Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSSIn this, our final episode of 2017, we look back at our most popular segments from the past year – many of which touched on issues that (surprise, surprise) crossed the boundary between information security and politics. Among the most popular segments were discussions of hacking the U.S. election systems, a primer on the cyber capabilities of North Korea with Crowd Strike, a conversation of the case against the Russian firm Kaspersky Lab and an interview with the guy who helps make the hacking scenes in the USA Network’s Mr. Robot look so real.
Hackers believed to be affiliated with a nation-state hacked into emergency shutdown systems at a facility in the Middle East. The attack seemed intended to “cause a high-impact attack with physical consequences,” according to reports from a number of cyber security firms.
Researchers at CyberX say they have found a way to sneak sensitive data off of industrial control system networks using radio frequency communications. The attack could be used to compromise so-called “air gapped” networks that are not connected to the Internet.
Facebook said it will release a feature that lets users see if they liked pages associated with the Internet Research Agency, a Russian troll outfit.
A new guide from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government is offering guidance to political campaigns that wish to keep hackers at bay.