Darknet Diaries
Jack Rhysider
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.
Freakyclown is a physical penetration tester. His job is to break into buildings to test the security of the building. In this episode we hear stories of some of these missions he’s been on. Thanks to Freakyclown for coming on the show and telling your story. 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 Molekule, a new air purifier that completely destroys air pollutants to help you breath easier. https://molekule.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

This week, while we are busy making a new episode of Darknet Diaries, so we are going to play for you an episode from another podcast we think you'll really like. It's called the Jordan Harbinger show. In this episode he interviews Jack Barsky, a former KGB spy. We had Jordan on this podcast once, episode 56. https://darknetdiaries.com/episode/56/ Subscribe to the Jordan Harbinger show, wherever you listen to podcasts or at https://www.jordanharbinger.com/podcasts/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

PSYOP, or “Psychological Operations”, is something the US military has been doing to foreign audiences for decades. But what exactly is it? And what’s the difference between white, gray, and black PSYOP missions? We talk to PSYOP specialists to learn more. Thanks to Jon Nichols for telling us about this fascinating world. 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. 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. Sources https://www.democracynow.org/2006/3/24/the_psyops_war_a_look_at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lincoln_Group https://www.goarmy.com/careers-and-jobs/special-operations/psyop/psyop-mission.html# https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Wandering_Soul_(Vietnam_War) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Torches_of_Freedom http://cgsc.contentdm.oclc.org/cdm/ref/collection/p16040coll3/id/182 https://archive.org/details/PropagandaAudiobook/Propaganda+Chapter+01.mp3 https://www.newsweek.com/us-military-gets-mysterious-and-false-text-message-evacuate-korean-peninsula-669875 https://www.cbinsights.com/research/future-of-information-warfare/ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Defense_Authorization_Act_for_Fiscal_Year_2013#Smith%E2%80%93Mundt_Modernization_Act_of_2012 Videos Vietnam War Ghost Audio Tape used in PSYOPS ‘Wandering Soul’ Jon Nichols Part 0 - Unallocated Spaces Talk on Russian Propaganda Cyber-Influence: Cyberwar and Psychological Operations WWII Psych Ops MISO Marines broadcast important information to Afghans The War You Don’t See Edward L. Bernays interview, 1986-10-23 As it fights two wars, the Pentagon is steadily and dramatically increasing money spent on propaganda Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Vodafone Greece is the largest telecom provider in Greece. But in 2004 a scandal within the company would pin them to be top of the news cycle in Greece for weeks. Hackers got in the network. And what they were after took everyone by surprise. Sponsors Support for this episode comes from Okta. Learn more about how you can improve your security posture with the leader in identity-driven security at okta.com/darknet. This episode is supported by PlexTrac. PlexTrac is the purple teaming platform and is designed to streamline reporting, tracking and attestation so you can focus on getting the real cybersecurity work done. Whether you're creating pen test reports on the red team, or tracking and remediating on the blue team, PlexTrac can help. 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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

The hacker named w0rmer was active within AnonOps. These are Anonymous Operations which often organize and wage attacks on websites or people often with the purpose of social justice. Eventually w0rmer joined in on some of these hacking escapades which resulted in an incredible story that he will one day tell his kids. Thanks to w0rmer for telling us your story. 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 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. SourcesArchived Tweets Feb 7, 2012 Twitter user @Anonw0rmer posts “@MissAnonFatale I managed to pwn1 a site , get my papers , find my required primary IDS , yeah baby, i deservers em :)” Feb 8, 2012 1:17 AM, Twitter user @Anonw0rmer posted, “ROFL! WaS that us? https://www.wvgazettemail.com/news/legal_affairs/hackers-group-posts-police-chiefs-information-online/article_77f79fd5-f76f-5825-ae19-43a398361fdf.html o yeah oops #OpPigRoast #CabinCr3w” Feb 9, 2012 12:35 AM, Twitter user @Anonw0rmer posted, “DB Leak http://dps.alabama.gov https://pastehtml.com/view/bnik8yo1q.html”. The bottom of this post originally showed this NSFW image. Feb 9, 2012 at 8:42 PM, Twitter user @Anonw0rmer posted, “Mobile Alabama Police Criminal Record Database Logins Failing To Protect And Serve I Via @ItsKahuna I http://pastehtml.com/view/bnmjxxgfp.html #OpPiggyBank.” Feb 9, 2012 at 8:39 PM, Twitter user @CabinCr3w posted, “Texas Dept. of safety Hacked By @AnonWOrmer for #OpPiggyBank http://bit.ly/x1KH5Y #CabinCr3w #Anonymous” Bottom of pastebin also shows a woman holding a sign saying “We Are ALL Anonymous We NEVER Forgive. We NEVER Forget.

