Darknet Diaries

Jack Rhysider

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.


62: Cam

Darknet Diaries Tue, 31 Mar 2020 07:00:00 -0000

Cam’s story is both a cautionary tale and inspirational at the same time. He’s been both an attacker and defender. And not the l...


61: Samy

Darknet Diaries Tue, 17 Mar 2020 07:00:00 -0000

Samy Kamkar is a hacker. And while he’s done a lot of stuff, he’s best known for creating the Samy Worm. Which spread its way th...


60: dawgyg

Darknet Diaries Tue, 03 Mar 2020 08:00:00 -0000

This is a story about the hacker named “dawgyg” and how he made over $100,000 in a single day, from hacking. Thanks to our guest...


59: The Courthouse

Darknet Diaries Tue, 18 Feb 2020 08:00:00 -0000

In this episode we hear from Gary and Justin. Two seasoned penetration testers who tell us a story about the time when they trie...


58: OxyMonster

Darknet Diaries Tue, 04 Feb 2020 08:00:00 -0000

OxyMonster sold drugs on the darknet at Dream Market. Something happened though, and it all came crashing down. Sponsors This ep...


57: MS08-067

Darknet Diaries Tue, 21 Jan 2020 08:00:00 -0000

Hear what goes on internally when Microsoft discovers a major vulnerability within Windows. Guest Thanks to John Lambert for sha...


56: Jordan

Darknet Diaries Tue, 07 Jan 2020 08:00:00 -0000

This is the story of Jordan Harbinger. A bit of a misfit teenager, who was always on the edge of trouble. In this story we hear...


55: NoirNet

Darknet Diaries Wed, 25 Dec 2019 08:00:00 -0000

A holiday special episode. A private pen tester takes on a job that involves him with another eccentric pen tester, a mischievio...


54: NotPetya

Darknet Diaries Tue, 24 Dec 2019 08:00:00 -0000

The story of NotPetya, seems to be the first time, we see what a cyber war looks like. In the summer of 2017 Ukraine suffered a...


53: Shadow Brokers

Darknet Diaries Tue, 10 Dec 2019 08:00:00 -0000

The NSA has some pretty advanced, super secret, hacking tools. What if these secret hacking tools were to end up in the wrong pe...


Ep 52: Magecart

Darknet Diaries Tue, 26 Nov 2019 08:00:00 -0000

Credit card skimming is growing in popularity. Gas pumps all over are seeing skimmers attached to them. It’s growing in populari...


Ep 51: The Indo-Pak Conflict

Darknet Diaries Tue, 12 Nov 2019 08:00:00 -0000

Kashmir is a region right in between India, Pakistan, and China. For the last 70 years Pakistan and India have fought over this...


Ep 50: Operation Glowing Symphony

Darknet Diaries Wed, 30 Oct 2019 20:44:00 -0000

Operation Inherent Resolve was started in 2016 which aimed to combat ISIS. It was a combined joint task force lead by the US mil...


Ep 49: Elliot

Darknet Diaries Tue, 15 Oct 2019 07:00:00 -0000

In this episode we meet Elliot Alderson (@fs0c131y) from Twitter. Who is this strange masked person? What adventures have they g...


Ep 48: Operation Socialist

Darknet Diaries Tue, 01 Oct 2019 07:00:00 -0000

This is the story about when a nation state hacks into a company within another nation. Sponsors This episode was sponsored by...


Ep 47: Project Raven

Darknet Diaries Tue, 17 Sep 2019 07:00:00 -0000

This is the story about an ex-NSA agent who went to work for a secret hacking group in the UAE. Sponsors This episode was spon...


Ep 46: XBox Underground (Part 2)

Darknet Diaries Tue, 03 Sep 2019 07:00:00 -0000

This is the story about the XBox hacking scene and how a group of guys pushed their luck a little too far. This is part 2 of a 2...


Ep 45: XBox Underground (Part 1)

Darknet Diaries Tue, 20 Aug 2019 07:00:00 -0000

This is the story about the XBox hacking scene and how a group of guys pushed the hacking a little too far. This is part 1 of a...


Ep 44: Zain

Darknet Diaries Tue, 06 Aug 2019 07:00:00 -0000

Ransomware is ugly. It infects your machine and locks all the the data and to unlock you have to pay a fee. In this episode we d...


Ep 43: PPP

Darknet Diaries Tue, 23 Jul 2019 07:00:00 -0000

This is the story about how I acquired a black badge from DEFCON (pictured above). We also hear the story about who PPP is, and...


