Our picksRussia can hack U.S. voting machines; Calif. devastating fires; vacancies at DHS, and more

Published 10 October 2017

· Hacker study: Russia could get into U.S. voting machines

· Building a Trojan Horse: Russia used social media to influence the German election, too

· Why Republican Sen. Bob Corker is so scared Trump will start World War III

· The weather phenomenon behind the destructive wildfires in California’s wine country

· The CDC wants to use blockchain as a weapon against deadly epidemics

· Explore Harvey’s broad reach

· Effective disaster management strategies in the 21st century

· Trump slow to replace John Kelly at DHS as immigration, security challenges continue

Hacker study: Russia could get into U.S. voting machines (Edward-Isaac Dovere, Politico)
American voting machines are full of foreign-made hardware and software, including from China, and a top group of hackers and national security officials says that means they could have been infiltrated last year and into the future.

Building a Trojan Horse: Russia used social media to influence the German election, too (Sophie Eisentrout and Etienne Soula, Berlin Policy Journal)
The Kremlin’s efforts to influence the 2016 election in the United States are well known – even now, a special prosecutor is investigating Russia’s ties to the Trump campaign. Less well reported are Russia’s social media campaigns in Germany ahead of last month’s vote, which met with more mixed success.

Why Republican Sen. Bob Corker is so scared Trump will start World War III (Yochi Dreazen, Vox)
And he’s far from the only one.

The weather phenomenon behind the destructive wildfires in California’s wine country (Akshat Rathi, Quartz)
The US is suffering one of the most destructive fire seasons in recent history. The predicted cost of the damage already crossed $2 billion—making it the most expensive on record—and that was before the latest wildfire began raging in California’s wine country.

The CDC wants to use blockchain as a weapon against deadly epidemics (Brad Jones, Futurism)
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is investigating how they might use the blockchain to share medical data between organizations across the United States. This could have a profound effect on the CDC’s ability to respond to epidemics.

Explore Harvey’s broad reach (Ryan Maye Handy, Houston Chronicle)
‘It’s important that we do the research into how much rainfall could we get, how the watersheds are going to respond to that rainfall event, how deep, who will it impact.’

Effective disaster management strategies in the 21st century (Kris Teutsch, Emergency Management)
Developing the tools, processes and best practices to meet the demands of the increasing number of disasters.

Trump slow to replace John Kelly at DHS as immigration, security challenges continue (Nick Miroff, Washington Post)
More than two months after making John F. Kelly his chief of staff, President Trump is not close to nominating a replacement to head the Department of Homeland Security, a delay that is likely to leave the agency without a Senate-confirmed leader for longer than any period in its history.