On April 30th, the Secrecy News blog posted a link to an updated Congressional Research Service report on cybersecurity. That report, written by Rita Tehan and titled Cybersecurity: Authoritative Reports and Resources, is an extremely useful research tool for learning more about cybersecurity law and policy. The report covered the following categories: • “Legislation”• “Hearings […]
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Natasha Mozgovaya reported for Haaretz on recents comments coming out of two House subcommittees about Iran's cyber capabilities. According to the article, one House Rep. expressed concern that Iran would reverse engineer Stuxnet and use the virus against U.S. critical infrastructure. Along the same lines, Rep. Dan Lungren testified that Iran is in the top […]
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On April 27, 2012, Siobhan Gorman reported for the Wall Street Journal on how CISPA, a controversial cybersecurity bill, passed with a 248-168 vote in the House of Representatives. The bill had pretty solid bipartisan support, with 42 Democrats joining 206 Republicans. Now the big question is how the Senate will respond. CISPA looks more […]
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I just want to call your attention to a fascinating article written by Stewart A. Baker and Charles J. Dunlap Jr. for the ABA Journal. Lawfare spotted this earlier today. The article lays out a debate between Baker (a D.C. attorney) and Gen. Dunlap (the former deputy judge advocate general of the U.S. Air Force) […]
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Cyber Roundup (4/25): Pres. Obama threatens CISPA veto, Al-Qaeda Seeks cyber-attack skills, Russia gathers support for a UN cyber treaty, and Iran’s cyber army
Yet another busy night in cyber news . . . *** Jonathan Allen and Jennifer Martinez reported for Politico on how the Obama administration threatened to veto CISPA if it arrived at the presidents desk in its current form. Notably, the administration wants to see more privacy protections for users' personal information. Some House Republicans […]
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Cyber Roundup (4/24): More CISPA, Pentagon pilot program expands, Cyber ROEs, US Cyber Policy review, and cyber theft of corporate intellectual property
A quick survey of today's news . . . *** Gerry Smith reported for the Huffington Post on how the authors of CISPA will amend the bill to address privacy concerns. Specifically, Rep. Mike Rogers and Dutch Ruppersberger will amend CISPA to limit the federal government's use of information shared through private companies to the […]
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Cyber Roundup (4/23): Cyber week begins, CISPA, should NSA monitor private networks, North Korea’s cyber war, Iran’s cyber culture, and export restrictions on China?
Busy day. Here's a quick survey . . . *** Brendan Sasso and Andrew Feinberg reported for The Hill on cyber week. This week is cyber week because the House will vote on four cybersecurity bills: CISPA, amendments to FISMA (providing "stronger oversight of the security of federal computer systems"), the Cybersecurity Enhancement Act (regarding […]
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On 4/23, the Washington Post (through an Associated Press report) ran an article on how the Iranian oil ministry and Iran's main oil export terminal suffered a malware attack. No word on who was behind the attack, and it looks like it just took down a few websites.
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This upcoming week (4/23-4/27) has been dubbed cybersecurity week. That's because CISPA is going to makes its way to the floor of the House. Expect a lot more coverage of the bill, with about 500 more articles poorly explaining how it eviscerates your privacy rights. If you're looking for a quick overview of the debate, […]
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On 4/20, Ellen Nakashmia reported for the Washington Post on how hackers have taken down Boxun, a U.S. based website that covered a recent Chinese political scandal. I blogged about this the other day, but this WashPo article had a few more interesting details. Notably, Boxun's owner believes that he was targeted by Chinese hackers. […]
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