Darknet Diaries

Darknet Diaries Podcast

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.

Ep 34: For Your Eyes Only
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...

Ep 33: RockYou
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...

Ep 32: The Carder
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 im...


Ep 31: Hacker Giraffe
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 yo...

Ep 30: Shamoon
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 an...

Hackable? Presents: Keyless Entry
This week I'm playing for you an episode from another podcast I think you'd really like. It's called Hackable? and this episode is called Keyless Entry. They take the scene from Mr. Robot where they hacked into a car and test whether or not it's doable. It's very interesting and you should give it a try.Subscribe to Hackable? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...


Ep 29: Stuxnet
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...

Ep 28: Unit 8200
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 megaph...

Malicious Life Presents: The Half Life 2 Hack
This week I'm busy making another episode of Darknet Diaries so I thought I'd play for you an episode form another podcast I think you'd really like. This is an episode from the podcast Malicious Life. This one is about the time when a hacker got into Valve and stole the source code for Half Life 2. It's an amazing story that has me glued to my headphones. So give it a shot and let me know what you think.Subscribe to Malicious Life.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...


Ep 27: Chartbreakers
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 det...

Ep 26: IRS
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.comLearn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

Ep 25: Alberto
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...


Ep 24: Operation Bayonet
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...

Ep 23: Vladimir Levin
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...

Ep 22: Mini-Stories: Vol 1
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...


Ep 21: Black Duck Eggs
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...

Ep 20: mobman
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 IslandLearn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

Ep 19: Aurora
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 ...


Ep 18: Jackpot
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...

Ep 17: Finn
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...

Ep 16: Eijah
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...


Ep 15: Ill Tills
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...

Ep 14: #OpJustina
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...

Ep 13: Carna Botnet
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...


Ep 12: Crypto Wars
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...

Ep 11: Strictly Confidential
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...

Ep 10: Misadventures of a Nation State Actor
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...


Ep 9: The Rise and Fall of Mt. Gox
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...

Ep 8: Manfred (Part 2)
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...

Ep 7: Manfred (Part 1)
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...


Ep 6: The Beirut Bank Job
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...

Ep 5: #ASUSGATE
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...

Ep 4: Panic! at the TalkTalk Board Room
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...


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

Ep 2: The Peculiar Case of the VTech Hacker
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...

Ep 1: The Phreaky World of PBX Hacking
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...