Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 41:18 — 47.3MB) | EmbedSubscribe: Android | Email | Google Podcasts | RSSIn this episode of The Security Ledger Podcast (#96): with primary elections taking place in states across the United States in the coming weeks, we talk to John Dickson about how state elections offices have become the front line in a pitched battle with state-sponsored hackers – with the fate of a 240 year democracy hanging in the balance. Also: we talk about the looming threat posed by so-called “deep fake” videos that use computer manipulation to make famous celebrities appear to say nearly anything.
There’s more on data discovered in an online breach by AggregateIQ: information tying the obscure Canadian company to pro-Brexit organizations and their activities in the United Kingdom.
A data leak by a company called AggregateIQ has revealed that the obscure Canadian firm developed the software Cambridge Analytica used and sold to clients during the 2016 election to help Republican campaigns target voters, security firm UpGuard revealed this week. Clues in the data suggest other well known GOP linked data and research firms were also involved.
Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 1:19:19 — 90.8MB) | EmbedSubscribe: Android | Email | Google Podcasts | 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.
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.