Malicious Life

The advent of modern computers has changed our lives in ways unforeseen. Science, industry, entertainment- society has evolved via the digital world. So has crime, so did war. We uncover the modern cyberwar and the criminals that operate on our computers. It's about stories and people, and it's fascinatingly approachable. It's the hacker documentary you've always wanted to watch. New episode every two weeks. Check out our T-shirt giveaway at:



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      Malicious Life, episode 14: Deception

      Deception is not something we usually think of when we think about Defense in the Information
      Security world. Most of us are most familiar with the small icon of antivirus software in the corner of your desktop. Deception, it turns out, is indeed one of the most common tools in an attacker’s arsenal – but the attacker is vulnerable to deception by the defender – and creative and effective deceit can cause him to expose himself, his tools and techniques.



      Malicious Life, episode 13: Weapons of Mass Disruption

      The threat of fire and fury stands at the center of all modern conflicts- nuclear bombs that can eradicate life in seconds are the ultimate weapon of war, as they pose a huge threat to centers of population. But what of the cyber war? What threat could it possibly pose to life as we know it?

      An episode about vulnerabilities in the power grid, with guests: Congressman Jim Langevin, Yonatan Striem-Amit, Graham Cluley, Paul Brager.



      Malicious Life, episode 12: The Soldiers of North Korea

      Guerrilla warfare has been around for as long as conventional warfare has. The idea that a small force, through cunning and brazen action, could overtake a larger force is an old one. From pirates who would take merchant ships by surprise, to lengthy military campaigns against an enemy that is hiding in plain sight. The cyber-army of North Korea is a guerilla force- it steals, cripples, and destroys the assets of powerful nations and remains in the shadows throughout.

      With special...



      Malicious Life, episode 11: The Propaganda

      Governments around the world have been making devious use of the internet as a platform to spread, not malware, but propaganda. As in all wars, propaganda is a huge part of the modern cyber war. Join us as we explore the roots, and the most creative uses of the internet to spread information and disinformation in an attempt to affect entire countries.

      With special guest- Graham Cluley and Samanth Subramanian.



      Malicious Life, episode 10: The Whistleblowers

      WikiLeaks has ushered in a new age in whistle blowing: Modern leakers such as Chelsea Manning – who’s story is the focus of our current episode – expose huge amounts of confidential information. But can these mega-leaks really influence the actions and policies of governments?



      Malicious Life, episode 9: Stuxnet, part 3

      Stuxnet was a devastating weapon, but who wielded it? That is the question we try to answer with the final installment of our Stuxnet series. In this episode, we explore other, similar battles of the modern cyber war, and look further into the topic of Zero Day vulnerabilities.

      With special guests: Andrew Ginter, and Blake Sobczak.



      Malicious Life, episode 8: Stuxnet, part 2

      Stuxnet was a weapon, a kind of a smart bomb- perhaps one of the smartest bombs ever created. A bomb that couldn’t rely on operators, cameras, and laser targeting, instead it had to “think” its way to its destination. An invisible commando unit, dropped deep behind enemy lines. And its payload- not explosives, but lines of code. Part two of the three part Stuxnet series explores how the first bits of code were weaponized.

      With special guests: Andrew Ginter, and Blake S...



      Malicious Life, episode 7: Stuxnet, part 1

      Where armies once fought with bullets and bombs, they now engage in clandestine, invisible warfare. In 2010 a virus was discovered that would change the world’s perception of cyber warfare forever. Dubbed Stuxnet, this malicious piece of code has a single focus- to stop to development of Iran’s nuclear program. Part one of this three part series sets us off in exploring the first major battle of the cyberwar- the Stuxnet worm.

      With special guests: Andrew Ginter, and...



      Malicious Life, Episode 6: Hell to Pay

      A global FBI manhunt for the world’s most wanted cyber criminal ends in the capture of a massive criminal network, but with the escape of the man himself. Security experts who operate within the gray areas of morality develop botnets that destroy personal devices infected with malicious botnets in what they call “the chemotherapy of the internet”. Ransomware and botnets are at the center of this final episode of the first season. 

      With special guests: Yossi Na’ar, Uri Sternfe...



      Malicious Life, Episode 5: The Roots of Evil

      WannaCry’s widespread cyber attack on more than 200,000 computers all over the world made headlines – but only a few people remember a similar attack, named The AIDS Trojan, almost 30 years earlier… In this episode of Malicious Life, we go deep into the world of ransomware to examine its roots, the tools used and developed for these extortions, and the methods utilized.