Cam’s story is both a cautionary tale and inspirational at the same time. He’s been both an attacker and defender. And not the legal kind of attacker. He has caused half a million dollars in damages with his attacks. Attacks that arose from a feeling of seeing injustices in the world. Listen to his story. Sponsors 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. 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. Sources BBC: The teenage hackers who’ve been given a second chance https://www.bbc.com/news/av/technology-40655656/uk-s-first-boot-camp-hopes-to-reform-teenage-hackers https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/ https://www.csa.limited/ https://www.tripwire.com/state-of-security/latest-security-news/teenager-who-ddosed-governments-seaworld-receives-no-jail-time/ https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/section/education-skills/11-19-year-olds Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Samy Kamkar is a hacker. And while he’s done a lot of stuff, he’s best known for creating the Samy Worm. Which spread its way through a popular social media site and had crazy results. Thanks to our guest Samy Kamkar for telling his story. Learn more about him by visiting https://samy.pl/. 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 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. Sources Samy’s YouTube Channel Video: MySpace Worm Animated Story https://samy.pl/myspace/ https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/wnjwb4/the-myspace-worm-that-changed-the-internet-forever Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

This is a story about the hacker named “dawgyg” and how he made over $100,000 in a single day, from hacking. Thanks to our guest dawgyg for telling his story. Sponsors This episode is sponsored by SentinelOne - to learn more about their endpoint security solutions and get a 30-day free trial, visit sentinelone.com/darknetdiaries 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. 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. Sources Video: The Million-Dollar Hacker | Bloomberg Video: Hacker makes big money as a bug bounty hunter | Kim Komando Show https://hackerone.com/dawgyg dawgyg wins h1415 https://www.hackerone.com/blog/meet-six-hackers-making-seven-figures USA v. DeVoss court records Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

In this episode we hear from Gary and Justin. Two seasoned penetration testers who tell us a story about the time when they tried to break into a courthouse but it went all wrong. Sponsors This episode was sponsored by Detectify. Try their web vulnerability scanner free. Go to https://detectify.com/?utm_source=podcast&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=DARKNET 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. Sources https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2019/11/how-a-turf-war-and-a-botched-contract-landed-2-pentesters-in-iowa-jail/ https://krebsonsecurity.com/2020/01/iowa-prosecutors-drop-charges-against-men-hired-to-test-their-security/ https://www.coalfire.com/News-and-Events/Press-Releases/Coalfire-CEO-Tom-McAndrew-statement https://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/crime-and-courts/2019/10/10/iowa-supreme-court-justice-cady-policies-courthouse-break-ins-senate-polk-dallas-burglary-ia-cyber/3930656002/ https://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/crime-and-courts/2019/09/19/iowa-state-senator-calls-oversight-committee-investigate-courthouse-break-ins-crime-polk-dallas/2374576001/ https://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/crime-and-courts/2019/10/28/iowa-courthouse-break-ins-men-security-firm-plead-not-guilty-trespassing/2488314001/ https://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/crime-and-courts/2019/10/30/courthouse-break-in-ceo-cyber-security-coalfire-charges-dropped/4097354002/ https://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/crime-and-courts/2020/01/30/courthouse-break-ins-charges-dropped-against-coalfire-employees/4611574002/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

