After the apparent success of Russia’s much-publicized disinformation campaign against the American electoral system during the 2016 Presidential election, endless media reports, pundits, politicians, and intel officials have been warning that the 2020 election is already under attack by foreign powers bent on weakening the U-S of A.
But is meddling actually happening? And if so, are these hackers and spies dispatched by the Kremlin or some other hostile state using the 2016 playbook of political hacks and troll farms?
To make sense of it all, on this week’s CYBER, host Ben Makuch sat down with one of InfoSec’s only true celebrities: The Grugq (who has more than 100,000 followers on his highly entertaining Twitter account).
For the uninformed, the Grugq is a South African hacker, security research, OPSEC expert, and has a history of being an exploit broker who has a rolodex of government contacts (he once claimed in Forbes to be taking in over $1 million in a single year skimming a fee off of exploit sales as a middle-man to intelligence agencies).
In this episode, the hacking and spy expert cuts through the media tailspinning around disinfo campaigns to tell us what 2020 election meddling might just look like.
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