Wiretapping the Secret Service can be easy and fun | Bryan Seely | TEDxKirkland

  • Published on May 4, 2015
  • In 2014, Bryan Seely hacked the Secret Service and the FBI, and then turned himself in to alert authorities to the problem. He'll tell you what you can do about it in his very entertaining talk.
    Bryan Seely has garnered a great deal of national attention in the last year. He recognized there were some critical problems with the websites we use most often. He learned that not only is our personal security threatened, but so is our national security. To prove his point, Seely hacked the Secret Service and the FBI last year, and then turned himself in to alert authorities to the problem. He'll tell you what you can do about it in his very entertaining talk.
    This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at ted.com/tedx

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  • Gönndalf MC
    Gönndalf MC Day ago

    *Or*.. you know.. just click a lot of ads all day but never go. make google rich and hackers poor...

  • Victor Cuellar
    Victor Cuellar Day ago

    Is it bad that I feel like he made the wrong choice? What would the world be like right now.

  • greg eads
    greg eads 2 days ago

    This is one of those things that if you would say it without evidence people would just say its an conspiracy theory. It just makes me wonder how many crazy things are real and we refuse to acknowledge it or believe it because its something thats huge and you think, there are to many people that have to be involved for this to be true. Sometimes crazy is the most logical answer

  • Sagittarius A *
    Sagittarius A * 3 days ago

    SpaceX is NOT Google.
    And actually I did not get at all what this Google stuff has to do with the Secret Service calls and how he was able to record those calls.

  • 9600bauds
    9600bauds 3 days ago

    this guy is a horrid storyteller

  • Hannah Lee
    Hannah Lee 3 days ago +1

    1483 dislikes from scammers who are annoyed that this guy exposed them all

  • Jaime Alonso Rodriguez

    *Reads title*
    Oh great, now I have two FBI agents supervising me.

  • Sean
    Sean 4 days ago

    Of course at 14:42 "pay Google" turns on my google assistant

  • Blake brummett
    Blake brummett 5 days ago

    1.4k dislikes from hackers’ fake accounts

  • Alexander Caceres Gerasymlyuk

    Has this been resolved?

  • Matteo
    Matteo 6 days ago +10

    The poor man is dying out there. Absolutely silent crowd 😕

  • theCrazy Punk
    theCrazy Punk 6 days ago +4

    This video: wiretapping the secret service is easy
    The queen:

  • kia kianfar
    kia kianfar 6 days ago

    One part I didn't understand, he said he mad the agent call the secret service!! I think agent has their phone number, he doesn't have to google it and call them. My question is how did he record his phone call?

    • kia kianfar
      kia kianfar 5 days ago

      @Tom 2142 you are right and thank you. I wish he was more clear how did they call !

    • Tom 2142
      Tom 2142 5 days ago +1

      kia kianfar yes I suppose but it's the only explanation I can think of at the moment

    • kia kianfar
      kia kianfar 5 days ago

      @Tom 2142 that is very unlikely. I mean it makes sense, but if I have to call my boss I don't look up any phone number cause I have it saved in my phone.

    • Tom 2142
      Tom 2142 5 days ago

      I guess when he changed the numbers the agents in that office updated the contact thinning the Washington office had changed it themselves.

  • Jam Wes Lay
    Jam Wes Lay 7 days ago

    I'm trying to suggest an edit for fox news but it sadly doesn't work anymore.

  • Gucci Mane
    Gucci Mane 8 days ago +1

    So 4 years later.....Did this problem ever get fixed?

  • TheLonelyFox Dc
    TheLonelyFox Dc 8 days ago +1

    6:25 The first and only laugh the poor sod gets.
    EDIT: He got more laughs. Round of applause.

  • Trystan Auddino
    Trystan Auddino 9 days ago

    Ads are less than $25 a click ahah

  • Xanthopteryx
    Xanthopteryx 11 days ago

    Never ever say something sensitive over an non encrypted media.

  • Paul F.
    Paul F. 12 days ago

    Thanks, great talk😁👍

  • nigwag lamont
    nigwag lamont 12 days ago

    genocide of the wealthy is the only answer

  • nolan rains
    nolan rains 13 days ago +1

    I like google but it would be AWESOME if google got raided by the secret service

  • Ravarion Entrait
    Ravarion Entrait 14 days ago

    Oh, this is an advertisement for his new (old now) book.

  • Joe Roush
    Joe Roush 16 days ago

    I think my brains been wiretapped just yesterday I was thinking about this video and I haven't watched any TED talks on my RU-clip for probably about a year and I think of this exact video and it comes up the next day

  • Aaron Patrick
    Aaron Patrick 16 days ago

    this is on youtube a google company how funny wonder if they watch this

  • P J
    P J 18 days ago

    in order to delete other businesses reviews, you need to hack in into their google....therefore you need their email address and hack the passcode...