OxyMonster sold drugs on the darknet at Dream Market. Something happened though, and it all came crashing down. Sponsors This episode was sponsored by Detectify. Try their web vulnerability scanner free. Go to https://detectify.com/?utm_source=podcast&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=DARKNET This episode was sponsored by Molekule, a new air purifier that completely destroys air pollutants to help you breath easier. https://molekule.com to use check out code “DARKNET10” to get a discount. See complete list of sources at https://darknetdiaries.com/episode/58. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Hear what goes on internally when Microsoft discovers a major vulnerability within Windows. Guest Thanks to John Lambert for sharing this story with us. Sponsors Support for this episode comes from ProCircular. Use the team at ProCircular to conduct security assessments, penetration testing, SIEM monitoring, help with patches, or do incident response. Visit www.procircular.com/ to learn more. 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. Sources https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/johnla/2015/09/26/the-inside-story-behind-ms08-067/ https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/payment-processor-scareware-cybercrime-ring-sentenced-48-months-prison https://www.nytimes.com/2019/06/29/opinion/sunday/conficker-worm-ukraine.html https://portal.msrc.microsoft.com/en-US/security-guidance/advisory/CVE-2020-0601 https://www.wired.com/story/nsa-windows-10-vulnerability-disclosure/ Book: Worm Attribution Darknet Diaries is created by Jack Rhysider. Episode artwork by odibagas. Theme music created by Breakmaster Cylinder. Theme song available for listen and download at bandcamp. Or listen to it on Spotify. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

This is the story of Jordan Harbinger. A bit of a misfit teenager, who was always on the edge of trouble. In this story we hear what happened that lead to a visit from the FBI. Guest Thanks to Jordan Harbinger for sharing his story with us. You can find hist podcast by searching for The Jordan Harbinger Show wherever you listen to podcasts. Sponsors 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. 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. More information at https://darknetdiaries.com/episode/56. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

A holiday special episode. A private pen tester takes on a job that involves him with another eccentric pen tester, a mischievious smile, and his quest to gain access to the network. Guest Thanks to TinkerSec for telling us the story. Sources https://twitter.com/TinkerSec/status/1206410740099366918 Attribution Darknet Diaries is created by Jack Rhysider. Artwork this episode by habblesthecat. More information at DarknetDiaries.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

The story of NotPetya, seems to be the first time, we see what a cyber war looks like. In the summer of 2017 Ukraine suffered a serious and catastrophic cyber attack on their whole country. Hear how it went down, what got hit, and who was responsible. Guest Thanks to Andy Greenberg for his research and sharing this story. I urge you to get his book Sandworm because it’s a great story. Sponsors 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 darknet2019 to get a $20 credit on your next project. Support for this episode comes from Honeybook. HoneyBook is an online business management tool that organizes your client communications, bookings, contracts, and invoices – all in one place. Visit honeybook.com/darknet to get 50% off your subscription. This episode was sponsored by CMD. Securing Linux systems is hard, let CMD help you with that. Visit cmd.com/dark to get a free demo. For more show notes visit darknetdiaries.com/episode/54. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

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, that happened. Guest Thanks to Jake Williams from Rendition Security for telling us the story. Sponsors 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. 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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

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 really effective. Hackers have noticed how effective it is and have began skimming credit cards from websites. Guest Thanks to Yonathan Klijnsma from RiskIQ. Yonathan has fallen on hard times and could use your help GoFundMe Link. Sponsors 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 darknet2019 to get a $20 credit on your next project. Support for this episode comes from Honeybook. HoneyBook is an online business management tool that organizes your client communications, bookings, contracts, and invoices – all in one place. Visit honeybook.com/darknet to get 50% off your subscription. This episode was sponsored by CMD. Securing Linux systems is hard, let CMD help you with that. Visit https://cmd.com/dark to get a free demo. Visit darknetdiaries.com for full show notes and transcripts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

