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Cyber Security

Updated 08/04/2017

All Your Devices Can Be Hacked (16:56)                                                                                            01/27/2017
Could someone hack your pacemaker? Avi Rubin shows how hackers are
compromising cars, smartphones and medical devices, and warns us about
the dangers of an increasingly hack-able world.

Cracking Stuxnet, a 21st Century Cyber Weapon (10:40)                                                  01/27/2017
When first discovered in 2010, the Stuxnet computer worm posed a baffling puzzle.
Beyond its sophistication loomed a more troubling mystery: its purpose.
 Ralph Langner
and team helped crack the code that revealed this digital warhead's final target. In a
fascinating look inside cyber-forensics, he explains how — and makes a bold (and, it
turns out, correct) guess at its shocking origins.

Fighting Viruses, Defending the Net (17:34)
It's been 25 years since the first PC virus (Brain A) hit the net, and what was once an
annoyance has become a sophisticated tool for crime and espionage.  Computer security expert 
Mikko Hyppönen tells us how we can stop these new viruses from threatening
the internet as we know it.

Hackers: The Internet's Immune System (16:39) 
The beauty of hackers, says cybersecurity expert Keren Elazari, is that they force us
to evolve and improve.  Yes, some hackers are bad guys, but many are working to
fight government corruption and advocate for our rights.  By exposing vulnerabilities,
they push the Internet to become stronger and healthier, wielding their power to
create a better world.

Hire the Hackers! (18:39)                                                                                                                                01/27/2017
Despite multibillion-dollar investments in cybersecurity, one of its root problems has
been largely ignored: who are the people who write malicious code? Underworld
 Misha Glenny profiles several convicted coders from around the world
and reaches a startling conclusion.

How Cyberattacks Threaten real-world Peace (9:24)                                                           01/27/2017
Nations can now attack other nations with cyber weapons: silent strikes on another
country's computer systems, power grids, dams that leave no trace behind. (Think of
the Stuxnet worm.) 
Guy-Philippe Goldstein shows how cyberattacks can leap between
the digital and physical worlds to prompt armed conflict — and how we might avert
this global security hazard.

How (and why) Russia hacked the US election (9:33)                                                           04/00/2017
Hacking, fake news, information bubbles ... all these and more have become part of
the vernacular in recent years. But as 
cyberspace analyst Laura Galante describes in
this alarming talk, the real target of anyone looking to influence geopolitics is
dastardly simple: it's you.

How I Hacked Online Dating (17:27)                                                                                                    01/27/2017
Amy Webb was having no luck with online dating. The dates she liked didn't write her
back, and her own profile attracted crickets (and worse). So, as any fan of data would
do: she started making a spreadsheet. Hear the story of how she went on to hack her
online dating life — with frustrating, funny and life-changing results.

How to Fool a GPS (15:45)                                                                                                                              01/27/2017
Todd Humphreys forecasts the near-future of geolocation when millimeter-accurate
GPS "dots" will enable you to find pin-point locations, index-search your physical
possessions ... or to track people without their knowledge. And the response to the
sinister side of this technology may have unintended consequences of its own.

Todd Humphreys is director of the University of Texas at Austin's Radionavigation
Laboratory -- where he works as an assistant professor in the Department of Aerospace
Engineering and Engineering Mechanics. His research into orbital mechanics has made
him one of the world's leading experts on GPS technology and the security concerns that
arise from its ubiquitous use.  In 2008 he co-founded Coherent Navigation, a startup
dedicated to creating more secure GPS systems.

Three Types of Online Attacks (9:23)                                                                                                01/27/2017
Cybercrime expert Mikko Hypponen talks us through three types of online attack on
our privacy and data — and only two are considered crimes. "Do we blindly trust any
future government? Because any right we give away, we give away for good."

Why Good Hackers make Good Citizens (9:50)                                                                         01/27/2017
Hacking is about more than mischief-making or political subversion. As 
Catherine Bracy describes in this spirited talk, it can be just as much a force for good
as it is for evil. She spins through some inspiring civically-minded projects in Honolulu,
Oakland and Mexico City — and makes a compelling case that we all have what it
takes to get involved.