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Russia's risky strategy for recruiting hackers is also incredibly effective — and the US is lagging behind

April 28, 2017

The US needs to change how it hires hackers and other tech talent if it wants to stay competitive in the cyber arena, former FBI special agent Clint Watts told the Senate Armed Services Committee during a Thursday hearing on "cyber-enabled information operations." Watts, now a senior fellow at George Washington University's Center for Cyber and Homeland Security, argued that Russia's ability to hack into US political organizations last year and launch a sustained disinformation campaign — which it now appears to be replicating ahead of the French and German elections — stemmed not from its "employment of sophisticated technology, but through the employment of top talent."

French social media awash with fake news stories from sources ‘exposed to Russian influence’ ahead of presidential election

April 22, 2017

French voters have been deluged with fake news stories on their social media feeds ahead of the country's presidential election, many from sources "exposed to Russian influence", new research has found. Researchers from Oxford University found up to a quarter of the political links shared on Twitter in France were based on misinformation. They were identified as deliberately false and expressed “ideologically extreme, hyper-partisan or conspiratorial" views with logical flaws and opinions presented as facts.

John Kelly: DHS Partners With Industry to Protect Federal Networks from Cyber Attacks

April 21, 2017

John Kelly, secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, has said DHS has collaborated with industry to update outdated information technology systems as part of efforts to safeguard the federal government’s data infrastructure from cyber attacks. Kelly said in a speech delivered Tuesday at George Washington University’s Center for Cyber and Homeland Security such a partnership with the commercial sector seeks to build up cyber resilience in the country’s physical and digital infrastructure.

US Intelligence Agencies Fear Rogue Insiders as Much as Spies

April 19, 2017

Forget about spies. It's rogue insiders that cause heartburn at U.S. intelligence agencies these days. Few spy cases have broken in the past decade and a half. In contrast, a proliferation of U.S. intelligence and military insiders have gone rogue and spilled secrets to journalists or WikiLeaks, the anti-secrecy group. The leaks are as damaging as any major spy case, perhaps more so. And they have underscored the ease of stealing secrets in the modern age, sometimes with a single stroke of a keyboard.

Understanding Cybersecurity, Beyond the Russian Hacking Scandal

April 12, 2017

It's difficult for anything to cross international borders faster than digital information. But the convenience of technology that allows more than 2.6 million emails, nearly 60,000 Google searches and 8,000 tweets to be sent each second inevitably puts the estimated 3.6 billion global internet users at risk of hacking. "Our lives are powered by the technology we use. It's how we communicate with the world and interact with the world," says Gadi Evron, an influential cybersecurity thought leader and founder of the cyberdeception start-up, Cymmetria. "Whatever motive you have to use a tool do something, someone else has the opposite."

Manhunt underway for suspect in Sweden truck attack

April 07, 2017

A manhunt is underway for the attacker in Sweden who plowed through a Stockholm shopping district in a truck. Frank Cilluffo of the Center for Cyber and Homeland Security joins CBSN to discuss the latest terror attacks around the world.

The role social media companies play in combating terrorism online is evolving

April 06, 2017

It’s no secret the internet has become one of the most sacred battlefields for terrorists. Not only have groups like ISIS fought their messaging war online; It’s also where they’ve rallied and recruited tens of thousands of troops as well. Two years ago, a report by The Middle East Research Institute (MEMRI) pointed the finger squarely at social media companies role in attracting a “new Jihadi generation.”

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