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, both wanting to take control of it. Tensions sometimes heat up which can result in people being killed. When tensions get high in the real world, some people take to the internet and hack their rivals as a form of protest. In this episode we’ll explore some of the hacking that goes on between India and Pakistan. Sponsors Support for this episode comes from Check Point. Check Point makes firewalls and security appliances you can use to combat the latest generation of cyber attacks. Upgrade your cybersecurity at CheckPoint.com 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. For more show notes and links visit https://darknetdiaries.com/episode/51. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

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 Inherent Resolve sent troops, ships, and air strikes to Iraq and Syria to fire weapons upon ISIS military. It’s widely known that US military engaged with ISIS in this way. But what you may not have heard, is the story of how the US military also combated ISIS over the Internet. This is the story of how the US hacked ISIS. Sponsors 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 darknet2019 to get a $20 credit on your next project. Support for this episode comes from Honeybook. HoneyBook is an online business management tool that organizes your client communications, bookings, contracts, and invoices – all in one place. Visit [honeybook.com/darknet] to get 50% off your subscription. Support for this episode comes from Check Point. Check Point makes firewalls and security appliances you can use to combat the latest generation of cyber attacks. Upgrade your cybersecurity at CheckPoint.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

In this episode we meet Elliot Alderson (@fs0c131y) from Twitter. Who is this strange masked person? What adventures have they gotten themselves into? Many stories will be told. The mask will be lifted. Sponsors 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. Go to https://nordvpn.com/darknet to get 70% off a 3 year plan and use code darknet for an extra month for free! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

This is the story about when a nation state hacks into a company within another nation. 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 to get 25% off. This episode was sponsored by Nord VPN. Visit https://nordvpn.com/darknet and use promo code “DARKNET” to get 75% off when signing up for 3 years. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

This is the story about an ex-NSA agent who went to work for a secret hacking group in the UAE. Sponsors 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. 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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

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. Sponsors This episode was sponsored by IT Pro TV. Get 65 hours of free training by visiting ITPro.tv/darknet. Learn more about stocks and investing from MyWallSt. Visit mywallst.com/darknet to learn more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

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. Sponsors This episode was sponsored by Nord VPN. Visit https://nordvpn.com/darknet and use promo code "DARKNET". 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. This episode was sponsored by IT Pro TV. Get 65 hours of free training by visiting ITPro.tv/darknet. Use promot code "DARKNET25".  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

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. Sponsors This episode was sponsored by CMD. Securing Linux systems is hard, let CMD help you with that. Visit https://cmd.com/dark to get a free demo. This episode was sponsored by MyWallSt. Their app can help you find good looking stocks to invest in. Visit MyWallSt.com/dark to start your free 30 day trial. For more show notes and links check out darknetdiaries.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

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. This episode was sponsored by Nord VPN. Visit https://nordvpn.com/darknet and use promo code “DARKNET”. This episode was sponsored by Detectify. Try their web vulnerability scanner free. Go to https://detectify.com/?utm_source=podcast&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=DARKNET Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

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 visitor found in his network and what he did about it. And listen to Dan Tentler talk about a wild and crazy engagement he did for a client. Guests A very special thanks to Dave Kennedy. Learn more about his company at trustedsec.com. Thank you Clay for sharing your story. Check out the WOPR Summit. Viss also brought an amazing story to share. Thank you too. Learn more about him at Phobos.io. I first heard Clay's story on the Getting Into Infosec Podcast. Thanks Ayman for finding him and bring that story to my attention. Sponsors This episode was sponsored by CMD. Securing Linux systems is hard, let CMD help you with that. Visit https://cmd.com/dark to get a free demo. 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. For more show notes and links check out darknetdiaries.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Join JekHyde and Carl on a physical penetration test, a social engineering engagagement, a red team assessment. Their mission is to get into a building they shouldn't be allowed, then plant a rogue computer they can use to hack into the network from a safe place far away. This episode was sponsored by Nord VPN. Visit https://nordvpn.com/darknet and use promo code "DARKNET". This episode was sponsored by Hostinger. Go to https://hostinger.com/darknet and use code DARKNET to get 15% off a hosting plan and check out this week’s free feature. For more information visit darknetdiaries.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

