50 min
10:00 - 10:50 EET
30 Sep.
Main Hall
Mercenary spyware: Defending against what's next
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For more than a decade, journalism around the world has been under increasing threat from mercenary spyware. Governments and other well-resourced attackers continue to acquire ever more sophisticated hacking tools. These tools allow powerful interests to invisibly subvert accountability by peering inside journalists' computers and phones as their reporting unfolds, sometimes from thousands of miles away. However, there is good news! It is often possible to defend against this spying, or mitigate harm when it does occur. In this talk, Bill Marczak will draw from real-world examples to explain how this type of spying actually works today, how it might work tomorrow, and what you can do to protect yourself and your community.