Click Here

CLICK HERE PODCAST

Recorded Future News’ award-winning Click Here podcast tells stories about the people making and breaking our digital world. Hosted by former NPR Investigations correspondent Dina Temple-Raston, we introduce listeners to the shadowy characters behind ransomware attacks, disinformation campaigns, and hacks and to the people trying to stop them. Click Here won a 2023 National Edward R. Murrow award and was a 2023 Webby Honoree for best tech podcast.

New episodes drop every Tuesday, where ever you get your podcasts.

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In Machines We Trust

SPECIAL FEATURE: 'In the cockpit with AI' from In Machines We Trust

Available February 20, 2024

An episode from ‘In Machines We Trust’ from MIT Technology Review.
How we train fighter pilots—both real and artificial—is undergoing a series of rapid changes. In order for these systems to be useful we need to trust them, but figuring out just how, when and why remains a massive challenge. Jennifer Strong reports on how AI is being used to teach human pilots to perform some of the most dangerous and difficult maneuvers in aerial combat.

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Click Here episode 106, Facial Recognition

FACIAL RECOGNITION SOFTWARE COULD HELP SOLVE AMERICA'S MISSING PERSON PROBLEM. WHY HASN'T IT?

Available February 13, 2024

Some 600,000 people are reported missing in the U.S. every year. Thousands of bodies lie unclaimed and unidentified in American morgues. Facial recognition software could put a name to these faces, so why hasn't it?
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Click Here episode 105, Jordan Spyware

JORDAN’S WAVE OF SPYWARE INFECTIONS

Available February 6, 2024

A report published last week by Access Now revealed that since 2019 nearly three dozen journalists, human rights officials and political activists in Jordan have had their phones infected with spyware. The documentation of the widespread use of NSO’s Pegasus spyware in the Kingdom isn’t just rattling civil society, but raising new questions about how to stop its proliferation.
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Click Here episode 104, generative AI

GENERATIVE AI: IS IT CREATIVE OR JUST COPYING THE REST OF US?

Available January 30, 2024

Today’s generative AI knows how to write, compose music and even create works of art. But it learned to do all these things by training on data made by human creators, without asking their permission. Now independent artists and giant media companies are fighting back and — if they prevail — it could fundamentally change the human-AI relationship.
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Click Here podcast, episode 103, whales

DR. DOOLITTLE NEVER SPOKE WHALE, AI JUST MIGHT

Some data scientists and acoustic biologists have joined forces to see if artificial intelligence can ferret meaning out of nonhuman language. And one of their early subjects is a perennial favorite: humpback whales.
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Click Here podcast, episode 102

CYBER AV3NGERS AND THEIR UNLIKELY TARGETS

Available January 16, 2024

We take a look at the part of the Israel-Hamas war that is harder to see — the battle raging in cyberspace. Hacktivists are joining forces with Iran-backed operators to target victims with gossamer connections to Israel.
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Click Here podcast, episode 101, China bug bounties

BUG BOUNTIES WITH CHINESE CHARACTERISTICS

Available January 9, 2024

Vulnerabilities and exploits are the building blocks of hacking. We look at how China is flipping the script on how the world thinks about both.
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Click Here podcast, episode 100, cyber year in review 2023

THE 2023 CYBER YEAR IN REVIEW

Available January 2, 2024

In a recent conversation on WAMU’s nationally syndicated news show 1A, Click Here’s Dina Temple-Raston looks back on cyber in 2023 and discusses what we might expect in the year ahead.

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click here podcast, episode 99, meet the hackers

MEET THE HACKERS

Available December 26, 2023

Hackers and cybercriminals may not be so different from the rest of us after all. We talk to three real life hackers from an early dark market entrepreneur to an accidental recruit to the latest addition to the FBI’s most wanted list.

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click here podcast, episode 98, ukraine hybrid war

LESSONS FROM THE WORLD’S FIRST HYBRID WAR

Available December 19, 2023

Ukraine is the world’s first truly hybrid war, and the battle is raging on two fronts — on the ground and in cyberspace. What does the conflict mean for the future of war?
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Click Here podcast, episode 97

POLICING MORALITY? THERE’S AN APP FOR THAT

Available December 12, 2023

We look at the use of digital tools that have imposed an authoritarian version of morality on the masses, and the creative, inspiring way ordinary people have learned to respond.
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click here episode 96, dictators

THE ART OF DECODING DICTATORS

Available December 5, 2023

Dictators use bombast and bullying as a kind of malevolent calling card. Meet the people who have found surprising and creative ways around that.
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click here episode 95, tractor

REALITY BYTES: THE URL-IRL CRASH

Available November 28, 2023

Three stories about technologies that started out doing one thing, and ended up doing quite another — from online tractors, to tasers in schools, to cellphone hackers who take their online battles into the real world.
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click here podcast, episode 94, living off the land

