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Cloak & Dagger is a podcast about OSINT, technology, global conflict, and the practitioners and investigators who work in these fields. Join host and journalist MJ Banias as he explores the stories that shape the worlds of intelligence, security, and technology. Cloak & Dagger is powered by Sapper Labs Group. For more information, https://sapperlabs.com/blogs/podcast
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Welcome to the Cloak & Dagger Podcast (aka CaD Podcast). On this show, we'll be recapping Freeform's Cloak and Dagger. We will have weekly episodes during the show's live airing and while on hiatus, we will still provide bi-weekly content!
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A pirate, a president and a Dutchman are the last things a humble fisherman on the shores of Iceland might expect to see sailing in on the evening tide. But on one fateful night in 1627, all three rolled in in a single pair of boots. And the tale of the man that filled those boots, is a tale worth telling… The Cloak & Dagger Podcast is back with a …
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Host MJ Banias sits down with Sapper Lab's Director of Communications, Kennedy Chappell, in this Season 1 wrap-up episode. They walk us through their favourite episodes, what they've learned over this season, and how the show has impacted them. From AI conspiracy theories to tracking child predators, this episode takes you through the behind the sc…
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In this special bonus episode, Cloak & Dagger partnered with The Nighttime Podcast to dive into the bizarre story of Karim Baratov, the 22 year old Canadian involved in the Yahoo hack, the largest computer hack in history. Join MJ Banias and Jordan Bonaparte from Nighttime as they discuss this strange tale from the darkest parts of the internet, an…
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Host MJ Banias heads to Winnipeg to visit the Canadian Centre for Child Protection, a non-profit agency dedicated to eliminating child sexual abuse material (CSAM) from the internet. From supporting survivors of abuse to scraping the dark web to utilizing intelligence and OSINT techniques, the team at the centre has been responsible for some of the…
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Guest Griffin Glynn recounts a favorite story of how he went about scamming a scammer. From Grabify links, to breach data and social media searches, to a lot of social engineering, hear how the Director of Investigations for the National Child Protection Task Force spends his free time tracking down the people behind those email scams. You can find…
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2017 saw some of the wildest conspiracy theories, but the most prolific was QAnon. However, as the COVID pandemic swept through the world and with the election of a Democratic president in 2020, Q's followers began to vanish. Joining the show this week is Nick Backovic, an OSINT analyst with Logically AI, and he tells the tale of a mysterious and g…
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This one is a special case, that's for sure. Jacques Bizard - a Swiss Calvinist mercenary - met a French Catholic general called Louis de Frontenac. Their bond might well have gone from friendship to something more. Make your own mind up after listening!Kirjoittanut Will Davis-Coleman and Patrick Courtney
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Looking behind the shadows of Canadian history and shedding light on an overlooked chapter of LGBTQ+ persecution: The LGBT Purge. Joining us this is week is guest host, Kennedy Chappell, and Artur Wilczynski. Artur has more than 30 years in the Canadian public service working on foreign policy, intelligence, security, and defence issues, and is a c…
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After reading the histories of civilisation (or just by listening to this podcast) you may get the idea that war is humanity’s natural state. But the truth is that we fight just as hard to forge peace as we do to start a war. And while we have racked up a shockingly small number of years where no one has been at war (268, or just 8 percent of recor…
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Information is complex. The lines between fact and fiction have become easier to blur as new technologies create wild ecosystems of data. In this episode, Dr. Alicia Wanless from Carnegie’s Partnership for Countering Influence Operations, talks about whether disinformation is something we can even fight, and why it may end up costing us our heads. …
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In 2022, Sapper Labs Group was established by bringing together Sapper Labs Inc., Sapper Labs Cyber Solutions, and Dark River Systems. Behind this consolidation was the immense power and potential of Hunchly, originally developed by Justin and Clare Seitz and the team at Dark River Systems Inc. in 2016. Today we chat with Chief Innovation Officer J…
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Will and Patrick delve deep into the purge of the Cathar faith in Southern France. Sanctioned by the Pope and supported by the King of France, crusading knights and templars threw themselves against the walls of Cathar Carcassonne - attempting to crush the so-called heretics. But killing an idea is much harder than the destruction of a city. Tune i…
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In 2021, Newfoundland’s hospitals were hit by a massive Hive ransomware attack that halted them. We sit down with cyber policy expert Alexander Rudolph to talk about persistent engagement and how cybersecurity policy needs to be reshaped into a proactive and holistic system. You can find Alexander here: https://linktr.ee/alexfrudolph Cloak & Dagger…
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In the last episode with Marcus Kolga, we touched on a global investigation into the doping of Russian athletes during the 2014 Sochi Olympics. In this bonus episode, Sapper Labs’ Chief Intelligence Officer, Dave McMahon, discusses his personal work in elite sports, Canadian intelligence, and how the Olympics is more than just a sporting event, but…
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How far would you go to live up to a family name? If your ancestry included not one but two founders of empires, do you really have much choice in what life you are destined for? Afghanistan has seen the rise of dozens of empires over the course of the thousands of years people have called it home. And at the dawn of the 16th century, one of these …
