Campaign 2018: Election Hacking is a weekly series from CBS News & CNET about the cyber-threats and vulnerabilities of the 2018 midterm election. Over the weekend, CNET senior producer Dan Patterson hosted a live conversation on Twitter and Facebook. Viewers asked some of the biggest questions they have about potential hacking threats to our election system, and they also learned what is being done to prevent them. Patterson joined CBSN Wednesday with some of those questions and answers: Q. Why don't we just go back to paper ballots? At least they can't be hacked. Patterson: This was a very common question. And it seems like a common theme through the entire series was: Look, if it can be hacked it probably will be hacked at some point, and that includes election machines and election computers. Through the course of our reporting, we learned a lot about how not just voting computers work, but the entire process. And as we move into this digital age of connected … [Read more...] about Election security Q&A: What are bot farms and why do hackers target elections?
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TV historian Dan Cruickshank and veteran war photographer Don McCullin risked their lives when they travelled to Syria to film the BBC4 documentary The Road to Palmyra. Cruickshank was on a mission to document the cultural destruction wrought by so-called Islamic State, who attempted to destroy the 2,000 year-old-city. He told Tony Dewhurst about his perilous journey into the heart of Syria’s war ahead of an appearance at Clitheroe’s Grand Theatre on November 13th.DAN Cruickshank’s voice trembles with emotion when he describes the troubling moment when he and veteran war photographer Don McCullin met the grieving sons of the Director of Antiquities of Palmyra’s ancient city. McCullin knew the 83-year-old archaeologist and protector of the World Heritage site – he’d visited the museum and taken photographs there – and he wept when the director’s son told of their father’s savage death at the hands of Islamic State. Battle-hardened … [Read more...] about Dan Cruickshank: Syria, Isis, his BBC4 documentary and his Clitheroe talk at The Grand
Russia's ambassador to London denied on Friday that spies from his country's military intelligence agency had tried to kill former double agent Sergei Skripal and hack various organizations across the world.Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko told reporters relations were at a low because the British government was trying to carry out a campaign aimed at discrediting Russia.When asked directly whether he accepted the British accusation that agents from Russia's GRU military intelligence agency had tried to kill Skripal in March, Yakovenko said: "No we don't accept that." Asked whether the two men accused by Britain of trying to kill Skripal were GRU agents, he refused to answer the question directly.He denied accusations from Britain, the United States and the Netherlands that the GRU had hacked organizations across the world to undermine Western democracies."Of course I deny it because this is part of a general campaign launched in Britain and supported by the United States... to … [Read more...] about Russian U.K. Envoy Denies Kremlin Tried Hack Computers and Murder Ex-Spy
AN expert on interior design gave a talk at the Chantry House in Henley. Kate Watson-Smyth, a journalist who has a big following on social media, offered advice on home styling to an audience of 75 people. She also spoke about her latest book, Mad About the House, and answered questions. The event was hosted by Lizzie Hughes, who founded Mama.Do to help “modern mums” with workshops and talks. Mrs Hughes, a mother of two who lives in Henley, said: “We had a mix of people attending from those doing up their homes to people who have their own home products. “Kate was talking about her tips, tricks and design hacks such as making sure you spend more money on accessories like light switches or door handles to give you that luxury feel. “She also recommended that, when it comes to decorating your house, it is worth spending the money on a professional.” … [Read more...] about Interior design tips from expert and author
Donald Trump has locked horns with his own intelligence agencies and law enforcement. How damaging can the rift between the White House and the American intelligence get? We ask two-decade CIA veteran Rolf Mowatt-Larssen. SS: The intel bureaus are taxpayer-funded, they have no private sector competition, appointments there are made by politicians - how can all that not be politicised? RM: Actually in the intelligence profession all of our officers are career professionals, we spend our entire career inside the agency. In my case I was undercover for my 23 years in CIA living abroad for most of these years. And frankly I felt it was not that difficult to maintain my impartiality. And I think, you have to do that whether you are collecting information, analysing or disseminating it which is the essential mission of intelligence. You have to maintain an ability to tell your policymakers the truth. In other words, speak truth to power. SS: Is it right for an … [Read more...] about If contacts between US and Russian intelligence are cut, we should all be fired — CIA veteran