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CypherCon Podcast

Interviews with Hackers around the conference CypherCon, Milwaukee Wisconsin's hacker con. Explore interviews with community hackers involved with or around CypherCon, Wisconsin’s Hacker Conference. CypherCon attracts over 1000 attendees every Spring in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

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Episode 54: Metaverse at Holosoft Fortress
I had the pleasure of visiting Lance, Ben, and Travis at the Holosoft Fortress. They showed me some amazing projects that they’re working on in Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality. They showed some amazing applications in education, business development, entertainment and even surgery. This taste of XR applications got my brain cooking about the possibilities...
51:07 04/26/2022
Episode 53: Dr Dark Web and the Ethics of a Hacker
Chris Roberts (@Sidragon1) joins me on this episode of the podcast to talk all sorts of hacker things from his new podcast Dr. Dark Web to the Russian invasion of Ukraine. We discuss his code of ethics and how he decides how to act on an exploit he discovers. His ragtag crew known as Hill...
41:36 04/05/2022
Episode 52: Cryptocurrency and the Afterlife
I have the pleasure of speaking with one of my favorite authors, Daniel Pinchbeck. We started a dialogue after I replied to one of his articles on his substack that explored some of the problematic aspects of cryptocurrency. On this episode we discuss the promises and perils of cryptocurrency, organizing society in a functional anarchy,...
54:22 03/08/2022
Episode 51: Climate Change – A Health Crisis
Dr. Bruce Krawisz joins me to discuss climate change. Dr. Krawisz is a retired physician who dedicated his retirement to researching and speaking about climate change. He was moved by research he read at https://www.lancetcountdown.org/ that showed a lot of devastating climate ecological disasters. We discuss the health problems caused by climate change, the catalysts...
56:40 02/22/2022
Episode 50: Decentralized Infrastructure
Russ From comes back on the podcast to discuss decentralized infrastructure and telecom. We discuss decentralized infrastructure with https://threefold.io/. And then we discuss decentralized telecom with Helium. You can check out how much people are making near your house to get an idea of how profitable it would be to install your own device at...
51:57 02/08/2022
Episode 49: The Everything Podcast
On this Episode of the podcast I talk with Alma Rinasz and we talk about everything. I met Alma in a book club where we read the book After: A Doctor Explores What Near-Death Experiences Reveal about Life and Beyond. So naturally we started out discussing what happens when we die. Amongst other topics we...
68:36 01/18/2022
Episode 48: Weed Hacking
On this episode I chat with my good friend Eric . He shares his story about hacking his high school network and how that’s shaped who he is today as a leader in the fight for marijuana legalization. As a young obedient student, Eric learned that the system works for some people. In his frustration,...
103:40 01/05/2022
Episode 47: Hacking the Financial System
Matt Werner aka @ropstenrich comes back during this cryptocurrency bull run to talk about DeFi. Matt is an expert in the cryptocurrency industry and a Product Manager at the cryptocurrency exchange Gemini. Decentralized Finance (DeFi) is disrupting the traditional banking system as we know it. Financial tools and actions such as borrowing, lending, insurance, and...
69:31 02/24/2021
Episode 46: God’s Art
Calib Madrigal returns to the podcast to talk about God’s Art, a project he’s been working on to turn math equations into beautiful works of art. We talk about TruthyGraph, his fun project where you can see the artisticness of an equation’s truthliness.  We talk a bit about his move down to Georgia and the...
26:30 02/03/2021
Episode 45: Pentesting Business
Tim Medin joins me on this podcast to talk about his journey to starting the pentesting company Red Siege. He gives advice to pentesters who might be thinking of going out on their own to weigh the pros and cons. From there we discuss some of the pentesting strategies that have emerged over the last...
38:28 01/19/2021
Episode 44: Brew Hacking
On this episode, I spent New Years Eve with Nick Wersel at Dead Bird Brewing Company. We talk about our urban foraging adventure we took last spring in Milwaukee. We discuss hacking business in pandemic times and how Dead Bird Brewing’s model has pivoted. We also talk about Nick’s new brand of fermented and canned...
47:40 01/06/2021
Episode 43: What’s Hackable
Ted Harrington joins us again on the podcast to talk about his new book Hackable. We discuss how to take a complicated subject and simplify it to make it accessible for anyone to understand. We discuss the perils of doing only Black Box pentesting and how choosing a security partner to help with your security...
42:01 12/16/2020
Episode 42: Journey of an InfoSec Warrior
Daniel Creed shares stories of the meandering journey of his career from studying music in college to becoming the Global Director of Information Security at Transunion. He’s seen a lot of things in his day (including getting shot in Peru taking down nefarious bank executives amongst other fascinating stories). We talk about the role of...
37:56 10/21/2020
Episode 41: Dumpster Diving with HD Moore
It’s not everyday you get the chance to chat with a courageous genius like HD Moore. In this episode, we talk about HD’s youth spent dumpster diving for computer parts and how those early days tinkering and building influenced the creation of Metasploit and what HD is up to now with Rumble. We talk about...
25:01 09/25/2020
Episode 40: Coding Tunes with Sonic-Pi
On this episode Amy Upthagrove and I discuss how to make music by programming it with Sonic-Pi. We review music code she created and if you want to watch what we’re referencing you can watch the episode here: https://youtu.be/cEo-jx1fJM8 . Sonic-Pi is a fascinating program and Amy shares with us the knowledge she’s learned. You...
