Smashing Security podcast #252: Hotel hacks, workplace spies, and the FBI

Nov 18, 2021

Smashing Security podcast #252: Hotel hacks, workplace spies, and the FBI

Booking.com got hacked five years ago, and didn’t tell its customers… but now we know who might have been behind it. Bossware rears its ugly head again in the workplace, spying on employees. And did you receive a warning email from the FBI?

All this and much more is discussed in the latest edition of the award-winning “Smashing Security” podcast by computer security veterans Graham Cluley and Carole Theriault, joined this week by Brian Klaas of the “Power Corrupts” podcast.

Plus we have a featured interview with Perimeter 81 co-founder and CEO Amit Bareket.


Graham Cluley – @gcluley Carole Theriault – @caroletheriault


Brian Klaas – @brianklaas

Show notes:

  • American spy hacked Booking.com, company stayed silent — NRC.
  • Booking.com was reportedly hacked by a US intel agency but never told customers — Ars Technica.
  • Dutch newspaper links Booking.com break-in to US spy groups — The Register.
  • Belgium’s largest telecoms company says it was hacked — Graham Cluley.
  • GCHQ “infected Belgium’s largest telecom company with spyware” — Graham Cluley.
  • Is your company secretly monitoring your work at home? — Los Angeles Times.
  • School janitor says she was fired for not installing smartphone tracking app — Graham Cluley.
  • Hawaii’s ballistic missile false alarm and a user interface failure — Graham Cluley.
  • FBI system hacked to email 'urgent' warning about fake cyberattacks — Bleeping Computer.
  • Hoax Email Blast Abused Poor Coding in FBI Website — Krebs on Security.
  • Vinny Troia's website.
  • FBI Statement on Incident Involving Fake Emails — FBI.
  • What is Trailmakers? — YouTube.
  • Trailmakers – Build vehicles and explore the world.
  • "Apologies to My Censor" by Mitch Moxley.
  • "I Hate Suzie" trailer.
  • Smashing Security merchandise (t-shirts, mugs, stickers and stuff
  • Support us on Patreon!

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.

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