Cyber Round Up: Russia’s ‘Electronic Bomb’; FOIA and Government Encryption; Cyber Policy and Geography
- Russia claims in can wipe out US Navy with single ‘electronic bomb’ (Fox News): While most attention surrounding Russia’s cyber capabilities over the last year has focused on meddling in the 2016 election, a report earlier said their capabilities are much greater. The article says that the report comes from a state controlled media source in Russia but alleges that their signal jamming could cripple the U.S. Navy in one fell swoop. The report claims that Russians have accomplished this once many years ago in the Black Sea. The article notes that this information was released shortly after President Trump sent more ships to the Korean Peninsula. The full article can be read here.
- Suing to See the Feds’ Encrypted Messages? Good Luck (Wired): The increased privacy protections that encrypted messaging offers the average American may cut the other way, a recent article suggests. The conservative group Judicial Watch, the article says, is suing the EPA under the Freedom of Information Act to compel the agency to hand over employee messages sent via encrypted messaging app Signal. The problem with the encryption, the author explains, is that deleting the messages from the two endpoints may leave no trace of the messages at all. The article discusses this specific case and the greater implications that government agencies and employees using encrypted messaging has for transparency. The full piece can be found here.
Feds face big obstacle in cyber efforts: Geography (The Hill): Geography frequently presents itself as a cyber challenge in the form of transcending legal jurisdictions. It also has other implications, a recent article says, including logistical challenges as the nation’s biggest and best tech experts do not live in Washington, D.C. Instead, they are located in California, Texas, and Massachusetts, and are not interested in moving to Washington, D.C to work for the government. The article suggests that one potential solution to the nation’s many cyber challenges is to meet these experts on their own turf in order to gain the benefit of their services. The full article can be found here.