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The Brian Lehrer Show

Watching You

Friday, April 20, 2012

Laura Poitras, documentary filmmaker, National Security Administration whistle-blower William Binney, and Jacob Appelbaum, computer security researcher, privacy advocate, hacker, and human rights activist, talk about the "surveillance teach-in" they will be conducting tonight as part of the Whitney Biennial.

EVENT: Friday, April 20, 2012  7:30 PM at the Whitney Museum | More Information

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The Takeaway

Richard Clarke on Stuxnet and Cyber-Security

Thursday, March 29, 2012

This story has all the trappings of a spy novel, or a James Bond film. Espionage. International intrigue. Underground nuclear development. It would make for quite a work of fiction...except that this story is true. In 2010, a little virus called Stuxnet caused severe damage to an Iranian uranium-enrichment facility, effectively delaying Iran’s nuclear capabilities for months or possibly years. It was long thought that Israel took the lead in developing Stuxnet, but our next guest thinks that the Untied States was the culprit. And while we Americans might be skilled in creating cyber-viruses, we might be completely unprepared when it comes to defending ourselves against them.  

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WNYC News

Hackers Face Federal Charges for Global Attacks on Businesses, Governments

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

Five people were charged in court papers unsealed in federal court in New York, and authorities revealed that a sixth person, Hector Xavier Monsegur of New York, has pleaded guilty.

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The Takeaway

James Murdoch to Step Down at News International

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

James Murdoch, son of Rupert Murdoch, has stepped down as executive chairman of News International, the British arm of News Corporation. Murdoch and his role at News International have come under scrutiny amid Britain's expanding phone hacking scandal at Murdoch-owned newspapers such as the now-defunct News of the World.

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On The Media

Ready For The Next Big Internet Crisis

Friday, September 23, 2011

The motivations of hackers are often obscure. The motivations of the handlers at the Internet Storm Center—the people who stand ready to battle the latest internet malady—are a little easier to understand.  Bob spoke with Alan Paller, the Director of Research at Sans Institute, home to the Internet Storm Center.  Paller says they do it to feel like they're making a difference, for personal pride...and a for leather jacket.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

What's a Hacker Anyway?

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

We hear from Douglas Rushkoff, media theorist and author of, most recently, Program or Be Programmed: Ten Commands for a Digital Age, on News of the World, Anonymous, and just what "hacking" is in 2011?

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The Takeaway

Should News Corp.'s Minor Shareholders Have More Power?

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Rupert Murdoch and his family control most of News Corp. through their majority of voting shares. But there are other, smaller shareholders that speak up when they see something amiss in the practices of the company. Recently one shareholder, The Nathan Cummings Foundation, vied for Murdoch to change the company's disclosure policies for political contributions, and Murdoch complied. Is that indicative of how the company works, or a rare exception to the corporation's usual practices?

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The Takeaway

Arrests and Resignations Continue in News Corp. Hacking Scandal

Monday, July 18, 2011

It has been another another weekend of unbelievable twists and turns in the News Corporation phone-hacking scandal. On Friday, Les Hinton, chairman of Dow Jones, publisher of The Wall Street Journal and a decades-long News Corporation employee, resigned hours after Rebekah Brooks, News International's chief executive, also stepped down. 

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The Takeaway

News Corp. Legal Troubles Come Under New Scrutiny

Monday, July 18, 2011

As a phone-hacking scandal extends from British tabloids to Scotland Yard, Rupert Murdoch's history of dealing with legal challenges in the U.S. has come under scrutiny. In the past five years, Murdoch's company News America, a subsidiary of News Corp., has been accused of unfair trade practices by the state of Minnesota and yet another hacking charge from a company in New Jersey.

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The Takeaway

US Lawmakers Call for News Corp. Investigation

Thursday, July 14, 2011

The fallout from the News of the World hacking scandal seems far from contained this morning, as U.S. lawmakers call for an investigation into whether any American laws were broken during the alleged hacking practices at News Corporation's British newspaper subsidiary News International. Democratic Senators Barbara Boxer, Jay Rockefeller, and Frank Lautenberg, called for the FBI to investigate the day after News Corporation announced it was pulling out its $12 billion bid to take full control of British Sky Broadcasting, a British pay-for-TV outlet.

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The Takeaway

Murdochs Refuse to Testify Before Parliament

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Media mogul Rupert Murdoch and his son James — also a News Corporation executive — are refusing to appear before the British Parliament's Commons Culture Select Committee to respond to allegations of illegal practices at their News International newspaper publishing group. Both Murdochs are American citizens, and therefore cannot be compelled to testify before Parliament. Rebekah Brooks, the embattled News International executive, who is a British subject, has agreed to appear, though she is not expected to be cooperative. Meanwhile, Neil Wallis, another former News of the World editor, has been arrested by Scotland Yard.

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WNYC News

News Corp Investors Sue Over Hacking

Monday, July 11, 2011

A group of News Corp shareholders is suing the company over the phone-hacking scandal that led to the company shutting down its British news paper, News of the World.

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The Takeaway

Murdoch Closes 'World' As Scandal Broadens

Friday, July 08, 2011

Media mogul Rupert Murdoch will close Britain’s most popular newspaper, The News of the World, in a bid to prevent the outrage over the tabloid’s phone hacking scandal from infecting the other news outlets he owns. British detectives investigating the illegal phone hacking conducted by the newspaper’s staff say the number of victims could exceed 4,000.

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The Takeaway

'News Of The World' Hacking Victim Speaks Out

Friday, July 08, 2011

The media giant News Corp. announced yesterday that it would close its most successful tabloid paper, News of the Worldover claims its journalists hacked the private phones of celebrities, crime victims, bereaved military families and people involved up in the 2005 London bombings — a terrorist attack that killed 52 people.

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Slate Culture Gabfest

Slate: The Culture Gabfest, The Mooney Clooney Edition

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

In this week's Culture Gabfest, our critics Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens and Julia Turner discuss George Clooney's latest flick The American, income inequality with Slate's own Timothy Noah and the phone hacking scandal in the Murdoch media empire.

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