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EVERY TUESDAY

Every Tuesday, Click Here tells stories about the people and ideas shaping our digital world. We go beyond the headlines, taking listeners on a journey behind-the-scenes of some of today’s biggest cyber and intelligence news. Hosted by former NPR Investigations correspondent Dina Temple-Raston, Click Here pulls back the curtain on the shadowy world of ransomware, disinformation campaigns, and cyber operations and helps listeners protect themselves from our adversaries in cyberspace.

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UKRAINE’S MASS GRAVES HAVE STORIES TO TELL

Available Tuesday September 27

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.


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

Available Tuesday September 20

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.


THE GREAT TRACTOR JAILBREAK

Available Tuesday September 13

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?


SEAGULLS IN THE PARK

Available Tuesday September 6

Hydra was a darknet superstore. It started out as an online illegal drug site and morphed into a billion-dollar business with codes of conduct, customer support, and legal and medical services. It had started offering money laundering services when German authorities finally shut it down in April. Now people are asking: who or what will replace it?


THE SCARIEST PIECE OF MALWARE SINCE STUXNET

Available Tuesday August 30

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.


THE MUSICIANS WHO CAME IN FROM THE COLD

Available Tuesday August 23

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.


A RETURN TO STANISLAV

Available Tuesday August 16

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.


EXCLUSIVE: NORTH KOREA’S MONSTER FAKE OUT

Available Tuesday August 9

Thousands of satellites watch the world from above. We offer a mystery story about an infamous North Korean video, a team of very observant researchers, and a search for the truth.


PEGASUS IS LISTENING

Available Tuesday August 2

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.


LAPSUS$: THE SCRIPT KIDDIES ARE ALRIGHT

Available Tuesday July 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.


SPECIAL FEATURE: ‘El Salvador’s Bitcoin Experiment’ from Nothing is Foreign

Available Tuesday July 19

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.


Encore: The post-Roe digital world

Available Tuesday July 12

An encore performance of one of our most popular episodes. 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.


SPECIAL FEATURE: ‘NSO’ from Darknet Diaries

Available Tuesday July 5

Last August, the Darknet Diaries host Jack Rhysider did a story about the NSO Group’s most famous product — Pegasus — a surveillance program which has the ability to turn just about anyone’s phone into a pocket spy.


SON OF CONTI

Available Tuesday June 28

The Conti ransomware group appeared to be on ropes earlier this year when its internal chat logs went public –revealing the inner workings of a hacking cartel. Then, the gang surprised everyone by launching a cyber attack against Costa Rica aimed at overthrowing its government. Plus, what happens when a company actually wants to talk about being the target of a ransomware attack – how much will they say?


NORTH KOREA’S CRYPTOCURRENCY OBSESSION

Available Tuesday June 21

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.


GILMAN LOUIE AND THE DANCE WITH WOLF WARRIORS

Available Tuesday June 14

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.


GENSHIN IMPACT’S MASS APPEAL WITH BEIJING’S BLESSING

Available Tuesday June 7

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? Plus, we hit the ground at this year’s RSA Conference in San Francisco.


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

Available Tuesday May 31

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.


ROE V. WADE IN A WORLD OF DIGITAL DUST

Available Tuesday May 24

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.


AT WAR WITH FACIAL RECOGNITION: CLEARVIEW AI IN UKRAINE

Available Tuesday May 17

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.


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

Available Tuesday May 10

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.


SPYWARE AND ‘A WORLD OF BOND VILLAINS’

Available Tuesday May 3

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


BAGGAGE FROM A SEVERELY HARMED RELATIONSHIP

Available Tuesday March 15


INSIDE CONTI LEAKS: THE PANAMA PAPERS OF RANSOMWARE

Available Tuesday March 8


THEY ARE FIGHTING LIKE LIONS

Available Tuesday March 1


IN TOUCH WITH REALITY

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A PLACE CALLED DARKODE

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A NEW FRANCHISING OPPORTUNITY

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