Air Date: Friday, September 29, 2017
Time Slot: 7:30 PM-8:00 PM EST on HBO
Episode Title: (#81/527) "Russian Hacking / Contagion"
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Show #81 (season 5, edition 27)

Debut: FRIDAY, SEPT. 29 (7:30-8:00 p.m. ET/PT)

"Russian Hacking": Since the 2016 election, hacking has become synonymous with one country: Russia. From the DNC to global ransomware attacks to attempts to penetrate U.S. nuclear plants, analysts have found Russian fingerprints on some of the biggest digital breaches in the world. While the U.S. scrambles to defend itself against these cyber crimes, the hacker ecosystem in Russia continues to grow. VICE traveled to Moscow to find out why these hackers are so effective.

"Contagion": The outbreak of an infectious disease sparks worldwide panic nearly every year, and as humans cluster themselves in denser cities and further encroach on wildlife harboring disease, the chance of a devastating global pandemic only intensifies. However, scientists are finding that diligent surveillance of these threats could help keep the next nightmare illness at bay. VICE founder Suroosh Alvi went to Uganda to see how vulnerable humans are to a new pandemic and explore the options for staving it off.

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