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WNYC News

NY Attorney General: Data Breaches on the Rise

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

According to the attorney general's office, nearly 23 million personal records were exposed as a result of data breaches in 2013.

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99% Invisible

120- Skyjacking

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

The term "hijacking" goes back to prohibition days, when gangsters would rob moonshine trucks saying, "Hold your hands high, Jack!" However, in the early days of commercial air travel, the idea that someone would hijack a plane was scarcely even consid...

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Transportation Nation

MTA Security Program Almost $300 Million Over Budget, Years Overdue

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Improvements to security at the MTA will cost hundreds of millions more than originally planned, and won't be done until 2017. 

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On The Media

The Mysterious Death of One of the Internet's Most Popular Encryption Tools

Thursday, May 29, 2014

TrueCrypt was abruptly, mysteriously killed yesterday by its developers. Now everyone’s freaking out.

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The Takeaway

NYPD Uses Jails to Recruit Muslim Informants

Monday, May 12, 2014

According to documents obtained by our partner The New York Times, a team of NYPD detectives have been going through the city's jails looking for Muslim immigrants in order to turn them into informants.

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Intelligence Squared US

Was Snowden Justified?

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Edward Snowden has managed to establish himself as one of the most polarizing names in the world. Beginning in June of 2013, the former CIA employee and NSA contractor leaked classified material that revealed a slew of secret US surveillance programs. Since then, he's been simultaneously championed as a patriot and traitor.

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The Takeaway

Malaysian Flight 370 Reveals Aviation Blind Spots

Monday, March 17, 2014

In the months following 9/11, airport security changed dramatically. The latest news regarding Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 has aviation security analyst Chris Yates wondering whether the country was meeting even those minimum standards. Our partners at WNYC used runway data from around the world to determine that the plane could have landed on one of 634 runways across 26 different countries. Noah Veltman with the WNYC Data News team explains.

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World Weekly with Gideon Rachman

The international crisis over Ukraine

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

The international crisis over Ukraine

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The Takeaway

Spy Agencies Capture Millions Through Webcams

Friday, February 28, 2014

Millions were surprised to learn on Wednesday that, with help from the NSA, the British surveillance agency Government Communications Headquarters captured and stored the webcam images of millions of Yahoo users worldwide. Spencer Ackerman, U.S. national security editor at The Guardian and the reporter who broke the story, explains how the government was able to get access to this information.

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Transportation Nation

Anyone Know Why Super Bowl Transit Was So Bad?

Friday, February 07, 2014

During the Super Bowl, the train to and from MetLife Stadium was overwhelmed with thousands more passengers than predicted. Now New Jersey legislators want a reckoning.

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The Takeaway

Excitement, Caution Surround Winter Olympics

Monday, February 03, 2014

The Winter Olympics are just four days away, and over the weekend thousands of excited athletes packed up their bags, skates, and skis, and boarded a plane for Sochi. Olympic optimism aside, much of the hype surrounding the games has been overshadowed by the threat of terrorist attacks, a fear that was amplified following the twin suicide bombings in late December that killed 34 people in the city of Volgograd. Joining The Takeaway from the ground in Moscow is Andrei Soldatov, investigative journalist and security expert.

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Specials

Does Domestic Spying Keep Us Safe?

Saturday, January 18, 2014

The NSA collects data on billions of phone calls and internet communications per day. Are these surveillance programs legal? Do they keep us safe? If not for the former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, most Americans would be unaware of the vast amounts of information their government is secretly collecting, all in the name of national security. But whether you believe leakers are heroes or traitors, an important public conversation has finally begun, and we should ask ourselves: What tradeoffs are we willing to make between security and privacy?

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Super Bowl Security

Friday, January 17, 2014

Jane McManus, reporter for ESPN New York, discusses how the region is preparing security for New York's first Super Bowl.

 

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The Takeaway

Securing the Olympics

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

An event like the Volgograd terrorist attacks raises new concerns over safety at the upcoming Winter Games in Sochi. Two men with experience in this area weigh in: Mark Camillo, the Secret Service security coordinator for the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics, and Bill Rathburn, who coordinated security for the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games, an event marred by the Centennial Olympic Park bombing.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Your Rules for Protecting Your Smart Phone

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Has your smart phone been stolen? Did you get it back? Either way, we've got your practical, realistic tips for protecting smart phones with a real-world tip sheet from Brian Lehrer Show listeners.

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World Weekly with Gideon Rachman

Spying scandal spotlight moves from US to UK

Wednesday, November 06, 2013

Spying scandal spotlight moves from US to UK

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WNYC News

NYC Marathon Roars Back

Sunday, November 03, 2013

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The New York City Marathon charged back to life on Sunday as more than 48,000 runners streamed across the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge at the race's start. About 21,000 of them were holdovers from last year's race, which was cancelled because of Sandy.

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On The Media

Hack Challenge

Friday, November 01, 2013

A lot of listeners responded to Brian Krebs’ story on the Experian data breach last week. The consensus: we’re all worried about the security of our personal data. Brooke speaks to Journalist and PandoDaily editor Adam Penenberg, who did what many listeners seem to think is the ultimate nightmare. He challenged hackers to hack into all of his personal information. The only information he gave them to go on? His byline.

 

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The Takeaway

Report: NSA's MUSCULAR program taps Yahoo, Google data centers

Thursday, October 31, 2013

The latest revelations from NSA leaker Edwards Snowden about the agency's surveillance practices involve a program called MUSCULAR. By tapping into the data centers that connect Yahoo and Google to users around the world, the program gave the NSA secret access to millions of digital records about who sent or received emails and when. Stewart Baker, former general counsel to the NSA, says that American citizens should be relieved by how closely the agency is tracking potential threats in order to maintain security.

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On The Media

How Do We Secure Personal Data?

Friday, October 25, 2013

Brian Krebs' investigation raises larger questions. If Experian, one of the three main credit bureaus, is susceptible to accidentally selling data to identity thieves, what about all of the other data brokers out there? Brooke gets in touch with Avivah Litan, a fraud and security research analyst at Gartner, to put the Experian data breach into context, and talk about the larger implications of data security for consumers. 

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