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9/11 Commission Gingerly Embraces “Direct Action” Against Hackers

Posted in Cybersecurity and Cyberwar, Security Programs & Policies

I’ve long been an advocate for fewer restraints on how the private sector responds to hacking attacks.  If the government can’t stop and can’t punish such attacks, in my view the least it could do is not threaten the victims with felony prosecution for taking reasonable measures in self-defense.  I debated the topic with co-blogger… Continue Reading

Steptoe Cyberlaw Podcast – Interview with Shane Harris

Posted in China, Cybersecurity and Cyberwar, International, Privacy Regulation, Security Programs & Policies

For the first time, we begin the podcast not with NSA on the defensive, but with breaking news of an American counterattack on Chinese cyberspying – the indictment of several PLA members for breaking into US computers to steal commercial information. Our guest for the day, Shane Harris, is ideally suited to analyze the case…. Continue Reading

Using Attribution to Deter Cyberespionage

Posted in China, Cybersecurity and Cyberwar, International, Security Programs & Policies

Foreign Policy has published my article on how attribution can be used to deter foreign governments’cyberespionage. Excerpts below: The Obama-Xi summit in Sunnylands ended without any Chinese concessions on cyber-espionage. This came as no surprise; cyber spying has been an indispensable accelerant for China’s military and economic rise. And though Beijing may someday agree that… Continue Reading

Location, Location, Location

Posted in Privacy Regulation, Security Programs & Policies

The Geolocation Privacy and Surveillance (GPS) Act is one of several pieces of legislation that would require law enforcement to obtain a warrant based on probable cause whenever it seeks location information.  The term “location information” is very broadly defined, and the proposed law would make no distinctions based on the level of precision or… Continue Reading

The Hackback Debate

Posted in Cybersecurity and Cyberwar, Privacy Regulation, Security Programs & Policies

The vulnerability of computer networks to hacking grows more troubling every year. No network is safe, and hacking has evolved from an obscure hobby to a major national security concern. Cybercrime has cost consumers and banks billions of dollars. Yet few cyberspies or cybercriminals have been caught and punished. Law enforcement is overwhelmed both by… Continue Reading

The Cybersecurity Act of 2012; Hacker Protection

Posted in Cybersecurity and Cyberwar, Data Breach, Privacy Regulation, Security Programs & Policies

A revised draft of the cybersecurity bill contains information sharing provisions that were heavily negotiated between the Obama administration and privacy groups. This effort at compromise has prompted the usual ambiguous praise from privacy groups. The Electronic Frontier Foundation, though “pleased” with the progress, complained that the measure still “contains broad language around the ability… Continue Reading

Can Chinese Hackers Self-Police?

Posted in China, Cybersecurity and Cyberwar, International

Chinese hackers call for “self-discipline” and an end to commercially motivated cybercrime. The Wall St. Journal (subscription required) suggests it’s because former hackers have grown up and become security professionals. But does it occur to anyone that the Chinese government might be worried about the rising tide of complaints about Chinese hacking, particularly cyber espionage against the… Continue Reading