THEY’RE JUST HACKERS, ‘LIVING OFF THE LAND’

Available November 21, 2023

There’s a specific kind of cyberattack targeting big industrial systems that is coming back into fashion: It’s called a "living off the land" attack. What makes it particularly scary is that unlike traditional attacks in which bad actors break into a system and plant malicious code, in living-off-the-land attacks, there’s nothing to find — bad actors leverage what’s already in the network.
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click here podcast, episode 93

TECH THAT ALLOWS ORDINARY PEOPLE TO MAKE PEACE WITH WARTIME

Available November 14, 2023

If you want to know how Ukrainians are coping with the war, look at the Ukraine apps in the app store. From an air raid alert built in the first week of the invasion to a map that helps work-from-homers find electricity, technology is helping to provide some sense of normalcy in wartime.
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Click Here podcast, episode 92, Israel- Hamas

ISRAEL, GAZA AND ALL THE LIGHT YOU CANNOT SEE

Available November 7, 2023

We talk to two ordinary people who decided to tackle two extraordinary problems: identifying the thousands who went missing in Israel in the days after the October 7th attacks, and one man’s leap of faith to get internet and cellphone service into Gaza.
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click here episode 91, Bucha

BUCHA WANTS TO BE KNOWN FOR SOMETHING ELSE: JUSTICE

Available October 31, 2023

Bucha, a bedroom community just outside of Kyiv, is best known for enduring Russia’s atrocities during a month-long occupation in the Spring of 2022. Now the citizens of Bucha don’t want revenge, they want justice.
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click here episode 90, 3D image preservation

SAVING UKRAINIAN CULTURE WITH A CLICK

Available October 24, 2023

When a Russian bomb damaged a beloved library in the Ukrainian city of Chernihiv, locals feared that it would be lost forever. Then a cutting-edge technology came to the rescue.
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Ukraine hunt forward

EXCLUSIVE: UKRAINE SAYS JOINT MISSION WITH U.S. DERAILED MOSCOW'S CYBERATTACKS

Available October 17, 2023

We traveled to Ukraine last month to learn more about a hunt forward operation that U.S. Cyber Command and cyber operators from Ukraine secretly launched before the war. This is the first time the Ukrainian side of the story has been revealed publicly.
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Click Here, episode 88, Ukraine drones

EXCLUSIVE: INSIDE UKRAINE’S SECRET DRONE FACTORIES

Available October 10, 2023

We travel to Ukraine to look at its grassroots defense industry and take you into its secret drone factories where entrepreneurs are able to put innovative weapons into the hands of soldiers at the front in a matter of weeks, not months.
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Humans vs. Machines

SPECIAL FEATURE: 'HOW AI WILL TURBOCHARGE MISINFORMATION' FROM HUMANS vs. MACHINES

Available October 3, 2023

An episode from “Humans vs. Machines” from Aventine Research Institute and Pineapple Street Studios. Misinformation has influenced elections, ruined reputations and fundamentally changed society’s relationship with the truth. Now, large language models like ChatGPT have the potential to create and spread misinformation at a scale we’ve never seen before. As technology improves, the question won’t be, "What we can believe in?" but whether we’ll be able to believe in anything at all.

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Yevgeny Prigozhin, Wagner Group

WHAT WILL MOSCOW DO WITH THE WAGNER GROUP NOW?

Available September 26, 2023

The Russian private army known as the Wagner Group has been tied not just to atrocities in Ukraine but to operations in Africa that helped Russia extend its reach. The looming question for Moscow: What do we do with Wagner now?
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Click Here podcast episode 85, Wagner Group

WHAT WAGNER GROUP LEARNED FROM ISIS

Available September 19, 2023

Back in August, the leader of the Wagner Group, Yevgeny Prigozhin, was killed in a fiery plane crash. So we decided to revisit an episode we did a few months ago about the Wagner group and how it recruits. It turns out they tore a page out of the ISIS playbook.
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Click Here, episode 84, Hansa

DUTCH POLICE, CYBER BOOBY TRAPS AND A DARK MARKET TAKEDOWN FOR THE AGES

Available September 12, 2023

Led by a motley crew of old-school cops and cyber whiz-kids, a Dutch police unit takes control of one of the dark web's most notorious drug markets and makes history.
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Click Here podcast, episode 83, swatting

'DING-DONG DITCH' ON STEROIDS

Available September 5, 2023

Remember ding-dong ditch? You and your friends rang a doorbell and then ran away? These days the prank of choice among the young cyber set is something called swatting: calling the police with a hoax report that sends them rushing — guns drawn — to some address and unsuspecting victim. After years of writing it off as childish mischief, legislators, law enforcement and tech companies are finally trying to address it.
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Click Here podcast, episode 82, Clop, MOVEit

