Meet “the hacker next door” in this fascinating behind-the-scenes look at who hackers really are and how hacking really works.
The Hacker Next Door features intimate conversations with a diverse array of real-world hackers for “good,” including a ransomware negotiator, an NSA recruit, a lock picker, a missionary, a hactivist, a hacker couple raising hacker kids, and many more.
About the show
When Jeremy was writing the book, he got to talk to lots of hackers who opened his eyes to worlds that ranged far beyond the cartoon intruder hunched over a computer, but he could only follow one story—Alien’s—in depth.
The Hacker Next Door is a 10-episode spinoff series where he interviews a diverse array of hackers about their surprising origin stories, exploits, and everyday lives.
Jeremy is a freelance journalist (New York Times, The Atlantic, Discover, etc.) and the author of three narrative non-fiction books about local food, global health, and hacking. He and his work have been featured by CNN, NPR, The Today Show, and Wired. He speaks frequently before diverse national audiences, including Apple, Google, the National Academy of Sciences, and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine.
Learn more and make contact at his website.
The Hacker Next Door show notes
1. Lock Picker Deviant Ollam
Legendary lock picker Deviant Ollam explains the thought process of physically breaking into a building, the two golden rules of lock picking, and why 20,000+ hackers hanging out and hacking together (in Las Vegas!) improve security for us all.
2. Ransomware Negotiator Karen Sprenger
3. Black Hat Hacker Skylar Rampersaud
Black hat hacker Skylar Rampersaud discusses digital warfare, the mindset of an attacker, and being recruited (as a 15-year-old!) by the NSA.
4. Hacker for Charity Johnny Long
5. Hacker Parents Caroline Hardin and Grant Dobbe
6. Hardware Hacker Joe Grand
Hardware hacker extraordinaire Joe Grand on testifying before Congress as a 22-year-old, helping launch the autonomous vehicle industry, and turning badges into...flamethrowers.
7. Bug Bounty Hunter Casey Ellis
8. Hacker Anthropologist Gabriella Coleman
Hacker anthropologist Gabriella Coleman on embedding for six years with a global hacktivist group, celebrating the surprising virtues of anonymity, and trying to avoid being tracked in the digital age.
9. Revenge Porn Hacktivist Katelyn Bowden
BADASS Army CEO Katelyn Bowden on fighting revenge porn, organizing a hacktivist army, and changing the culture of consent, online and off.
10. Roof and Tunnel Hacker, Industrial Fire and Light Artist, and Bioengineer Liana Lareau
Hacker/artist/scientist Liana Lareau on hacking's origins at MIT, art status at Burning Man, and applications to investigating the human genome.