Cyberwarfare in 2021
Ben Makuch—an award winning national security reporter with VICE Media in New York City—will make sense of the current, geopolitical cyberwarfare landscape dominating the headlines. From deep insights into the current U.S. intelligence community, to knowledge of cyberterrorism, to a deep understanding of Russian hacking operations, Makuch will talk extensively about his experiences reporting from the front lines of the global cyberwar and how it can affect universities around the world. Using specific examples of his past scoops on Iranian hackers, Makuch will discuss how one of Tehran’s most infamous hacking operations targeted academic institutions in the U.S., Australia, Canada, China, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and others—all in the hopes of stealing secrets that could fuel both Iranian espionage and industry. It’s a clear cut example of how a major adversary like Iran, goes after weak targets to gain powerful secrets. Makuch will ultimately make the point that when it comes to nation-state hacking, countries target anything and everything: Intelligence is power.
Reporter, VICE News, Host of Cyberwar on Viceland, World Press Freedom Award Winner