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Millions of US government personnel records were not as well protected as most Americans' online bank accounts. That's just one embarrassing lesson from a massive hacking attack that probably came from China. What was it for? Is cyber security being improved?

Also, Russian sanctions and trade top a crowded G7 agenda. On today's Talking Point, the escape of two killers from New York's maximum security prison unfolded like a Hollywood movie.

Producers:
Christine Detz
Evan George

Russian Sanctions and Trade Top Crowded G7 Agenda 6 MIN, 30 SEC

The G7 Summit in Germany, trade and sanctions against Russia were high on the agenda.  So was ISIS.  After the meeting ended today, President Obama told reporters that gains by the Islamic State indicate the need for better training of Iraqi soldiers. The President also encouraged increasing economic sanctions on Russia to counter their aggression in Eastern Ukraine.

David Rothkopf is CEO and editor of Foreign Policy magazine. He was once Acting US Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade.

Guests:
David Rothkopf, FP Group (@djrothkopf)

National Insecurity

David Rothkopf

A Massive Data Breach Was Just Waiting to Happen 32 MIN, 28 SEC

It took three months for the Office of Personnel Management to discover that key records of at least four million federal employees were being hacked.  Defenses were so weak, one cyber security expert says, "The mystery is not how they got cleaned out… but what took the Chinese so long."  The Obama Administration has not officially said the attack came from China, and it’s unclear if the objective was financial crime or intelligence gathering.  Whatever the motives, will hackers always be ahead of the game? 

Guests:
David Sanger, New York Times (@SangerNYT)
Adam Segal, Council on Foreign Relations (@adschina)
James Lewis, Center for Strategic and International Studies (@james_a_lewis)
Kim Zetter, Wired Magazine (@KimZetter)

More:
Inspector General's report on security, vulnerability
Sanger on US having been warned of system's vulnerability to cyberattacks
Council on Foreign Relations on the White House, Congress' differences over cybersecurity legislation
'TtP' on cyberwarefare in the age of Stuxnet and Flame

How Does Anyone Manage to Break Out in This Day and Age? 11 MIN, 4 SEC

New York State has offered a $100,000 reward for two murderers who escaped from Clinton Correctional Facility, a maximum-security prison in upstate New York near the Canadian border.  David Sweat was convicted of shooting a sheriff’s deputies more than a dozen times. Richard Matt was serving time for beating a kidnapped man to death.  

Special thanks to Paul von Zielbauer for production assistance.

Guests:
Brian Mann, North Country Public Radio (@ncpr)
Terry Pelz, University of Houston-Downtown

More:
Mann on how the two felons escaped Clinton Dannemora Prison
Mann on Governor Cuomo's assertion that escape was an inside job

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