Darknet Diaries

Darknet Diaries Explore true stories of the dark side of the Internet with host Jack Rhysider as he takes you on a journey through the chilling world of hacking, data breaches, and cyber crime.

  • 90: Jenny
    by Jack Rhysider on April 13, 2021 at 7:00 am

    Meet Jenny Radcliffe, the People Hacker. She’s a social engineer and physical penetration tester. Which means she gets paid to break into buildings and test their security. In this episode she tells us a few stories of some penetration testing jobs she’s done. Sponsors Support for this show comes from Blinkist. They offer thousands of condensed non-fiction books, so you can get through books in about 15 minutes. Check out Blinkist.com/DARKNET to start your 7 day free trial and get 25% off when you sign up. This podcast is sponsored by Navisite. Accelerate IT transformation to respond to new demands, lower costs and prepare for whatever comes next. Visit Navisite.com/go. View all active sponsors. Sources humanfactorsecurity.co.uk

  • 89: Cybereason – Molerats in the Cloud
    by Jack Rhysider on April 6, 2021 at 7:00 am

    The threat research team at Cybereason uncovered an interesting piece of malware. Studied it and tracked it. Which lead them to believe they were dealing with a threat actor known as Molerats.  Sponsors This episode is sponsored by Cybereason. Cybereason reverses the attacker’s advantage and puts the power back in your hands. Their future-ready attack platform gives defenders the wisdom to uncover, understand, and piece together multiple threats. And the precision focus to end cyberattacks instantly – on computers, mobile devices, servers, and the cloud. They do all this through a variety of tools they’ve developed such as antivirus software, endpoint monitoring, and mobile threat detection tools. They can give you the power to do it yourself, or they can do all the monitoring and respond to threats in your environment for you. Or you can call them after an incident to get help cleaning up. If you want to monitor your network for threats, check out what Cybereason can do for you. Cybereason. End cyber attacks. From endpoints to everywhere. Learn more at Cybereason.com/darknet. View all active sponsors. Sources https://www.cybereason.com/hubfs/dam/collateral/reports/Molerats-in-the-Cloud-New-Malware-Arsenal-Abuses-Cloud-Platforms-in-Middle-East-Espionage-Campaign.pdf https://malpedia.caad.fkie.fraunhofer.de/actor/molerats https://www.fireeye.com/blog/threat-research/2013/08/operation-molerats-middle-east-cyber-attacks-using-poison-ivy.html

  • 88: Victor
    by Jack Rhysider on March 30, 2021 at 7:00 am

    Victor looks for vulnerabilities on the web and reports them responsibly. This is the story about discloser number 5780. Listen to episodes 86, and 87 before this one to be caught up on the story leading up to this. Sponsors This podcast is sponsored by Navisite. Accelerate IT transformation to respond to new demands, lower costs and prepare for whatever comes next. Visit Navisite.com/go. This podcast is sponsored by the JSCM Group. They have a service called ClosedPort: Scan, and it’s is a monthly Penetration Test performed by Cyber Security Experts. Contact JSCM Group today at jscmgroup.com/darknet. Support for this show comes from IT Pro TV. Get 65 hours of free training by visiting ITPro.tv/darknet. And use promo code DARKNET25.

  • 87: Guild of the Grumpy Old Hackers
    by Jack Rhysider on March 16, 2021 at 7:00 am

    In 2016 the LinkedIn breach data became available to the public. What the Guild of the Grumpy Old Hackers did with it then is quite the story. Listen to Victor, Edwin, and Mattijs tell their story. Sponsors Support for this show comes from Blinkist. They offer thousands of condensed non-fiction books, so you can get through books in about 15 minutes. Check out Blinkist.com/DARKNET to start your 7 day free trial and get 25% off when you sign up. Support for this show comes from Privacy.com. Privacy allows you to create anonymous debit cards instantly to use for online shopping. Visit privacy.com/darknet to get a special offer. View all active sponsors.

