Smashing Security podcast #234: Cozy Bear, dildo scams, and robo hires and fires

Industry veterans, chatting about computer security and online privacy.

Smashing Security podcast #234: Cozy Bear, dildo scams, and robo hires and fires

Microsoft warns about a hacking gang that is far from cuddly, algorithms rather than managers are firing people, and our guest receives a surprising email from “Amazon”…

And you will NOT want to miss checking out a very special “Pick of the week”!

All this and much more is discussed in the latest edition of the award-winning “Smashing Security” podcast by cybersecurity veterans Graham Cluley and Carole Theriault, joined this week by David Bisson.

Smashing Security #234: 'Cozy Bear, dildo scams, and robo hires and fires'

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Graham Cluley – @gcluley
Carole Theriault – @caroletheriault


David Bisson – @dmbisson

Show notes:

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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.

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