The Current

The Current for June 7, 2021

Today on The Current: Examining the threat of ransomware attacks; how the pandemic has impacted nature; what a new governing coalition could mean in Israel; and André Picard on new variants and vaccines.
Matt Galloway is the host of CBC Radio's The Current. (CBC)

Full Episode Transcript

Today on The Current:

The U.S. government says it's taking ransomware attacks as seriously as terrorism after meat plants and a major U.S. pipeline network were temporarily shuttered by hackers. But will that make it any easier to catch the perpetrators? Joe Uchill, a senior reporter with online cybersecurity publication SC Media, brings us the view from Washington. We also speak with Kurtis Minder, founder and CEO of GroupSense, which helps organizations defend against cyber threats; and David Shipley, co-founder and CEO of Fredericton-based cybersecurity startup Beauceron Security.

And you may remember hearing stories about goats overtaking human spaces last year, as the pandemic forced people to remain indoors. Amanda Bates, an associate professor of ocean sciences at Memorial University of Newfoundland, led an international study into how COVID-19 lockdowns have affected the natural world. She joins us to talk about the findings.

Then, after 12 years in power, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is on the verge of being ousted by a new coalition. But whether a new government could change the tone of politics for both Israelis and Palestinians remains to be seen. Tel Aviv-based journalist Haggai Matar weighs in.

Plus, Globe and Mail health columnist André Picard explains the race between the new Delta COVID-19 variant and the second dose of vaccines.