Ep 42: Mini-Stories: Vol 2

Darknet Diaries Tue, 09 Jul 2019 07:00:00 -0000

Three stories in one episode. Listen in on one of Dave Kennedy's penetration tests he conducted where he got caught trying to ga...


Ep 41: Just Visiting

Darknet Diaries Tue, 25 Jun 2019 07:00:00 -0000

Join JekHyde and Carl on a physical penetration test, a social engineering engagagement, a red team assessment. Their mission is...


Ep 40: No Parking

Darknet Diaries Tue, 11 Jun 2019 07:00:00 -0000

Take a ride with a red teamer. A physical penetration tester as he tries to make his away into unauthorized areas, steal sensiti...


Ep 39: 3 Alarm Lamp Scooter

Darknet Diaries Tue, 28 May 2019 07:00:00 -0000

A talk at Defcon challenged people to find a way to destroy a hard drive. A young man was inspired by this challenge and was det...


Ep 38: Dark Caracal

Darknet Diaries Tue, 14 May 2019 07:00:00 -0000

A journalist wrote articles critical of the Kazakhstan government. The government did not like this and attempted to silence her...


Ep 37: LVS

Darknet Diaries Tue, 30 Apr 2019 07:00:00 -0000

The Venetian casino in Las Vegas Nevada was the largest hotel in the world until 2015. The parent company is Las Vegas Sands (LV...


Ep 36: Jeremy from Marketing

Darknet Diaries Tue, 16 Apr 2019 07:00:00 -0000

A company hires a penetration tester to pose as a new hire, Jeremy from Marketing, to see how much he can hack into in his first...


Ep 35: Carbanak

Darknet Diaries Tue, 02 Apr 2019 07:00:00 -0000

ATM hacking. Hollywood has been fantasizing about this since the 1980's. But is this a thing now? A security researcher named Ba...


Ep 34: For Your Eyes Only

Darknet Diaries Tue, 19 Mar 2019 07:00:00 -0000

Nude selfies. This episode is all about nude selfies. What happens if you take one and give it to a vengeful boyfriend. What hap...


Ep 33: RockYou

Darknet Diaries Tue, 05 Mar 2019 08:00:00 -0000

In 2009 a hacker broke into a website with millions of users and downloaded the entire user database. What that hacker did with...


Ep 32: The Carder

Darknet Diaries Tue, 19 Feb 2019 08:00:00 -0000

A carding kingpin was tracked by the Secret Service. How did he steal the cards? Where was he stealing them from? How much was h...


Ep 31: Hacker Giraffe

Darknet Diaries Tue, 05 Feb 2019 08:21:00 -0000

In late November 2018, a hacker found over 50,000 printers were exposed to the Internet in ways they shouldn't have been. He wan...


Ep 30: Shamoon

Darknet Diaries Tue, 22 Jan 2019 08:00:00 -0000

In 2012, Saudi Aramco was hit with the most destructive virus ever. Thousands and thousands of computers were destroyed. Hercule...


Ep 29: Stuxnet

Darknet Diaries Tue, 08 Jan 2019 08:00:00 -0000

Stuxnet was the most sophisticated virus ever discovered. It's target was a nuclear enrichment facility in Iran. This virus was...


Ep 28: Unit 8200

Darknet Diaries Sat, 15 Dec 2018 08:00:00 -0000

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. Hea...


Ep 27: Chartbreakers

Darknet Diaries Sat, 01 Dec 2018 08:00:00 -0000

Something is wrong with the Apple Podcasts top charts. As a podcaster, this personally annoyed and intrigued me. I investigate h...


Ep 26: IRS

Darknet Diaries Thu, 15 Nov 2018 08:00:00 -0000

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 b...


Ep 25: Alberto

Darknet Diaries Thu, 01 Nov 2018 07:00:00 -0000

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...


Ep 24: Operation Bayonet

Darknet Diaries Mon, 15 Oct 2018 08:00:00 -0000

Darknet markets are online black markets. They are highly illegal, and dangerous to run. Hear exactly how dangerous it was for A...


Ep 23: Vladimir Levin

Darknet Diaries Mon, 01 Oct 2018 08:00:00 -0000

When banks started coming online, they almost immediately started being targeted by hackers. Vladimir Levin was one of the first...


Ep 22: Mini-Stories: Vol 1

Darknet Diaries Sat, 15 Sep 2018 08:00:00 -0000

Three stories in one! In this episode we hear about a penetration test from Mubix that he'll never forget, a incident response f...


