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Monthly Archives: May 2012

White House Private Sector Botnet Initiative

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

The White House today announced a pilot program to be led by the Financial Services Information Sharing and Analysis Center in which ISPs will share data about botnets with financial institutions. ISPs also announced a set of principles for fighting botnets. This is a positive announcement. You shouldn’t be engaged in online banking if your… Continue Reading

New Intellectual Property Regime for the EU?

Posted in International

The EU competition bureau’s recent threat to punish Google  because of “the way Google copies content from competing vertical search services and uses it in its own offerings” struck me. (Vertical search services are specialized search engines like Yelp and Kayak that help people find local restaurants or cheap flights and rental cars.) The EU’s vice president… Continue Reading

Can a Secure Network be Secure?

Posted in Cybersecurity and Cyberwar, Security Programs & Policies

It’s taken two and a half years, but someone has finally developed a “dot-secure” network.  After former Director of National Intelligence Mike McConnell called for a “dot-secure” network, a Silicon Valley startup with $9.6 million in funding has announced plans to launch one. Based on the description, this isn’t intended to be a wholly secure network,… Continue Reading

Who Needs CISPA??

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

If you were wondering why CISPA is necessary, this New York Times article by Eric Lichtblau  ought to tell the tale. Telecommunciatons carriers who volunteer to provide information to law enforcement get tagged with “deep concern” from Congress and the New York Times. Even a whisper of doubt about the legality of information sharing is enough to… Continue Reading