Hacker Samy Kamkar in “The Dating Game”
Samy Kamkar is one of the most innovative and notorious computer hackers in the United States. He’s also a well-known whistleblower. If you want to learn how Samy hacks everything from online dating to car alarms, this episode is for you.
He is best known for creating the fastest spreading virus of all time, a MySpace worm named “Samy.” He got raided by the United States Secret Service for that one. More recently, he’s created SkyJack, a custom drone that hacks into any nearby drones, allowing him (or any operator) to control a swarm of devices; and Evercookie, which appeared in top-secret NSA documents revealed by Edward Snowden. He also discovered illicit mobile phone tracking by Apple iPhone, Google Android and Microsoft Windows Phone mobile devices.
His research and findings led to a series of class-action lawsuits against these companies and a privacy hearing on Capitol Hill.
To see Samy help me hack my online dating, click here for the “Dating Game” episode of my new TV show.
But to get us started, here is an epic, wine-fueled conversation with Samy about all things hacking-related…
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