  • Chukwuma Chibuzo
    Chukwuma Chibuzo 18 days ago

    Even on Facebook. Have you noticed the $9.99 items recently? Fraudsters!

  • Debra Boaze
    Debra Boaze 18 days ago


  • Lee
    Lee 19 days ago

    I am told the dark web is where gangstalking is recruiting perps to harass people they don't know for pay. Lots of staliknd, damages cars n homes. They get paid through the dark web site too. Can you confirm or deny this info. Thank you

  • ginsengjin
    ginsengjin 19 days ago

    Really good topic but really poor presentation. Businesses don't pay google $25 dollar per click for their search ads. That makes no sense since people click on ads without purchasing a service. I see the point he was trying to make with it though. Google has since made changes to the google maps listing where they separate verified owners of business listings. You can still probably make fake listings but owners can claim their real listings.

  • sweiland75
    sweiland75 19 days ago

    This guy talks way too slow. Just a few minutes in and I'm done. Who is creating these fake businesses? the FBI or other people?

  • Savant PCs
    Savant PCs 23 days ago

    So this is 4 years old. Has this been fixed?

  • S Mode
    S Mode 23 days ago +2

    And in 2017, 2 years after this, Google puts out news stories claiming that Google researchers found this problem. They even used his opening example of the locksmith. "As an example, a fraudster might list a locksmiths at a location on Google Maps when they don’t actually have premises there. When a potential customer calls the phone number listed, they are put through to a central call centre that hires unaccredited contractors to do jobs all over. Often the customer ends up being coerced into paying more than the original quoted price." UNREAL

  • Fred Smith
    Fred Smith 23 days ago +1

    Something similar and just as insidious is happening on FACEBOOK! Be VERY VERY careful when dealing with any 'bank' that uses FaceBook as the platform for their customer service. YES, there really are financial institutions IN THIS COUNTRY that have opted for that absurd way of doing things. Here is how it works... These 'banks' (most often the prepaid debit card places) make it very difficult, if not impossible, to get a person on the phone. You are required to solicit help via FB. There are imposters galore on that platform. They have slick pages, as good or better than the original. They will post a phone number, which is often the one thing that the customer is most desperate for. This makes the fraudsters work shamefully easy. Once you have been defrauded of your hard earned money you will NOT be able to even report it to FB, much less expect any meaningful help. There is a scumbag on FB right now who has been posing as GreenDot for months. I can't imagine how much money he has stolen. He continues unmolested and largely untouchable for a plethora of reasons. He hides behind a tangle of jurisdictions, that part I get. But, the way that FB 'accepts' information is appalling and it is glaringly obvious that they don't want to know. We should all be careful when conducting financial business online. But please please please, be that much more careful if you ever find yourself seeking customer service from a well known (notice I didn't say reputable) financial institution while logged into FB. It is the odd way of the future, not commonplace quite yet, but it is on the horizon. Because if you make the same mistakes I did (I am an astute and capable person, yet I fell for it) you will not get any relief from the bank in question and you will get even less from FB. Believe it...

  • nadl8m
    nadl8m 27 days ago

    paid for by the SEO consultancy industry

  • KRW
    KRW 28 days ago +1

    2 ads on one video, jesus

  • Ken Bessemer
    Ken Bessemer 28 days ago

    you should start the "click to death program" where when you discover these adds we call click them into bankruptcy. I used to ask to be removed from call list and they laff and call back - i had one guy threaten to call every day for fun. what I did was when they call talk to them for an hour pretending to want the product then tell them why i wasted their time after an hour - get off call list then. Need to do the same to these types and click them broke for paying so much for there fake ads.

  • Yama 123numbercauseYTdemandsname

    9:16 interessting how my Internet stops at this point and starts to ridiculously long buffer the video...

  • Yama 123numbercauseYTdemandsname

    9:16 interessting how my Internet stops at this point and starts to ridiculously long buffer the video...

  • Ary
    Ary 29 days ago +1

    If he spoke at normal speed this would be a 10 minute video.....

  • Sridhar Poguluru
    Sridhar Poguluru Month ago

    When TED has clickbait.

  • SrogiJogi
    SrogiJogi Month ago

    Mr. Seely I bet You will not read this, but I just have to say it - I LAUGHED my seat off. And it was so so interesting. I was aware of the problem, but had no idea of it's scale...

  • Robert Roulette
    Robert Roulette Month ago

    I don't trust Google, They've got too big for their britches.

  • Tuneintohealth
    Tuneintohealth Month ago

    Courageous speech, very tough audience

  • Dursun Sahin
    Dursun Sahin Month ago

    the crowd is full of covert cia agents... hence the thick tension in the air

  • Tomb
    Tomb Month ago

    All this to sell a book...

