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The modern formula for weakening a Western democracy is to get citizens to lose faith in their political system, says cybersecurity expert Laura Galante, and Russian hackers are exploiting people’s online behavior to do just that. The best way to resist this propaganda offensive is to question sources, demand facts and seek the truth, advises Galante. getAbstract highly recommends her timely, authoritative talk.

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Laura Galante is the founder of Galante Strategies, a cybersecurity consultancy.

 

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Enemies of democracy have found a way to turn its greatest strength – open-mindedness – into a gaping vulnerability. They leak information, push misleading narratives and circulate false stories to make citizens residing in democracies question their systems and leaders. For example, hackers targeted the email accounts of Democratic National Committee (DNC) staff members in 2016 and disclosed stolen communications to WikiLeaks. Several dubious online personas then urged the news media to cover the revelation that the DNC disliked presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. The media swallowed the bait, missing the real story: The ...


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