Billion dollar heists, missing cryptoqueens: Six must-listen cyber podcasts

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The Lazarus Heist

Another BBC production, this one telling the story of the most daring bank theft ever attempted – and you probably haven’t even heard of it.

But the story is much more complicated than that.

Geoff White and Jean Lee are the hosts who combine to tell the story of how North Korea, Kim Jong-un and an international math Olympian are involved – and how a single word made all the difference in the attempted heist.

It all starts somewhere you might not expect, too – the infamous hack of Sony in 2014, linked to Seth Rogen movie The Interview.

How did the hackers get access to Sony’s servers and what exactly does it have to do with an attempt to steal a billion dollars? You’ll have your answer in just 10 highly-engaging episodes.

Exit Scam

Exit Scam is a short, eight-part documentary series that deals with the life and apparent death of Gerald Cotten, the founder of Canada’s biggest bitcoin exchange, Quadriga.

Cotten died in India in mysterious circumstances on his honeymoon in 2018 – and afterwards it emerged C$215 million that had been invested in his company had disappeared forever.

Initially it was thought it was because his passwords had been lost, but it turns out that wasn’t the case.

Host Aaron Lammer and producer Lane Brown spent two years investigating Cotten, his business – and his death, because not everyone thinks Cotten is dead.

Interviews with those who knew Cotten are mixed with experts, including one who specialises in finding people who have faked their deaths, to tell this amazing story.

Grumpy Old Geeks

This isn’t solely dedicated to cybersecurity or cryptocurrency but those subjects are dealt with all of the time, and with a healthy dose of scepticism and snark by Jason Defillipo and Brian Schulmeister.

Their weekly guest Dave Bittner is a security expert who hosts a daily cyber security show and so his recurring section is often – but not always – a healthy diversion from the bickering of the two main hosts.

The show is peppered with swearing, references to Star Wars and recommendations for software, television shows and movies.

It won’t take long to work out just how this podcast got its name. Be warned – if the thoughts of two old white…