Smashing Security podcast #003: ‘Alexa! Get me an axe!’

Three security industry veterans, chatting live about whatever is on their mind.

Graham Cluley
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Smashing Security #003: "Alexa! Get me an axe!"

Join me and fellow computer security industry veterans Vanja Svajcer and Carole Theriault as we have another casual video chat about whatever is on our minds. You can either watch the video, or listen to the podcast.

Smashing Security #003: 'Alexa! Get me an axe!'

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This week, in Smashing Security #003: “Alexa! Get me an axe!”, we discuss Donald Trump and *that* secret dossier, MongoDB databases under attack, Microsoft employees suffering from PTSD, and Alexa buying doll houses.

Recorded live: Thursday 12 January, 2017.

Hope you enjoy the show, and tell us what you think! You can follow the Smashing Security team at @SmashinSecurity on Twitter.

Show notes

Graham Cluley is an award-winning keynote speaker who has given presentations around the world about cybersecurity, hackers, and online privacy. A veteran of the computer security industry since the early 1990s, he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows, makes regular media appearances, and is the co-host of the popular "Smashing Security" podcast. Follow him on Twitter, Mastodon, Threads, Bluesky, or drop him an email.

4 comments on “Smashing Security podcast #003: ‘Alexa! Get me an axe!’”

  1. Philip Le Riche

    Great fun watching the 3 of you – I hope there'll be many more episodes. Just a thought – why didn't that murder suspect just say "Alexa – get me an alibi!"?

  2. Alan Edwards

    My kids have Echo dots hooked into their own amazon accounts – that way it can't use my credit card for purchases. Great way to wake up my teenage daughter though – lean into room and whisper – Alexa – play Bohemian Rhapsody, Alexa – volume 10. then close the door quickly and leave. The song starts quiet enough for a stealthy exit.

  3. Bob

    The audio was much better this time; I'm not sure what/if anything you did different.

    I did hear feedback / echo at a couple of points (nothing particularly bad) but I'm guessing that it's caused when people inadvertently talk over each other. Duplex sound transmitted over the internet hasn't quite caught up with the landline yet.

    I like the idea of a podcast. Maybe you can rip the audio track from Google Hangouts On Air and upload that – it'd save any extra work.

    On a side note regarding the Trump dossier: here's an interesting, and probably accurate, point of view taken from another blog –

    "Imagine that you are someone in the CIA, concerned about the future of America. You have this Russian dossier on Donald Trump, which you have some evidence might be true. The smartest thing you can do is to leak it to the public. By doing so, you are eliminating any leverage Russia has over Trump and probably reducing the effectiveness of any other blackmail material any government might have on Trump. I believe you do this regardless of whether you ultimately believe the document's findings or not, and regardless of whether you support or oppose Trump. It's simple game-theory."

    1. Graham CluleyGraham Cluley · in reply to Bob

      Thanks for the feedback Bob. The audio improvement is a "work in progress", and we're not entirely happy at the moment. It will get better I promise.

      Meanwhile, our wish is your command. :) You can now subscribe to an audio-only podcast version of "Smashing Security".

      On iTunes you can find it at

      Alternatively, you can just search for "Smashing Security" in your favourite podcast app and you should be able to find it. Let us know if your podcast app doesn't include it, and we'll see what we can do to get it sorted out.

      Oh, and if anyone wants to give us a review on iTunes that would be great. it really helps boost visibility and encourages other people to give the podcast a try. :)


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