THE CLOP GANG'S IN LOVE WITH A SPECIAL KIND OF BUG

Available August 29, 2023

Back in May, a Russian-speaking cyber gang named Clop broke into MOVEit, a little-known file transfer program. They managed to steal data from some 60 million people (and counting). While the scale of the attack was impressive, what really raised eyebrows was how they did it.
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Click Here podcast, Episode 81, Ilya Sachkov

ILYA SACHKOV V. THE KREMLIN

Available August 22, 2023

Ilya Sachkov co-founded the cybersecurity company Group-IB to make the world safe from Russian-speaking cybercriminals. Then he asked Russian authorities to help round them up, and things went spectacularly wrong.
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Click Here podcast, episode 80

MEET CHATGPT'S EVIL TWIN

Available August 15, 2023

Wave goodbye to those pesky emails from Nigerian princes and say hello to the latest generation of AI-enabled email scamming. It’s smarter, faster and, by the way, looks like it’s coming from your boss. The only thing that might stop it? AI itself.
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Click Here podcast, episode 79

ONE WOMAN'S ORWELLIAN EXPERIENCE WITH DISINFORMATION

Available August 8, 2023

We look at an American disinformation campaign that shows how online abuse directed at women goes far beyond some mean tweets. And, an update on a Syrian activist who was on the receiving end of a misinformation crisis of her own.
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Click Here episode 78

TROUBLE IN THE CLOUD

Available August 1, 2023

In May, Chinese hackers broke into the Microsoft cloud and stole emails. The breach exposed not just a flaw in the code, but a glitch in company’s business model. And it raised a question: Is storing data in the cloud as safe as we thought?
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Things That Go Boom podcast, Click Here special feature

SPECIAL FEATURE: ‘THE INTERNET IS AT THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA’ FROM THINGS THAT GO BOOM

Available July 25, 2023

This week, we share an episode from PRX and Inkstick Media’s “Things that Go Boom” podcast about the thousands of miles of fiber optic cable lying at the bottom of the sea. Some 95 percent of the world’s electronic data is traveling through them and cables are taking centerstage in the high-stakes competition between the U.S. and China.

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Mexico spyware, Click Here podcast

THE MEXICAN ARMY’S LOVE AFFAIR WITH SPYWARE

Available July 18, 2023

Since our story on spyware in Mexico aired back in March, researchers have discovered a roster of Pegasus spyware infections on the phones of local journalists, activists, and even officials within the Mexican president’s inner circle. This week, we return to our deep dive on the use of spyware in Mexico and the revelation that the army created a secret military intelligence unit dedicated to its use.

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Endless Thread podcast

SPECIAL FEATURE: 'LIFE, DEATH AND AI' FROM ENDLESS THREAD

Available July 11, 2023

From WBUR's “Endless Thread" podcast, a story on a growing segment of artificial intelligence: immortalizing the dead through predictive AI text and how bots can help us understand grief.

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REALITY WINNER AND THE HANDLING OF SECRET DOCUMENTS

Available July 4, 2023

We revisit a sit-down interview we had with NSA contractor Reality Winner shortly after she spent 4 years in prison for passing a single classified document to a reporter. Given all the focus on classified documents and the way they’ve been handled in recent weeks, it seemed a good time to take another look at what happened to Reality.

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Sudan open-source satellite intelligence

CAN SATELLITE SURVEILLANCE SAVE SUDAN FROM ITSELF?

Available June 27, 2023

Two decades after Arab militias first torched villages and killed hundreds of thousands of people in West Darfur, violence has returned to the region. We tell the story of one group of researchers who use open source intelligence, algorithms and satellite imagery in a bid to quell the violence in Sudan.
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hunt forward operations

EXCLUSIVE: INSIDE AN AMERICAN HUNT FORWARD OPERATION IN UKRAINE

Available June 20, 2023

We go behind the scenes of U.S. Cyber Command’s hunt forward operation in Ukraine. We interviewed half a dozen American cyber warriors who were on the ground in Kyiv, and they provide new details about the effort to defend Ukrainian networks against Russian cyberattacks in the weeks before the war.
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Ukraine drones

A RETURN TO MODEL DRONE PILOTS AND UKRAINE’S SPRING OFFENSIVE

Available June 13, 2023

As Ukraine’s long-awaited counteroffensive begins, we revisit a story we did last winter about some unusual Ukrainian women training to become part of the nation’s Army of Drones.