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 sponsored by CMD. Securing Linux systems is hard, let CMD help you with that. Visit https://cmd.com/dark to get a free demo. This episode was sponsored by Hostinger. Go to https://hostinger.com/darknet and use code DARKNET to get 15% off a hosting plan and check out this week’s free feature. For complete show notes and links go to darknetdiaries.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

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 typical plan. For pictures of Daniel and his projects visit darknetdiaries.com/episode/39. This episode was sponsored by Nord VPN. Visit nordvpn.com/darknet and use promo code "DARKNET". This episode was sponsored by IT Pro TV. Get 65 hours of free training by visiting ITPro.tv/darknet. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

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 investigated this case and went down a very interesting rabbit hole. Thanks to Cooper Q from EFF's new Threat Lab. Also big thanks to Eva from EFF, Andrew Blaich and Michael Flossman from Lookout. For another story about the EFF listen to episode 12 "Crypto Wars". This episode was sponsored by Nord VPN. Visit https://nordvpn.com/darknet and use promo code "DARKNET". This episode was sponsored by CMD. Securing Linux systems is hard, let CMD help you with that. Visit https://cmd.com/dark to get a free demo. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

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 Adelson. One day the CEO said something which sparked quite a firestorm. This episode was sponsored by Nucleus. Visit nucleussec.com to start your free trial. This episode was sponsored by CMD. Securing Linux systems is hard, let CMD help you with that. Visit https://cmd.com/dark to get a free demo. For more show notes visit DarknetDiaries.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

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. This episode was sponsored by Nord VPN. Visit https://nordvpn.com/darknet and use promo code "DARKNET". This episode was sponsored by IT Pro TV. Get 65 hours of free training by visiting ITPro.tv/darknet. For more show notes visit https://darknetdiaries.com/episode/36. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

ATM hacking. Hollywood has been fantasizing about this since the 1980's. But is this a thing now? A security researcher named Barnaby Jack investigated ATMs and found them to be vulnerable. Once he published his data the ATM hacking scene rose in popularity and is is a very serious business today. One of the first big ATM robberies was done with the malware called Carbanak. Jornt v.d. Wiel joins us to discuss what this malware is. This episode was sponsored by Nucleus. Visit nucleussec.com to start your free trial. This episode was sponsored by IT Pro TV. Get 65 hours of free training by visiting ITPro.tv/darknet. For more show notes and links visit darknetdiaries.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

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 knows you have them and wants to steal them from your phone. What happens is not good. This episode was sponsored by Nord VPN. Visit nordvpn.com/darknet and use promo code "DARKNET". This episode was sponsored by Molekule, a new air purifier that completely destroys air pollutants to help you breath easier. Visit molekule.com to use check out code "DARKNET" to get a discount. For references, sources, and links check out the show notes at darknetdiaries.com/episode/34/. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

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. This episode was sponsored by CuriosityStream. A streaming service showing non-fiction and documtnaries. Visit https://curiositystream.com/darknet and use promo code "darknet". This episode was sponsored by CMD. Securing Linux systems is hard, let CMD help you with that. Visit https://cmd.com/dark to get a free demo. To see more show notes visit darknetdiaries.com/episode/33. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

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 how the Secret Service investigated the case. This episode was sponsored by Eero. A solution to blanket your home in WiFi. Visit https://eero.com/darknet and use promo code "darknet". This episode was sponsored by Nord VPN. Visit https://nordvpn.com/darknet and use promo code "darknet". Cover image this episode created by 𝕄årç ∆⃝ 𝕄ølïñårō. Go to Darknet Diaries for additional show notes. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

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 awareness of this problem, and got himself into a whole heap of trouble. For show notes and links visit DarknetDiaries.com. This episode was sponsored by CuriosityStream. A documentary streaming service. Visit curiositystream.com/darknet and use promo code "darknet". This episode is also sponsored by Cover. Visit cover.com/darknet to get insured today. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

