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Podcast Episode 8: We Go Deep on Coffee, Hackable Child Trackers and More

This entry was posted in Podcasts on April 23, 2019 by Mark Maunder   3 Replies

This week we look at Troy Hunt’s pen testing results with the TicTocTrack watch and the privacy issues of tracking our kids. We examine the changes coming in the AMP project as well as implications of the UK’s new porn age restriction law coming into effect in July. We review a story uncovered by Cisco’s Talos security team about a group called SeaTurtle who carried out an espionage campaign via DNS hijacking. We take a new look at why the Nigerian prince scam is still netting over $700,000 per year, and how the City of Chicago lost more than $1 million in a phishing scam. We also take a look at the nascent influencer economy and some of the effects on both service companies and influencers themselves.

For our interview this week, I have something a little different. I was recently in Idyllwild, California for a few days and made friends with an amazing couple who run a coffee roastery and tasting room. Chris and Katie Bayer are the owners of Black Mountain Coffee Roasting. If you love coffee and WordPress you’re going to love this interview. Enjoy!

Here are approximate timestamps in case you want to jump around:
0:45 TicTocTrack, the Hackable Kids’ Watch
14:24 Changes to AMP
21:14 UK Pornography restriction law
29:25 Sea Turtle group and DNS hijacking
38:19 Nigerian Prince scams and why they’re still around
50:42 City of Chicago and a phishing scam
58:13 The influencer economy
1:07:26 Interview with Chris and Katie Bayer

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3 Comments on "Podcast Episode 8: We Go Deep on Coffee, Hackable Child Trackers and More"

kyle sloan April 23, 2019 at 4:11 pm

What program do you use for properly blocking all calls unless they are in your contacts and also tries to lead on scammers? The ones I have tried still let calls through often.

Kathy Zant April 23, 2019 at 4:31 pm

Hi Kyle. The one I use is called RoboKiller. I like it because it plays with the scam callers and tries to engage them in goofy conversations, which can be rather entertaining.

Oscar April 24, 2019 at 4:32 am

UK censorship is a joke. Just like the age related laws on alcohol & smoking. Challenge 25 ect... doesn't stop minors accessing these "banned" products. If anything it glorifies it and makes it a challenge to gain access.

So here we go, yet more draconian censorship and restriction to the internet. Because knowing UKGov... anything technology related is broken from the get go... the "wonderful" joined up medical records system cost billions more than first stated and still doesn't work.

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