podcast August 4, 2020

Podcast 257: a few of our favorite haxx

From the Samy Worm to WannaCry, we chat about a decade worth of security snafus.
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This week we sit down to chat with Rachel Troy, a Product Manager at Fullstack Academy working on their Cyber Security bootcamp program.

Episode Notes

No list of great hacks would be complete without the Samy worm that ran amok on Myspace back in 2005. As Rachel points out, lots of hackers start out as experimenters, naturally curious coders who enjoy learning the rules and seeing how far they will bend before they break. 

If any hack made its way into the mainstream consciousness over the last decade, it was WannaCry. It introduced a mainstream audience to the concept of ransomware and, because of the impact it had on critical hospital equipment, showed just how far software has embedded itself into our society.

If you want to learn more about the Fullstack Cyber Bootcamp, you can check it out here. You can find Rachel here or email her- rachel dot troy at fullstackacademy dot com.

This week, as part of our security theme, we skipped the lifeboat, and picked this gem from our Information Security Stack Exchange. Remember, when in doubt, if you absolutely need to erase all data off a drive, a plasma cutter will always come in handy.

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