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Wagner Group

AN UNLIKELY TEACHER: WHAT WAGNER GROUP LEARNED FROM ISIS

Available June 6, 2023

The Russian private army known as the Wagner Group is trying to persuade young men to join the fight in Ukraine. Their online recruitment efforts don’t just hint at the future of modern warfare: They’re a callback to an earlier time, when a group called ISIS lured young men to fight in Syria.
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Wazawaka

WAZAWAKA: ‘MOST WANTED’ AND, HE SAYS, UNDETERRED

Available May 30, 2023

This month, the FBI added Mikhail Pavlovich Matveev to their Most Wanted hacker list for his alleged role in a number of ransomware attacks against U.S. targets. In a rare interview shortly after the FBI announcement, he talked about the new designation and what he wants to do next.
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chess-small

SPECIAL FEATURE: 'THE SLAVE ARMIES POWERING A NEW KIND OF GOLDEN TRIANGLE CYBERCRIME' FROM THE UNDERWORLD PODCAST

Available May 23, 2023

From “The Underworld” podcast, a conversation about casino towns, gangster owners, and a new twist on scamming operations. Nathan Paul Southern and Lindsey Kennedy took a trip along the Mekong River and revealed new details about southeast Asia’s latest scourge: cyber slaves.

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HIVE

HIVE’S WEWORK EXPERIMENT — AND WHAT WENT WRONG

Available May 16, 2023

When the FBI and Justice Department took down a collective of cybercriminals known as Hive earlier this year, it targeted a group that made a name for itself, in part, by holding hospital and healthcare systems for ransom during the pandemic. What made the group so effective was its own twist on WeWork-style collaboratives… and it led to their demise.
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operation cookie monster

‘OPERATION COOKIE MONSTER' AND THE GENESIS TAKEDOWN

Available May 9, 2023

The Department of Justice says last month’s effort to bring down the Genesis Marketplace represents a departure from traditional law enforcement actions. ‘Operation Cookie Monster' wasn’t about nabbing masterminds. It was about making it harder for JV hackers to enter the world of cybercrime.
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ballegh

MORALITY IN IRAQ: YOU SHOULD WORRY BECAUSE THERE’S AN APP FOR THAT

Available May 2, 2023

Iraq's government has an app that allows citizens to report “indecent” content to the authorities. Similar apps crowdsourcing morality have popped up across the region, raising new concerns about the future of free speech in the Middle East.
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Bassterlord

PORTRAIT OF BASSTERLORD AS A YOUNG MAN

Available April 25, 2023

What makes a hacker tick? That’s what we wanted to find out when we reached out to Bassterlord, a 27-year-old hacker in Ukraine who joined some of the most infamous hacking crews of our time. Researcher Jon DiMaggio of Analyst1 has released a report about him, and he gave Click Here an exclusive first look. Then, we spoke to Bassterlord ourselves.
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chainalysis

TRACERS ON THE STAGE

Available April 18, 2023

We go behind the scenes of the new book by WIRED’s Andy Greenberg, "Tracers in the Dark." It explains how a handful of entrepreneurs and investigators demystified cryptocurrency tracking. Recently, we spoke with Andy and some crypto tracers onstage at the Links 2023 conference in New York City. Plus, North Korea’s ingenious effort to launder its stolen crypto.
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HOW A MATHEMATICIAN AND AN ENTREPRENEUR HELPED LAW ENFORCEMENT TAKE A BITE OUT OF CRYPTO CRIME

Available April 11, 2023

When cryptocurrency burst on the scene in 2008, it was touted as anonymous — a boon to cyber criminals all over the world. Then a few mathematicians and some federal agents proved otherwise, in a way so big it birthed an industry. With a tip of the hat to Andy Greenberg’s new book “Tracers in the Dark,” we talk to them about how they did it.
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SNOWMEN IN THE PARK AND IRAN'S QUIET VIRAL DISSENT

Available April 4, 2023

Six months after demonstrators took to the streets of Iran hoping to end its draconian hijab laws and push for a change in the leadership, the protests have moved online — into a quiet civil disobedience campaign that leadership is finding hard to control.
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CLEAR THE RUNWAY: UKRAINE'S MODEL PILOTS

CLEAR THE RUNWAY: UKRAINE'S MODEL PILOTS

Available March 28, 2023

Drones of all shapes and sizes are part of the war effort in the skies above Ukraine. Some are helping kill the enemy; others spy on formations and guide bombs to their targets. We take you inside a school meant to boost that effort by training women to fly them. Plus, a leading dark web hacking forum meets its demise.

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UKRAINE WAR

WHAT THE CYBER WAR IN UKRAINE IS TEACHING US

Available March 21, 2023

In a recent conversation on WAMU’s nationally syndicated show 1A, we talked about lessons learned one year into the world’s first truly hybrid war. The conversation happened amid a report from Microsoft’s Threat Intelligence Center that found new worrying signs on the Russia-Ukraine cyber front. They believe Sandworm, a cyber military unit of Russia’s intelligence service, has been launching new phishing campaigns, cyber espionage operations, and is stepping up coordination with hacktivists groups.

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Guacamaya

Enemy of the State (Part 2) : ¿Quién es Guacamaya? (Who is Guacamaya?)

