Cyber Round Up: North Korea implicated in Federal Reserve cyberheist; Gorsuch Knows His Cyber; Cybersecurity Bill of Rights
- U.S. Preparing Cases Linking North Korea in Theft at N.Y. Fed (WSJ): Federal prosecutors are preparing a case that would charge Chinese middlemen for orchestrating a major bank robbery for North Korea. An article this week from the Wall Street Journal said that the $81 million robbery from the Federal Reserve was conducted entirely online. The cyber thieves used access codes from Bangladesh’s central bank to transfer the money from the Federal Reserve accounts to four different banks in the Philippines. The article also said that these same cyber actors have connections to the 2014 Sony hacks. The article quoted an NSA official who stressed the significance of a nation state robbing banks, if the allegations against North Korea were true. The full article can be read here.
Gorsuch on Cyber-Related Issues: Part One (Lawfare): Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch is well versed in cyber related issues. Commentary earlier this week explained how Gorsuch, when the issues are appropriately before him, is able to understand and engage with the technology at issue. The article stressed that with a Supreme Court that is technologically challenged, Gorsuch could be a useful addition. This post in particular is the first in a series of three examining Gorsuch’s cyber decisions, this one focusing on U.S. v. Ackerman. The full explanation of the decision can be found here.
It’s time for a Cybersecurity Bill of Rights (The Hill): An opinion piece this week stressed the need for a cyber Bill of Rights. The post listed an example of all the devices that record or track our lives, and said our privacy is more in jeopardy than ever before. The U.S. Constitution does not specifically address privacy, and the author believes a series of amendments to define privacy protections in the modern era is necessary. The article explains why privacy is more than just data security, and proposes three rights that should be established. Those rights are the right to privacy, the freedom to code, and the freedom to socially interact on the internet. The full post can be read here.