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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."

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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