Available Tuesday March 14

Last week we told you about the Mexican military’s secret use of Pegasus spyware. In Part 2 of our series, we introduce you to Guacamaya, the hacktivist collective that has stolen some 25 terabytes of data from military institutions across Latin America … and they aren’t done yet.

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Enemy of the State

Enemy of the State (Part 1): Mexico, spyware, and a secret military intelligence unit

Available March 7, 2023

A new investigation by R3D and Citizen Lab shows the Mexican Army bought and systematically deployed Pegasus spyware against ordinary Mexican citizens and set up a secret special military unit dedicated to high-tech surveillance. Click Here was part of a small group given early access to their findings.
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Ukraine's drone whisperers

Ukraine’s drone whisperers: What the weapons are telling us

Available February 28, 2023

Russia has deployed the Iranian-built Shahed drone to wreak havoc on Ukraine’s infrastructure. We speak to a man who is a kind of drone whisperer. After years of taking these Shahed drones apart, he says if you listen, they have amazing stories to tell.
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shootmessanger

Oyez, Oyez, Oyez: Twenty-six words get their day in the High Court

Available February 21, 2023

The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments this week in a case that will consider a 1995 law that shields social media companies from liability. Gonzalez v. Google could allow people to sue tech companies that use algorithms to sort through their content. Plus, we check in with Alexander Martin, The Record's U.K. editor, about his takeaways from the Munich Security Conference.

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MISS LONELYHEARTS AND THE MONEY MULES

Miss Lonelyhearts and the money mules

Available February 14, 2023

In a special Valentine’s Day episode, we look at the evolution of romance scams. They aren’t just about bilking lonely people out of their life savings anymore – scammers have diversified, and they’re making victims accomplices in a roster of cyber crimes from email scams and check fraud to money laundering.

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Xi

Xi's Brave New World

Available February 7, 2023

At a time when an errant spy balloon has raised new questions about President Xi Jinping’s absolute control over all things Chinese, we take a look at how his regime quelled last year’s Covid protests and how an arsenal of digital weapons helped tighten his grip on power. Plus, facial recognition’s latest nemesis: knitwear.

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SHOOT THE MESSENGER

SPECIAL FEATURE: SHOOT THE MESSENGER: ESPIONAGE, MURDER, & PEGASUS SOFTWARE

Available January 31, 2023

“Shoot The Messenger” from Exile Content Studio and PRX looks at what happened to the murdered Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi. The first weapon used against him was digital – a sophisticated spyware called Pegasus.

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EXCLUSIVE: AXON STILL WANTS TO PUT TASER DRONES IN YOUR KID’S SCHOOL

Available January 24, 2023

Click Here goes inside the internal deliberations of an AI ethics board grappling with whether a company should develop stun-gun-enabled drones for police departments. After a year of study, Axon’s AI ethics board concluded the technology was too ripe for abuse. Weeks later the company’s CEO announced a plan to build a weaponized drone to prevent mass shootings in schools. And, cybercriminals’ new best friend: ChatGPT.

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LOCKBIT

LOCKBIT DIARIES: A RESEARCHER’S YEAR UNDERCOVER WITH THE WORLD’S MOST DANGEROUS RANSOMEWARE GANG

Available January 17, 2023

After spending more than a year undercover with the notorious ransomware gang LockBit, one researcher explains how the group revolutionized the business of ransomware.

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GENSHIN

GENSHIN IMPACT: TRYING TO BALANCE MASS APPEAL WITH BEIJING’S BLESSING

Available January 10, 2023

Genshin Impact put the Chinese video gaming industry on the map. But while the game has delighted players, it begs the question: Can China’s Communist Party and a massively popular video game peacefully co-exist?

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CRYPTO

CALL ME CRYPTO CURIOUS

Available January 3, 2023

We take a deep dive into a corner of the cryptocurrency economy that hasn’t (completely) tanked yet: Bitcoin mining. It is part cryptography, part math, and part luck.

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Albert_Einstein

SPECIAL FEATURE: ‘SUMMER IN CAPUTH’ FROM EXILE

Available December 27, 2022

An episode from “Exile”from the Leo Baeck Institute and Antica Productions. At the height of his fame, a shirtless, barefooted Albert Einstein escapes the bustle of Berlin for a simpler life. The best thinkers of the time gather at his beloved summer house in Caputh to laze by the water, swap ideas, and gossip. There, he can escape the pressures of global fame, but his summer haven can’t keep him safe from Germany’s growing Nazi threat.

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MUSICIANS

THE MUSICIANS WHO CAME IN FROM THE COLD

Available December 20, 2022

At a time when Vladimir Putin is attempting to redraw the Iron Curtain, we revisit an earlier episode in which we take a trip back to the Soviet Union circa 1985 when four American musicians smuggled messages in and out of the Soviet Union — with music. Plus, DefCon’s answer to those alien transmissions.

