An Inside Look into How Reddit Fights Cyber Threats

Eye on Security,
Episode 67
Mar 15, 2021
1 min read

How does Reddit handle malicious or suspicious coordinated activity on their platform? Our host Luke McNamara asked Aylea Baldwin, Threat Intelligence Lead at Reddit, to answer that question and more during this episode of Eye on Security. During the discussion Aylea shared a few ways Reddit is unique compared to other social media networks—its tolerance for varying levels of behavior on different communities, the lack of user data collection, and the way posts are amplified through voting. The voting feature is unique to Reddit and Luke was curious to know how threat actors leverage it as part of their influence campaigns. As it turns out, the answer to that question isn’t so simple since foreign actors have to get buy-in from people to up-vote their posts. We ended our conversation with Aylea’s thoughts on the future of disinformation and deep fake technology, which is a concern in the security and many other industries, and something that can have a huge influence on sites such as Reddit.