  • 86: The LinkedIn Incident
    by Jack Rhysider on March 2, 2021 at 8:00 am

    In 2012, LinkedIn was the target of a data breach. A hacker got in and stole millions of user details. Username and password hashes were then sold to people willing to buy. This episode goes over the story of what happened. For a good password manager, check out LastPass. Sponsors Support for this episode comes from Quadrant Information Security. If you need a team of around the clock analysts to monitor for threat in your network using a custom SIEM, check out what Quadrant can do for you by visiting www.quadrantsec.com. Support for this show comes from Thinkst Canary. Their canaries attract malicious actors in your network and then send you an alert if someone tries to access them. Great early warning system for knowing when someone is snooping around where they shouldn’t be. Check them out at https://canary.tools. Support for this show comes from Linode. Linode supplies you with virtual servers. Visit linode.com/darknet and get a special offer.

  • 85: Cam the Carder
    by Jack Rhysider on February 16, 2021 at 8:00 am

    This is the story of Cam Harrison, aka “kilobit” and his rise and fall as a prominent carder. Sponsors Support for this show comes from IT Pro TV. Get 65 hours of free training by visiting ITPro.tv/darknet. And use promo code DARKNET25. Support for this episode comes from Oracle for Startups. Oracle for Startups delivers enterprise cloud at a startup price tag, with free cloud credits and 70% off industry-leading cloud services to help you reel in the big fish—confidently. To learn more, visit Oracle.com/goto/darknet. View all active sponsors. Sources https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/member-organized-cybercrime-ring-responsible-50-million-online-identity-theft-sentenced-115 https://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2014/11/14/carder-su-fraudster-jailed-for-9-years-and-ordered-to-pay-50-8m/ https://www.justice.gov/usao-nv/operation-open-market

  • 84: Jet-setters
    by Jack Rhysider on February 2, 2021 at 8:00 am

    How bad is it if you post your boarding pass on Instagram? Our guest, “Alex” decides to figure this out for themself and has quite a story about what happened. You can read more from “Alex” on their blog https://mango.pdf.zone. We also hear from TProphet who’s here to give us some travel hacks to save tons on airfare when we start traveling again. You can learn more about TProphet’s travel hacks at https://seat31b.com or https://award.cat. Sponsors Support for this show comes from Blinkist. They offer thousands of condensed non-fiction books, so you can get through books in about 15 minutes. Check out Blinkist.com/DARKNET to start your 7 day free trial and get 25% off when you sign up. Support for this show comes from Tanium. With Tanium you can gain real-time security and operational data directly from your endpoints – along with the ability to take action on, and create reports from, that data – in just minutes, so that you and your teams can have the insight and capability necessary to accomplish the mission effectively. Learn more at https://federal.tanium.com. View all active sponsors. Sources https://mango.pdf.zone/finding-former-australian-prime-minister-tony-abbotts-passport-number-on-instagram https://seat31b.com https://award.cat

  • 83: NSA Cryptologists
    by Jack Rhysider on January 19, 2021 at 8:00 am

    In this episode we interview two NSA Cryptologists, Marcus J. Carey and Jeff Man. We hear their story of how they got into the NSA and what they did while there. To hear more stories from Jeff tune into Paul’s Security Weekly where Jeff is a regular co-host and shares a lot of stories and insights. Marcus has written several books on security. They are Tribe of Hackers, Tribe of Hackers Blue Team, Tribe of Hackers Red Team, Tribe of Hackers Security Leaders, Think in Code, and a childrens book called Three Little Hackers. Also check out the Tribe of Hackers podcast to hear interviews with all these amazing people! Sponsors Support for this show comes from IT Pro TV. Get 65 hours of free training by visiting ITPro.tv/darknet. And use promo code DARKNET25. Support for this show comes from Linode. Linode supplies you with virtual servers. Visit linode.com/darknet and get a special offer. View all active sponsors.

