Smashing Security podcast #281: Debug ransomware and win $1,000,000, period-tracking apps, and AI gets emotional

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Smashing Security podcast #281: Debug ransomware and win $1,000,000, period-tracking apps, and AI gets emotional

A new version of the LockBit ransomware offers a bug bounty, women uninstall period-tracking apps in fear of how their data might be used against them, and Microsoft’s facial recognition tech no longer wants to know how you’re feeling.

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 Thom Langford from The Host Unknown podcast.

Plus don’t miss our featured interview with Bitwarden founder and CTO Kyle Spearrin.

Smashing Security #281: 'Debug ransomware and win $1,000,000, period-tracking apps, and AI gets emotional'

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Hosts:

Graham Cluley – @gcluley
Carole Theriault – @caroletheriault

Guests:

Thom Langford – @thomlangford

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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