Episode 16

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19th Aug 2020

16: Child's Play: The Kids That Took Twitter

As you might have guessed from the title, the Twitter hack is the focus of this episode – specifically, the kids behind the attack. Why are youngsters so much more likely to turn to cyber crime? How can we guide them onto a more ethical path, while still giving them the opportunity to explore their incredible cyber talents? 

Kev shares a blast from the past and tells us about his path to cyber. Buckle up, because it’s a good’un! Of course, he maintains that he’s stayed firmly away from any shades of grey during his early cyber years. We totally believe you, Kev! 

We couldn’t cover the Twitter hack story without discussing the somewhat salacious interlude during the court case. How is it that Max can’t even share his screen on Zoom due to security restrictions, but someone can get onto a major court case and share porn? 

Finally, and most importantly, we puzzle over why these kids merited an entire task force when there are entire criminal organizations out there monetizing malware and doing real harm. Tune in to find out! 

UK and US Teens Arrested over Twitter Hack

https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2020/jul/31/twitter-hack-arrests-florida-uk-teenagers

Twitter Hack Hearing Zoom Bombed

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-08-05/twitter-hacker-s-virtual-bail-hearing-is-hacked-by-porn-bombs

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About the Podcast

Cyber Humanity
The podcast taking cybersecurity personally
There's a lot of cool techy stuff going down in cybersecurity, and we love it. But you can't deny that a lot of the time we humans get forgotten. Our podcast takes a not-so-serious look at issues in security from a human point of view. Covering social engineering to hacker motivations and everything in between, we chat through security stories and themes and what they mean to us: the oft-neglected humans behind the screen. Apart from Kev, Kev is a cyborg.

These weekly podcasts come in two main flavors. We’re either ranting about themes close to the heart of us security types, or we’re discussing threats and vulnerabilities that have hit headlines – or slipped under the radar – in recent weeks.

Join Chris Pace (tech advocate and keeper of the coloring pencils), Kev Breen (pro blue teamer, also known as 'Mr Nothing to CVE here...'), Max Vetter (former dark web detective and pretty cool guy), and Paul Bentham (ex-gov. type and Immersive Labs product guru) as they wend their way through the murky world of Cyber Humanity.