Smashing Security podcast #006: ‘A romantic ransomware hotel break’

Three security industry veterans, chatting about computer security and online privacy.

Graham Cluley
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Join me and fellow computer security industry veterans Vanja Svajcer and Carole Theriault on the “Smashing Security” podcast, as we have another casual chat about the world of online privacy and computer security.

Smashing Security #006: 'A romantic ransomware hotel break'

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Were hotel guests really trapped in their rooms by ransomware? Does anti-virus increase your attack surface so much that it’s not worth running at all? And 11% of people on the internet are running ad blockers, says company which blocks ad blockers.

Oh, and we have a new theme tune…

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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 #006: ‘A romantic ransomware hotel break’”

  1. Matthew Parkes

    Enjoying the podcasts very much, in saying that I enjoyed the videos too despite the technical issues which weren't that bad in my opinion. Like the new theme although I think it could be improved by adding a saxophone in the mix to the smooth Jazz. Great topics as always and discussed in an easy to follow manner accessible to all who listen. Graham I think you drew the short straw being likened to Mutley and Vanja definitely won that one with the Count. Not wanting to leave Carole out I reckon if you took her voice up an octave or 2 she could be assigned to Roz from Monsters Inc maybe!!! (the one with the raspy voice and is revealed as a double agent) – don't hate me :-)

    1. Bob · in reply to Matthew Parkes

      I've not listened to this episode yet although I will do when I get a moment.

      If you want a longer more Americanised podcast Steve Gibson hosts 'Security Now'. Most of the recordings are just under 2 hours long and there are transcripts of the show online. I don't agree with everything the man says (his personal views) but his security commentary is normally very good.

      1. Graham CluleyGraham Cluley · in reply to Bob

        Thanks Bob. Lots of great security podcasts out there of course.

        I'd recommend the SANS Internet Storm Center's daily podcast, Risky Business, and Sophos Chet Chat (although that last one doesn't come out as much as I'd like).

    2. Graham CluleyGraham Cluley · in reply to Matthew Parkes

      Two out of three of the participants of Smashing Security enjoyed your comparison of Carole to Roz from Monsters Inc (after we searched for a clip on YouTube).

      We leave it as an exercise for readers to determine who may not have appreciated the comparison quite so much. :)

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