The Layer 8 Podcast

We had more than 30 episodes in Season 1. You can download and listen on or find them on your favorite podcast distributor such as:

Season 2 Schedule!

November 16 – (Listen Now!) Alex Hope, a.k.a. @MangoPDF joins us from Australia and takes the “Don’t Get Arrested” Challenge and finds out what information is hidden in an airline’s boarding pass. Follow along with Alex’s write-up on his blog!

November 23 – (Listen Now!) Shelby Dacko, a.k.a. @scarylilhuman of gets thrown in a trash chute during a social engineering engagement. Catch Shelby at the Human Hacking Conference where she is teaching a class on vishing!

November 30 – (Listen Now!) Joshua Richards from the United Kingdom, a.k.a. @AccessOSINT walks us through an investigation of someone looking to sell human organs. Read Josh’s blog site at

December 7 – (Listen Now!) Our friend from Portugal, InĂªs Narciso, a.k.a. @IWN_LX tells us how to use small teams of experts to consolidate small pieces of information to get to your target.

December 14 – Let’s get a little flair into our podcast with two friends, Billy Boatwright and Vache Manoukian. Billy (@fuzzy_logic) and Vache (@flyin.v) are flair bartenders, and they talk to us about how they use social engineering with bar customers and some of the overlap with being security engineers.

December 21 – We talk with our friend Tigran Terpandjian, a.k.a. @th3cyF0x as he tells us about his experience getting into the social engineering and OSINT world and ways that others can also get started, even with the catch-22 problem of needing experience to get that first job.

December 28 – We talk to our friend and accomplished social engineer Jenny Radcliffe of, as she tells us a few fun stories of her exploits, including one that she’s never told before anywhere. Plus, what do you do during an engagement when you come across a birthday cake, a cat and an open window? Jenny tells us what she did!

January 4 – Hakeem Thomas tells us about his start in OSINT, beginning with a Capture the Flag competition where he got a simple, helpful tip that led him in a career direction. He also became the expert at being able to unredact a great deal of hidden information in documents, some of which he’ll share with us. You can find Hakeem on Twitter at @S6Vet_Infosec

January 11 – Two expert social engineers, Leon (“sho_luv“) Johnson and Shane (“t1d3nio“) Young are assigned to infiltrate a financial institution. In this episode, they tell us how they went on the roof, to the basement, got into the safe and even got some valuable shirts for themselves.

Season 1 Guests:
In our first season, we were honored to talk with Trevor O’Donnal, Katelyn Bowden, Steve Laura, Matthias Wilson, Robby Stewart, Deveeshree Nayak, Rae Baker, Marina Ciavatta, Kirby Plessas, Keith Cox, Alethe Denis, Dutch OSINTGuy, Cat Murdock, Julie Clegg, Snow, TinkerSec, Christina Lekati, Jayson Street, Ritu Gill, Adam Compton, Amanda Berlin, Francesco Poldi, Jason Edison, Tracy Z. Maleeff, Krittika Lalwaney, Josh Huff, Brent White, Tim Roberts, Joe Gray, Marina Ciavatta,  David Boyd, Paul Koblitz, Scot Berner and Jason Lang, Aaron Herndon, Leon Johnson, and Jonathan Stines.

Tips for Podcast Guests
Let’s connect! Let us know you have a great story! What we are looking for is your one great story about a social engineering engagement or an OSINT investigation. This will not be an interview, no visual aids, it’ll be just you telling your story. We’re looking for the most possible detail you can provide. Make your story engaging, interesting, and include humor if you can. It’s not intended to be a “how-to” or the type of presentation you might give at a conference. Imagine you’re sitting around with friends and they don’t really understand what you do. After multiple times trying to explain it, one just asks for an example. So you think of a great story with all its ups, downs, successes and failures and intricate detail and then make their jaws drop, let them laugh or even shed a tear along with your story, and it all starts out with “Ok, so there was this one time when I…”

The amount of time is up to you. This will be audio only, no video. We’ll do the recording remotely, get some information to include in the introduction about you, and you can also preview the episode before it’s released if you choose to. If you make a mistake during the recording, no worries! It can be edited later, we can fix it. Typical release time is 4-6 weeks from the recording date to handle production and to keep a consistent release schedule.

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