FROM Michael Riley
Healthcare: An Easy Target for Cyber Criminals Target, Sony and JP Morgan are all major companies recently hit by cyber-attacks that rippled through the economy. The latest is Anthem , the second largest health-insurer in the United States — with 80 million customers — past and present, including defense contractors and government employees. Medical records are treasure troves for identity thieves. Anthem didn't encrypt them — and didn't have to under federal law. The private sector is on its own against state-sponsored hackers like China's so-called "Deep Panda." Can Washington provide needed protection without further violating personal privacy?
Sony and the Year in Hacking The theatrical release of the film The Interview has been cancelled. That’s the Seth Rogen movie that seems to have motivated the massive Sony Studios hack. But Sony wasn’t the only big cyber crime target of 2014. Target, Home Depot, and JP Morgan also got hit. We take stock of the year in hacking.
Sony Pictures and Cyber Warfare The Los Angeles Times is reporting that two former employees filed a class action suit today against Sony Pictures over the massive computer breach that exposed details about upcoming movies, business deals, juicy Hollywood gossip—and the personal information of thousands of current and former workers. Sony is in major damage control three weeks after what FBI agents call a cyber attack of unprecedented sophistication. Executives are apologizing, but the flow of inside information continues as self-proclaimed hackers Guardians of Peace promise there’s more to come. Nobody knows if it’s really about The Interview, a Seth Rogen comedy about assassinating the leader of North Korea. The big questions are who did it and who might be next. Is every corporate communication system vulnerable to total exposure?
Hackers Hit U.S. Banks Sophisticated hackers recently broke into the computer systems of JP Morgan Chase and four other U.S. banks. Once inside, the hackers siphoned off huge amounts of customer data. The hack went on for months before the banks even realized they had been attacked. The FBI is investigating the possibility that Russian state-sponsored hackers are responsible.
Foley Forensic Investigation The family of James Foley has released the final email they received from the group who executed their son. Now, investigators are combing that and the video of Foley’s murder for clues about the identity of the man who carried it out. How does this kind of forensic examination done?
Venezuela spirals into economic and political chaos Venezuela, a country whose potential for prosperity is unmatched, finds itself on the verge of civil war. What sustains the repressive government? With time running out, guest host León Krauze looks at what the international community can do to pull the country from the edge of collapse.
Trump's 'America First' goes missing abroad In the Middle East, President Trump is changing some policies of the Obama Administration—and reversing his own campaign attacks on Islam as a religion that "hates us." We hear about his visit to Saudi Arabia and what's at stake for the rest of his foreign excursion.
The longest US war: Will Trump send more troops to Afghanistan? The Trump White House is divided over the Pentagon's request for more troops in Afghanistan—where the US has been fighting for the past 16 years. Is there a formula -- either for "victory" or a political settlement? Is there an end in sight for America's longest war?
Replacing Obamacare: Now you see it… now you don’t As the Senate deliberates replacing Obmacare, health coverage for millions of people is at stake. There've been no public hearings, and a draft measure won't be made public. Is the House version so unpopular that that Senate is hiding a version that looks much the same?