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Steptoe Cyberlaw Podcast: What Cybersecurity Experts Tell their Moms about Computer Security

By Stewart Baker
Tuesday, March 14, 2017, 2:01 PM

In this week’s episode, we ask two acknowledged NSA cybersecurity experts, and , both from the Center for Internet Security, what they tell their family members about how to keep their computers, phones, and doorbells safe from hackers.

Joining us for the news round-up is , a Washington lawyer who focuses on national security law, homeland security law, cybersecurity and data protection issues.  She is also an adjunct professor of Law at Georgetown University.

Topping the news is the , including to work with Silicon Valley to fix vulnerabilities before they’re disclosed.  Carrie, Markham Erickson, and I comment.

Stephanie Roy reports that the FCC is investigating a 911 outage at AT&T; so far the agency has been tight-lipped about the details.

Home Depot is nearing the finish line in its data breach ordeal, Jennifer Quinn-Barabanov reports. The banks that had to reissue credit cards were among the last holdouts; they’re getting $25 million, which sounds like a lot until you do the math and realize it’s two bucks a card.

Jennifer tells us that another defense effort to moot a by picking off a named plaintiff has been thwarted—this time by the Second Circuit.

Tom Graves (R-GA) has introduced a . Markham and I trade barbs over the wisdom of allowing hackback defenses, but we reach agreement on the depth of —and the risk that more companies will use big data to disfavor some customers without telling them.

Carrie reports on developments in the , and I mock the reporters who have bought the deeply unappealing defendant’s claim to be a civil liberties victim.

Last, and well worth the wait, Jennifer and I update our listeners on the latest in .  Turns out the records of interactions with your internet-enabled vibrator can be compromised for a surprisingly low settlement price. Maybe now we really ought to call the time of death for internet privacy.

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