few topics tackled in Hackable?, where we let our hackers … read more

37 Episodes | 2017 - 2019

Gone Phishin’

December 3rd, 2019

37:01

Phishing scams that disguise malware or malicious intent in messages are extremely common. Just how do hackers keep reeling in victims? On this episode, we learn exactly how phishing works from the hacker’s …

Porch Piracy

November 19th, 2019

29:43

The more people shop online, the more thieves swipe packages. Are smart padlocks a secure solution? Or can they be cracked open by hackers? …

False Charges

November 5th, 2019

30:27

It's always stressful when your phone's battery is low, but are some charging stations and USB cables dangerous to plug into? On this …

Who's Watching

October 22nd, 2019

30:13

Streaming devices make dumb TVs smart and smart TVs, well, smarter. But does that mean that a hacker can hijack your binge-watching? We invite white-hat Craig Young back on the show to learn whether there’s …

Keyless Ignition

October 8th, 2019

25:03

Cars are more computerized than ever. But, does this make them easier to steal? Can smart key fobs help hackers drive away with your ride? White-hat Tim Martin comes back on the show and we learn whether he can …

MouseJacked

September 24th, 2019

25:13

Wireless mice have become the preferred peripheral to scroll and click, but can cutting the cord allow a hacker to hijack your computer? In …

The Mr. Robot Spectacular

July 30th, 2019

34:22

While Hollywood often gets hacking wrong, “Mr. Robot” is acclaimed for its commitment to authenticity and technical accuracy. And it’s …

Dead Drops

July 16th, 2019

36:59

You spot a dropped USB drive laying on the ground or in your office. Did someone lose their files or is it a trap set by a hacker? On this episode, Geoff learns how dangerous dropped USB drives are and whether …

Up Your Game

July 2nd, 2019

31:07

Skins and other downloadable modifications are a popular way to level up video games. Can these “mods” expose players to hidden malware? On …

Face the Fax

June 18th, 2019

27:03

All-in-one printers with fax machines may seem like relics from a bygone era, but could this seldom-used technology put you at risk? On this …

Malicious Brews

June 4th, 2019

37:52

Coffee vs. tea is an age-old debate. On this episode, we settle it once and for all when two teams of white-hat hackers compete — one hacks …

Phreaks and Geeks

May 21st, 2019

30:35

From photos and messages to emails and credit cards, smartphones are filled with sensitive personal information. Just how secure are they? In this episode, Geoff invites a white-hat to try and remotely access …

The Weakest Link

February 5th, 2019

31:18

Smart plugs allow you to smarten up any old appliance in your home. But do they leave your virtual "front door" wide open for hackers? In …

Remote Control

January 22nd, 2019

33:17

Smart TVs make binge-worthy TV shows and movies just a click away. But do these internet-connected devices also expose users to hackers? In this episode, our host Geoff Siskind and two white-hats see if they …

RAT Attack

January 8th, 2019

28:17

While Geoff is usually the victim of our white-hat hackers, this episode he gets to see things from their perspective. Find out just how …

Flying Blind

December 17th, 2018

29:00

There are now more than 1 million drones registered in the US. They are fun to fly, and poised to take on important commercial and public …

Digital Breadcrumbs

December 4th, 2018

26:01

From family holidays to hikes, concerts, and meals — almost every experience is now snapped and posted to social media. Do photo sharers …

Prying Eyes

November 20th, 2018

28:10

Every 53 seconds, a laptop is stolen from a car or office, an airport or a café. Even if you secure your laptop with a strong password, will …

Virtually Vulnerable

November 6th, 2018

28:45

Once a sci-fi novelty, virtual reality has emerged as a tech phenomenon. But do security vulnerabilities in popular headsets put users at …

New to Hackable?

November 1st, 2018

2:27

In a world where we obsess over staying connected, how can we be sure we’re not leaving ourselves vulnerable? Hackable? gives us a front row …

Internet of Toddlers

May 29th, 2018

34:13

The industry of smart baby devices, also known as the "Internet of Toddlers” includes everything from bluetooth pacifiers, internet-enabled monitors, and Wi-Fi onesies. IoT might be best thing to happen to the …

Protecting The Grid

May 15th, 2018

30:58

Our power grids, gas pipelines, and traffic control systems are all accessible online. But does that mean they can be hacked? In this …

Cyber Wash

May 1st, 2018

28:22

Automatic car washes save time and water, but are these internet-enabled devices hackable? In this episode, Geoff teams ups with a Security Researcher to find out how quickly a trip to the car wash can become a …

Pet-nology

April 17th, 2018

29:50

A smart camera + dog treat dispenser allows you to monitor behavior, video chat with your pooch and toss them a treat while you’re away. But what if you’re not the only one watching? In this episode of …

And We're In

April 3rd, 2018

32:08

"From social media to banking, we use passwords to protect all of our sensitive information. But how easy would it be for a hacker to gain …

Access Granted

March 20th, 2018

24:54

RFID is in everything from your keycard to library books, and probably even your dog. But with the popularity of this technology, is the …

Keyless Entry

March 5th, 2018

25:17

Unlocking your doors with the touch of a button is the greatest thing to happen to cars since, well, the invention of cars. Although is the signal you send through the air secure? Or are you giving a hacker a …

All Dolled Up

December 5th, 2017

31:17

Tech toys are always the hottest gifts during the holidays. But what if something as innocent looking as an Internet-connected stuffed …

High Frequency

November 21st, 2017

29:18

Smart speakers, just shout out a command and these digital assistants take action. But would it be possible for a hacker to communicate with …

Cloak & Dagger

November 7th, 2017

28:24

We all love the fact that we’re able use our cellphones to access the internet from practically anywhere. But a lot of times we don’t take the security on these devices seriously, despite them being filled with …

Searching for Avril

October 24th, 2017

26:48

Pre-released tracks, sneak-peek videos, never-before-seen pictures – hackers are using our love for celebrities as a way of stealing personal data. But not in the way you might think. In this episode, Geoff and …

Cowbells & Doorbells

October 10th, 2017

29:23

With so many connected devices popping up, we have to wonder: Is the security strong enough to hold off an cyber attack? In this episode of …

Camera Creepers

September 26th, 2017

24:54

Just the thought of someone accessing your webcam without your knowledge is unsettling. But is putting a sticker over your webcam paranoia, or precaution? In this episode of Hackable?, our trusted hacker shows …

Cars are Computers

September 12th, 2017

26:35

Carjacking just went digital. You might be holding the steering wheel, but are you in control? Hackers today could easily take over an …

Locked Out

August 29th, 2017

25:19

Ransomware is a billion-dollar business. But what happens when your data is under lockdown, all your icons are missing, years of photos are …

PWND

August 15th, 2017

29:19

How much can people find out about you from a simple Google search? It’s probably way more than you think, even if you’re being cautious. Our host Geoff Siskind learned that the hard way. We gave our friendly …

The Evil Twin

August 1st, 2017

25:01

Think all public Wi-Fi networks are safe? Think again. In our first episode, we hack the Wi-Fi at a local café by creating an “Evil Twin” to prove just how easy it is to give away all of your information …

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