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Are Russians Hacking Bossier? – KTBS

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Reports of the Russians or another country hacking the U.S. prior to the presidential election is not the first time something like that has happened and it won’t be the last.  Cyber Innovation Center’s Director Craig Spohn and IT expert Dr. Chris Yeaw say it’s very common even in Bossier City.

Shortly before and after Donald Trump won the election the world was buzzing about the Russians hacking the election.

President Obama even kicked Russian diplomats out of the country after confirmed reports from the FBI and the CIA suggested that Russian President Vladimir Putin was directly involved in the hack.

Spohn and Yeaw say this is nothing new.  They say there is actually evidence that Russia or people from Russia and other countries may have been trying to hack people at the Cyber Innovation Center in Bossier City.

“We have logs that demonstrate multiple attempts frequently. We have not ever had a compromise,” said Spohn.

They say a country or people trying to  hack another country’s classified documents has been going on probably since the invention of the computer.

It even became a hot topic when that 1983 movie “War Games” with Matthew Broderick came out.

 Barksdale Air Force Base has nuclear capabilities so…one has to wonder if someone can hack and launch a U.S. nuclear bomb?

“There are new vulnerabilities that are opened up and we’re very good…and we have to be very good.  This has to be a shut out…we’re very good at making sure we understand all the vulnerabilities especially when they are nuclear,” said Dr. Yeaw.

Spohn says hacking by countries has stirred the conversation about when computer hacking by another country is an act of war.

He hopes there are lawmakers coming up with definitive U.S. and  universal cyber laws that define what kind of cyber attack or a hack is an act of war and what the retaliation could be and what kind of penalties there should be to an individual or a country.

“The absence of law and the subject around when those violation occur what protocols have been breached and and what level of response should the U.S. have to those things.”

They say the key to winning the “cyber defense war” is education…more and more students getting interested in learning about technology starting from elementary school.

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