Cybersecurity Experts Worry That Media Organizations Could be Hacked to Spread Disinformation

From a Wall Street Journal story by Dustin Volz headlined “Iranian Hackers Broke Into Newspaper Publisher Lee Enterprises Ahead of 2020 Election”:

Iranian hackers last year infiltrated the computer systems of Lee Enterprises, a major American media company that publishes dozens of daily newspapers across the U.S., as part of a broader effort to spread disinformation about the 2020 presidential election….

The Justice Department said the alleged hackers broke in to the digital systems of an unnamed media company in fall 2020 and tested how to create false news content. People familiar with the matter on Friday identified the company as Lee Enterprises, a publicly traded company headquartered in Davenport, Iowa, and one of the largest newspaper chains in the U.S.

Alan Paller: “A Gentle But Relentless Champion for Cybersecurity Education”

From a New York Times obit by Nicole Perlroth headlined “Alan Paller, a Mover on Cybersecurity Threat, Is Dead at 76”:

Alan Paller, a cybersecurity pioneer who devoted his life to improving the digital defense of the United States, died on Nov. 9 at his home in Bethesda, Md….

Mr. Paller was a gentle but relentless champion for cybersecurity education. He believed that the future of the nation relied on a pipeline of trained professionals who could defend its digital systems from the growing onslaught of cyberattacks.