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Cold War Special: Office Depot Offers Free Kaspersky Removal over Spy Concerns

Pressure is mounting on Russian antivirus vendor Kaspersky Lab with office supplies giant Office Depot offering to remove it from customers’ computers for free and a Congressional hearing on the company’s links to Russian intelligence scheduled for later in October.

Sea Level Rise, Runaway AI and Grid Hacks: Why We Ignore Warnings about Preventable Catastrophes

In-brief: is it ever the case that things happen that “nobody saw coming”? Our guest on this week’s podcast would say “no.” He is Richard Clarke, a former National Coordinator for Security, Infrastructure Protection and Counter-terrorism for the United States and a veteran of four administrations, from President Ronald Reagan through to President George W. Bush. We talk about modern-day Cassandras: people who are warning about looming catastrophes, mostly in vain. 

Maybe ignore that South Carolina Election Hacking Story

In-brief: a story claiming more than 100,000 hack attempts on South Carolina’s election systems raises more questions than it answers about efforts to tamper with the U.S.’s voting systems. 

After Petya, NATO will provide Cybersecurity Help to Ukraine

In-brief: NATO said it was extending support to Ukraine to help confront a rash of cyber attacks from Russian affiliated hacking forces. 

The Big Dark: Motive, not Means, is what holds back a Crippling Grid Hack

In-brief: A crippling cyber attack that could damage and destroy equipment needed to keep the lights on in major US cities is already possible. The only thing that’s lacking is a motive to carry out such an attack, according to our guest on this week’s podcast: Joe Weiss, a Managing Partner at Applied Control Solutions, LLC and a persistent, if lonely, voice calling for an overhaul of cyber security for the U.S. electric grid.