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LAST ARCHIVE

SPECIAL FEATURE: ‘SAVING UKRAINIAN CULTURAL HISTORY ONLINE’ FROM THE LAST ARCHIVE

Available December 13, 2022

We share special episode of The Last Archive, a podcast about the history of truth — or the lack thereof. Harvard historian Jill Lepore uncovers the secrets of the past the way a detective might. In this episode, Jill chats with Anna Kijas, a co-organizer of SUCHO: Saving Ukrainian Cultural History Online. Lepore and Kijas talk about her effort to preserve online resources that are at risk of disappearing because of the war in Ukraine

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THROWING BRICKS FOR $$$: VIOLENCE-AS-A-SERVICE COMES OF AGE

Available December 6, 2022

We go back to an episode we did earlier this year about a gang of SIM swappers who are behind something called violence-as-a-service. Doxing or defacing websites, they told us, just doesn’t send enough of a message. So, they are throwing molotov cocktails or slashing tires of their rivals instead. Trouble is – it is getting more popular and commonplace and is bound to affect the rest of us.
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BigBrother

SPECIAL FEATURE: ‘THE MOST DANGEROUS GAME’ FROM BIG BROTHER: NORTH KOREA’S FORGOTTEN PRINCE

Available November 29, 2022

“Big Brother: North Korea’s Forgotten Prince” from School of Humans and iHeartPodcasts introduce you to the person who should have been North Korea’s leader – had he not been on the receiving end of what may be the 21st century’s most bizarre assassination plot.

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NORTH KOREA’S MONSTER FAKE OUT

Available November 22, 2022

North Korea has launched an unprecedented number of missiles this month. So we bring you an encore episode about a team of researchers using open-source intelligence to track the hermit kingdom’s nuclear ambitions.Plus, the Yanluowang ransomware group finds itself the victim of a leak.

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ROUNDING UP A CYBER POSSE FOR UKRAINE

Available November 15, 2022

Washington and the tech world have been talking about public private partnerships in cyberspace for decades. The NSA and Cyber Command have intelligence about attacks; cybersecurity companies have the means to block them. It looks like they are finally working together — not in the U.S, but in Ukraine.

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SELLING VICE SOCIETY: OLD EXPLOITS, EASY TARGETS, AND THE ILLUSION OF GREATNESS

Available November 8, 2022

Vice Society burst on the ransomware scene in early 2021, attacking a roster of government offices, hospitals and, notoriously, schools. But cybersecurity experts say the group isn’t your typical ransomware operation: they’re some of cyber crime’s biggest posers, using old exploits on easy targets to give the illusion of greatness.

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IS OPEN-SOURCE SOFTWARE THE SOLUTION TO OUR ELECTION WOES?

Available November 1, 2022

Ben Adida is the executive director of a voting technology non-profit that provides software and operational support to states during elections. He’s embarked on an almost impossible mission: to restore faith in our election system. The way he proposes to do that? With open-source software that everyone can see.

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Supreme Court

THE SUPREME COURT CASE THAT COULD CHANGE THE INTERNET

Available October 25, 2022

Nohemi Gonzalez was killed in the 2015 ISIS attacks in Paris and now is at the heart of a Supreme Court case that will reconsider Section 230, part of a 1995 law that shields social media companies from liability. Gonzalez v. Google could allow people to sue tech companies that use algorithms to sort through their content.

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UKRAINE

‘PRESENCE MATTERS’: NAKASONE AND EASTERLY ON UKRAINE, COLLABORATION, AND MIDTERM ELECTIONS

Available October 18, 2022

The head of NSA and Cybercom Gen. Paul Nakasone and CISA director Jen Easterly came to the Council on Foreign Relations last week for a rare sit-down interview. They talked about hunt teams in Ukraine, public-private partnerships and threats ahead of the midterms, with Click Here host Dina Temple-Raston presiding over the session. Plus, one researcher bests Charming Kitten.

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THE HIJAB WILL NEVER BE THE SAME

Available October 11, 2022

The death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini in Iran has ignited the most powerful protests the country has seen in years. In addition to violence, authorities have responded with a host of new tools to throttle mobile phone connections, block social media sites, and make it harder for people to organize. Plus, Iran’s diplomatic kerfuffle over a cyber attack in Albania.

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REALITY WINNER AND THE HANDLING OF SECRET DOCUMENTS

Available October 4, 2022

As the wrangling continues over classified documents former President Trump took to his Florida home, we take a second look at the case of Reality Winner. She is the NSA contractor who served time in prison for passing a classified document to a reporter. We had a rare interview with her in February.

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UKRAINE’S MASS GRAVES HAVE STORIES TO TELL

Available September 27, 2022

The town whose name has become synonymous with Russian atrocities in Ukraine is rushing to digitize information about the dead — not just to identify them and give families closure — but to hold Russians accountable for the wanton brutality in Bucha. Plus, scandal in the elite chess world.