  • Second Life Around
    Second Life Around Month ago +6

    Secret Service: "You are not under arrest but your..... HIRED!!! Heyyy ooooh!!"

  • Second Life Around
    Second Life Around Month ago +1

    Who else was a bit bothered by that TEDx Kirkland logo on stage that clearly has the wrong font!?

  • Google+ is Censorship

    Come to the point, time-waster.
    If you don't like Google, don't use it.

    • Dr. Drinkling
      Dr. Drinkling Month ago

      You realize the problem isn’t that he doesn’t like google, the problem is they’re standing by while their service is used to do something extremely illegal.

  • Frank Joseph
    Frank Joseph Month ago

    Playing with a Ronco pocket hornet and wasp teaser is fun also

  • David Handley
    David Handley Month ago

    They completely missed your first joke. Completely!

  • Mustache Merlin
    Mustache Merlin Month ago

    Well, does the secret service _know_ Google did literally nothing? Because now the national security threat is a gaping invitation, the loophole is open and the way to use it is public knowledge.

  • Gamers Land
    Gamers Land Month ago

    dont use google problem fixed who make this happen is actualy peoples

  • XxgachagangXx Gacha

    The subject is interesting but this guy is terrible at giving a talk , did he even think about what he was going to say before he said it .

  • John Kean
    John Kean Month ago

    The real reason they don't like hackers is that hackers will discover what a fallacy it all is and MI havent got any secrets worth hacking!

  • Deby Zimmerman
    Deby Zimmerman Month ago

    Check at the fact thag Grorge Soros is the owner of google, hence why the issues you spoke of with Google even happened.

    56M views Month ago

    I can see how Google can win that case easily if i'm a business owner advertising something for a low price BUT I have a high conversion rate of upsell's from people clicking on my add then yea i could pay more for the AD than I advertise so at that point i'm not sure what Google was fighting for but if i'm the judge I rule in their favor.

  • Kirstine Termansen
    Kirstine Termansen Month ago

    Read me, I am feed up, netstalket, fraudster, mafia Einterteinmemt news
    I'm am feed, up, with Rommer, planted misdirection
    I will, not stop any threats, for the public safety, in feed up,

  • Kirstine Termansen
    Kirstine Termansen Month ago

    I think denmark sanders,... 13 hours,,,,, was a,,, dataspy, kidnapning, blackmail, murder
    Documents fraudster, spin, Einterteinmemt media news,
    I think, scary, that's fbi. Cia, did not get, in level Einterteinmemt news, dataspiked, voice acting
    Rip Chris Steven USA diplomacy killed in the c,,.. Hacked, dataspy, Einterteinmemt EU USA

  • Peter Liljebladh
    Peter Liljebladh Month ago

    Next please hack a government officials smartphone and store EVERYTHING.

  • Halo79hi
    Halo79hi Month ago

    The fake Taco Bell in the Pentagon has a better review than the real Taco Bell 8 minutes away

  • Vam Monaco
    Vam Monaco Month ago

    Yes, the crowd is quiet. If you were there hearing this stuff for the first time, you would be speechless too.

  • Vam Monaco
    Vam Monaco Month ago

    4 years later, Google still doesn't do anything.

  • MultiShawnt
    MultiShawnt Month ago

    Okay, perhaps the reason Google did not fix this problem is that secret service didn't want it truly fixed because they're using it them self s, hehehe !i!i

  • Bob 1
    Bob 1 2 months ago

    Stop trying to be a comedian, just talk.

  • Waqid J
    Waqid J 2 months ago

    They’ve fixed this since 2014. Much harder to create a business listing today.

    • CrazyAssDrumma
      CrazyAssDrumma 2 months ago

      I was gonna say, I can't find edwards snow den :(

  • Alistar zacalac
    Alistar zacalac 2 months ago +1

    I'm sure this hacker was like two feet away. I wonder if they let you drive?

  • Ginger Nightmare
    Ginger Nightmare 2 months ago

    Ebay has been taken over by the Chinese. They misrepresent location of business and build up false positive feedback.

  • Bentic Sebastian
    Bentic Sebastian 2 months ago

    Bing looks pretty good now.

  • Tintin Menon
    Tintin Menon 2 months ago +1

    Did he say space x ? Google ???

    • Samuel Pfleumer
      Samuel Pfleumer Month ago

      Tintin Menon was thinking the same. Not shure who the scamer in this story is.
      Google Ads cost less than few cents per click. Why is he suggesting Google earns $25 for each one?!
      Edit: sounds like he just wants to promote his book

  • dylan anderson
    dylan anderson 2 months ago

    Lose the humor bud.