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Public dissent in Russia is dangerous. Complex disinformation strategies, arrests, and assassinations are popular with the Kremlin. The activists who oppose these norms are risking their freedom and their lives. Founder of DisinfoWatch, Marcus Kolga, joins us on this episode to talk about the arrest of his friend, Vladimir Kara-Murza, and how Russi…
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War is hell. Unfortunately however, when an empire grows large enough it starts to forget that fact. Which makes it all the more horrifying when that harsh reality comes crashing down upon the poor foot soldiers of said empire. By the mid 19th century, Britain was rapidly growing into the largest empire in history, so conquering one small city in C…
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It's become increasingly difficult to determine the difference between fact and fiction. From the mouth of a sailor, a strange tale of a mystery island in the South China Sea—true or just another conspiracy from the dark tides of the internet? Author and artist Tim Boucher joins the show to discuss this mystery, and whether truth itself is just ano…
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Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Or that's at least how the saying goes. And a cursory glance at the last 12,000 years of human history would seem to confirm this rather bleak outlook. But is it always true? Can one hold absolute power and still maintain a modicum of civic virtue? Ask a Roman this question, and they might jus…
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Steven Carrillo shot and killed two law officers in 2020 in an attempt to incite a second American Civil War. Journalist, lawyer, and OSINT instructor Gisela Pérez de Acha joins the show to talk about her work in uncovering his motives, his role in the Boogaloo movement, and how open-source intelligence can track down networks of extremists who use…
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Are Science and Religion perhaps the oldest of rivals? Reason vs faith. Scripture vs hypothesise. Maybe, or maybe it’s just the power-hungry people who live their life by one or the other who perpetuate this eternal rivalry. This week’s episode follows a man who epitomises this rivalry. A man of science whose flagrant disregard for ecclesiastical t…
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A collective of hackers from Latin America, Guacamaya, hack into government and corporate servers. Rallying around calls for justice, many people see Guacamaya as a modern day Robin Hood, hacking Sherwood Forest to weaken the rich and empower the poor. Journalist and researcher, AJ Vicens, joins the show to discuss their hacks, the culture they cre…
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Icelanders are a people forged in the fires of volcanoes and tempered in the frosts of glaciers. They are the descendants of Vikings who found the freezing winters of Norway too gentle. And they are masters of a land and sea which the gods themselves think twice about before entering. So when a foreign power dares to lay claim to the treasures of I…
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Every tool can be used for good—or evil. A series of leaked documents reveal that some companies sell OSINT tools targeting activists and journalists in an attempt to monitor and track them. Investigative journalist Phineas Rueckert expands on the work he did looking into some of these OSINT firms, and the dark secrets they keep. You can find his w…
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Host MJ Banias is live at CANSEC, Canada's largest global defence and security trade show. In this episode, we make a coffee run, and chat with Charlotte Duval-Lantoine, a fellow at the Canadian Global Affairs Institute. We discuss her book, and how we need to examine our national defence system to understand the culture. Cloak & Dagger is a podcas…
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Host MJ Banias is live at CANSEC, Canada's largest global defence and security trade show. In this episode, MJ sits down with Dave McMahon, Chief Intelligence Officer with Sapper Labs Group. They chat about the Sapper Labs difference, and why a diverse team makes a world of difference in the intelligence game. Cloak & Dagger is a podcast about OSIN…
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OSINT analysts and investigators often deal with massive piles of data. Similar to a 5000 piece puzzle, all those little tiles poured out on a table seem chaotically overwhelming. In this episode, analyst Ritu Gill dives into how we need to utilize open sources to understand how all those puzzle pieces fit together, and why governments need OSINT t…
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Host MJ Banias is live at CANSEC, Canada's largest global defence and security trade show. In this episode, we're stepping into virtual reality with Harold Dumur from OVA. Whether it's learning how to do repairs to an aircraft, train soldiers, or even run OSINT analysis—VR may be the next step in training.. or in reality itself. Dive into the metav…
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Host MJ Banias is live at CANSEC, Canada's largest global defence and security trade show. In this episode, he takes a leap into the world of quantum cryptography with Mike Redding, the CTO of Quantropi. Encryption is what keeps your data secure, but as quantum computers loom on the digital horizon, all that encryption is pretty much useless. Stayi…
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Host MJ Banias is live at CANSEC, Canada's largest global defence and security trade show. In this episode, he jumps into a brand new OSINT tool built by Microsoft that utilizes AI to make investigations and analysis faster, easier, and more effective. He is joined by George Earl and Derek Dobson from Microsoft, and they explore how AI is changing …
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Nations are built by stories. They shape people's thinking, building a foundation where identities are moulded. In this episode, political scientist and national security expert, Dr. Christian Leuprecht, dives into the world of defence and intelligence, and explains why we often choose to bury our heads in the sand, disregarding the ever-changing w…
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The glorious revolution is a tale that almost every country in world considers part of its history, in one form or another. An underdog tale of dashing revolutionaries taking on insurmountable odds in the name of freedom, liberty and justice. And while tragedy may befall them for a time, all these tales end in the toppling of statues and the triump…