  • 82: Master of Pwn
    by Jack Rhysider on January 5, 2021 at 8:00 am

    The Zero Day Initiative runs a hacker contest called Pwn2Own. The contest calls the best hackers in the world to demonstrate they can hack into software that should be secure. Like browsers, phones, and even cars. A lot of vulnerabilities are discovered from this event which means vendors must fix them. Whoever can demonstrate the most vulnerabilities will be crowned the “Master of Pwn”. Thanks to Dustin Childs and Brian Gorenc from ZDI to hear all about Pwn2Own. Thanks to Radek and Pedro for sharing their experiences of becoming the Masters of Pwn. Sponsors Support for this show comes from Blinkist. They offer thousands of condensed non-fiction books, so you can get through books in about 15 minutes. Check out Blinkist.com/DARKNET to start your 7 day free trial and get 25% off when you sign up. Support for this show comes from Kars 4 Kids (or if you’re in Texas Junk for Joy). Donate your car today, this organization will sell to use for their charity. View all active sponsors. Sources https://www.forbes.com/profile/lee-junghoon/?sh=49ee055fc9c7 https://www.cyberscoop.com/pwn2own-chinese-researchers-360-technologies-trend-micro/ https://twitter.com/BrendanEich/status/697889208380293120 https://www.techtimes.com/articles/247111/20200130/google-bug-bounty-2019-became-the-highest-paid-google-hackers-reaching-6-5-million.htm

  • 81: The Vendor
    by Jack Rhysider on December 22, 2020 at 8:00 am

    This is the story of a darknet marketplace vendor we’ll name V. V tells his story of how he first became a buyer, then transitioned into seller. This episode talks about drugs. Listener discretion is advised. If you want to contact V his email is at https://darknetdiaries.com/episode/81. Sponsors Support for this show comes from IT Pro TV. Get 65 hours of free training by visiting ITPro.tv/darknet. And use promo code DARKNET25. Support for this show comes from Linode. Linode supplies you with virtual servers. Visit linode.com/darknet and get a special offer.

  • 80: The Whistleblower
    by Jack Rhysider on December 8, 2020 at 8:00 am

    In this episode we hear a story from a social engineer who’s job it is to get people to do things they don’t want to do. Why? For profit. Sponsors Support for this episode comes from SentinelOne which can protect and assistwith ransomeware attacks. On top of that, SentinelOne offers threat hunting, visibility, and remote administration tools to manage and protect any IoT devices connected to your network. Go to SentinelOne.com/DarknetDiaries for your free demo. Your cybersecurity future starts today with SentinelOne. Support for this show comes from Thinkst Canary. Their canaries attract malicious actors in your network and then send you an alert if someone tries to access them. Great early warning system for knowing when someone is snooping around where they shouldn’t be. Check them out at https://canary.tools. Support for this show comes from Blinkist. They offer thousands of condensed non-fiction books, so you can get through books in about 15 minutes. Check out Blinkist.com/DARKNET to start your 7 day free trial and get 25% off when you sign up. View all active sponsors.

  • 79: Dark Basin
    by Jack Rhysider on November 24, 2020 at 8:00 am

    What do you do when you find yourself the target of a massive hacking campaign, and you are getting thousands of phishing emails and someone following you in your car. You might turn to Citizen Lab who has the ability to research who is behind this and help bring the hackers to justice. Our guests this episodes are Adam Hulcoop and John Scott-Railton of Citizen Lab. This episode also has an interview with Matthew Earl of Shadowfall. Sponsors Support for this show comes from LastPass by LogMeIn. LastPass is a great password manager but it can do so much more. It can setup 2FA for your company, or use it to monitor what your users are doing in the network. Visit LastPass.com/Darknet to start your 14 day free trial. Support for this show comes from Blinkist. They offer thousands of condensed non-fiction books, so you can get through books in about 15 minutes. Check out Blinkist.com/DARKNET to start your 7 day free trial and get 25% off when you sign up.

  • 78: Nerdcore
    by Jack Rhysider on November 10, 2020 at 8:00 am

    Nerdcore music is music for nerds. In this episode we hear from some of the musicians who make Nerdcore music. This episode features guests ytcracker, Ohm-I, and Dual Core. Content warning: This episode has explicit lyrics. Music For a playlist of music used in this episode visit darknetdiaries.com/episode/78. Sponsors Support for this show comes from IT Pro TV. Get 65 hours of free training by visiting ITPro.tv/darknet. And use promo code DARKNET25. Support for this show comes from Blinkist. They offer thousands of condensed non-fiction books, so you can get through books in about 15 minutes. Check out Blinkist.com/DARKNET to start your 7 day free trial and get 25% off when you sign up.

