05 – Russian Influence Campaigns

Amidst this years Russian digital influence campaign news real, it’s hard to find a best time to take a moment and discuss the trend as a whole. This week in particular news was leaked of a Dutch counter intelligence operation which witnessed the DNC hack, State Department hack, and even gathered the identities of those behind the Cozy Bear hacking group. Russia’ three pronged digital influence strategy puts liberal democracies in uncomfortable situations, forced to make tough choices, the results of which are still unfolding.

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04 – Hawaiian Missile Alarm

A false alarm has left Hawaiians with less trust in alarm systems and critical infrastructure, demonstrating how the trust surround critical infrastructure is often a more (or equally) vulnerable target as the infrastructure itself. Governments continue to work on forging agreements and norms to protect their critical infrastructure, but some wonder how well those can hold up. The even has invited a larger discussion on trust in cyberspace, and how governments can further protect their critical infrastructure.

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03 – Meltdown and Spectre

Researchers and companies race to secure processors across a broad range of devices after realizing a severe vulnerability. The Meltdown and Spectre attacks show just how frustrating international supply chain security can be and reveal bigger questions about revealing an attack to the public, keeping it secret, or trying to find another way to safely mitigate such an issue as to minimize the potential damage. Also, an in-depth exploration of some investigative reporting into a mysterious twitter bot.

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02 – Iranian Internet Crackdown

As protests rage in Iran, the government has shutdown Telegram, Instagram, and even fully cut off Internet access to certain areas. This shows the dangers when censorship is abused but also speaks of broader lessons for international affairs. Also, this throws a spotlight onto human rights concerns and the modern challenges they face in cyberspace.

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