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The Hacker Next Door

Intimate conversations with a diverse array of real-world hackers for "good," including a ransomware negotiator, an NSA recruit, a lock picker, a missionary, a hactivist, a hacker couple raising hacker kids, and many more. Hosted by Jeremy N. Smith, author of Breaking and Entering: The Extraordinary Story of a Hacker Called "Alien."

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Warning: This podcast is a series podcast

This means episodes are recommended to be heard in order from the very start. Here's the 10 best episodes of the series anyway though!

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Lock Picker Deviant Ollam

Legendary lock picker Deviant Ollam explains the thought process of physically breaking into a building, the two golden rules of lock picking, and why 20,000+ hackers hanging out and hacking together (in Las Vegas!) improve security for us all.Follow Deviant at https://deviating.net, https://twitter.com/deviantollam, and https://www.youtube.com/user/DeviantOllam. Follow Jeremy at http://jeremynsmith.com and https://twitter.com/jeremynsmith. Learn more about Breaking and Entering at http://jeremynsmith.com/breaking-and-entering.html.

29mins

30 Sep 2019

Rank #1

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Black Hat Hacker Skylar Rampersaud

Black hat hacker Skylar Rampersaud discusses digital warfare, the mindset of an attacker, and being recruited (as a 15-year-old!) by the NSA.Follow Immunity Inc. and Skylar at https://www.immunityinc.com and https://twitter.com/NotWindow. Follow Jeremy at http://jeremynsmith.com and https://twitter.com/jeremynsmith. Learn more about Breaking and Entering at http://jeremynsmith.com/breaking-and-entering.html.

25mins

15 Oct 2019

Rank #2

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Ransomware Negotiator Karen Sprenger

LMG Security COO Karen Springer discusses digital hostage negotiations, the top two qualities to look for in hiring a hacker, and a typical day in a hacker office.Follow LMG and Karen at https://lmgsecurity.com and https://twitter.com/grl_geek. Follow Jeremy at http://jeremynsmith.com and https://twitter.com/jeremynsmith. Learn more about Breaking and Entering at http://jeremynsmith.com/breaking-and-entering.html.

23mins

8 Oct 2019

Rank #3

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Hacker Parents Caroline Hardin and Grant Dobbe

Hacker couple and parents Caroline Hardin and Grant Dobbe discuss hackathons, makerspaces, and raising the next generation of hacker kids.Follow Caroline and Grant at https://twitter.com/carolinescastle and https://twitter.com/guy_mcdudefella. Follow Jeremy at http://jeremynsmith.com and https://twitter.com/jeremynsmith. Learn more about Breaking and Entering at http://jeremynsmith.com/breaking-and-entering.html.

23mins

29 Oct 2019

Rank #4

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Hacker for Charity Johnny Long

Hackers for Charity founder Johnny Long discusses Google hacking, finding God, and bringing the hacker spirit to philanthropy.Follow Hackers for Charity and Johnny at https://www.hackersforcharity.org and https://twitter.com/ihackstuff. Follow Jeremy at http://jeremynsmith.com and https://twitter.com/jeremynsmith. Learn more about Breaking and Entering at http://jeremynsmith.com/breaking-and-entering.html.

22mins

22 Oct 2019

Rank #5