6 podcasts about the dark side of the internet

Beginner cycle: “What did you take?”

This friendly show kicked off during the early days of the March 2020 quarantine, as if eavesdropping on a conversation between two internet-savvy friends. One of the hosts, Ryan Broderick, used to co-host the beloved Buzzfeed podcast “Internet Explorer,” and he brings the same investigative and informational energy to this series about online content in all its forms. Broderick’s relationship with his co-host, British journalist Luke Bailey, maintains a light and accessible tone even when the subject matter is complex. Recent episodes have focused on mainstream tech stories — crypto collapse, Netflix bubble bursting — but others go down really weird rabbit holes, like a mysterious realm. Katie Couric CBD Tricks in Facebook.

Beginner cycle: “The Facebookification of Netflix”

A vigilante hacker and a stubborn reporter team up to take down a huge child porn website. This unusual and horrifying true story, which is just as touching as the summary suggests, is a co-production of CBC Podcasts and Norwegian newspaper Verdens Gang. “Hunting Warhead” delves into the dark web’s deepest recesses, after a months-long investigation by hacker Einar Stangvik and journalist Haakon Howedal ​​eventually leads to a local political downfall. Constant presentation style makes listening difficult: In addition to talking to detectives, host Daemon Fairless, Site interviews Unrepentant owner, Ben Faulkner, who is currently serving a 35-year sentence.

Beginner cycle: Hacker vs Hacker

In late 2014, the film industry was affected by a Hacking is so embarrassing. After Sony Pictures employees showed up to work one morning to find their computers unusable, large amounts of confidential company data began leaking online, including salaries, contracts, and unsolicited email exchanges between executives. In a strange twist, it turns out that the impetus for the hack was the imminent release of a movie named “the interview,” (starring Seth Rogen and James Franco), which depicted a fictional plot to assassinate Kim Jong Un of North Korea. This rich, satirical podcast from the BBC World Service chronicles each development of this saga and its implications far beyond Hollywood.

Beginner cycle: “Hollywood hack”

When this WBUR series started, in 2017, it was a partnership with Reddit. At the time, hosts Ben Brooke Johnson and Amory Sivertson told stories specifically inspired by the fictional virtual communities that Reddit creates and the daily puzzles it highlights. (One classic episode centers on a Reddit thread about a guy who stumbled into something huge and inexplicable A stack of paintings in rural Pennsylvania.) Partnership with Reddit ends, ‘Endless Thread’ expands to explore internet culture in general — last year it debuted a delightful mini-series looking into the backstories behind Various memes Such as Recol. Although the tone is generally light, the themes of the show are as unexpected and chaotic as the Internet itself.

Beginner cycle: “We want plates!”

Cybercrime has escalated so fast that the world is caught by surprise; Last few years Ransomware attack on a major US pipeline It just highlighted how vulnerable many of our institutions are, not to mention our individual data. Hacking Humans isn’t shy about that unpleasant reality, but it’s also never worrisome. Instead, he takes a gentle and calm approach to true crime stories around the internet. Hosts, Dave Bitner and Joe Carrigan, are cybersecurity experts who focus on solutions as they spread tales of social engineering, scams, and scam artists online from every sector. As you may be disturbed by many episodes, you will leave with a better sense of how to protect yourself.