In 2012, Saudi Aramco was hit with the most destructive virus ever. Thousands and thousands of computers were destroyed. Herculean efforts were made to restore them to operational status again. But who would do such an attack? Very special thanks goes to Chris Kubecka for sharing her story. She is author of the book Down the Rabbit Hole An OSINT Journey, and Hack The World With OSINT (due out soon). This episode was sponsored by Eero. A solution to blanket your home in WiFi. Visit https://eero.com/darknet and use promo code "darknet". This episode is also sponsored by Cover. Visit cover.com/darknet to get insured today. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Stuxnet was the most sophisticated virus ever discovered. It's target was a nuclear enrichment facility in Iran. This virus was successfully able to destroy numerous centrifuges. Hear who did it and why. Special thanks to Kim Zetter for joining us this episode. You can find more about Stuxnet from her book Count Down to Zero Day.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

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. This episode was sponsored by Nord VPN. Visit https://nordvpn.com/darknet and use promo code “darknet”. This episode is also sponsored by Mack Weldon. Visit mackweldon.com to shop for premium men's casual wear and get a 20% off discount with your first order by using promo code “diaries”. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

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. For show notes visit https://darknetdiaries.com/episode/27. This episode was sponsored by Nord VPN. Visit https://nordvpn.com/darknet and use promo code 'darknet'. This episode is sponsored by LPSS Digital Marketing, your source for honest, transparent marketing services for businesses of all sizes.  Visit LPSS at https://www.lpss.co/ for details. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

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 thousands of tax records were leaked. What happened and who was behind this? Listen to this episode to find out. For show notes visit https://darknetdiaries.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

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 would go down in the history books as one of the most notorious hackers of all time because of his attempted online bank robberies. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

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. Podcast recommendation: Moonshot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

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 theft of intellictual property could result in billions of dollars of damage. Ira's consulting company: Secure Mentum. His books: Spies Among Us, Advanced Persistent Security, Through the Eyes of the Enemy.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

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. Image for this episode created by dr4w1ngluc4s. Check out his Instagram to see some amazing artwork! Check out the podcasts Van Sounds and True Crime Island Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

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 popular many people just think Google is the Internet. Google hires many of the most talented minds and has been online since the 90s. Hacking into Google is no easy task. There’s a team of security engineers who test and check all the configurations on the site before they go live. And Google has teams of security analysts and technicians watching the network 24/7 for attacks, intrusions, and suspicious activity. Security plays a very vital role at Google, and everything has to have the best protections. But this attack slipped past all that. Hackers had found their way into the network. They compromised numerous systems, burrowed their way into Google’s servers, and were trying to get to data they shouldn’t be allowed to have. Google detected this activity. And realized pretty quickly they were dealing with an attack more sophisticated than anything they’ve ever seen. Podcast recommendation: Twenty Thousand Hertz Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

A man addicted to gambling finds a bug in a video poker machine that lets him win excessive amounts of money. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

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 was done, his life wasn't the same. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

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 was it stopped? And most importantly, how much data was leaked? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

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 hospital. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

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 us all understand the Internet better. This botnet used the oldest security vulnerable in the book. And the data that came out of it was amazing. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

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 online. A few brave people stood up to the government in the name of civil rights and won the right to use strong encryption. Listen to their battle and what they had to do through to accomplish this. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

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 a digital forensics investigator which has a surprising result. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Mt. Gox was the largest bitcoin exchange in the world. It suddenly went offline. What happened? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

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 goods and currency for real money. This was his full time job. Listen to this episode to hear exactly how he did this.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Manfred has had the most epic story of all online video game stories. For the last 20 years, he's been hacking online games. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Jayson E. Street tells us a story about the time he broke into a bank in Beirut Lebanon. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

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 resolve these vulnerabilities not only for his own router, but for thousands of others who were also vulnerable.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

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 Metropolitan Police investigate the breach. We get a rare glimpse of how the CEO handles the crisis. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

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 happens when a CA is breached. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

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 dollars in phone bills. We also learn how the two men were captured. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices