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Hacking. Hackers. Disinformation campaigns. Encryption. The Cyber. This stuff gets complicated really fast, but Motherboard spends its time embedded in the infosec world so you don't have to. Host Ben Makuch talks every week to Motherboard reporters Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai and Joseph Cox about the stories they're breaking and to the industry's most famous hackers and researchers about the biggest news in cybersecurity.

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00:33:30

CYBER Listen to Disney Characters Talk About Targeted Advertising Listen to Disney Characters Talk About T...

You can’t scroll 1 inch on the internet these days without someone trying to sell you something. Facebook and Google rake in millions of dollars on advertising alone. When we talk about Ad Tech, those are the names that move through our mind. Not many people think about Disney. But they should.


On today’s Cyber, Motherboard staff writer Joseph Cox comes on to talk about how Disney became a big player in the digital world of advertising. We begin with a set of surreal videos that use the Muppets and Star Wars to talk directly to advertisers. 


Want to hear Muppets extol the virtues of targeted advertising? Stick around.


Stories discussed in this episode:


Leaked Videos Show Disney Is the Biggest Ad Tech Giant You've Never Heard Of


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00:52:35

CYBER The Supreme Court Doesn't Care About What Americans Want The Supreme Court Doesn't Care About Wha...

On June 30, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a ruling that will have far reaching consequences about the power of the federal government to fight climate change. How did the landmark ruling even end up in front of the Justices, why did they decide to rule on it, and what will the consequences be for the environment and the country?


On this episode of Cyber, Motherboard Staff Writer Aaron Gordon sits down to answer all these questions and do more than a little ranting.

Stories discussed in this episode:


Supreme Court Kneecaps Federal Government’s Ability to Fight Climate Change


Democrats Are Not Going to 'Vote Harder,' Primaries Show


Here's What America Looked Like Before the EPA


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00:34:40

CYBER How the Supreme Court’s Abortion Decision Effects Tech and Privacy How the Supreme Court’s Abortion Decisio...

The Supreme Court has overturned Roe v. Wade, upsetting decades of precedent and ushering in a weird new world of conflicting laws and a lack of bodily autonomy for many women in the country. 


It’s a decision that will affect life in the U.S. in ways we’re only starting to comprehend. This week on Cyber we’re going to look at one small piece of all this: tech, data, and censorship. 


With me today is Motherboard Senior Editor Samantha Cole. She’s been working on a number of stories about period tracking apps and data and she’s here to walk us through how the Roe decision is not just a blow against bodily autonomy, but also against privacy.


Stories in this episode:


The #1 Period Tracker on the App Store Will Hand Over Data Without a Warrant


Here’s What Period Tracking Apps Say They Do With Your Data


Tech Companies Won't Say If They’ll Give Cops Abortion Data


Facebook Is Banning People Who Say They Will Mail Abortion Pills


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00:42:30

CYBER Raising Rents at a Landlord Convention Raising Rents at a Landlord Convention

What do landlords talk about behind closed doors, among other landlords? Motherboard staff writer and Cyber host Matthew Gault attended in St. Louis recently. Landlords traded gossip, talked about raising rents, and tried to sell each on books and online classes. Outside of the convention, rents hit record medians, the COVID moratorium is ending, and a lot of tenants simply can’t afford to put a roof over their head.


On this week’s episode of Cyber, Motherboard editor-in-chief Jason Koebler interviews Matthew about what it’s like to attend the 21st Annual Mr. Landlord.com National Landlord Convention.


Stories discussed on this episode:


Among the Landlords


Where People Pretend to Be 'Landchads' and Make Fun of 'Rentoids'


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00:36:02

CYBER The Reply Guy From Hell The Reply Guy From Hell

Reply guys. Maybe you’ve got one, maybe you are one. If you’re a public person online, and especially if you’re a woman, you tend to attract a few fans or detractors who respond to every single thing you post. Sometimes those interactions can be obnoxious. Sometimes, they can be so much worse.


Today’s Cyber is about a reply guy from hell, a person who—for almost two decades—has used the internet to wage sustained harassment campaigns against multiple women. It’s a bizarre and disturbing story that involves Twitter DMs, revenge porn, and Animal Crossing.


On this episode of Cyber, Motherboard Senior Staff Writer Anna Merlan walks us through the story of the man who has been harassing women online for almost 20 years.


Stories discussed on this episode:


These Women Say One Man Terrorized Them Online for Years. Then, They Decided to Band Together


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00:44:07

CYBER You’re Afraid of AI For All the Wrong Reasons You’re Afraid of AI For All the Wrong Re...

Artificial intelligence. It’s in your headlines and on your social media feed. AIs like Midjourney and DALL-E have filled my Twitter feed with algorithmically generated nightmare images of Tony Soprano as a Roman Emperor and Bigbird participating in the January 6 riots.


At the same time, the press has become enamored with the story of Blake Lemoine, a Google engineer who the company let go after Lemoine insisted the LaMDA chatbot was sentient. Are we at the beginning of the AI apocalypse? Have our machines finally become sentient?


Simply: no. And conversations about AI outpacing human artists and chatbots becoming sentient are part of a tired news cycle around AI. They also mask the actual dangers of the technology we should be watching out for.


On this episode of Cyber, Motherboard Senior Editor Janus Rose walks us through the real and imagined terrors of Artificial Intelligence.


Stories discussed on this week’s episode:


Technologists Are Using AI to ‘Expand’ Famous Works of Art


Google's AI Isn’t Sentient, But It Is Biased and Terrible


The AI That Draws What You Type Is Very Racist, Shocking No One


We’re recording CYBER live on Twitch. Watch live during the week. Follow us there to get alerts when we go live. We take questions from the audience and yours might just end up on the show.


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