42:29 08/18/2020
Episode 39: Brain Hacking – Finding Peace
Dr. Sudesh Kannan AKA Dr. K joins me on this episode of the podcast to discuss hacking your brain in these uncertain times to find peace, joy and love. Dr. K has been practicing mindfulness and mediation for 30+ years and is the author of more than 25 publications and is co-author of the book...
67:49 07/20/2020
Episode 38: Radio Statler Takeover
Beaches, Bunni3, and Johnny Xmas from Radio Statler join me on this episode of the podcast. We talk about Radio Statler’s journey since they started the radio program at HOPE as well as the state of cons during covid. We journey to the depths of ocean waters to discuss dolphin mating habits. We talk a...
108:46 07/14/2020
Episode 37: Shamanic Hacking from the Jungle of Peru
On this episode, I talk with Hamilton Souther, an ayahuasquero (ayahuasca shaman) talking to us from the jungle of Peru. I visited Hamilton’s Blue Morpho Ayahuasca retreat in Iquitos, Peru back in 2008. Hamilton tells his story about how he came to the jungle of Peru and found his ayahuasca apprenticeship, the tools of the...
75:00 06/23/2020
Episode 36: Hacking the Writer’s Mind
On this episode, Janine Ayana Watkins AKA Winner joins me to discuss her new book Sonder Lives: Here Lies Sonder Light. It’s a fascinating sci-fi novel about an amnesiac Marsean who is piecing together her memories about her mission when she came to Arth. In this episode, we talk about the writing process, inspiration, some...
81:46 06/10/2020
Episode 35: When the Truth is a Lie
On this episode, I interview my good friend and journalist, Geoff Davidian about his most recent article When the Truth is a Lie, an Image is an Ethical Selfie. We talk a bit about this article and the state of journalism today as well as his work with Project Censored. Then we dive into how...
52:05 06/03/2020
Episode 34: InfoSec Oasis
Trenton Ivey and Sean Peterson did it! They created what hackers have been talking about for years – the first VR Con (that we know of)! This conversation blew my mind and I hope it blows yours away too! It’s been Trenton’s dream for a long time to do VR Con and when COVID hit...
62:19 05/19/2020
Episode 33: Hack All The Sounds
On this episode I have the honor of chatting with int eighty, half of the hip hop duo DualCore (dualcoremusic.com). We talk about the music making process, a few songs from their latest album Downtime, how he went from a hacker to a hacker rapper headlining DEFCON parties and different CONs everywhere, and the inspiration...
53:12 05/06/2020
Episode 32: Shecky the Missing 8th Dwarf
On this episode I chat with Mike Kavka AKA Shecky on the state of security, hiring for security, as well as trying to get your foot in the door if you want to get into security. As bonus you’ll also hear the story about how Mike became Shecky. You can find all things Shecky on...
48:39 04/22/2020
Episode 31: COVID-19 Pandemic
Today is April 5, two days after CypherCon would have normally ended had it not been due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. Michelle Meas, an infectious disease researcher at Berkley, joins me on this episode of the podcast to discuss all things COVID-19. We talk about what the virus is and the differences between SARS CoV-1...
64:13 04/05/2020
Episode 30: Pyrotechnics, Church of WiFi, and Other Shenanigans
EvilMog, of HashCat blesses the CypherCon Podcast with his holy Church of WiFi presence. We talk a wide range of shenanigans he’s involved in from the inception of the Church of WiFi to running pyrotechnics at Burning Man events. He’s one of these people that sets his sights on something and then figures it out,...
24:01 03/24/2020
Episode 29: Threat Modeling Imposter Syndrome
Keynote Speaker of CypherCon 5 – 2020, Alyssa Miller, joins me on this podcast to talk about applications security, threat modeling, and imposter syndrome amongst other topics. We talk about some of the best practices around applications security – especially when using open source tools that may have unknown exploits. We dig into vulnerability to...
49:11 03/17/2020
Episode 28: Socially Engineering
Chris and Kris Silvers of CG Silvers Consulting join me on this episode of the podcast and we talk about social engineering amongst other topics. This year (2020) they’ll host the OSINT CTF at Cyphercon. In this CTF you’ll put your internet stalking skills to the test to find volunteer targets based on public information...
30:16 03/10/2020
Episode 27: Interactive Experiences with the Tymkrs
Addie and Whiskr (the Tymkrs)are a couple of amazingly creative people who make the wicked awesome interactive badges at CypherCon. Tune in to get a whiff of what the CypherCon 5.0 Badge smells like. We discuss the inspiration behind prior badges, what it was like to do the DEFCON badges, and how they design the...
50:23 02/18/2020
Episode 26: Cracking P@ssw0rd5
Robert Reif is a brilliant password cracker. I learn all sorts of stuff about cracking passwords that I never knew about. In this episode we talk about how Robert’s summertime hacker hobby (involves a Wi-Fi pentesting stroller) helped him discover vulnerabilities in wireless routers. We’ve all heard of password best practices, but on this podcast...
51:22 02/04/2020
Episode 25: Adventures with Pocket
I enjoyed getting to know Pocket on this podcast. He’s a fun loving social engineering kinda guy. He talks about getting kicked out of BSides to working for BSides. We discuss the DEFCON side con ShabbotCon  that he and his brothers started so that Jews who attend DEFCON have a space to recognize the Sabbath...
64:29 01/21/2020