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Podcast: How Congress can fight Russian hackers

The Cybersecurity Podcast team interviews Rep. Jim Langevin (D) about the cybersecurity challenges ahead after intelligence agencies came out with a report detailing Russia's involvement in the hacks of Democratic political organizations. 

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House Speaker Paul Ryan swearing in Rep. Jim Langevin (D) of Rhode Island to the 115th Congress.

The election may be over but Washington isn’t moving on from the political hacking story just yet.

With the intelligence community blaming Russian President Vladimir Putin for organizing hacks on Democratic political organizations to influence the American election to help Donald Trump, Capitol Hill is abuzz with talks of more hearings and new legislation.

Cochairman of the Congressional Cybersecurity Caucus, Congressman Jim Langevin joins this episode of The Cybersecurity Podcast to talk about how policymakers should respond. 

"I do not see this as a partisan issue. No matter what the outcome [of the election] was, the intent was to undermine the elections and sway the elections in favor or one candidate," he says. "That should send shockwaves of concern, fear and outrage among all the American people because it was an attack on our American democracy. If Russia isn't punished severely for what it did it will only embolden them to do it again, whether it's to us or other democracies around the world." 

Also on this episode, cohost Peter Singer of New America discusses the president-elect's reticence to condemn Russia for the cyberattacks and cohost Sara Sorcher of The Christian Science Monitor's Passcode discusses Germany's plan to fight fake news. 

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