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Lock and Code
Lock and Code
Malwarebytes

Lock and Code tells the human stories within cybersecurity, privacy, and technology. Rogue robot vacuums, hacked farm tractors, and catastrophic software vulnerabilities—it’s... more

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800 arrests, 40 tons of drugs, and one backdoor, or what a phone startup gave the FBI, with Joseph Cox

This is a story about how the FBI got everything it wanted.For decades, law enforcement and intelligence agencies across the... more

03 Jun 2024 · 51 minutes
Your vacation, reservations, and online dates, now chosen by AI

The irrigation of the internet is coming.For decades, we’ve accessed the internet much like how we, so long ago, accessed... more

20 May 2024 · 47 minutes
"No social media 'til 16," and other fixes for a teen mental health crisis, with Dr. Jean Twenge

You’ve likely felt it: The dull pull downwards of a smartphone scroll. The “five more minutes” just before bed. The... more

06 May 2024 · 45 minutes
Picking fights and gaining rights, with Justin Brookman

Our Lock and Code host, David Ruiz, has a bit of an apology to make:“Sorry for all the depressing episodes.”When... more

22 Apr 2024 · 46 minutes
Porn panic imperils privacy online, with Alec Muffett (re-air)

A digital form of protest could become the go-to response for the world’s largest porn website as it faces increased... more

08 Apr 2024 · 47 minutes
Securing your home network is long, tiresome, and entirely worth it, with Carey Parker

Few words apply as broadly to the public—yet mean as little—as “home network security.”For many, a “home network” is an... more

25 Mar 2024 · 45 minutes
Going viral shouldn't lead to bomb threats, with Leigh Honeywell

A disappointing meal at a restaurant. An ugly breakup between two partners. A popular TV show that kills off a... more

11 Mar 2024 · 42 minutes
How to make a fake ID online, with Joseph Cox

For decades, fake IDs had roughly three purposes: Buying booze before legally allowed, getting into age-restricted clubs, and, we can... more

26 Feb 2024 · 36 minutes
If only you had to worry about malware, with Jason Haddix

If your IT and security teams think malware is bad, wait until they learn about everything else.In 2024, the modern... more

12 Feb 2024 · 40 minutes
Bruce Schneier predicts a future of AI-powered mass spying

If the internet helped create the era of mass surveillance, then artificial intelligence will bring about an era of mass... more

29 Jan 2024 · 26 minutes
A true tale of virtual kidnapping

On Thursday, December 28, at 8:30 pm in the Utah town of Riverdale, the city police began investigating what they... more

15 Jan 2024 · 18 minutes
DNA data deserves better, with Suzanne Bernstein

Hackers want to know everything about you: Your credit card number, your ID and passport info, and now, your DNA.On... more

01 Jan 2024 · 37 minutes
Meet the entirely legal, iPhone-crashing device: the Flipper Zero

It talks, it squawks, it even blocks! The stocking-stuffer on every hobby hacker’s wish list this year is the Flipper... more

18 Dec 2023 · 36 minutes
Why a ransomware gang tattled on its victim, with Allan Liska

Like the grade-school dweeb who reminds their teacher to assign tonight’s homework, or the power-tripping homeowner who threatens every neighbor... more

04 Dec 2023 · 35 minutes
Defeating Little Brother requires a new outlook on privacy

A worrying trend is cropping up amongst Americans, particularly within Generation Z—they're spying on each other more.Whether reading someone's DMs, rifling through a partner's text... more

06 Nov 2023 · 45 minutes
MGM attack is too late a wake-up call for businesses, says James Fair

In September, the Las Vegas casino and hotel operator MGM Resorts became a trending topic on social media... but for... more

23 Oct 2023 · 40 minutes
AI sneak attacks, location spying, and definitely not malware, or, what one teenager fears online

What are you most worried about online? And what are you doing to stay safe? Depending on who you are, those... more

09 Oct 2023 · 47 minutes
What does a car need to know about your sex life?

When you think of the modern tools that most invade your privacy, what do you picture?There's the obvious answers, like... more

25 Sep 2023 · 43 minutes
Re-air: What teenagers face growing up online

In 2022, Malwarebytes investigated the blurry, shifting idea of “identity” on the internet, and how online identities are not only shaped... more

11 Sep 2023 · 36 minutes
"An influx of Elons," a hospital visit, and magic men: Becky Holmes shares more romance scams

Becky Holmes is a big deal online. Hugh Jackman has invited her to dinner. Prince William has told her she has "such a beautiful name."... more

28 Aug 2023 · 51 minutes
A new type of "freedom," or, tracking children with AirTags, with Heather Kelly

"Freedom" is a big word, and for many parents today, it's a word that includes location tracking. Across America, parents are snapping... more

