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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.

Focusing on advanced persistent threats can blind organizations to more likely and equally dangerous adversaries, according to Thomas Hofmann of Flashpoint.

Opinion: Don’t Be Blinded by APTs

In this industry perspective, Thomas Hofmann of Flashpoint says that sensational coverage of advanced persistent threat (APT) actors does little to help small and mid sized firms defend their IT environments from more common threats like cyber criminals. The key to getting cyber defense right is understanding the risks to your firm and prioritizing investments to protect critical IT assets.

A new study finds that crypto currencies and in-game loot are helping cyber criminals launder cash.

Podcast Episode 88: Inside Russia’s DragonFly Group and How Cyber Crooks Launder Money

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSSIn this week’s Security Ledger Podcast (#88) we do a deep dive with researcher Vikram Thakur of the firm Symantec on “Dragonfly,” the Russian hacking group whose actions prompted the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the FBI to issue a joint statement last week warning of intrusions into critical infrastructure in the US. Also: how do cyber criminals cash out all the loot they make from online scams? In our second segment we’ll talk to researcher Mike McGuire of the University of Surrey, who has been studying that question.