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Sexual exploitation of children is a fast-growing problem, and the internet has only made it easier for predators to find and target minors. In this episode, the Chief Investigator of the National Child Protection Task Force, Griffin Glynn, tells us about his work tracking down predators using OSINT, and exposes how those predators attempt to hide …
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OSINT is a team sport, because if you think you can do it alone, you can only imagine what you've missed...literally. Guest Micah Hoffman tells a few stories about his early days, his successes, his blunders, and why anyone who thinks they are the "god of intelligence gathering" is probably making a lot of mistakes. -You can find Micah's work here:…
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When you think of Canada, it's all maple syrup, friendly people, and hockey. However, it's much more complicated. Whether its Chinese interference in Canadian politics, terror threats, or the rising tide of extremism; Canada's fairy tale story is starting to slip away. Veteran counter-terrorism and intelligence expert Phil Gurski weighs in on Canad…
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Hello hello everyone! We are so happy that we have finally got a new episode to give to you after a long pause! Here Patrick and Will chat with fellow podcasters Patrick Little and Jamie Graham (from A Little History Podcast and Jammy History Podcast respectively) about the magnicently awful masterpiece Gods of Egypt (2016) - so sit back and listen…
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Will and Patrick had the great honour of being asked to make an episode for the History of England Podcast and this was the result! 1307, Westminster. King Edward I has moved his court to York whilst he wages war on the Scots. Westminster is almost empty of people, however, a small gang of lowly functionaries are drinking in the pub one night and d…
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War is a time when heroes and villains are born from the crucible of battle. Or at least that’s what the legends and tales that sprout forth from a war-torn people would tell us. But how do you separate the true history from the poetry? In this final episode of the Cloak and Dagger Battles miniseries, we attempt just that as we journey to ancient C…
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War is a time where ingenuity can win the day, even in some unusual circumstances. As it is in martial arts, one sure path to victory on the battlefield can be taking your opponent's strength and turning it against them. And on a sunbaked day in western Africa in the 16th century, that lesson would be learned the hard way by one of the continent's …
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War is a time when soldiers fight and die for reasons bigger than themselves. For a soldier, the world collapses down to the comrades at their side, the gun in their hand, and the enemy over the hill. But what happens when the reasons for war are so far removed from a soldier, that they cease to matter? What happens when a soldier's immediate reali…
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War is a time where cunning and daring can often win the day. The skill to look at what some may see as insurmountable odds and see opportunity, can mean life or death for thousands of lives. From the fires of revolutionary France, a small French cavalry troop faced off against a truly unyielding foe; the frosts of a fearsome winter. But in this fi…
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The bankers and merchants of Venice's storied past would claim it was coin and trade that was the lifeblood of the City on the Water. But the poets would say it was love and romance that made Venice what it was. While today we might argue that it was lust rather than love that inspired the many romance tales of this city.And who's tale was more ful…
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Power and prestige. Two things that kings, queens and emperors have sought since civilisation began. But how far would you go to obtain them? For the people of Venice, the answer turns out to be quite far. From the ashes of the fallen Roman empire, the city of Venice gained power through trade and commerce as a gateway between the east and west. Bu…
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Tranquillity and a sense of peace are two qualities that Japanese culture has a deep respect for. Even in the busy docks of Edo a state of serenity is desirable. But on a misty morning in July 1853, any hint of equanimity was shattered when Edo Bay was forcibly entered by four black ships billowing steam from their funnels. Japan had been a closed …
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To live and die by the sword is a life honoured throughout most of the world, and no place is it respected more than in Japan. Tales of this ancient land are filled with noble samurai and pious monks who fought with honour to protect the helpless and vanquish evil. But history is never so black and white, and even in this land of heroes there are t…
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They came from the east bringing fire and blood; a black cloud of dust stretching for miles in every direction like a breaking storm. 150,000 warriors, the largest Mongol army ever formed, bearing down on the once great capital of the Abbasid Caliphate. Could the forty foot thick walls of the city of Baghdad withstand the might of the Mongol hordes…
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In the west, scientific discovery all but died after the fall of the Roman empire. It would take a thousand years for the likes of da Vinci, Copernicus and Galileo to revitalise the quest for knowledge during the Renaissance, and for that they are known to history as the fathers of modern science But in the middle east, the art of discovery was not…
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The streets of Victorian London could be a grizzly place. Abject poverty, deadly disease and choking smog were par for the course for most Londoners living below the salt. But a chopped up body, stuffed into a chest and thrown into the river? Even the ‘ardest Londoners' would turn green at the site of that. But on a chilly January morning in 1879, …
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