  • 77: Olympic Destroyer
    by Jack Rhysider on October 27, 2020 at 7:00 am

    In February 2018, during the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang South Korea, a cyber attack struck, wiping out a lot of the Olympic’s digital infrastructure. Teams rushed to get things back up, but it was bad. Malware had repeatedly wiped the domain controllers rendering a lot of the network unusable. Who would do such a thing? We will talk with Andy Greenberg to discuss Olympic Destroyer, a chapter from his book Sandworm (affiliate link). Sponsors Support for this show comes from Linode. Linode supplies you with virtual servers. Visit linode.com/darknet and get a special offer. Support for this show comes from Blinkist. They offer thousands of condensed non-fiction books, so you can get through books in about 15 minutes. Check out Blinkist.com/DARKNET to start your 7 day free trial and get 25% off when you sign up.

  • 76: Knaves Out
    by Jack Rhysider on October 13, 2020 at 7:00 am

    This is the story about how someone hacked into JP Morgan Chase, one of the biggest financial institutions in the world. It’s obvious why someone would want to break into a bank right? Well the people who hacked into this bank, did not do it for obvious reasons. The hackers are best described as knaves. Which are tricky, deceitful fellows. Sponsors Support for this show comes from LastPass by LogMeIn. LastPass is a great password manager but it can do so much more. It can setup 2FA for your company, or use it to monitor what your users are doing in the network. Visit LastPass.com/Darknet to start your 14 day free trial. Support for this episode comes from SentinelOne which can protect and assistwith ransomeware attacks. On top of that, SentinelOne offers threat hunting, visibility, and remote administration tools to manage and protect any IoT devices connected to your network. Go to SentinelOne.com/DarknetDiaries for your free demo. Your cybersecurity future starts today with SentinelOne. Support for this show comes from IT Pro TV. Get 65 hours of free training by visiting ITPro.tv/darknet. And use promo code DARKNET25. For a complete list of sources and a full transcript of the show visit darknetdiaries.com/episode/76.

  • 75: Compromised Comms
    by Jack Rhysider on September 29, 2020 at 7:00 am

    From 2009 to 2013 the communication channels the CIA uses to contact assets in foreign countries was compromised. This had terrifying consequences. Guests this episodes are Jenna McLaughlin and Zach Dorfman. Sponsors This episode was sponsored by IT Pro TV. Get 65 hours of free training by visiting ITPro.tv/darknet. And use promo code DARKNET25. This episode was sponsored by Thinkst Canary. Their canaries attract malicious actors in your network and then send you an alert if someone tries to access them. Great early warning system for knowing when someone is snooping around where they shouldn’t be. Check them out at https://canary.tools. View all active sponsors. Sources https://finance.yahoo.com/news/cias-communications-suffered-catastrophic-compromise-started-iran-090018710.html Video: Fostering Bipartisanship in Intelligence Oversight CNAS2019 https://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/nation-world/national/article28348576.html https://foreignpolicy.com/2018/08/15/botched-cia-communications-system-helped-blow-cover-chinese-agents-intelligence/ https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/20/world/asia/china-cia-spies-espionage.html https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/17/world/asia/jerry-lee-cia-china-mole-hunt-suspect.html https://news.yahoo.com/cia-fix-communications-system-left-trail-dead-agents-remains-elusive-100046908.html https://www.washingtonpost.com/archive/sports/1988/03/21/cuban-defector-impeaches-cia-spies/10cec17c-076b-4867-96c5-628b8435a852/ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aldrich_Ames Attribution Darknet Diaries is created by Jack Rhysider. Research assistance this episode from Yael Grauer.