  • Stephen Clark
    Stephen Clark 2 months ago

    And why did he notify the government of this why didn't he just sell that information to someone who would say bring back our rights that Thomas Jefferson intended for us to have

  • Kaptain Kid
    Kaptain Kid 2 months ago +1

    A locksmith who was 1/4 mile from my house charged me $95 to pick the lock on my front door when I locked myself out. . . . .

  • Ryan Brewer
    Ryan Brewer 2 months ago

    what a great talk from a great guy.

  • Kollective Björk
    Kollective Björk 2 months ago

    or you could just... you know... use Ecosia or something similar...

  • Justin Hartland
    Justin Hartland 2 months ago

    Does anybody know if this has been fixed?

  • Cari Garafalo
    Cari Garafalo 2 months ago

    Great, now do robo callers.

  • Christian
    Christian 2 months ago +14

    This is still a problem in 2019 and not getting the attention it deserves

  • Robert Psotka
    Robert Psotka 2 months ago

    if you get out in the world and meet people face to face, instead of playing on the computer, you may actually not need to look on the internet for anything , but know someone who knows someone and so on. I had a car repair business for 33 years and never advertised, it was all word of mouth, retired @ 56,

  • Uldis Sprogis
    Uldis Sprogis 2 months ago

    Truely scary. Hope your book has a positive effect.

  • Peter Carey
    Peter Carey 2 months ago

    well put. give a hoot , don't pollute :)

  • Teppo
    Teppo 2 months ago +1

    I think he is funny but this is like watching a sitcom without a laugh track.

  • Muse
    Muse 2 months ago

    I actually came on here to see how to wiretap the secret service. I’m sadly disappointed now. 😢

  • Cutter Driftwood
    Cutter Driftwood 2 months ago

    This is ANOTHER reason why I do not use Google!! Well, Other than when I use RU-clip of course!! I recommend DuckDuckGo for a search engine. If you actually like your privacy(Well, as close as you can get to it with a normal search engine), I suggest switching to it!

  • morninboy
    morninboy 2 months ago

    If a verified scam can be uncovered a collective could $25 per click them out of business. In all unfairness

  • Guy Campbell
    Guy Campbell 2 months ago +3

    coldest open. But he is dedicated. I liked this one

  • RobertMOdell
    RobertMOdell 2 months ago

    minutia when compared to the real scams

  • Sirena Spades
    Sirena Spades 2 months ago

    Why doesn't this guy stand on the red carpet so we can see him? He stands in the dark...

  • John Albers
    John Albers 2 months ago +1

    Huh? SpaceX? When did Elon Musk buy Google?

  • Tea with Kylee C.
    Tea with Kylee C. 2 months ago

    And it’s 2019 now. I bet this problem still isn’t fixed!

  • John McGuire
    John McGuire 2 months ago

    If government has done nothing wrong then it has nothing to fear.

  • Taylor Savage
    Taylor Savage 2 months ago +1

    Can this man be knighted?

  • Mike Ripley
    Mike Ripley 2 months ago

    So don't use Google? Hardly ever do. Yawn.

  • Ashton Lettington
    Ashton Lettington 2 months ago +1

    Spacex is apart of Tesla isn’t it

  • C J
    C J 2 months ago +1

    See I would want to run an autoclicker on a bunch of computers to click on the ads and then go back and do it again so that the scammers lose money but unfortunately that wouldn't really mess with the scamners, it would just put more money in Google's pocket for something bad 😥

    • Samuel Pfleumer
      Samuel Pfleumer Month ago

      C J it wouldn’t only be a total waste of resources but you would really hurt legitimate businesses.

  • Akash Mitra
    Akash Mitra 2 months ago +2

    Nobody in the comments is talking about Google or about Google’s business malpractices. Everyone is only talking about how bad is the audience. For all the good things they have done, there is an increasingly list of inexcusable business malpractices by google that somehow people always seem to overlook

  • Noka Oi
    Noka Oi 2 months ago +2

    WTF AUDIENCE? You guys were LAME!!!! 😝👎👎
    That guy was great and was trying to shed light on a HUGE HOMELAND SECURITY problem! Somebody better wake up pretty damn quick! 😳😳😳

  • Mallasi K
    Mallasi K 2 months ago

    There's a jollibee fast food place that's opening near me and my friend changed their number to be my other friends number and it hasn't changed for about 2 weeks.

  • Argiod Silvertongue
    Argiod Silvertongue 2 months ago

    Typical American Business Model now resembles our politics:
    Or, as one Secretary of State said in a lecture at UCLA to a class of Peace Corps students...
    Diplomacy can be described in three basic rules:
    Don't get caught
    Always smile

  • Kamaldeep Singh
    Kamaldeep Singh 2 months ago

    I don't think he understands how these ads work, how do you get charged 25 dollars for one click. That's some horrible ad campaign

  • Reyman
    Reyman 2 months ago

    2019!!!!!!!1111 kwiqky doe liek fr doe