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The Hacker Next Door

Technology • True-crime

Intimate conversations with a diverse array of real-world hackers for "good," including a ransomware negotiator, an NSA recruit, a lock picker, a missionary, a hactivist, a hacker couple raising hacker kids, and many more. Hosted by Jeremy N. Smith, author of Breaking and Entering: TheRead more

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Roof and Tunnel Hacker, Industrial Fire and Light Artist, and Bioengineer Liana Lareau

Dec 3 • 26:40
Hacker/artist/scientist Liana Lareau on hacking's origins at MIT, art status at Burning Man, and applications to investigating the human genome.

Visit the MIT Hack Gallery and Lareau Lab at http://hacks.mit.edu and http://www.lareaulab.org. Follow Jeremy at http://jeremynsmith.com and https://twitter.com/jeremynsmith. Learn more about Breaking and Entering at http://jeremyn...

Revenge Porn Hactivist Katelyn Bowden

Nov 26 • 21:50
BADASS Army CEO Katelyn Bowden on fighting revenge porn, organizing a hacktivist army, and changing the culture of consent, online and off.

Follow BADASS and Katelyn at https://badassarmy.org and https://twitter.com/BadassBowden. Follow Jeremy at http://jeremynsmith.com and https://twitter.com/jeremynsmith. Learn more about Breaking and Entering at http://jeremynsmith.…ng-a...

Hacker Anthropologist Gabriella Coleman

Nov 19 • 27:22
Hacker anthropologist Gabriella Coleman on embedding for six years with a global hacktivist group, celebrating the surprising virtues of anonymity, and trying to avoid being tracked in the digital age.

Follow Gabriella at https://twitter.com/BiellaColeman. Follow Jeremy at http://jeremynsmith.com and https://twitter.com/jeremynsmith. Learn more about Breaking and Entering a...

Bug Bounty Hunter Casey Ellis

Nov 12 • 24:20
Bugcrowd founder Casey Ellis on employing hundreds of thousands of hackers, the big business of bug bounty programs, and how to save teenage hackers from a life of crime.

Follow Bugcrowd and Casey at https://www.bugcrowd.com and https://twitter.com/caseyjohnellis. Follow Jeremy at http://jeremynsmith.com and https://twitter.com/jeremynsmith. Learn more about Breaking and En...

Hardware Hacker Joe Grand

Nov 5 • 24:35
Hardware hacker extraordinaire Joe Grand on testifying before Congress as a 22-year-old, helping launch the autonomous vehicle industry, and turning badges into...flamethrowers.

Follow Joe at http://www.grandideastudio.com and https://twitter.com/joegrand. Follow Jeremy at http://jeremynsmith.com and https://twitter.com/jeremynsmith. Learn more about Breaking and Entering a...

Hacker Parents Caroline Hardin and Grant Dobbe

Oct 29 • 23:02
Hacker couple and parents Caroline Hardin and Grant Dobbe discuss hackathons, makerspaces, and raising the next generation of hacker kids.

Follow Caroline and Grant at https://twitter.com/carolinescastle and https://twitter.com/guy_mcdudefella. Follow Jeremy at http://jeremynsmith.com and https://twitter.com/jeremynsmith. Learn more about Breaking and Entering at http://jer...

Hacker for Charity Johnny Long

Oct 22 • 22:20
Hackers for Charity founder Johnny Long discusses Google hacking, finding God, and bringing the hacker spirit to philanthropy.

Follow Hackers for Charity and Johnny at https://www.hackersforcharity.org and https://twitter.com/ihackstuff. Follow Jeremy at http://jeremynsmith.com and https://twitter.com/jeremynsmith. Learn more about Breaking and Entering at http://jeremynsmi...

Black Hat Hacker Skylar Rampersaud

Oct 15 • 25:56
Black hat hacker Skylar Rampersaud discusses digital warfare, the mindset of an attacker, and being recruited (as a 15-year-old!) by the NSA.

Follow Immunity Inc. and Skylar at https://www.immunityinc.com and https://twitter.com/NotWindow. Follow Jeremy at http://jeremynsmith.com and https://twitter.com/jeremynsmith. Learn more about Breaking and Entering at http://jeremyns...

Ransomware Negotiator Karen Sprenger

Oct 8 • 23:28
LMG Security COO Karen Springer discusses digital hostage negotiations, the top two qualities to look for in hiring a hacker, and a typical day in a hacker office.

Follow LMG and Karen at https://lmgsecurity.com and https://twitter.com/grl_geek. Follow Jeremy at http://jeremynsmith.com and https://twitter.com/jeremynsmith. Learn more about Breaking and Entering at http://je...

Lock Picker Deviant Ollam

Sep 30 • 29:43
Legendary lock picker Deviant Ollam explains the thought process of physically breaking into a building, the two golden rules of lock picking, and why 20,000+ hackers hanging out and hacking together (in Las Vegas!) improve security for us all.

Follow Deviant at https://deviating.net, https://twitter.com/deviantollam, and https://www.youtube.…om/user/DeviantOllam. Follow Je...

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