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The Winter Olympic Games at PyeongChang South Korea have been targeted by hackers. But who is doing it, and why? (Image courtesy of International Olympic Committee.)

Episode 83: Who is hacking the Olympics? Octoly’s Influencer Breach and Google plays HTTPS Hardball

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSSIn this week’s Security Ledger Podcast (#83): McAfee Chief Scientist Raj Samani talks to us about that company’s research into a string of targeted attacks on the organizers of the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea. Also: information on 12,000 YouTube stars, Instagram power users and other online influencers was leaked online by the French firm Octoly. We interview Chris Vickery of UpGuard, who found the data trove. And: Google says it will start playing tough with web sites that haven’t made the cutover to secure HTTP come July. Jeremy Rowley of the firm DigiCert* joins us to talk about what that will mean for web sites that haven’t kicked the HTTP habit.

The Electronic Frontier Foundation is arguing that voice assistants should be allowed to be jailbroken, permitting security researchers to analyze their workings

EFF Seeks Right to Jailbreak Alexa, Voice Assistants

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is asking the Library of Congress to give owners of voice assistant devices like Amazon’s Echo, Google Home and other voice assistants the right to “jailbreak” the devices: freeing them from content control features designed to prevent users from running unauthorized code on those platforms.  Spread the word!18shares06120