Ep 21: Black Duck Eggs

Darknet Diaries Sat, 01 Sep 2018 08:00:00 -0000

Ira Winkler's specialty is assembling elite teams of special forces and intelligence officers to go after companies. Ira shares...


Ep 20: mobman

Darknet Diaries Wed, 15 Aug 2018 08:00:00 -0000

Chances are, if you were downloading shady programs in the early 2000's, you were infected with malware he wrote called SubSeven...


Ep 19: Aurora

Darknet Diaries Wed, 01 Aug 2018 08:00:00 -0000

In 2009, around Christmas time, something terrible was lurking in the network at Google. Google is the most popular website on t...


Ep 18: Jackpot

Darknet Diaries Sun, 01 Jul 2018 08:00:00 -0000

A man addicted to gambling finds a bug in a video poker machine that lets him win excessive amounts of money. Learn more about y...


Ep 17: Finn

Darknet Diaries Sun, 03 Jun 2018 08:00:00 -0000

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 barga...


Ep 16: Eijah

Darknet Diaries Tue, 01 May 2018 08:00:00 -0000

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 deci...


Ep 15: Ill Tills

Darknet Diaries Sun, 01 Apr 2018 08:00:00 -0000

A major retailer was hacked. Their point of sales machines were riddled with malware. Listen to hear how digital forensics and i...


Ep 14: #OpJustina

Darknet Diaries Thu, 01 Mar 2018 08:00:00 -0000

In 2013 a hospital was accused of conducting a medical kidnapping against a young girl name Justina. This enraged many people ac...


Ep 13: Carna Botnet

Darknet Diaries Thu, 15 Feb 2018 08:00:00 -0000

In 2012 the Carna Bot was built and unleashed on the world. But it didn't have any intentions on doing anything malicious. It wa...


Ep 12: Crypto Wars

Darknet Diaries Thu, 01 Feb 2018 08:00:00 -0000

In the 1990's the Internet started to take shape. But the US goverment had strict laws regulating what type of cryptography is a...


Ep 11: Strictly Confidential

Darknet Diaries Mon, 15 Jan 2018 08:00:00 -0000

What happens when an innovative tech company, that's trying to develop the next big thing, detects a hacker in their network? We...


Ep 10: Misadventures of a Nation State Actor

Darknet Diaries Mon, 01 Jan 2018 08:00:00 -0000

In today's world of intelligence gathering, governments hack other governments. This episode takes you on a ride with a nation s...


Ep 9: The Rise and Fall of Mt. Gox

Darknet Diaries Fri, 15 Dec 2017 08:00:00 -0000

Mt. Gox was the largest bitcoin exchange in the world. It suddenly went offline. What happened? Learn more about your ad choices...


Ep 8: Manfred (Part 2)

Darknet Diaries Fri, 01 Dec 2017 08:01:00 -0000

Manfred found a way to turn his passion for video games and reverse engineering into a full time business. He exploited video ga...


Ep 7: Manfred (Part 1)

Darknet Diaries Fri, 01 Dec 2017 08:00:00 -0000

Manfred has had the most epic story of all online video game stories. For the last 20 years, he's been hacking online games. Lea...


Ep 6: The Beirut Bank Job

Darknet Diaries Wed, 15 Nov 2017 08:00:00 -0000

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...



Darknet Diaries Wed, 01 Nov 2017 09:00:00 -0000

Security researcher Kyle Lovett bought a new Asus router in 2013. He found it was riddled with security vulnerabilties. He set o...


Ep 4: Panic! at the TalkTalk Board Room

Darknet Diaries Sun, 15 Oct 2017 12:00:00 -0000

Mobile provider TalkTalk suffered a major breach in 2015. The CEO tried her best to keep angry customers calm and carry on. The...


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

Darknet Diaries Sun, 01 Oct 2017 12:00:00 -0000

The 2011 DigiNotar breach changed the way browsers do security. In this episode, we learn what role a CA plays, how browsers wor...


Ep 2: The Peculiar Case of the VTech Hacker

Darknet Diaries Fri, 15 Sep 2017 12:00:00 -0000

VTech makes toy tablets, laptops, and watches for kids. In 2015, they were breached. The hacker downloaded gigs of children's da...


Ep 1: The Phreaky World of PBX Hacking

Darknet Diaries Fri, 01 Sep 2017 12:00:00 -0000

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...