  • 74: Mikko
    by Jack Rhysider on September 15, 2020 at 7:00 am

    Poker is a competitive game. Unlike other casino games, poker is player vs player. Criminal hackers have understood this for a while and sometimes hack the other players to get an edge. And that small edge can result in millions of dollars in winnings. This episode contains a story from Mikko Hypponen of F-Secure. We also interview Mikko to know more about him and the history of malware. Sponsors This episode was sponsored by IT Pro TV. Get 65 hours of free training by visiting ITPro.tv/darknet. And use promo code DARKNET25. This episode was sponsored by Thinkst Canary. Their canaries attract malicious actors in your network and then send you an alert if someone tries to access them. Great early warning system for knowing when someone is snooping around where they shouldn’t be. Check them out at https://canary.tools. Sources https://www.cardplayer.com/poker-news/18318-wsop-bracelet-winner-jailed-for-web-poker-cheating https://forumserver.twoplustwo.com/29/news-views-gossip/my-unbelievable-ept-barcelona-story-hotel-rooms-arts-barcelona-broken-into-plant-trojans-1369171/ Mikko’s research on bypassing hotel room keys https://archive.f-secure.com/weblog/archives/00002647.html https://pokerfuse.com/news/live-and-online/more-stories-of-tampered-laptops-emerge-in-wake-of-ept-barcelona-scam-24-09/ https://forumserver.twoplustwo.com/showpost.php?p=40050535&postcount=410 https://forumserver.twoplustwo.com/showpost.php?p=40099537&postcount=794 https://igaming.org/poker/news/danish-former-high-stakes-pro-reported-to-police-for-massive-fraud-1602/ https://nyheder.tv2.dk/krimi/2019-12-02-dansk-pokerspiller-far-konfiskeret-26-millioner-kroner https://www.flushdraw.net/news/peter-jepsen-verdict-a-mixed-victory-for-poker-justice/ https://www.bankrollmob.com/poker-news/2019123/danish-poker-pro-sentenced-jail-cheating-others-online-poker Video: Peter Jepsen talks about an attempted hack on him https://www.sijoitustieto.fi/comment/29593#comment-29593 https://forumserver.twoplustwo.com/29/news-views-gossip/sad-conclusion-my-barcelona-incident-1397551/ Video: Brain Searching for the first PC virus in Pakistan https://archive.org/details/malwaremuseum

  • 73: WannaCry
    by Jack Rhysider on September 1, 2020 at 7:00 am

    It is recommend to listen to episodes 53 “Shadow Brokers”, 71 “FDFF”, and 72 “Bangladesh Bank Heist” before listening to this one. In May 2017 the world fell victim to a major ransomware attack known as WannaCry. One of the victims was UK’s national health service. Security researchers scrambled to try to figure out how to stop it and who was behind it. Thank you to John Hultquist from FireEye and thank you to Matt Suiche founder of Comae. Sponsors Support for this episode comes from LastPass. LastPass is a great password manager but it can do so much more. It can setup 2FA for your company, or use it to monitor what your users are doing in the network. Visit LastPass.com/Darknet to start your 14 day free trial. This episode was sponsored by Linode. Linode supplies you with virtual servers. Visit linode.com/darknet and when signing up with a new account use code darknet2020 to get a $20 credit on your next project.

  • 72: Bangladesh Bank Heist
    by Jack Rhysider on August 18, 2020 at 7:00 am

    A bank robbery with the objective to steal 1 billion dollars. This is the story of the largest bank robbery in history. And it was all done over a computer. Our guest this episode was Geoff White. Learn more about him at geoffwhite.tech. Check out Geoff’s new book Crime Dot Com. Affiliate link: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1789142857/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=1789142857&linkCode=as2&tag=darknet04-20&linkId=bb5a6aa7ba980183e0ce7cee1939ea05 Sponsors This episode was sponsored by IT Pro TV. Get 65 hours of free training by visiting ITPro.tv/darknet. And use promo code DARKNET25. Support for this episode comes from Blinkist. They offer thousands of condensed non-fiction books, so you can get through books in about 15 minutes. Check out Blinkist.com/DARKNET to start your 7 day free trial and get 25% off when you sign up.

  • 71: FDFF
    by Jack Rhysider on August 4, 2020 at 7:00 am

    In this episode, we’re going into the depths of North Korea to conduct one of the greatest hacks of all time. To find a way to inject information into a country run by totalitarian regime. A big thanks to Yeonmi Park for sharing her story with us. Also thanks to Alex Gladstein for telling us the inside story. You can find more about Flash Drive For Freedom at flashdrivesforfreedom.org. Yeonmi’s book “In Order to Live”: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/014310974X/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=014310974X&linkCode=as2&tag=darknet04-20&linkId=88ebdc087c6ce041105c479b1bb6c3d2 Sponsors This episode was sponsored by IT Pro TV. Get 65 hours of free training by visiting ITPro.tv/darknet. And use promo code DARKNET25. Support for this episode comes from Blinkist. They offer thousands of condensed non-fiction books, so you can get through books in about 15 minutes. Check out Blinkist.com/DARKNET to start your 7 day free trial and get 25% off when you sign up.

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