In this episode of Security Nation, we’re joined by Don Spies and Kim Grauer of Chainalysis. They discuss the relationship between ransomware and cryptocurrency and how Chainalysis leverages unique characteristics of the latter to combat the former.

Stick around for our Rapid Rundown, where Tod and Jen discuss a newly discovered, very old crypto vulnerability (and by crypto we mean encryption!), as well as take a look at election security news here in the wake of literally hundreds of audits of polling results.

Kim Grauer

Kim Grauer is the Director of Research at Chainalysis, where she examines trends in cryptocurrency economics and crime. She was trained in economics at the London School of Economics and in politics at Oxford University. Previously, she explored technological advancements in developing countries as an academic research associate at the London School of Economics and was an economics researcher at the New York City Economic Development Corporation.

Don Spies

Don Spies is the Director of Strategic Initiatives for Chainalysis, where he works with federal agencies to address their cryptocurrency needs. This includes fighting terrorism, enforcing sanctions, and detecting money laundering. Previously, Don held various roles at the U.S. Department of the Treasury. He also spent 13 years as an Intelligence Officer in the U.S. Army Reserve.

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