Ben Makuch

National Security Correspondent, VICE | World Press Freedom Award Winner

Ben Makuch is an award-winning national security reporter with VICE News in New York City.


From sitting down with ISIS members to being on the ground during political assassinations in Russia, Ben brings unprecedented access to many of the world’s most dangerous regions.​ ​Previously with the Canadian Press’s Parliamentary Bureau, Makuch was in contact with several homegrown Islamic State militants from Canada. That reporting caught the attention of federal counterterrorism investigators who are trying to force Makuch to hand over all source materials connected to Farah Mohamed Shirdon, an alleged ISIS fighter from Calgary. Makuch refused and is now fighting the production order in court. He faces possible jail time if he loses.


Makuch hosted the hit TV show Cyberwar on the VICELAND network, an investigative documentary series examining the covert world of signals intelligence and hackers.

In unrelated news, Ben has been in court a bunch in 2016 and 2017… worth a google.



Network breaches and data leaks have become the new corporate and personal threat, how do we combat this new world? Ben shares fascinating stories and provides deep insight for audiences on the threats that exist and how to combat them.

Russian Hackers & Donald Trump

An in-depth understanding of the players involved, Ben has an active investigation into what really happened behind the scenes.

Modern Terrorism

Ben was personally in contact with ISIS militants and embedded himself in their online world where he watched it rise long before the headlines caught on.

Conflict in the 21st Century

With experience covering real and online war, Ben can paint a picture of what is driving modern conflicts around the world.

International Espionage

From Russian hackers, the Central Intelligence Agency to Israeli informants, Ben has dealt with the covert world of international espionage.

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