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Episode 286: Sandworm and the GRU’s global intifada

Posted in Cybersecurity and Cyberwar, International, Russia

  This episode is a wide-ranging interview with Andy Greenberg, author of Sandworm: A New Era of Cyberwar and the Hunt for the Kremlin’s Most Dangerous Hackers. The book contains plenty of original reporting, served up with journalistic flair. It digs deep into some of the most startling and destructive cyberattacks of recent years, from… Continue Reading

Episode 284: A throuple can keep a secret – if a couple of them are dead

Posted in China, International

    You knew we’d go there. I talk about Congresswoman Katie Hill’s “throuple” pics and whether the rush to portray her as a victim of revenge porn raises questions about revenge porn laws themselves. Paul Rosenzweig, emboldened by twin tweets – from President Trump calling Never-Trumpers like him “human scum” and from Mark Hamill… Continue Reading

Episode 278: Will international trade law prevent the US from regulating the security of the Internet of Things?

Posted in International, Security Programs & Policies

  Joel Trachtman thinks it’s a near certainty that the WTO agreements will complicate US efforts to head off an IoT cybersecurity meltdown, and there’s a real possibility that a US cybersecurity regime could be held to violate our international trade obligations. Claire Schachter and I dig into the details of the looming disaster and… Continue Reading

Episode 274: Will Silicon Valley have to choose between end-to-end crypto and shutting down speech it hates?

Posted in AI, China, International, Russia

  Our guests this week are Paul Scharre from the Center for a New American Security and Greg Allen from the Defense Department’s newly formed Joint Artificial Intelligence Center. Paul and Greg have a lot to say about AI policy, especially with an eye toward national security and strategic competition. Greg sheds some light on… Continue Reading

Episode 270: China’s cyber offense comes of age

Posted in CFIUS, Cloud Computing, International, Security Programs & Policies

  The theme this week is China’s growing confidence in using cyberweapons in new and sophisticated ways, as the US struggles to find an answer to China’s growing ambition to dominate technology. Our interview guest, Chris Bing of Reuters, talks about his deep dive story on Chinese penetration of managed service providers like HP Enterprise… Continue Reading

Episode 267: “Call me a fascist again and I’ll get the government to shut you up. Worldwide.”

Posted in Data Breach, European Union, International, Russia

  We kick off Episode 267 with Gus Hurwitz reading the runes to see whether a 50-year Chicago winter for antitrust plaintiffs is finally thawing in Silicon Valley. Gus thinks the predictions of global antitrust warming are overhyped. But he recognizes we’re seeing an awful lot of robins on the lawn: The rise of Margrethe Vestager… Continue Reading

Episode 259: Why France understands Chinese policy better than the rest of us

Posted in AI, CFIUS, China, Cloud Computing, European Union, International, Russia

  Our News Roundup is hip deep in China stories. The inconclusive EU – China summit gives Matthew Heiman and me a chance to explain why France understands – and hates – China’s geopolitical trade strategy more than most. Maury Shenk notes that the Pentagon’s reported plan to put a bunch of Chinese suppliers on… Continue Reading

Episode 258: The death of Section 230

Posted in CFIUS, China, International, Russia

  Our News Roundup leads with the long, slow death of Section 230 immunity. Nick Weaver explains why he thinks social media’s pursuit of engagement has led to a poisonous online environment, and Matthew Heiman replays the astonishing international consensus that Silicon Valley deserves the blame – and the regulation – for all that ails… Continue Reading

Episode 255: Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery: Russia and China revamp their military technologies

Posted in China, International, Russia

  In our interview, Elsa Kania and Sam Bendett explain what China and Russia have learned from the American way of warfighting – and from Russia’s success in Syria. The short answer: everything. But instead of leaving us smug, I argue it ought to leave us worried about surprise. Elsa and Sam both try to… Continue Reading

Episode 253: Where angels fear to tread: NewsGuard takes on fake news

Posted in Cybersecurity and Cyberwar, International, Russia

  Our interview is with two men who overcame careers as lawyers and journalists to become serial entrepreneurs now trying to solve the “fake news” problem. Gordon Crovitz and Steve Brill co-founded NewsGuard to rate news sites on nine journalistic criteria. Using, of all things, real people instead of algorithms. By the end of the… Continue Reading

Episode 252: In the cyber adversary Olympics, it’s Russia for the gold and North Korea (!) for the silver

Posted in China, Cybersecurity and Cyberwar, International, Russia

  We interview Dmitri Alperovitch of CrowdStrike on the company’s 2019 Global Threat Report, which features a ranking of Western cyber adversaries based on how long it takes each of them to turn a modest foothold into code execution on a compromised network. The Russians put up truly frightening numbers – from foothold to execution… Continue Reading

Episode 249: Black swans, black ops, BlackCube, and red herrings

Posted in Data Breach, International, Russia, Security Programs & Policies

  In this episode, I interview Chris Bing and Joel Schectman about their remarkable stories covering the actions of what amount to US cyber-mercenary hackers. We spare a moment of sympathy for one of those hackers, Lori Stroud, who managed to go from hiring Edward Snowden to hacking for the UAE in the space of… Continue Reading

Episode 242: Nobody Trolls Like the Russians

Posted in China, European Union, International, Privacy Regulation, Russia

  This episode features an interview with Michael Tiffany, the co-founder and president of White Ops and a deep student of how to curtail adtech fraud. Michael explains the adtech business, how fraudsters take advantage of its structure, and what a coalition of law enforcement and tech companies did to wreck one of the most… Continue Reading

Episode 237: I’d Like to Teach the World to Troll, in Perfect Harmony!

Posted in China, Data Breach, European Union, International, Privacy Regulation, Russia

  The theme of this week’s podcast seems to be the remarkable reach of American soft power: Really, we elect Donald Trump, and suddenly everybody’s trolling. The Justice Department criminally charges a Russian troll factory’s accountant, and before David Kris can finish explaining it, she’s on YouTube, trolling the prosecutors with a housewife schtick. She’s… Continue Reading

Episode 234: The California Turing Test

Posted in China, Cybersecurity and Cyberwar, International, Russia

  Bloomberg Businessweek’s claim that the Chinese buggered Supermicro motherboards leads off our News Roundup. The story is controversial not because it couldn’t happen and not because the Chinese wouldn’t do it but because the story has been denied by practically everyone close to the controversy, including DHS. Bloomberg Businessweek stands by the story. Maybe… Continue Reading

Episode 232: “I’m afraid you can’t say that, Dave.” Will AI save the Internet from Vladimir Putin – and Matt Drudge?

Posted in AI, China, Cybersecurity and Cyberwar, European Union, International, Russia

  Our guest is Peter W. Singer, co-author with Emerson T. Brooking of LikeWar: The Weaponization of Social Media. Peter’s book is a fine history of the way the Internet went wrong in the Age of Social Media. He thinks we’re losing the Like Wars, and I tend to agree. It’s a deep conversation that turns contentious… Continue Reading

Thinking the unthinkable about responding to cyberattacks

Posted in China, Cybersecurity and Cyberwar, Russia

We need better, more aggressive options to deter cyberattacks, since the ones we’ve come up with so far are clearly not deterring our adversaries. I would like to inspire more ambition, aggressiveness, and creativity in the American response. As the first stage in that effort, here’s an op-ed I published recently in the Washington Post: The… Continue Reading