13 Aug 2023 · 37 minutes
How Apple fixed what Microsoft hasn't, with Thomas Reed

Earlier this month, a group of hackers was spotted using a set of malicious tools—that originally gained popularity with online video... more

31 Jul 2023 · 40 minutes
Spy vs. spy: Exploring the LetMeSpy hack, with maia arson crimew

The language of a data breach, no matter what company gets hit, is largely the same. There's the stolen data—be... more

17 Jul 2023 · 38 minutes
Of sharks, surveillance, and spied-on emails: This is Section 702, with Matthew Guariglia

In the United States, when the police want to conduct a search on a suspected criminal, they must first obtain... more

03 Jul 2023 · 43 minutes
Why businesses need a disinformation defense plan, with Lisa Kaplan: Lock and Code S04E13

When you think about the word "cyberthreat," what first comes to mind? Is it ransomware? Is it spyware? Maybe it's any... more

19 Jun 2023 · 42 minutes
Trusting AI not to lie: The cost of truth

In May, a lawyer who was defending their client in a lawsuit against Columbia's biggest airline, Avianca, submitted a legal filing... more

05 Jun 2023 · 43 minutes
Identity crisis: How an anti-porn crusade could jam the Internet, featuring Alec Muffett

On January 1, 2023, the Internet in Louisiana looked a little different than the Internet in Texas, Mississippi, and Arkansas—its... more

22 May 2023 · 47 minutes
The rise of "Franken-ransomware," with Allan Liska

Ransomware is becoming bespoke, and that could mean trouble for businesses and law enforcement investigators. It wasn't always like this. For a... more

08 May 2023 · 51 minutes
Removing the human: When should AI be used in emotional crisis?

In January, a mental health nonprofit admitted that it had used Artificial Intelligence to help talk to people in distress. Prompted first... more

24 Apr 2023 · 41 minutes
How the cops buy a "God view" of your location data, with Bennett Cyphers

This week on Lock and Code, we speak with Bennett Cyphers about one largely unknown company's efforts to package and... more

10 Apr 2023 · 46 minutes
Solving the password’s hardest problem with passkeys, featuring Anna Pobletts

This week on Lock and Code, we speak with Anna Pobletts about the "death" of passwords, and how passkeys can... more

27 Mar 2023 · 38 minutes
"Brad Pitt," a still body, ketchup, and a knife, or the best trick ever played on a romance scammer, with Becky Holmes

Becky Holmes knows how to throw a romance scammer off script—simply bring up cannibalism. In January, Holmes shared on Twitter that... more

13 Mar 2023 · 48 minutes
Fighting censorship online, or, encryption’s latest surprise use-case, with Mallory Knodel

Government threats to end-to-end encryption—the technology that secures your messages and shared photos and videos—have been around for decades, but... more

27 Feb 2023 · 59 minutes
What is AI ”good” at (and what the heck is it, actually), with Josh Saxe

In November of last year, the AI research and development lab OpenAI revealed its latest, most advanced language project: A... more

13 Feb 2023 · 44 minutes
A private moment, caught by a Roomba, ended up on Facebook. Eileen Guo explains how

In 2020, a photo of a woman sitting on a toilet—her shorts pulled half-way down her thighs—was shared on Facebook,... more

30 Jan 2023 · 46 minutes
Fighting tech’s gender gap with TracketPacer

Last month, the TikTok user TracketPacer posted a video online called “Network Engineering Facts to Impress No One at Zero Parties.” ... more

16 Jan 2023 · 53 minutes
Why does technology no longer excite?

When did technology last excite you?  If Douglas Adams, author of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, is to be believed, your own... more

01 Jan 2023 · 43 minutes
Chasing cryptocurrency through cyberspace, with Brian Carter

On June 7, 2021, the US Department of Justice announced a breakthrough: Less than one month after the oil and gas pipeline... more

19 Dec 2022 · 47 minutes
Security advisories are falling short. Here’s why, with Dustin Childs

Decades ago, patching was, to lean into a corny joke, a bit patchy.  In the late 90s, the Microsoft operating system... more

05 Dec 2022 · 41 minutes
Threat hunting: How MDR secures your business

A cyberattack is not the same thing as malware—in fact, malware itself is typically the last stage of an attack,... more

21 Nov 2022 · 59 minutes
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"Brad Pitt," a still body, ketchup, and a knife, or the best trick ever played on a romance scammer, with Becky Holmes
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Becky Holmes knows how to throw a romance scammer off script—simply bring up cannibalism. In January, Holmes shared on Twitter that an account... more