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On this week's The_Mainframe!

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We form an international cabal of a shadowy neo-hacker state government and weigh in on hefty topics such as.

Pewdiepie's malware

Opportunity presented to/by keeping your kids safe online

Cyberpunk sports leagues

Facebook's incredible rate of bad news days.

Thanks to our very special guests:

@drwho aka: the smart one
@ryen aka: The beast from the east
@GeoffWozniak aka: Dies of flu on air.

@thegibson @drwho @ryen But I'm back, baby!

Had a great time and hope to get to do it again. If so, I'll have a voice and brain processing power. :)

@thegibson @drwho @ryen @GeoffWozniak

Recently read a short story about a transhumanist league kind of thing, forgot what it was maybe an anthology...

@thegibson @drwho @ryen @GeoffWozniak

I like the bit about talking to kids about any tracking on their mobile devices. More communication is always better in any relationship. And I think it makes them more aware of these things, and not accept as status quo.

With these pewdiepie hacks, I gotta wonder if theyre really fans. I say most likely they are, but also entertain the fact that they just want to hack then use that as a reason.

@RadicalEdward @thegibson @ryen @GeoffWozniak That's sort of what I'm leaning toward as a reason. Creatively malicious people tend to look for readily recognizable excuses for what they wanted to do, anyway.

@drwho @RadicalEdward @thegibson @GeoffWozniak

I found an interview with one of the guys that did a “PewDiePie Hack” on the Darknet Diaries podcast.

Darknet Diaries: Hacker Giraffe
overcast.fm/+PMNdvdpVI

For the first “PewDiePie Hack” the guy says he was doing the hack in the first place, it was business as usual. He found a bunch of insecure printers via Shodan and decided to have some fun with it by printing a “Subscribe to PewDiePie” message. It’s interesting because he wasn’t sure it was actually working and had to trawl Twitter for reactions to find out if it was even working. The hacker also explains that if he didn’t include the PewDiePie message, he wouldn’t be able to bring attention to the vulnerability beyond security blogs, but including the message would create an outrage and increase coverage.

I’m trying to understand this whole situation more and this is so far the best source I’ve found so for insight of why someone is a fan and why someone would do a “PewDiePie” hack. Straight from the... giraffes mouth.

@drwho @Rob_T_Firefly @thegibson @ryen Yeah, thanks! I think we started to gel a bit after a while. Hopefully I'm a little more peppy (read: not horribly sick) if/when we do it again.

@GeoffWozniak @drwho @Rob_T_Firefly @ryen

We'll get better... and somewhere in the middle we started working pretty well...

I'm going to try out a Flatbush accent next time though.

@thegibson @drwho @Rob_T_Firefly @ryen Do I come across as Canadian enough? I'll start accentuating my "oot"s.

@thegibson @drwho @ryen @GeoffWozniak There were actually two Pewdiepie ransomware strains, one of which didn't bother to save the unlock keys. Oops.

The one you mentioned, the author panicked after he released it and ended up putting the source on GitHub. Presumably this means there's now an unlock tool out there.

And of course there was the whole hijacked printer thing....

@thegibson @drwho @GeoffWozniak
Just listened to the release and even though I was there, it feels like it’s my first hearing a lot of this. :blob_sleeping:

@thegibson @drwho @GeoffWozniak
Did you get any emails from Bill and Sarah offering podcast sponsorship deals?

@thegibson @drwho @ryen @GeoffWozniak Finally had some time to listen. Really enjoyed it, thanks everyone who was involved!

I wish I had things to add but alas I'm shy and boring and will just enjoy listening.

Keep up the great work! 🎧​

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