Podcast of the Week: Darknet Diaries

Some time ago, I have been teaching Introduction to Cybersecurity in Czechitas (the non-profit organization that is helping women to get into the tech world) and we have stumbled upon the topic of Darkweb. Our featured podcast of this week is for all those who are interested in what goes on the darker side of the internet. Introducing Darknet Diaries.

About the show

Darknet Diaries is one of my all time favorite shows. It’s a podcast about hackers, breaches, shadow government activity, hacktivism, cybercrime, and all the things that dwell on the hidden parts of the network. It easily explains the culture around hacking and cybersecurity in order to educate and entertain both technical and non-technical audience. In 2020 the show won the Webby podcast awards in the technology category.

Jack Rhysider

Jack Rhysider is the creator of the popular podcast, Darknet Diaries, which was first released in October 2017. As a veteran in the security world, Jack gained his professional knowledge by working in a Security Operations Center for a Fortune 500 company, where he was exposed to hundreds of clients’ networks. He created the podcast because he wanted to listen to a show like it, but couldn’t find one. For the first 40 episodes, Jack did almost everything himself, including research, writing, narrating, editing, sound design, publishing, marketing, and logistics. However, additional writers, researchers, editors, and graphic designers joined the team around episode 40 to help out. Together, they are creating one of the most successful podcasts out there.

Featured episode – E132: Sam the Vendor

Ever wondered what it looks like when selling things on the darknet? In this episode, Jack has interviewed Sam Bent, a.k.a. DoingFedTime, who shared his story about selling drugs over the darknet. Ultimately, he got caught, served his time, and now he is a frequent speaker at DEF CON. Sam walked us through how he managed to run his network, sell the products, come up with emergency plans and security policies, as well as how he got busted in the end. It is an insane R-rated episode, and it was a blast listening to it!

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