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Estonians have been voting electronically for 13 years. Their secret: a secure, well-engineered national identity system.

Episode 100: Estonia’s Former CIO talks about engineering a secure electronic vote

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSSIn this week’s episode of The Security Ledger Podcast (#100 – woot!): Taavi Kotka spent 4 years as the Chief Information officer for the nation of Estonia – whose government is widely recognized as among the most technologically advanced in the world. He talks about the Estonian model for e-governance and how the U.S. has ruined the term “e-voting” for everyone. Also: what happens when discussions about the security of bits and bytes have consequences measured in flesh and blood? Joshua Corman, the Chief Security Officer at the firm PTC joins us to talk about it, ahead of his featured presentation at next week’s Security of Things Forum in Boston.

Eric Lundgren with recycled circuit boards. He will serve 13 months in prison for  selling Windows restore discs along with refurbished PCs and laptops.

Episode 99: Are we criminalizing reuse? An Exclusive Interview with Eric Lundgren

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSSIn this week’s episode of The Security Ledger Podcast (#99), we bring you an exclusive interview with Eric Lundgren, the celebrated entrepreneur who has helped revolutionize the recycling of electronic waste through his company IT Asset Partners, but who will soon start serving a 13 month jail sentence for copyright infringement for distributing Microsoft Windows “restore CDs.” Together, we wonder if The Internet of Things is leading us into a future in which giant software companies and thing makers use copyright law and the courts to prosecute non-sanctioned use of their technology. 

Episode 98: using Physics to crash hard drives and making sense of IoT standards

Episode 98: using Physics to crash hard drives and making sense of IoT standards

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSSIn this episode of The Security Ledger Podcast (#98): can sound waves be used to crash a hard drive? We’ll talk to one member of an international team of researchers who showed that, yes they can. And Fractional CISO Rob Black joins us to talk about Internet of Things security standards. With so many to choose from, will we ever see “one standard to rule them all”?

Researcher Robert Xiao found that Location Smart, a free web application, allowed anyone to locate a mobile phone with nothing more than the phone's number.

Episode 97: On eve of GDPR frightening lack of data privacy, security in US

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSSIn this episode, #97: we talk with Robert Xiao, the Carnegie Mellon researcher who investigated Location Smart, a free web application that allowed anyone track the location of a mobile phone using just the phone’s number. Also: we welcome University of Washington Researcher Kate Starbird back into the SL studio to talk about her latest research: examining the web of bloggers, news web sites, conspiracy theorists and government actors targeting human rights workers in Syria.

State and local elections officials find themselves on the front line against sophisticated cyber adversaries, says John Dickson of The Denim Group

Episode 96: State Elections Officials on Front Line against Russian Hackers

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | 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.