What the Hack? Podcast
What the Hack? Podcast
What the Hack? Podcast
What the Hack? Podcast

Kristine’s Low-Rent Craigslist Scammer

Renting an apartment often requires providing sensitive information and making a payment in advance, which makes it scammer paradise.

Latest Articles


The State of Ransomware in 2021

2021 has been yet another banner year for ransomware. Here’s how the current threat landscape looks going into 2022.
Axton Betz-Hamilton

Axton Gets the Shock of a Lifetime (Part 2)

After a case of child identity theft takes a devastating turn, we learn how to protect against this dark brand of predation.
Facial Recognition

10 Privacy Killers that Seemed Like a Good Idea #10: Facial...

What makes facial recognition so convenient is the same thing that makes it feel like an Orwellian nightmare: It doesn’t require you to do anything other than have a face — cameras and AI do the rest.
Axton Betz-Hamilton

Axton Goes Looking For Her Identity Thief (Part 1)

Child identity theft is a lot more common than you might think, it’s usually an inside job, and it’s always completely messed up.
Health Tracker

10 Privacy Killers that Seemed Like a Good Idea #9: Health...

Health tracker data is valuable to a wide range of data-driven industries. If you get in the habit of running a few miles a day, you’re probably an ideal target for an ad for running shoes.

10 Privacy Killers that Seemed Like a Good Idea #8: Online...

By providing a thousand little details about your likes, dislikes, inclinations, emotional states, background and intelligence level, you’re helping quiz sites assemble a more nuanced mosaic of who you are — the sort of information that data companies use to target ads.


Josh Gets Over the Wire

Email continues to be the Achilles heel of cybersecurity for organizations, especially small- to medium-sized businesses.
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The Dangers of Normalizing Ransomware

Ransomware poses a significant threat to our nation, and is a daily problem for businesses and organizations. Normalizing will make it worse.

REvil Ransomware Campaign Compromises Hundreds of Businesses

Hundreds of small to medium-sized companies were hit by a record-breaking ransomware campaign over the Fourth of July weekend.
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2021’s Most Significant Cyberattacks (So Far)

Here's a breakdown of the most significant hacks—ransomware and otherwise—this year.

UPDATED: Ransomware-as-a-Service Gets a Service That’s Legit

The lucrative nature of ransomware has spawned supporting companies and organizations -- on both sides of the law.
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DOJ Recovers $2.3 Million From Colonial Pipeline Hackers

The DOJ has announced the recovery of over half of the ransom paid to the cybercriminals responsible for the Colonial Pipeline hack.

Anti-Ransomware Company Exagrid Pays $2.6 Million Ransom

A ransomware attack targeting anti-ransomware tech company ExaGrid is a teachable moment in the current cybersecurity crisis.

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