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bricksquad

THROWING BRICKS FOR $$$: VIOLENCE-AS-A-SERVICE COMES OF AGE

Available September 20, 2022

Young people who have been making millions hacking mobile phones — known as SIM swappers — have found a new way to intimidate and harass their rivals. They call it “violence-as-a-service” or “IRL jobs,” and it includes a Telegram channel where they can order brickings, firebombings and even shootings in the real world.

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THE GREAT TRACTOR JAILBREAK

Available September 13, 2022

The talk of DEF CON 2022 was the handiwork of a white hat hacker named Sick Codes. On stage, he demonstrated how he broke the digital locks of a John Deere tractor. He did it with such ease it made people start to wonder: just how hack-able is the world’s agriculture sector?

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SEAGULLS IN THE PARK

Available September 6, 2022

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THE SCARIEST PIECE OF MALWARE SINCE STUXNET

Available August 30, 2022

Back in April, cybersecurity officials discovered the notorious “Industroyer” malware in the Ukrainian electrical grid. It might have been the scariest infrastructure hack since malware destroyed centrifuges at an Iranian uranium enrichment plant in 2010 – were it not for a TGIF miracle. Plus, a visit with the IT Army of Ukraine and a different kind of information operation.

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THE MUSICIANS WHO CAME IN FROM THE COLD

Available August 23, 2022

At a time when Vladimir Putin is attempting to redraw the Iron Curtain, we take a trip back to the Soviet Union circa 1985 when four American musicians smuggled messages in and out of the Soviet Union — with music. Plus, DefCon’s answer to those alien transmissions.

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MAZDA_SOLLERS

A RETURN TO STANISLAV

Available August 16, 2022

We first spoke with Russian business owner Stanislav back in early March, shortly after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Almost six months later, we check back in with him to see how he’s doing, and look at a new report that suggests the Russian economy is cratering. Plus, inside a massive breach affecting a police database in Shanghai.

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PEGASUS IS LISTENING

Available August 2, 2022

Carine Kanimba’s father may be one of the most famous Rwandans on earth – Paul Rusesabagina. He was the manager of the Hôtel des Mille Collines, and he sheltered more than 1,200 Rwandans during the 1994 genocide. Now his daughter is at the center of a Capitol Hill inquiry into the proliferation of commercial spyware, a particular program called Pegasus, and the future of the company that created it.

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SPECIAL FEATURE: ‘EL SALVADOR’S BITCOIN EXPERIMENT’ FROM NOTHING IS FOREIGN

Available July 19, 2022

Earlier this year, the CBC’s Nothing is Foreign podcast reported on how El Salvador’s promise of a cryptocurrency paradise runs up against reality.

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The POST-ROE DIGITAL WORLD

Available July 12, 2022

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SON OF CONTI

Available June 28, 2022

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NORTH KOREA’S CRYPTOCURRENCY OBSESSION

Available June 21, 2022

For years, North Korea was known for making such a perfect counterfeit hundred-dollar note, the Treasury Department had to change how it printed them. Now, North Korea is all about crypto – and it has been cooking up all kinds of crazy schemes in order to get the Big Score. Plus, we hear from a two-time North Korean defector.

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GILMAN LOUIE

GILMAN LOUIE AND THE DANCE WITH WOLF WARRIORS

Available June 14, 2022

In a wide-ranging conversation on the fringes of this month’s RSA Conference, we sat down with Silicon Valley venture capitalist and Presidential Intelligence Advisory Board member Gilman Louie. We talked about the Chinese cyber threat, the growth of superpower competition, and the importance of bringing high-tech manufacturing back to America.

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R-EVIL AND THE TEXAS HACK THAT CHANGED RANSOMWARE AS WE KNOW IT

Available May 31, 2022

An encore performance of the Click Here pilot episode on REvil and how it landed on a new business model. It happened in an unlikely place: Texas.

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ROE V. WADE IN A WORLD OF DIGITAL DUST

Available May 24, 2022

Five years ago, a Mississippi woman named Latice Fisher was charged with murdering her stillborn child. The evidence against her: a controversial 400-year-old test and the search history on her cellphone. We explain how in a post-Roe world, pattern data will be an even greater threat. Plus, the DOJ tweaks its use of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act.

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AT WAR WITH FACIAL RECOGNITION: CLEARVIEW AI IN UKRAINE

Available May 17, 2022

Facial recognition technology is changing the war in Ukraine. It is finding infiltrators, providing evidence for war crimes and, more darkly, providing fodder for propaganda. We talk to Clearview AI’s CEO about its role in the conflict and what it means for the future.

