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Interviews

Michael McFaul And Alex Stamos: Should We Be Worried About Election Interference In 2020? Probably, Says Facebook’s Former Chief Security Officer

interview with Michael McFaul, Alex Stamosvia World Class
Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Hoover Institution fellows Michael McFaul and Alex Stamos discuss the security of the 2020 elections. Stamos says he is “extremely worried” that the upcoming US presidential election will see some kind of interference from foreign adversaries.

In the News

An Artificial-Intelligence First: Voice-Mimicking Software Reportedly Used In A Major Theft

quoting Andrew Grottovia The Washington Post
Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Thieves used voice-mimicking software to imitate a company executive’s speech and dupe his subordinate into sending hundreds of thousands of dollars to a secret account, the company’s insurer said, in a remarkable case that some researchers are calling one of the world’s first publicly reported artificial-intelligence heists.

Analysis and Commentary

An Op-Ed From The Future On Election Security

by Alex Stamosvia Lawfare
Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Jan. 1, 2021. New Year’s Day is traditionally spent recovering from the previous night’s revelry. This year, the United States awakens to the greatest New Year’s hangover in the country’s almost 245-year history: a crisis of constitutional legitimacy as all three branches of government continue to battle over who will take the presidential oath of office later this month.

In the News

A Virtual Iowa Caucus Would Have Been A Hacking Nightmare

quoting Herbert Linvia FiveThirtyEight (ABC News)
Wednesday, September 4, 2019

When the Democratic National Committee put the kibosh on plans for virtual caucuses in Iowa and Nevada, they may have pissed off the people who saw the event as a chance to give more people the opportunity to vote. But at least the DNC made the cybersecurity community happy.

In the News

The Chinese Face-Swapping App That Went Viral Is Taking The Danger Of ‘Deepfake’ To The Masses

quoting John Villasenorvia CNBC
Wednesday, September 4, 2019

A face-swapping app that surged to the top of China’s domestic download rankings has raised concerns about how fabricated but realistic-looking videos may be breaking into the mainstream.

In the News

U.S. Unleashes Military To Fight Fake News, Disinformation

quoting Andrew Grottovia Bloomberg
Saturday, August 31, 2019

Fake news and social media posts are such a threat to U.S. security that the Defense Department is launching a project to repel “large-scale, automated disinformation attacks,” as the top Republican in Congress blocks efforts to protect the integrity of elections.

In the News

Digital Authoritarianism Is Rising In The Middle East

quoting Larry Diamondvia Foreign Policy In Focus
Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Emboldened by Donald Trump, U.S. allies are leading the charge toward greater authoritarianism in the region.

In the News

Deepfake Videos May Have Unwitting Ally In US Media

quoting Amy Zegartvia The Hill
Thursday, August 15, 2019

Deepfake videos are likely to pose a grave threat to the 2020 election, unless the media adopts stringent policies to distinguish real videos from sophisticated forgeries, experts say.

Interviews

Jamil Jaffer: Protecting Elections From Interference

interview with Jamil Jaffervia Bloomberg
Monday, August 12, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Jamil Jaffer discusses election security including vote manipulation, as well as overt and covert influence via social media.

In the News

Federal 'Hack Back' Bill Back On Table, But Critics Wary Of Blind Spots

quoting Herbert Linvia CIO Dive
Monday, August 12, 2019

The latest iteration of the bipartisan bill is challenging how private entities respond to cyberattacks.

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