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‘CREAM OF THE CREAM’: RUSSIA’S HIGH-TECH BRAIN DRAIN

Available May 10, 2022

Tech entrepreneurs and developers are fleeing Putin’s Russia in droves. Meet three members of the exodus: a young successful entrepreneur… a corporate manager… and a high-school computer whiz who can’t wait to leave. Plus, DHS’ Rob Silvers on how ransomware ends.

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SPYWARE AND ‘A WORLD OF BOND VILLAINS’

Available May 3, 2022

Ron Deibert founded The Citizen Lab, a high-tech human rights watchdog at the University of Toronto. He’s concerned the Internet could unleash our darkest angels. Now, he has an even bigger worry: spyware. It’s become so normalized even democratic nations are using it as high-tech oppo research. Plus, a pause in open source mapping in Ukraine.
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LAPSUS$: THE SCRIPT KIDDIES ARE ALRIGHT

Available Tuesday April 26

How a new cyber extortion team called LAPSUS$ managed to convince the world that it had turned low-tech hacking operations into high impact heists. And two high-schoolers who tinkered with a punch card and almost brought down the IBM computer center in Manhattan.

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JIHADIST

THE ENTREPRENEUR AND THE JIHADIST

Available Tuesday April 19

A Los Angeles tech entrepreneur reveals for the first time the role he played in bringing one of the world’s deadliest hackers to justice. And the founder of Craigslist talks about his effort to build a cyber civil defense force.

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ARE AMERICA’S NUCLEAR SYSTEMS SO OLD THEY’RE UN-HACKABLE?

Available Tuesday April 12

In its latest defense budget, the Biden Administration has asked Congress to fund the modernization of America’s nuclear weapons systems.The current system – that until recently was still using eight inch floppies – is seen as so old that it’s virtually un-hackable. So if you modernize, now what? Plus, cyber hits from Nigeria’s music scene.

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THE RISE OF HIGH-TECH DESPOTISM

Available Tuesday April 5

Noura Al-Jizawi thought she’d left the repression of the Assad regime behind her when she left Syria with her sister. Instead she became the target of an online subversion campaign. Plus, we meet the founder of a retro computer museum in Mariupol, Ukraine.

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WAR, SANCTIONS AND CRYPTO’S BIG MOMENT

Available Tuesday March 29

As sanctions squeeze the Russian economy, ordinary Russians are having to navigate a financial system in mid-collapse. For some, the solution has been cryptocurrencies. We talk to a small businessman in St. Petersburg who explains. Plus, the hack heard ‘round the indie music world.

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FIGHTING RUSSIA WITH COMPUTERS, NOT RIFLES

Available Tuesday March 22

A volunteer army made up of thousands of IT professionals from around the world is seeking to fight Russia in cyberspace. We talk to some of its members and discover new limits to Russia’s hacking efforts.

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IN TOUCH WITH REALITY

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THEY ARE FIGHTING LIKE LIONS

Available Tuesday March 1

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A PLACE CALLED DARKODE

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A NEW FRANCHISING OPPORTUNITY

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Meet the Team

  • Dina Temple-Raston
    Dina Temple-Raston

    is the Host and Managing Editor of the Click Here podcast as well as a senior correspondent at Recorded Future News. She previously served on NPR’s Investigations team focusing on breaking news stories and national security, technology, and social justice and hosted and created the award-winning Audible Podcast “What Were You Thinking.”

  • Sean Powers
    Sean Powers

    is a Senior Supervising Producer for the Click Here podcast. He came to the Recorded Future News from the Scripps Washington Bureau, where he was the lead producer of "Verified," an investigative podcast. Previously, he was in charge of podcasting at Georgia Public Broadcasting in Atlanta, where he helped launch and produced about a dozen shows.

  • Jade Abdul-Malik
    Jade Abdul-Malik 

    is a producer for the Click Here podcast. She has worked on podcasts with Gimlet Media and Sony Music Entertainment and was a reporter for Georgia Public Broadcasting in Atlanta.

  • Lucas Reilly
    Lucas Reilly 

    is a writer for the Click Here podcast. He writes long-from documentary podcasts. His credits include "Big Brother: North Korea's Forgotten Prince," which charted as the #9 history podcast in the nation. He was also writer and story-editor of "Forgotten: The Women of Juarez," which was nominated as "Podcast of the Year" and ranked among the top podcasts of 2020 by "The Atlantic."

  • Karen Duffin
    Karen Duffin 

    is an editor for the Click Here podcast. She's a longform narrative reporter, editor, and podcast host. She was a co-host of NPR's Planet Money and, before that, a reporter at This American Life and More Perfect. Karen's stories have also appeared on Radiolab, Reply All, Rough Translation, On the Media, The Rumpus and others.

  • Lu Olkowski
    Lu Olkowski 

    is an editor of the Click Here podcast. She's an independent producer based in New York. Her radio work has been heard on State of the Re:Union, Studio 360, This American Life, Radiolab, All Things Considered, Weekend America, The World, and the BBC World Service among others.